Wildlife Caretaker, Namibia

Omaheke Region, Namibia

$2795.00

 

The Experience

Do you have a passion for animals and caretaking? Are you looking for an immersive wildlife care program but is unsure of where to search? Then your search is over as we have for you our Wildlife Caretaker program done in Namibia! 

This program is designed for volunteers whom may wish to learn and experience the caretaking of animals. Said caretaking may range from the small and helpless to the big and mighty of animals. The program is geared to give the volunteer the ability to care for infant animals, injured animals, abused animals as well as the healthy and large animals. Volunteers will be involved in many of the core activities as wildlife volunteers with the added layer of responsibility and oversight. The caretaker volunteers are intensively trained in the daily care for animals in a wildlife sanctuary. Part of the training will include educational tutorials by Marieta van der Merwe (owner of the project) as to the standard of care for each animal. Caretaker volunteers will be responsible for overseeing the standard of care for their assigned animals and will be required to keep detailed records of the wellbeing of animals in their care. It is also important to keep in mind that this program is based on the Wildlife Conservation program and joins the activates some of the time. The difference is, that the caretaker is the one taking care of the baby animals and would most work on this!

Volunteers will be required to commit to a minimum of 4 weeks! The work with the wildlife at the project is physically demanding, yet very rewarding. Seize this amazing opportunity to do something worthwhile!

 

This Is Why

  • Help at our Wildlife Conservation project based in Namibia!
  • Work alongside an amazing team of staff and other volunteers to care for baby animals of the Sanctuary!
  • Develop new skills, make new friends and learn all about wildlife!

 
 
Project Details
  • Key Start Dates
    The project prefers applicants starting on Fridays so they would need volunteers to arrive a day before as pick ups are done early Friday morning, do keep in mind that we would not be arranging your stay for the night in Windhoek. The airport that volunteers would need to fly to is in Namibia, Windhoek. The airport is called Hosea Kutako. We will arrange pickup and drop off from the airport or from the accommodation in Windhoek to the project. Contact us for recommendations!
  • Package Price

    04 Week: $2,795.00 US$
    06 Weeks: $3,795.00 US$
  • Volunteer duration
    4 - 6 weeks 
  • Average Work hours
    The volunteers work every day, because the animals need feeding and caretaking every day, this means 8-9 hours per day. But Saturdays and Sunday are a bit slower and on Sundays there are no activities besides feeding. That way the volunteers can get some time to rest and recharge.
  • Number of Volunteers
    10-50
  • Volunteer accommodation
    Provided by the Project
  • Housing Type
    Volunteers will be placed in the project’s volunteer village. There are several wooden cabins, communal showers, toilet facilities, and a bar/eating area where you will have all your meals. There is also a small swimming pool. You will share a cabin with up to three other volunteers of the same gender. Bed linen is provided as well as a towel. You will have a shelving unit for your clothes and other stuff. Toilet and showering facilities are located in the middle of the cabin area.
    Internet Access: Available at the Lapa, the eating and bar area.
  • Who Are They Looking For?
    Love of the outdoors and a passion for wildlife is a priority. Must have an open mind. Must be respectable towards superiors and fellow volunteers. Must be comfortable with a change of environment and the environment at the project is very different from home. You are allowed to drink alcohol in the evening but of cause not while you are working with the animals. You are allowed to smoke outside but not under any roof or in any enclosure. We will not tolerate the use of drugs. Please remember that you are a guest, therefore, respecting the rules is essential.

Fast Facts: 

Where? Namibia

Country Size: 825,419 km² 
318,696 mi²

Population density? 3 per Km²

Country Famous for? Wildlife, Etosha National Park, Sand Dunes, Rhinos, Cheetahs, Lions, friendly people, the Himba Tribe, Immense and Unique History, Niche Culture.

