Namibia Teaching & Wildlife

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1. In Brief

A country to explore, Namibia offers a unique travel experience and hosts some of nature's greatest creations, such as the red sand dunes of Sossusvlei. Visit Namibia for an adventure into some of Africa's most dramatic terrains and enjoy an unforgettable project experience that will stay with you forever!

This unique programme combines teaching some of Namibia's children most in need of education as well as working hands on at a spectacular animal sanctuary, in the heart of Africa. Up to four days a week will be spent assisting the teacher with the school for Bushman children located at the wildlife sanctuary, whilst the rest of your time will be spent rehabilitating and caring for animals such as cheetahs, wild dogs, baboons, lions, and leopards. Hand-feed some of Africa's greatest predators and fall asleep secure in the knowledge that you have made a difference to the precious wildlife and people. If you are an enthusiastic, dynamic and innovative individual, you can help make a difference in the lives of these children and animals.

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit unique & beautiful Namibia
  • Teach some of Namibia's children most in need of education
  • Work hands-on at a spectacular animal sanctuary

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location Namibia
Activities Teach English
Teach numeracy, conservation, arts & crafts, games & activities
Maintain the sanctuary
Care for injured animals
Clean enclosures
Feed the animals
Care for baby baboons (when applicable)
Transport Airport pick-up & drop-off
Short drive to project site
Accommodation Shared volunteer house and additional tented accomodation

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Ground transfers
Local orientation
Project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Improving the lives of the Bushman

Sadly only one in five Bushman children currently attends school. The volunteer project improvement program launched in February 2009 to improve the school facilities for the Bushman children living on the sanctuary with their families. Unfortunately, the parents are either unable to afford to send them to school or the children have been rejected by schools due to learning or physical disabilities. The project aims to improve the lives of the Bushman community through education, health and improved living conditions and needs the support of volunteers to make this happen.

Conserving Africa's Wildlife

Poor local economic circumstances, combined with inadequate law enforcement have resulted in indiscriminate poaching of wild animals across Namibia, mostly for their meat and hides. The international trade in animal hides and trophy hunting further decimates Africa's wild animals.

The Namibia wildlife sanctuary is fully devoted to caring for sick and orphaned animals and to supply them with habitats as natural as possible. They may come to the sanctuary from many different sources; some are tame animals that the owners can no longer look after, others may have been found trapped in snares or rescued from poachers intending to sell them. The sanctuary does all it can to release these animals back into the wild; unfortunately this is not always possible so they are provided with the best possible home for the rest of their lives. You will be working closely with the animals, preparing their food, checking enclosure perimeters and checking the health of the animals. It is a truly magical place and one which you will feel very privileged to have visited and contributed to.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

This project provides you with a rare and exciting opportunity to help make a difference to both children and African wildlife. You will spend up to four days a week assisting the teacher in the Bushman school on the farm, started to provide education to the children whose parents cannot afford to send them to school. Subjects taught may include English, numeracy, conservation, arts and crafts, circle games and physical activities. The number of children changes frequently with around 20, aged between two and 15 currently attending. Afrikaans is spoken by some of the children, but the main language is Bushman. Gaining the trust and friendship of the children is the key to this role. Planning, initiative and creativity are vital skills and you will have the opportunity to improve the school facilities and inject your own ideas and experience to develop the school and improve the children's education.

When not teaching you will care for and feed the injured or orphaned animals in the sanctuary as well as cleaning enclosures and helping to develop and maintain the sanctuary. The animals that make their home here include mammals as diverse and exciting as lions, cheetahs, baboons, meerkats, jackals and much more. Our baboons form a large part of the project; if there are baby baboons on the project, then volunteers become surrogate mums for the little ones, bottle feeding and sleeping overnight with them. They also go for walks with any babies currently at the sanctuary and our tame bigger baboons. We cannot predict when young baboons will arrive at the sanctuary so the numbers and ages may vary but there are currently over 20 ranging from around six months to two years old. Afternoon activities may include feeding and caring for the animals including cutting and throwing raw meat to our large carnivores (not for the squeamish!) as well as hand feeding the meerkats. You will prepare and feed the baboons and farm animals. You will also help to maintain the animal enclosures on the farm, clearing out old food and mess, cleaning waterholes and removing old bones from feeding.

You will get to spend part of each week playing with and looking after some of animals on the farm including caracals, cheetahs and meerkats. You will also take the baby baboons out for walks in the African sun, bottle feed them throughout the day and even have the little babies to sleep in your room at night! Part of your work will include building and maintenance on the farm; previous projects volunteers have helped with include building fencing and trenches for our new vegetable patch and building a new baboon camp enclosure. You need to be prepared for hard work but it's very rewarding to see the results of your efforts. You will take part in border fence patrol on the golf carts and carnivore enclosure patrol on foot with a trained farm worker.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon arrival at Windhoek you will be collected by a member of the project team who will take you on the short drive to your project location where you will spend the duration of your stay. Once there you will receive a full induction to the project.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

We have one large volunteer house with shared rooms. The single beds are comfortable with bedding provided (duvets and pillows). In addition, tented accomodation will be available at busier times. Electricity and solar heated showers are available, however please be aware that sometimes water levels are restricted and electricity has been known to cut off during storms. Power sockets for electrical items are available in only one of the volunteer houses, but can be used by all volunteers. There is also weak mobile phone reception at certain points around the camp. There is a free laundry service available.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Three basic meals are provided and typically include meat, vegetables, pasta and rice. A vegetarian option will be available. Breakfast is self service and includes toast and cereals. Lunch varies from sandwiches, wraps and burgers. Dinner is typically a hot meal or on occasion a braai (barbeque). Vegetarian and other dietary requirements are catered for, but please advise any special dietary requirements on arrival at the project.

4. The reviews

Nothing can compare  | 23 Apr 2017
For me Namibia is my second home, I've been there three times now and every time it just gets...

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A great adventure  | 26 Feb 2017
My Namibian experience has been such a great adventure and has definitely changed my life. I lear...

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I miss it so much already  | 8 Jul 2016
I chose my specific project in Namibia as it’s a country I’ve always wanted to visit,...

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Namibia contains a wealth of activities and sights to explore before of after your project. Travel to the Namib Desert to experience the sparse beauty of this extreme environment, and see the wild horses of Namibia. Go dunes surfing down the vast sand-scape – a truly exhilarating rush! See the Kolmanskopp ghost town, an eerie place steeped in history, or venture to Cape Cross to catch sight of the vast seal colony that resides there. Admire prehistoric rock art, or take a hot air balloon ride where you will get the chance to view the big five from above, or even try a plane ride above the stunning scenery. Adventure sports such as biking, trekking and climbing are also readily available. Talk to your colleagues and project staff to get the best prices and information about local tours and book these direct.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

2 weeks $1,745

Extra week $895

DEPARTURE DATES

Monthly - project begins on a Monday (The school is open 14th Jan – end of April, June – late August, 8th September – end of November)

There is very limited availability for April & May 2017 - please check before booking.

There are no spaces available throughout July 2017.

DURATION

 

 

2 weeks +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Ground transfers
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Windhoek (WDH)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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