This volunteering programme is not a package holiday, it is real conservation. You will learn to be one with nature, do hard satisfying work, and walk away with a longing to be back under the desert stars. This is about true adventure and teamwork with like-minded people.
First Week – “Building Week”
You and your team might build a wall around a water tank to protect it from thirsty elephants. Or, you’ll help the local people to set up a small tourist camp to generate some income, or you’ll help to renovate a small village school.
Second Week – On Patrol
This is an amazing week where you join the trackers on a (mostly) vehicle-based patrol! You’ll travel through the amazing landscapes of Damaraland to track desert-adapted elephants.
You’ll be out there for hours under the scorching sun. It’s an authentic experience of Namibia. When you find the elephants you will observe them from a safe spot. You will hear their trumpeting, the rumbling of their stomachs, their chewing. Maybe they have calves. And maybe one of the huge bulls will stand on his hind legs to reach the delicious pods high up on the tree. Only few have the privilege to experience this. And you will be one of them!
Everything happens outside. You sleep in a tent or under the stars. On this trip, you are expected to help with everything. You will complete forms for scientific research, you will help in the kitchen (cook, do the dishes, etc) and will help to set up camp and to keep it neat. You will help to pack the vehicle and will share the sweat and experiences with your team.