When to visit: All year round 

    • What's Included
      • Placement
        Wildlife Caretaker, Namibia
      • Accommodation
        Volunteers will be placed in the project’s volunteer village. There are several wooden cabins, communal showers, toilet facilities, and a bar/eating area where you will have all your meals. There is also a small swimming pool. You will share a cabin with up to three other volunteers of the same gender. Bed linen is provided as well as a towel. You will have a shelving unit for your clothes and other stuff. Toilet and showering facilities are located in the middle of the cabin area!
      • Meals
        You will receive three meals per day which include breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals are generally basic but tasty and filling. Breakfast can be porridge, cereal, eggs or pancakes. Common dishes for lunch and dinner include burgers, goulash, pasta with meat sauces, rice, sauce and potatoes. There is also an afternoon snack/cake and juice. Namibia is a meat-eating country and this you will notice as many of your meals will contain meat. However, we can accommodate vegetarians, as well as other dietary requirements. We have experience catering for lactose-free and gluten-free diets, as well as for other intolerances. Please be aware though that the project is located in a relatively remote part of Namibia. If you have extensive dietary requirements, please coordinate with us in advance to ensure that we are prepared for your arrival and we are aware
        of exactly what you require.
      • Transportation

        The programs start on a Friday and end on a Thursday. If you are flying into Namibia, please arrange for a flight to Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek. As our transport leaves very early Friday morning, we ask volunteers to arrive in Windhoek on the Thursday. You are responsible for arranging your own accommodation for that night. The project’s shuttle bus will pick you up at your accommodation establishment strictly at 09h00. Please remain at your accommodation establishment. Please ensure that we have received the necessary information about your pick-up spot at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival in Namibia.
      • Ongoing service

        If there are any problems with your volunteer project we are always there to help you and mediate between yourself and the organization.
      • Tours

        Through our organization you have the possibility to book tours in Namibia after you have finished your volunteer project.
      • 24/7 Emergency contact
        If there are any problems during your stay in Namibia you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.

      What's not included: Flights, Insurances, Dinners, Lodging in Windhoek if required and any activities and sight-seeing that has a fee attached to it.

      Package Price: 
      04 Weeks: $2795.00 US$
      06 Weeks: $3795.00 US$

    • RESPONSIBILITIES

      It is important to keep in mind that as a volunteer you must undergo training to learn the basics of the Sanctuary. Once trained your daily tasks would entail:

      • Food preparation, Feeding, Animal interaction, Taking care of Babies and Record keeping.
      • Caretakers will be responsible for overseeing the standard of care given to their assigned animals.
      • They will be leaders amongst the other volunteers with regard to the functioning of their team, and how their team cares for and interacts with their animals.
      • AFeeding big carnivores and Animal Walks.
      • They are to ensure that sick animals are treated regularly and are observed for any changes for better or worse and more tasks in the same vein.
      • It is important to note that more will be expected of Caretaker volunteers should one of their animals be injured or ill or should there be another (non-assigned) animal that requires extra observation and care.
  • Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
    • Required to commit to a minimum of 4 weeks.
    • You must respect and love animals;
    • You must be tolerant towards others and abide by all sanctuary rules;.
    • You must welcome team work but also be able to work alone;
    • Age: 18-45
    • Must have a good knowledge of English and confident in speaking it.
    • Good communication skills
    • You must be up to date in your routine Vaccinations.
    • Must be able to work as part of a team or individually.
    • No animal allergies.
    • Must be polite and courteous to the public at all times.
    • You must have a Wildlife and accident insurance for the period that you are going to be at the sanctuary.
    • Must not be hypersensitive about cleaning and maintenance work, must also be open minded, must always show respect to older staff and fellow volunteers, must also have a good sense of humor.
  • Fast Facts
    • Project location
      Gobabis, Namibia
    • Area Famous For
      Wildlife, Etosha National Park, Sand Dunes, Rhinos, Cheetahs, Lions, friendly people, the Himba Tribe, Immense and Unique History, Niche Culture!
    • When to visit
      All year round 
  • Itinerary & Details
    Day 1 - Arrive in Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek;
    You will arrive in Windhoek where you will need to spend the night, please be reminded that you will need to arrange your own accommodation for the night. The project’s shuttle bus will pick you up at your accommodation establishment strictly at 09h00. 
    For 4 - 6 Weeks – Help, rescue, care and rehabilitate injured Wildlife!
    For the coming weeks you will have a great time working directly with many different kinds of animals and helping the project in their goal of taking in injured, abandoned or orphaned animals then rehabilitating them so that they can one day return to the wild or if not, to have the best possible life in captivity. 
    Your last day
    - At the end of the program, you will arrive back in Windhoek at around lunchtime. Our shuttle bus will drop you off at your arranged accommodation establishment. Of course, it is possible to extend your stay and travel around. 
  • Accommodation

