Here are a few of the program highlights:
- Program duration varies from 4 weeks to 12 weeks for Volunteers; program duration is 24 weeks for Interns.
- Many departure date options
- Accommodations are included
- Weekends off
- International experience
- Orientation when you arrive
Your typical Day
Most of your time is spent in game viewing vehicles out in the reserve, especially at dawn and dusk when the weather is cooler and the wildlife is most active. The main research focus varies depending on your location and could involve big cats (lions, leopards, and cheetahs), hyena, and elephants.
There is a daily schedule and if not assisting on game drives then you may be working on data entry or helping with camp and cooking duties.
From a personal perspective, you will increase your knowledge of the South African environment, its importance and the threats to it, and help to increase both local and global knowledge and awareness, while contributing to our overall goals and objectives.
Before getting fully involved in the inner workings of our research, you will undergo training that will cover how to carry out extensive radio tracking and monitoring of all the collared predators on the reserve, all while learning a variety of new skills, including mammal and bird identification, ecology and bush first aid. This training will allow you to effectively contribute to the overall program, as you get to know animals on the reserve individually and following their progress and monitor behavior.
Another aspect is our community work, where you will be expected to participate in educational days with local communities, highlighting the importance of conservation.
Why an Internship?
The first 12 weeks of the internship are based on our wildlife research expedition. Here you will assist our team with predator research on big cats, learn about conservation techniques, as well as other wildlife and their habitats. Gain internationally recognised qualifications, track animals using bush skills and telemetry equipment and watch the sunset over the African bush.
On successfully completing the expedition you will have the necessary skills to undertake your 12 week work placement. During this phase, depending on your skills and our partners requirements, you will be based at a conservation organization or a safari lodge catering to tourists.
Your work placement will offer you the opportunity to put into action the skills you learned on the expedition, practice leadership scenarios and gain one of a kind experience in a professional work environment.
Here are some examples of the initiatives that you will work on:
- Detailed monitoring of predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena
- Monitoring and tracking of significant food sources for main predators
- Habitat observation and restoration
After a successful internship, qualifying candidates may be given the opportunity to work for one of our partner organisations in South Africa, or in other countries around the world where our partners operate.
South Africa has some of the most amazing scenery and lots of history. Here are some
places to consider visiting while you are there.
Cape Town is the quintessential melting pot: it is a city alive with creativity, colour, sounds and tastes.
While walking through the city’s streets and meeting its people, you will fall in love with its natural beauty, creative freedom and incredible spirit. Cape Town is a city where the unexpected is always just around the corner and the beautiful province of the Western Cape lies ready to be explored across the city border.
National parks offer visitors an unparalleled diversity of adventure tourism opportunities including game viewing, bush walks, canoeing and exposure to cultural and historical experiences. There exist an incredible amount of parks such as Groenkloof, Kruger, Table Mountain, Marakele, Golden Gate, Camdeboo, Mountain Zebra, Addo Elephant, Garden Route National Park (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, & Wilderness), Bontebok, Agulhas, West Coast, and many more.
Many more opportunities
Other possibilities include the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains, the beauty of the Kalahari Desert, historic Zululand, the fantastic Southern Coast, and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, and many more amazing option in this stunning country.