Big 5 African Wildlife & Conservation
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.
Just in case it’s not clear already, we’re not an employment or recruitment agency, so please don’t book with us if that’s what you’re looking for. We sell and organise amazing international travel experiences for the purpose of cultural exchange & education. If a trip has a paid work option, this is not mandatory to do and is there as a means to fund your travels only, and no fee is charged by us for this component. All payments you make are for travel and local support services. If you’re still confused, please get in touch.
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.
Whether you’re doing gap year volunteering or taking a volunteering holiday from work, you’ll arrive in Africa with the confidence that absolutely everything has been pre-arranged for you. You’ll be able to jump straight into your volunteer duties and start making new friends with all the logistical details sorted, from airport transfers to project site accommodation.
Channel all your energy into immersing yourself in your volunteer placement, as well as taking time to get to know the local area on your days off. Experience desert living, sandboard through the million-year-old sand dunes and get the chance to see Africa's unique wildlife in their natural habitat instead of sweating the logistical stuff - that’s exactly why we’re here. Feel confident and proud you are contributing much-needed help to a meaningful cause and save yourself the time, money and even the risk of being stranded in a foreign country by having us on your side. Make your time count on this life-changing opportunity to volunteer in Africa and arrive home knowing you've made a lasting and positive impact on the lives of desert elephants and local farmers.
To qualify for this trip, you must be able to undertake laborious duties.
Flights, travel insurance, visa, vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs & spending money.
The beauty of this trip is that your days will be filled with structured volunteer duties. You’ll then have the evenings and weekends to explore however you please. As a rough idea, this is the daily schedule you can expect:
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.
You’ll spend most of your time volunteering in the northwestern regions of the Namib Desert, traditionally known as ‘Damaraland’.
Choose your trip style and destination, and confirm your spot with a deposit. Then, open your gWorld account and celebrate, the hardest part is over and the fun is about to begin.
You’ll be matched with a personal Trip Coordinator who knows all the ins & outs. They’ll guide you through everything we need to do together, so you can leave your worries behind.
We’ll get your tickets in-hand and your transfers ready. Then, our in-country team or partner will have everything prepared for your arrival. It’s now time for the real adventure to start.
Never stress, knowing we’re there with you when you need us with ongoing & unlimited local team support and check-ins. And just in case, we’ve got an emergency team on stand-by, 24/7.
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Feel confident knowing that someone is always ready to assist throughout the journey & they’re only a call, tweet, comment, text or double tap away, 24/7.
We don’t just say that to brag. With over 10 years in the industry and a team of over 100 passionate pros, you can bet we know our stuff better than anyone else.
With over 1,200 partners around the globe, we have access to plenty of exclusive opportunities to make your trip the best it can be.
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We’ll score you a guaranteed volunteering placement so you can start on your journey to make a difference to our planet.
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.
To take you from your initial night of hostel accommodation in Swakopmund to your volunteer project and accommodation.
An airport shuttle can be arranged to take you straight to your initial accommodation. Additional costs apply, to be paid in cash in local currency ($220 NAD).
Most travellers opt to stay at the recommended backpackers in Swakopmund prior to the project and upon completion. Additional costs apply, must be paid in cash. If you choose to stay elsewhere, you’ll need to visit here for orientation and briefing the evening before your project.
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.
Get equipped with all the supplies and materials you need to perform your volunteer duties.
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.
Our in-depth pre-departure guide will have all the information you need about your trip & destination, at your fingertips.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Secure your spot for only $695
Deposit is 100% refundable if you don’t qualify.
Earliest available arrival is currently Jan 2020.
Pay your trip off in instalments that you get to choose.
If you change your mind or something comes up, we’ll let you change your travel dates or your trip, or even gift your deposit to a friend!