The diversity of conservation projects we run and you'll be getting involved with is unbeatable.
With over 12 projects, each with their own goal, there’s so much incredible work to get involved with and something for everyone to get particularly passionate about!
Working on everything new research into rhino behaviour, or catching and releasing the smallest mice and birds, plus rehabilitation work with orphaned animals and helping local communities this means the positive effect we have on the environment is felt at every level.
This also gives our volunteers a chance to learn as much about nature and real world ecological skills as possible, gaining new knowledge and helping you with your own personal ambitions in conservation.
As well as providing an incredible adventure and travel experience!
Education – Help at creche schools and with primary schools to teach, play and give children the love and support they need.
Conservation – Help the community develop eco-friendly housing and community engagement projects to teach about the benefits of taking care of the local environment
Tourism – Work with the charities newly launched projects designed to raise awareness about the community to passing tourists such as a café showcasing local cuisine and art gallery
Economic development – permanent solutions for teaching skills people can rely on and improving the local economy are vital. Help the charities artisan and cottage industry’s arts and craft movement, and if you’ve got your own expertise share and develop them.
Sustainable Agriculture – The community grows its own food and rears its own chickens to help with being self sufficient. It also grows and sells cash crops. The charity teaches the community how to manufacture lip balms and face scrubs from a native tree the “Morigna”. Help grow these projects.
The course description
a typical day on this gap project
Weekdays you'll work and volunteer with most of the community and charities projects.
You'll have your morning breakfast with your fellow volunteers, the charities members of staff and the community and go over what’s planned for the day.
Start working on various projects, typically you'll help with more labour-intensive projects like constructing new buildings or agricultural development early in the day and before the hot African sun sets in.
Around mid-day you'll have lunch with the other volunteers and community members.
After lunch and now the children are finished with primary school, you'll be encouraged to come help play with them or even teach and assist with after school homework. Once the kids have left to go home, you'll usually go back to your development projects until the work day finishes at around 5 or 6pm.
You'll spend the rest of the day relaxing and socializing with your now new friends the fellow volunteers, staff or community members at various communal and social areas the community has built.
Dinners are usually around 7pm and you can decide during your stay and with your group if you want the community’s chefs and charities staff member to prepare your food, if you want to cook for yourself or a bit of both.
Who are we looking for?
the requirements for this course
Please note, we do not book, manage or coordinate the following:
Flights (or other transportation to the meeting point)
Visa and Immigration requirements
Vaccinations and health screening/checks
Personal travel insurance
Optional activities (these booked during your stay)
These are your personal responsibility and proof that all requirements are met must be sent ahead of your arrival to take part.
What can we offer you?
why choose us for your gap year
The cost of your placment as well as supporting the community includes:
Accommodation during your stay
Airport transfer from Hoedspruit airport to and from the community
Meals when on site (excludes personal extras)
Programme and activity participation
24-hour emergency onsite support
Meet and greet events in the UK
List of fellow volunteer contact list prior to departure
100% financial security with your booking