Environmental Programs, South Africa

Environmental programs revolve around educating future generations on conserving the environment, through educational camps and activities put in place to promote sustainability for the future.

Duties include visitor management and outdoor environmental work. For example clearing paths, removing alien vegetation, bird counting, and facilitating awareness programs for people of different ages. There are also various outdoor building and upgrading projects that could be done.

Some projects are very well structured and well managed. Most of these projects are government funded or subsidized through donations. Some projects charge a minimal fee for entrance or for use of facilities.

Volunteers should have a love of the outdoors and a willingness to get their hands dirty, they will at times be working in unpleasant weather conditions. For awareness camps and programs, you must love working with children and be able to work in a team.

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What to Expect?

Volunteers will mainly be accommodated with host families in the greater Cape Peninsula area.

Volunteers who choose an education placement will either be accommodated with host families or at a volunteer house in the city centre. The volunteer house is dormitory accommodation and while we do out best to ensure your preference between the two options, we can't guarantee where you will be housed. It is important to note that all homestays are located at least 30-40 minutes from the centre of Cape Town.

Volunteers on the Wildlife or Monkey Rehabilitation Project will be accommodated in shared staffing accommodation which are separated by gender. Adventure and Surf volunteers will be accommodated at backpacker accommodation or a volunteer house close to the beach.

The accommodation is always safe and secure and you will always be placed with at least one other volunteer. Bedding is provided, but we recommend that volunteers bring their own sleeping bag. Toiletries, towels and any personal hygiene equipment are the volunteer’s responsibility.

Breakfasts generally consist of coffee, toast and cereal. A typical lunch will consists of a packed sandwich (made by yourself) and possibly fruit. Dinners consist of good wholesome South African meals which could include dishes such as stews, casseroles, as well as vegetables and salad. Special dietary requirements can be catered for, but volunteers need to tell us in advance.

Volunteers on the Monkey Rehabilitation programme will be provided with two meals per day and snacks.

Please note that there are no meals included during the weekends and while on orientation. There are many delis, cafes and supermarkets nearby where you can get good meals for under $4.

  • Program ID: # 2247
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    South Africa
    South Africa
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
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  • Costs From:
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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