Volunteer · VO-06

Big 5 African Wildlife & Conservation

South Africa
2 to 12 weeks
18 to 85 years old
4.8(117 reviews)

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  • Be between 18-85 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

Trip overview

Embark on an unforgettable volunteer trip and experience the African lifestyle whilst making a real difference to the environment and wildlife. On this amazing adventure, you’ll volunteer in the stunning Eastern Cape and be amongst all the famous faces in the animal kingdom. Picture yourself tracking the movements of wild herds of animals across the 6,000-hectare private game reserve upon an open-top safari, have the chance to spot the ‘big 5’ in their natural habitat and contribute 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’ve joined with exclusive project partners to secure you a guaranteed volunteering placement overseas. You’ll be contributing to the environment and wildlife with both confidence and purpose. Our team will help you with all the essentials, from airport pickup and on-site training to volunteer accommodation and provided meals, plus so much more.

Make a sustainable impact on wildlife conservation, 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 Africa’s game park management whilst channelling that adventurous lifestyle at the same time.


Inclusions

Volunteer placement

Return airport transfer

Volunteer accommodation

Local cultural experiences

Meals provided

Project supplies

Dedicated Trip Coordinator

Pre-departure guide

Certificate of completion

Ongoing support from our local team

24/7 Global Emergency Line

gWorld access

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Trip details

Our Wildlife & Conservation Volunteer trip in South Africa 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 to accommodation 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 South Africa with the confidence that absolutely everything has been pre-arranged for you. You’ll be able to jump straight into your volunteer duties, relax into the African lifestyle and start making new friends with all the logistical details sorted, from airport transfers to accommodation.

Channel all your energy into immersing yourself in your volunteer placement, as well as taking time to get to know the local area. Spend your weekends getting a golden glow on Port Elizabeth’s beaches, roaming through Grahamstown’s trails and trying the local cuisines 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 Africa’s incredible biodiversity. 

Requirements 

To qualify for this trip, you must be able to undertake laborious duties.

What extra costs will I have? 

Flights, travel insurance, visa, vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs & spending money.


Trip itinerary

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:

Day 1

Once you have touched down at Port Elizabeth International Airport, your pre-arranged transfer will take you to a temporary lodge while you wait for the other volunteers to arrive. Once everyone has arrived, you’ll be taken straight to your volunteer accommodation on the reserve.

Trip location

You'll spend most of your time volunteering in the Eastern Cape.

How it works

Make your decision

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.

We become friends

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.

Take-off & touchdown

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.

We've got your back

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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Worldwide support

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're the experts

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.

Partner network

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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Inclusions

Volunteer placement

We’ll score you a guaranteed volunteering placement so you can start on your journey to make a difference to our planet.

Return airport transfer

To take you straight to your volunteer accommodation in the Eastern Cape. Upon completion of your placement, you'll also be taken directly to the airport.

Volunteer accommodation

Recharge in a shared, single-sex camp dorm, conveniently located on the reserve and accessible to the library, tennis court, pool and outdoor firepit or treat yourself and upgrade to a private room.

Local cultural experiences

Have the chance to join other travellers and head on weekend excursions to either Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth, or other nearby destinations. Accommodation and transport are also included.

Meals provided

Enjoy three meals per day, prepared for you by on-site staff and including a mix of western-style favourites and South African delicacies.

Project supplies

Get equipped with all the supplies and materials you need to perform your volunteer duties, including a cap and t-shirt.

Dedicated Trip Coordinator

Handpicked from an experienced team who’ve been there, done that and are 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.

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.


Volunteer · VO-06

Big 5 African Wildlife & Conservation

South Africa
2 to 12 weeks
18 to 85 years old
4.8(117 reviews)
From
$2,285USD

Secure your spot for only $695

Deposit is 100% refundable if you don’t qualify.


Limited spots available

Earliest available arrival is currently Jan 2020.


Payment plans available

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


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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!