VOLUNTEER ECO-ADVENTURE EXPERIENTIAL ECO-LEARNING PROGRAMS
Are you passionate about wildlife that needs care and nurturing? Are you a Wildlife Warrior who has a willingness to fight for the animals cause? Do you want an experience of a lifetime? Are you an adventurer, seeking mild to wild African adventures? Are you Conservation Aware? Are you interested in Conservation Projects? Are you interested in making a difference? Are you interested in Outcome based learning?
If you answered yes to all these questions then any one of our Core Specialized African Edu-Eco Wizard Wildlife, Marine Awareness and Conservation Awareness Adventure learning programs is for you. Regionally, the programs are presented on the magnificent and beautiful Garden Route of South Africa based predominantly out of Plettenberg Bay.
OUR CORE SUSTAINABILITY LEARNING PHILOSOPHY IS EMBEDDED IN FIVE PILLARS OF AWARENESS
- Wildlife, Marine & Conservation Awareness
- Wildlife Management, Care & Husbandry Awareness
- Terrestrial, Marine and Coastal Research Awareness Initiatives
- Wildlife, Coastal/Marine & Conservation Awareness Learning Initiatives
- Environmental and Conservation Adventure Awareness Initiatives
Our commitment and philosophy is to give you an experience of a lifetime all the while assisting us in our conservation efforts. Whether it is working with Elephant management initiatives or in the day-to-day operation of a Game Ranch or being involved in an Outcome based Research program or being part of an Outcome-based Learning program, we have the program where you can get down and dirty in our adventurous, experiential, fun-filled and fulfilling African experience. Integrated into your Volunteer experience are a variety of Conservation awareness adventure activities which are incorporated into your program content. The only limitation is on your time and budget.
The core venues for the presentation of our Volunteer programs vary from program to program along the Garden Route. Venues include the Elephant Sanctuary in the Crags with a focus on the African Elephant; the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve just outside Plettenberg Bay with a focus on Wildlife Management, Field Guiding and Game Ranch Management; De Vasseloot Camp Terrain in Natures Valley for Conservation related Research initiatives; Addo Elephant National Park near Port Elizabeth where the focus is on wild roaming Elephants, Wildlife of all sorts and A Fully Self-contained and Functional National Park; the Greater Marine Protected Area of Plettenberg Bay where an array of Marine related awareness programs and training initiatives are presented; and Buffalo Hills Nature Reserve where formal and informal experiential outcome-based wildlife and bush awareness programs are conducted. Other venues within the region will be added from time-to-time as the program base expands.
The only criteria for acceptance onto any one of our programs are that you are at least 18 years old. Whether you are a student on a gap year, or want a break from your office, or are retired, or you just want to get away from it all for a while, join us and experience a unique experiential lifetime opportunity of Wildlife volunteering and Conservation based adventure.
Each program is outcome based where all facets of each program are carefully planned, monitored, managed and qualified. All participants take away invaluable knowledge and experience which can be easily quantified.
Programs vary in duration from program to program. We suggest a minimum of 2-weeks on a program to gain maximum benefit from the program and the outcomes expected and desired of the program and your experience. Programs are not limited and may extend to 60 or even 90 days. We offer shorter 5 – 7 day programs with the Elephants which can be incorporated into an existing program as an extension activity to an existing volunteer program. Once again the only limitation is your time and budget.
Each of our programs is designed to give you a fascinating insight into Africa’s Wildlife, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ranching, Marine Conservation Awareness Learning and Conservation based Afro-Tourism Adventures. You must be fully prepared to get down and dirty to get the ultimate hands on experience under the expert guidance of your program leader and the experts at each of our representative facilities. This includes enclosure maintenance, project developments and sound husbandry management principles being applied to the benefit of each of the animal groupings or conservation research initiatives in question.
Our principle aim is for you, the Wildlife, Marine and Conservation Aware Volunteer, to leave us enriched by your African Wildlife, Marine and Conservation Volunteer experience, where you become an ambassador for Africa’s Wildlife, Marine and Conservation initiatives. You will have a far better insight and understanding of the dilemma facing Africa’s Wildlife and Marine Environments and on the other side of the scale the success stories and your contribution to conservation in the face of adversity.
No previous experience is required. You need to be in good health, reasonably fit, have an ability to endure long hours when involved in specific projects and be at least 18 years old and no older than 65 years old. It is necessary for you to be able to speak and understand English so as to converse with your peer volunteers and all the staff assisting with or managing the programs. You must be totally prepared to get down and dirty.
An extreme passion for Wildlife, Marine and Conservation related experiential adventure with educational learning objectives is an absolute must. It is essential to know that the programs require dedication, motivation, determination and passion. Hard work is a guarantee. The reward for your hard work and commitment is also a guarantee. Each program will leave you satisfied with your contributions and fulfilled in the knowledge that your contribution is rewarded.
BE prepared for the good and the bad of animal husbandry. The good being feeding, monitoring, care and handling. The not so good is the cleaning of enclosures including faecal matter and repairs & maintenance.
BE prepared to be hands-on in our diverse and varied Research initiatives where you observe, immerse, assist and help collate data and record it appropriately as a contribution to a greater conservation awareness cause.
BE prepared to get immersed in a variety of Ecological and game ranch management initiatives which demand commitment and physical energy expenditure. At day’s end you will feel fulfilled and elated with the accomplishment of the tasks at hand.
BE prepared for the ultimate Marine Sea-fari Volunteer Learning experience where you will get up close and personal with a number of marine mammals and animals. You will become immersed in Coastal Marine Environmental initiatives – the ecosystem, its ecology and the boundless depths of the “BIG-BLUE” knowledge bank.
BE prepared for presentations and group feedback sessions which encourage life skills development and growth.
BE prepared to learn and be enriched daily by new skills, talents and knowledge.
BE prepared to invest some brainpower into outcomes based learning.
BE prepared to unleash your spirit of adventure and desire for fulfillment.
BE prepared for the unexpected – even though expected
VOLUNTEER LEARNING PROGRAMS OFFERED INCLUDE
- 2-Week – THE BIG FOOT ELEPHANT ‘LIVING’ Eco-Learning Volunteer Program
- 4-Week – DWINDLING GIANTS – ELEPHANT BEHAVIOR & MANAGEMENT – WILD & QUASSI CAPTIVE Eco-Learning Volunteer Program
- 4-Week – EXPERIENTIAL WILDLIFE AND BUSH AWARENESS Volunteer Learning Program
- 4-Week – GAME RANCH AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AWARENESS Volunteer Learning Program
- 4-Week – MARINE ANIMAL INTERPRETIVE LEARNING Volunteer Learning Program