This humanitarian teaching mission in Africa involves bringing entire classes to nature reserves to teach them about respect for nature and animals. Volunteers play a very active role with these children who have never had the chance to experience the richness of their own country. The children stay on the project for a week, surrounded by volunteers who organize an orientation day, lead activities (swimming, football games, etc.), and accompany them throughout their short training.
Volunteers also have the task of assisting the caretakers of the center in feeding and taking care of the rescued animals and new arrivals. Some maintenance work (gardening, enclosure maintenance, etc.) will also be required of volunteers during their working time.
Since the center receives a different school group each week, the weeks are diverse, and the program varies from week to week.
In order to avoid any contact with breeding facilities for hunting purposes, this project does not include interaction with lion cubs or automatic contact with other baby animals. This humanitarian teaching mission is a long-term conservation project aimed at integrating the local population into species preservation efforts and educating and raising awareness among children about the environment.
Located in the middle of the bush, the camp is rustic and the project does their very best to make sure everyone is kept clean, comfortable, and well fed. You will enjoy hot showers, running water, and solar-powered lights in your traditional chalets. You may be sharing your chalet with up to 5other volunteers but everyone has their own bed and space to store clothes and personal items.
– Three meals a day
– Weekly transport to town for shopping
– Return transfer from Johannesburg Airport
– Airport pick up every days at 7am, 5-6h of travel time
– Transport to and from the project
– Free wifi during the journey
There are also flights between Johannesbrug and Hodespruit, which last 1h20.
Visit Kruger National Park for a safari
Bar in the camp (it isn’t allowed to buy alcohol during the shopping)
Barbecue and swimming pool available in the camp
Many places to meet with the other volunteers
Other activities from Johannesburg
Other activities from Cape Town
18 or over
Basic level of competency in English