Elephant Conservation & Helping Local Farmers

5(34 reviews)
Experience
Volunteer
Destination
Namibia
Duration
2 to 12 weeks
Ages
18 to 85
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Trip overview

Embark on an unforgettable volunteer trip and experience the authentic African lifestyle whilst making a real difference to Namibia’s roaming elephant herds and local farming communities. On this amazing adventure, you’ll volunteer in the Namibian desert, monitoring the movements of elephants and improving the livelihood of communal farmers. Picture yourself camping in the wild under the stunning African sky and observing the behaviour of elephants, building infrastructure to support both local farmers and elephant survival and contributing to an important, real-world research and conservation project.

We offer the complete package for those looking to volunteer abroad and, best of all, we have joined with exclusive project partners to secure you a guaranteed volunteering placement overseas. You’ll be contributing to the wildlife and local communities with both confidence and purpose. Our team will help you with all the essentials, from visa assistance to airport pickup, volunteer accommodation, onsite training and so much more.

Make a sustainable impact on communal farmers and elephants, make new friends from all corners of the world and break away from your routine back home as you embark on this incredible volunteer travel opportunity. This trip is perfect for anyone ready to make a difference and lasting impact on Namibia’s communities and wildlife whilst channelling that friendly lifestyle at the same time.

Inclusions

Volunteer project placement
We’ll score you a guaranteed volunteering placement so you can start on your journey to make a difference to our planet.
Dedicated Trip Coordinator
Handpicked from an experienced team who’ve been there, done that and ready to guide you through your entire journey and leave no question unanswered.
Pre-Departure Guide
Our in-depth pre-departure guide will have all the information you need about your trip & destination, at your fingertips.
Trip visa guidance
Get your visa approved as cheap and easy as possible with our step-by-step instructions and personal guidance by your Trip Coordinator.
Personal Travel Concierge
You'll get a personal Travel Concierge to plan your flights, insurance or any add-ons to synchronise perfectly with your trip. Deal with a real human and get a personalised booking experience that ticks all your boxes.
Comfortable accommodation
Relax in a shared tent in your mobile base camp during construction week. Whilst on patrol, enjoy camping in the wild and sleeping under the stars.
Covid-19 Medical Insurance
For a limited time only, all our Volunteer trips come with medical insurance for the duration of your trip, which also covers Covid-19, for added peace of mind.
Project transfer
To take you from your initial night of hostel accommodation in Swakopmund to your volunteer project and accommodation.
Project supplies
Get equipped with all the supplies and materials you need to perform your volunteer duties.
Meals
Enjoy regular balanced meals around the campfire together, prepared on a rotational basis and cooked over the open fire, throughout the duration of your project.
$200 Global Tour Voucher
We know this will be the trip of a lifetime, so you also get a $200 Global Tour Voucher to put towards any Contiki, Busabout, Topdeck or G Adventures tour so you can go and explore some more of the world whilst you’re over there. You’re welcome.
Certificate of completion
In recognition of your hard work and dedication throughout the experience, and, it goes very well with your future resume. Employers will love this addition!
Ongoing support from our local team
Think of us as your family away from home. Whether you need advice or a shoulder to lean on, our team will provide you with unlimited support.
24/7 Global Emergency Line
Feel confident knowing we have a worldwide emergency team on standby, 24/7/365, so you can feel safe and secure throughout your whole trip no matter where you are in the world.
gWorld access
Stay organised with your personalised portal where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global.
Marketplace deals
Get exclusive access to deals and discounts through our online Marketplace. Save big on a huge range of products and services from our brand partners worldwide.
$250 off your next trip
The “Travel Bug” is a very real thing! Once you catch it, it really doesn’t go away! Book any other trip with us later and save $250. Why would you ever stop travelling?
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Qualification

To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:
  • Be between 18-85 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Our Elephant Conservation & Helping Local Farmers in Africa trip is designed to get you volunteering overseas in a safe and fun environment and with a genuine and rewarding purpose. Our expert team and local partners take care of everything you need to start making a positive impact, from volunteer placement, accommodation, meals and ongoing support throughout your entire journey.

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Book with confidence

Interest-free payment plans

Pay your trip off in instalments that you get to choose.

Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility

If Covid gets in the way, again, we've got your back. Read more here.

