Volunteering in Namibia
If you want to get a more intimate perspective of Namibia volunteering is a great option. Volunteer positions in wildlife conservation, health care, environmental organisations and teaching can be life changing and formative experiences. Volunteering is a popular way to spend a gap year or a sabbatical and if you are looking to gain some hands on experience in wildlife conservation of community service Namibia is a great place to be. Here are some of the organisations that offer volunteer positions:
P.A.W.S. (People and Wildlife Solutions) is a conservation project by AfriCat and Okonjima to restore cattle farming day back to its original state. The Okonjima Game Reserve encompasses 22 000 hectares of former farmland that is now home to the endangered cheetah. PAWS is in the process of introducing a number of other game species to the park to rebuild a functioning ecosystem. Volunteer activities include the dismantling of old cattle fences, bush cleaning and assisting the cheetah research projects.
The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is dedicated to the survival of the fastest land mammal and its ecosystems. Working guest, interns and zookeepers can join the project to help this fascinating animal. Task are as diverse as education and outreach projects, animal care, field work and tracking, raising guardian dogs and administrative work and record keeping.
Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) is a non-profit organisation that aims to protect Namibia’s environment by educating people about a sustainable lifestyle. Situated in the NamibRand Nature Reserve the NaDEET displays a perfect example of sustainable living. NaDEET offers student internships to promote the environmental education sector. Intern will experience outdoor teaching, programme planning and will complete a relevant research project.
N/a’an ku sê is a charity that works in wildlife conservation as well as education and health care. Volunteers can help the research and conservation of big cats and help with the feeding and caring for baboons and farm animals. N/a’an ku sê also helps the local San community by providing primary health care and running the Clever Clubs School. Medical volunteers are particularly welcome.
Harnas Wildlife Foundation conserves wildlife in eastern Namibia on the border of the Kalahari Desert. Volunteers get a hands-on wildlife experience with animal walks, research, fence patrol, caretaking, feeding and food preparation. Harnas offers a unique experience of the African savannah and encounter with people from all walks of life.
EHRA (Elephant Human Relations Aid) is an elephant conservation project that focusses on reducing elephant-human conflict in the Kunene Region. The desert adapted elephants in Namibia’s northwest are completely unique and fascinating animals. Volunteers can make a difference in elephant conservation by joining the EHRA trackers and constructing protection walls around water holes.