    All of our volunteers will be housed in the Volunteer Village of the project. This is an area, about a 10-minute walk (700 metres) from the main farm area, set aside solely for the volunteers. There are several wooden cabins, communal showers, toilet facilities, and a bar/eating area where you will have all your meals. There is also a small swimming pool. You will share a cabin with up to three other volunteers of the same gender. Bed linen is provided as well as a towel. You will have a shelving unit for your clothes and other stuff. Toilet and showering facilities are located in the middle of the cabin area. There are 12 individual shower stalls and several toilet stalls. The volunteer village is located right next to a waterhole and there is something magical about watching kudu, wildebeest, eland and springbok—as well as the occasional giraffe or zebra—grazing or taking a drink on your way to breakfast as the sun rises over the grassland.

    Things to bring from home

    • Please be aware that Namibia’s summer months are very warm, whereas the winter months are generally hot during the day and can get very, very cold at night (below freezing!). If you are traveling to Namibia during the months of May to August, please make sure you bring warm clothes for evenings and mornings. Please also remember that while working, you may get dirty and you will be working in close contact with animals. Please bring clothes that are ready to work just as hard as you are! Finally, while you will be working with international volunteers on a farm that is used to foreign visitors, please avoid wearing extra short shorts or overly revealing tops out of respect for local customs and social habits.
    • Remember to have with you/bring along; Visa, Proof of travel/medical insurance, Casual light weight working clothes, Shorts, T-shirts, Sweaters, Long trousers/pants, Small backpack for daily use, Raincoat, Water bottle, Comfortable and durable work/hiking boots, Sandals or flip flops, Fleece or warm jackets, A good pair of leather/work gloves, Sunscreen and hat, Swim wear, towel – (there is a pool at the volunteer village), Toiletries, Raincoat and gumboots (only if visiting from Sept to April), Flashlight/headlight and batteries, Alarm clock, Note book and pen, Proof of inoculations (including tetanus), First aid kit and and any personal medication, Insect/mosquito repellant, Mosquito net, Medical Aid card, Camera, Cash or access to cash for personal use before and after your stay at the project, Pocket knife (optional), Power adaptor: 220/240 volts. Outlets are of the round 3 pin - 15 amp type, Sleeping bag (optional) — we provide sleeping bags for sleep-outs with the animals, however if you would prefer to bring your own or if you are coming during the winter months and would like some extra warmth at night, please feel free to bring your own.

    Meals

    You will receive three meals per day which include breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals are generally basic but tasty and filling. Breakfast can be porridge, cereal, eggs or pancakes. Common dishes for lunch and dinner include burgers, goulash, pasta with meat sauces, rice, sauce and potatoes. Namibia is a meat-eating country and this you will notice as many of your meals will contain meat. However, we can accommodate vegetarians, as well as other dietary requirements. We have experience catering for lactose-free and gluten-free diets, as well as for other intolerance’s. Please be aware though that the project is located in a relatively remote part of Namibia. If you have extensive dietary requirements, please coordinate with us in advance to ensure that we are prepared for your arrival and we are aware of exactly what you require. We cannot just pop out to the store here.

    Location

    The organization is located in Namibia, approximately 300 km east of the capital Windhoek. It is important to keep in mind that the project is remotely based and is quite some distance away from the nearest town. Be prepared for a change of environment! 

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