Lifetime deposit guarantee

Change of mind for trip, destination or dates? No problem! Learn more here.

Trip location

You’ll spend most of your time volunteering in the northwestern regions of the Namib Desert, traditionally known as ‘Damaraland’.

Trip itinerary

Day 1

Once you’ve touched down at either Walvis Bay Airport or Hosea Kutako International Airport, your pre-arranged transfer will take you straight to your initial accommodation in Swakopmund.

Once you’ve arrived at the backpackers, you’ll head to your orientation and briefing with the other volunteers where you’ll learn more about your project and your volunteer schedule - your first week being construction and your second week consisting of patrol. 

Day 2

Following your night stay at the backpackers, you’ll be transferred to your volunteer site. You’ll set up at base camp, which has a treehouse and prepare to begin your volunteer project. 

Day 3+

7.30am: Cheat the heat and wake up bright and early. Enjoy a cup of coffee around the campfire with the other volunteers. The team member on duty will serve breakfast.

8.30am: Head out to the project site for the day. 

9.00am: Begin your first volunteer shift of the day once you arrive at the site. During construction week, your days will generally be spent focusing on building new water points for elephants, constructing protective walls around farm windmills and fixing a rural school or tourist camp.

12.00pm: Travel back to base camp for lunch. You could be tasked to update data forms or be on kitchen/camp duty for the day.

1.00pm: Once you’re well-fed, you’ll be ready to commence your second shift of the day. The second week is generally spent on elephant patrol. You’ll set out in a 4WD and spend the afternoon looking for elusive elephants. You may follow them by foot or sit patiently observing them and recording data while they laze away in the shade. 

4.00pm: Return to camp and indulge in dinner with the crew. 

6.00pm: Evenings are spent around the campfire, watching the sunset on the iconic Africa plains, eating and catching up on the day’s events. 

Weekends: At the end of each week, you'll return to Swakopmund to enjoy your weekends off. You’ll have the opportunity to relax, visit local sites, go on day tours and explore. Closeby activities include skydiving, quad biking or sandboarding through the dunes, dolphin watching, kayaking or visiting the local beach. 

Ongoing

Our dedicated team will check in regularly and keep in touch with you throughout your stay but, if at any point during your trip you need travel advice or assistance, we’ll be here to answer all your questions. Don’t forget you can always jump on our social media pages too or buzz our 24/7 emergency support line for urgent matters.

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Reviews

Jennifer S
Booked in Mar, 2020
Kirtleigh was very easy to talk to, was very patient with our thousands of questions. Planning April 2022 to volunteer with the elephants on the West Coast of Africa!!
Amelia M
Booked in Jul, 2019
Awesome company! Got set up for my trip super quickly and easily!
Jay P
Booked in Jul, 2019
I�ve had an absolutely amazing time booking my trip away. Katie is an amazing asset to the company friendly and very informative.
Leanne B
Booked in Nov, 2017
great staff very trustworthy
Leanne B
Booked in Nov, 2017
a life changing experience
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If you’re affected by COVID while you’re overseas, you will have all the support you need from our team or partners in-country as well as have access to our 24/7 Global Emergency Line. We work with a travel insurance company that provides COVID protection, and people going on Volunteer trips will get this for free currently!

Yes we are! All of our trips are still being planned for and taking new bookings. We always recommend that our travellers take 6-12 months between booking their trip to departure. This gives you plenty of time to arrange all the finer details of your trip, and pay it off. If things don’t go as planned you are always able to rearrange your trip using your Lifetime Deposit Guarantee and Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility! So there is really nothing to worry about.

In 2020, the world stopped. This means that we have a backlog of travellers, just like you, who are desperate to get out and explore the world! Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12 months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free. If COVID affects your trip, you are protected for any changes with our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility. Why not give yourself something to look forward to, by booking that trip!

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips we should be able to have you and your friends placed together. Meaning that you can live together and work together. If availability doesn’t allow it, we’ll get you in the same area. So you’ll be able to have this experience together!

Our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility means you can change your trip’s start date up to 56 days before departure without incurring ANY charges, and you’re able to rebook it for ANY time (or even any other trip) in the next 2 years from your original start date.


In the event that you want to cancel your booking altogether, if you give us over 56 days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Travel Credit which you can put towards booking absolutely anything travel related with your Travel Concierge within the next 3 years!

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