If you’re looking for an experience that will allow you to explore a new ecosystem and all its inhabitants, the Conservation Volunteer Programme at Amakhala Foundation awaits! Whether you’re seriously interested in the conservation of endangered species, want to do scientific research in a particular habitat, or just wish to photograph wildlife, this project fits the bill.
All aspects of conservation are addressed in this programme. The longer you stay, the more in-depth your encounter will be. Although they cater for visits of any duration, they do recommend a minimum of 8 weeks to fully experience the African bush.
The reserve is continuously monitoring and managing game. As a Conservation Volunteer you will help behind the scenes with various reserve projects and priorities. The team’s duty is to provide accurate, up-to-date scientific information on the reserve and its animals to those who make the life changing decisions within the reserve.
Conservation and community projects in the Eastern Cape of South Africa
The Amakhala Foundation also focuses on the following community projects:
- Environmental Education: The programme aims to cultivate an understanding and love of nature in the children who visit the Amakhala Conservation Centre (ACC), to increase awareness and concern so that future generations can enjoy our natural habitats.
- Craft Centre: The programme creates opportunities for unemployed members of the local community to generate income through the sale of beaded articles, as well as hand sewn and printed items.
- Isipho Charity Trust: The independent charity trust operates through a centre in the nearby town of Paterson. It supports over 300 children through two preschool classes, an after-care programme, feeding scheme and school materials. It also provides much needed psycho-social support and HIV/AIDS education in the local community.
- Education and Skills Development: The training programmes enable staff members to take on new positions and responsibilities.
The Amakhala Foundation is home to the community and conservation projects of the Amakhala Game Reserve, as well as the educational projects of the Conservation Centre. It was established in 2009 to coincide with the Reserve’s 10th anniversary, and is overseen by a Trust with five members. The Foundation is funded by outside donor bodies as well as through the payment of bed levies from Amakhala’s commercial lodges.
The Expedition Project is a social enterprise! Please use the enquiry form below – by doing so you are supporting both this project and projects nearby at no extra cost. You will also get access to similar projects, accommodation discounts and special offers.
Contact your programme co-ordinator here or via the enquiry form below for a volunteer information pack.
Check dates, availability, pricing and register your interest here.
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