Conserve the Biodiversity in South Africa: Volunteer + Adventure

Make an impact on your world by volunteering in a reserve pivotal in the conservation of the critically endangered black rhino.

International Student Volunteers (a non-profit organization) offers you the chance to volunteer with an organization that helps with the long term survival of species such as rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, zebras and antelope. After giving back, you will then reward yourself by participating in an incredible two week adventure tour, where you’ll enjoy the exuberant local cultures, feel the adrenaline as you squeeze through the caves systems of Swaziland, experience the abundant marine life of the warm Indian Ocean waters in Mozambique and so much more!

The reserve where you will be volunteering was set up to protect the land from the continued agricultural encroachment that has been threatening the surrounding area. Although the habitat is relatively unspoiled, many of the animals have been hunted out of the area which has led to an ecological re-introduction scheme being setup to restore the ecological integrity of the area.

The reserve has focused on the conservation of the black rhino, with a successful breeding program running for the last 20 years. In addition, it is also an important host reserve for TB-free buffalo, leopard, brown hyena, giraffe, white rhino, hippopotamus, crocodile, zebra, wildebeest, sable, roan, as well as many other species of antelope. ISV will assist with baseline biodiversity surveys which are vital for assessing the current state of the ecosystem and allowing the reserve to evaluate the possibilities of future re-introduction of wildlife.

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What to Expect?

Volunteer Project:

ISV volunteers will complete a two day training course which will prepare you to safely work in a big game environment. This will give you a foundation of knowledge on animal identification, tracking, and behavior. On project, volunteers will spend approximately 2/3 of their time in the field and 1/3 of their time in camp learning about African conservation management and the ecosystems.

Each day, the field groups will start early in the morning, as this is when much of the wildlife is active. The group that remains at camp will start lectures. In the afternoon, the groups will switch and field groups will head out to research and manage the reserve. Time schedules vary depending on the research needs of the day and the weather conditions. All volunteers will have at least one full day off and probably another morning or afternoon. They may spend this as they wish at camp: relaxing, swimming, playing tennis, reading, or sunbathing.

Adventure Tour:
On the Adventure Tour, you will explore the natural and cultural wonders in South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique. ISV’s tour is like no other, and includes a host of activities that will leave you breathless. Swim with whale sharks and manta rays in the warm waters of Mozambique before exploring its culturally rich capital, Maputo. Experience the thrill of horseback riding or mountain biking through game reserves as you observe wild animals right next to you. Visit an elephant and monkey sanctuary and feel the rhythm of Africa with native drumming and dance lessons.

There is also an additional excursion available to extend your adventure to Botswana and Zambia.


About our organization:

International Student Volunteers is committed to impacting our world by providing life-changing volunteer experiences abroad. ISV has been operating student programs since 1983, but has focused on Volunteer and Adventure Travel since 2002. Since then, more than 20,000 participants have contributed to ISV’s global volunteer efforts, making a significant impact across six continents. ISV programs offer unparalleled opportunities to get involved in the front lines of sustainable community development and conservation initiatives internationally, in addition to exploration, adventure and cultural exchange, while traveling through one or more countries. This program is open to everyone, not just students. We are not a sending agent –we run our own programs with our own trained staff to ensure you have the most amazing experience possible. ISV sets the industry standards for best practices, safety, opportunities to learn, and of course fun!

International Student Volunteers, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation in the U.S. organized under the Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable and educational purposes.

  • Program ID: # 1910
  • duration:
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
  • location:
    Cape Town
    South Africa
    33° 53' 51.9972" S, 18° 31' 22.6164" E
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
  • Closest Airport:
  • Costs From:
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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