Travel with a cause: Volunteer in Namibia


Ever dream of getting away from it all and truly immersing yourself in another culture, a conservation effort or simply taking the time to give back?

Namibia offers a host of different volunteer programs focused on wildlife conservation, health care, the environment and teaching. Most volunteers commit to a longer time to really get the most out of it. But there are shorter programs available for those of you who are a little hard pressed for time.

Here are just some of the organizations that offer volunteering in Namibia.

 

The Cheetah Conservation Fund

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The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) offers programs to volunteers as working guests, interns and zookeepers. Volunteers cover the costs of training, accommodation and meals. Volunteers and student interns participate in a variety of general tasks and operations of the program, in addition to a focus area. Your focus area will depend on your background, areas of interest and length of stay at CCF. The best qualification for our program is a willingness to help out wherever needed.

For more information click here 

 

N/a’an ku sê

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N/a’an ku sê offers wildlife conservation and medical volunteer programs. Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteers provide an important resource in caring for and feeding the animals at the sanctuary. Research Volunteers participate in activities such as tracking leopards and cheetahs, as well as assisting the estate with development. Volunteers will also provide hands on support at the Life Line Clinic providing health care for the San Bushmen community.

For more information click here 

 

Elonga Internships

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Elonga puts you in touch with local NGO’s, international and (non)governmental organisations as well as to media and other private enterprises and education institutes. Depending on your interests and abilities you can work, for example, at local schools, kindergartens, orphanages, hospitals, clinics, media companies, universities, ngo’s, tourism organisations or take part in engineering and environment projects. To make such an internship or voluntary job possible we offer pleasant and comfortable accomodation in Windhoek, on walking distance from the city centre. Besides, we have 30 years of experience in Namibia, so we can provide you with advice on getting around in Namibia and give you an inside view on the beautiful culture and nature of Namibia; the land of the endless horizons!

For more information click here

 

Penduka Women Project

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Penduka is a non-governmental development organisation working with women in Namibia to improve their social status and help them support their families and improve their communities. Based in Katutura township in Windhoek, Penduka women make beautiful products - from crafting glass beads to embroidering fabric with the stories of their lives. Every year Penduka offers a limited amount of students a placement, either with product design or more general business skills. If you are interested, contact Kauna at Penduka.

For more information click here

 

The Elephant Human Relations Aid

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The Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA) runs an elephant conservation and volunteer project that aims to reduce elephant-human conflict in the southern Kunene region of Namibia. Volunteers construct protection walls around water points and join the EHRA trackers on weeklong elephant patrols. It's a chance to make a real difference to the conservation of Namibia's desert elephants and have an experience you will never forget.

For more information click here

 

Harnas

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Volunteers at Harnas participate in daily activities such as food preparation, feeding, caretaking, fence patrol, research on rehabilitating animals and animal walks. Harnas gives volunteers the opportunity to make a difference in the animals’ lives, ideally to live a life free of human disturbance. The programmes run for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of three months. If you are older than 40 or just seeking a more luxurious and relaxed experience, you can join the Harnas Exclusive VolunTourist project which runs for two weeks at a time.

For more information click here

 

Biosphere Expeditions

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Biosphere Expeditions is an international non-profit wildlife volunteer organisation, founded in 1999, that runs conservation expeditions (conservation holidays) for environmental volunteers all across the globe. They offer a 2 week volunteer programme in Namibia, safeguarding big cats, elephants and other species of the African savannah. This expedition will take you to the beautiful Khomas Hochland (highlands) in central Namibia to conduct a survey of elephants and African cats (mainly leopard, but also cheetah and caracal) and their interrelationship with humans and prey animals (such as giraffe, eland, kudu, zebras, etc.).  

For more information click here

 

Some useful information and links

  • These are just some of the great opportunities to volunteer in Namibia. To find more, ask a travel specialist
  • Once you've decided that you're going to volunteer in Namibia, take a look at this handy travel planning check list to get you started
  • Want to find out more about Namibia before you make the decision? Read about our culture, wildlife and geography on our website.
  • Africa volunteer work is a once in a lifetime opportunity to help AND explore. Find out about what else you can do in Namibia by downloading one of our travel planning guides here 

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