Elephant Conservation Volunteering in Naimiba
If you have a passion for elephants and want to have a chance to observe them in their natural habitat, as well as developing your own tracking and monitoring skills, then join our fantastic project focused on elephant conservation in Namibia. Water is scarce in the region due to low rainfall and desertification, and a fierce competition for resources is taking place in this beautiful country between the elephants and the rural communities. This project is trying to improve the lives of both by creating sustainable solutions that allow communities and elephants to live side by side and is the only project in the area providing regular data to the government.
Because of conservation efforts over the last 20 years, the population of the desert elephants of Damaraland has risen dramatically from 52 to over 600. This is great news not only for the elephants, but also for the people of Namibia as the elephants generate important revenue through tourism in the region although this can be difficult for communities to appreciate when they are in competition with this impressive animal. Join this conservation project and contribute to the efforts being made to enable animals and people to live amicably in this beautiful land.
The volunteer role is split into 2 distinct week during which time you will develop your bush and wildlife monitoring skills. An example of your daily schedule is as follows:
Week 1 - Build week
06.00: If you are on breakfast duty, you’ll wake up and make the fire for tea and coffee and deliver them to everyone in bed! Then you’ll prepare breakfast.
07.30: Start work. Tasks involve hand mixing cement, collecting rocks, sand and water and building walls.
12.00: - 14.00 Lunch time followed by a much needed siesta.
14.00 - 17h00: Finish work for the day and head back to camp. If you are on duty, you’ll cook dinner.
Week two – Patrol Week: (precise times are set by the movements of the elephants)
06.00: If you are on breakfast duty, you’ll wake up and make the fire for tea and coffee
07.30: Pack the cars and head out to track elephants. Volunteers will collate ID photos note down GPS positions and also help to spot other game that the project monitors. This will be on foot.
12.00: The group will take sleep while the elephants rest. Once they move, so will you. The end of the day depends on the elephants and the work that needs to be done. You will return to camp before dark. If you are on dinner duty you will prepare the dinner.
During your placement you will learn navigation and tracking skills as well as camp and key bush craft skills, an experience not to be missed.
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