South Africa Wildlife Conservation Project

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Are you interested in environmental conservation or an up close experience with African wildlife? Volunteering on the Wildlife Conservation Project in South Africa is your chance to work on a reserve of over 10,000 hectares while learning about animals, their habitats and how you can protect them. Spend time at the base camp in Sabati and at permanent bush camps tracking and monitoring animals, educating local school children, working in the animal rehabilitation center, and much more.

Volunteering Activities:

  • Bio-mapping
  • Invasive species plant control
  • Park perimeter control and patrolling
  • Working in the tree nursery
  • Education at local schools about wildlife conservation
  • Catch and release tagging and monitoring of animals
  • Flora and Fauna identification
  • Working in the animal rehabilitation center
  • Check out a typical day at the project


  • 2 weeks: $ 1,830
  • 4 weeks: $ 3,120
  • 6 weeks: $ 4,320
  • 8 weeks: $ 5,475
    *Subject to change

Deadline to Apply for a $100 Early Application Discount is March 1st for all programs beginning in 2013! 

Along with gaining amazing life experiences, your program also includes:

  • Accommodations in lodging or tent sites 
  • 3 meals a day
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Guidebook
  • 24-hour emergency assistance
  • Arrival transfer service from the airport to volunteer lodging
  • Arrival orientation
  • Daily transport to and from the project
  • Onsite staff support
  • Check out these additional weekend excursions

Greenheart Travel also donates a portion of your fee to offset the carbon footprint of your travels.

Want to make a positive, long-lasting impact on your community? Is there a great project or idea in your new community that could use funding for further growth? Apply for a Greenheart Grant!

2013 Program Dates:

Dates subject to change

Jan. 14
Feb. 18
March 11
April 15
May 13, 27
June 10, 24
July 15, 29
Aug. 5, 19
Sept. 16
Oct. 14
Nov. 11
Dec. 2

Application due 8 weeks prior to requested start date

Requirements to volunteer abroad in South Africa:

In researching a volunteer abroad program, you have already shown you are a leader and open-minded. These are just a few of the traits that our volunteers possess. You’re motivated to immerse yourself in another culture and flexible enough to live outside your comfort zone. You should also:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Consent to criminal background check for volunteers 18 and older (Greenheart Travel will process this for U.S. citizens) – more information 
  • Willingness to help with any and all needs of the project
  • Minimum 2 week commitment (maximum 3 months)
  • Early childhood education background and/or teaching experience is helpful, but not required