The Best of: Africa Volunteering
A vast and stunning continent, Africa remains an enigma to many of us. With so much to offer it is difficult to know where to start travelling. The continent boasts what may be the largest combination of density and “range of freedom” of wild animal populations, with large carnivores and herbivores roaming wildly both on private and open plains. In total, there are 3,000 protected areas, including 198 marine protected areas, 50 biosphere reserves, and 80 wetland reserves.
BUT every 20 minutes, roughly another 3,500 humans are born and one or more entire species become extinct. As our population grows, other species are dying out. Protecting areas is not enough. Active conservation work is needed!
We are privileged to be working with some incredible projects out in Africa which are right on the forefront of animal protection. The following are just a few which offer you the opportunity to work firsthand to protect these species and to experience life and culture on this incredible continent…
Home to the Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Animal Hospital and Rhino Awareness Centre, this project’s mission is to return the 25,000 hectares of neglected land to its former glory and in doing so replenish the wildlife that once called it home. This project will get you roaring and raring to help these endangered rhinos, elephants, big cats and many other predators.
With PADI qualifications available, once you’ve learned to dive your work will involve locating, mapping and studying large areas of untouched coral and their intertidal inhabitants. Alongside your underwater work, you’ll explore wonderfully strange mangrove forests, participating in transects to record populations living there. Finally, you might conduct interviews with local Malagasy people and help to raise environmental awareness by promoting conservation in local schools and villages.
Face your fears and witness one of the most formidable predators in action. This incredible project works to save one of the most misunderstood species in the world: the great white shark. Travel to South Africa and plunge into the specially designed cage, where you will come up close and personal with these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. This will help researchers collect data on the behaviour and interaction of sharks to better understand the species.
Realize the wonders of the natural world while working to save it as a volunteer on The Great Gorilla Project. On this award-winning, 13-night trip to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest you’ll get up close and personal with the magnificent mountain gorillas in their natural habitat – a genuine ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience.
There is no better way to experience the stunning African wilderness than to embark on a quest to learn about its fascinating ecosystems and wildlife in some of Southern Africa’s most diverse game reserves. Perfect for adventurous spirits thirsty for knowledge or students considering a career in the field, the EcoQuest course is a unique learning experience with the African bush as your classroom.