Join Pod Volunteer to support a research team in gaining valuable data on lion, elephant and rhino populations whilst living on a Big 5 reserve
How can I help?
The Big 5 Conservation project is based in a unique ecosystem that is home to free roaming wildlife close to an urban area. Since the reserve opened in 2012, the conservation project has aimed to research issues surrounding human-wildlife coexistence, they have played a vital role in conserving the ecosystem and work closely with rangers to manage the reserve.
When you first join the project, you will receive Bush Craft training concentrating on animal behaviour, orientation and navigation as well as basic bush skills, GPS and GIS techniques. Each day will differ but you will be involved in monitoring predators, bird point counts and park maintenance.
When can I join?
The 1st or 15th of each month, throughout the year
Where will I be living?
You will stay in a closed camp on the reserve, sharing a dorm room with up to 6 volunteers. The volunteer house is a comfortable and spacious farm house which has a large dining room, lounge, communal kitchen and braai (BBQ) area on the veranda.
In your free time, you can choose to stay at camp or join one of the organised tours to sights in the local areas. A popular trip to the city of Pretoria which is home to a number of museums, galleries and botanical gardens making it a fantastic place to explore during your time off.
Volunteer placements start from £995 for 2 weeks. This includes accommodation, all main meals, airport pick up and transfer to the project plus planning your trip support from the Pod team.
To learn more about the Big 5 Conservation project and the next steps on how to apply you can visit our website: https://www.podvolunteer.org/projects/big-5-conservation
Pod Volunteer has a range of opportunities from 1-12 weeks at animal, conservation, child care support, education and teaching, building and community volunteering projects in Africa, Asia, Central and South America. You can see the full range projects that are available for your Gold Residential Award here.
You can get in touch with the Pod Volunteer team by email [email protected] or give them call on 01242 241 181.