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Volunteer in Africa

African Experience

With ROV you will live in the heart of a Game Park. Not a one day drive peering out a bus window. You will have six days in the heart of a Game Park assisting the work of the World Wildlife Fund in preserving the endangered Black Rhino.

The most heartwarming time will be the week working at a village kindergarten/creche. You will build new classrooms, soup kitchens, water catchments etc. for the children. You will help to feed, educate and care for them. We have worked with three different communities and helped over 250 children. You will meet amazing people who share your desire to really make a difference. There are few opportunities in any volunteer work abroad program that offer an emotionally fulfilling and satisfying experience like this.


The east coast, where you can be part of our international volunteer program, is a hot-spot for nature lovers with lions, elephants, rhinos, hippos, and a coastal wet-land teeming with bird life. Some of South Africa’s most famous game parks with safari and lodge accommodation are located in this area.You will experience the real Africa living deep in the heart of a game reserve being surrounded by giraffes, warthogs and impalas and bonfires under the magnificent African starry night.

Here there are volunteer opportunities where you can have a major impact on the lives of children and on the rhino conservation efforts to save this wonderful and endangered species in Africa. You will be tracking endangered rhinos, setting night motion sensor cameras and removing illegal snares. You will work at a reptile center, visit the incredible cheetah rehabilitation center, feed African elephants and be on safari in the magnificent Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve. You can expect to see lions, leopards, hyenas, elephants and all the gang from the Lion King!

The east coast is traditional Zulu country and you will learn Zulu, watch Zulu dancing and a weapons fighting display. You will meet a traditional Sangorma (medicine-man), try Zulu beer, take a cruise among hundreds of hippos and crocodiles and, if you choose, you can even go horse riding in the national park where your horse may get up close and personal with the local zebras.

Arrival Day Departure Day Status
03-Dec-17 16-Dec-17 Vacancies
17-Dec-17 30-Dec-17 Vacancies
31-Dec-17 13-Jan-18 Vacancies
14-Jan-18 27-Jan-18 Vacancies
06-May-18 19-May-18 Vacancies
20-May-18 02-Jun-18 Vacancies
03-Jun-18 16-Jun-18 Vacancies
17-Jun-18 30-Jun-18 Vacancies
08-Jul-18 21-Jul-18 Vacancies

 

 

Itinerary Overview

Day 1: Sunday - Arrival Day

When you volunteer abroad in South Africa with Reach Out Volunteers you can have the peace of mind that our Team Leader will be waiting to collect you outside the arrivals area of the Durban Airport. They will be holding an ROV sign and wearing an ROV shirt, so you can’t miss them!

Once you are settled into your accommodation, you will have free time. The accommodation is a one minute walk from a quiet and private beach. For those more adventurous, you can hire a surfboard and catch some waves while the rest of the group arrives. For dinner you will try the local South African speciality, Bunny-Chow (don’t worry it’s not made from bunny rabbits!). It is delicious and you will love it!

Optional activities in Durban:

  • Swimming with Sharks. (Must purchase ADD ON prior to arrival)
  • Hire a surf board or boogie board.
  • Spend a lazy afternoon on the beach.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hostel.

Days 2: Monday - Transport to Somkhanda

After an early breakfast the volunteers will be collected from the accommodation venue and transported to Somkhanda Game Park by shuttle van. The drive from Durban to Somkhanda is approximately 3 hours.

Along the way we will stop at the Endomeni Cheetah project where you will have the chance to interact with these magnificent creatures. In addition to cheetahs you will learn about various other cats that have been rescued and are being rehabilitated. Volunteers will lunch at Endomeni.
At Somkhanda you will be living in the heart of the African wildness. Somkhanda Game Park has 4 out of the Big 5 (elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalo). Volunteers will arrive around 3.00pm and will learn about the Safety Procedures for the Game Park.
Nights here are usually spent sitting around bon-fires under the most magnificent starry skies and you will sleep to the sound of the African wilderness. Incredible!

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge.

Day 3: Tuesday - Getting to know Somkhanda

Here volunteers will learn about the African wilderness and bush land. Somkhanda is home to rhinos, leopards, giraffe, kudu, and various unique African animals. A typical day usually involves some work removing alien plants after which we will go on a game drive. There will be a bush walk from the Lodge accompanied by rangers. Lunch is served at the Restaurant. We usually take a night drive to see nocturnal animals.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge.

Day 4: Wednesday - Elephant interaction and snare patrol

After breakfast we depart for Bayete where we met and interact with elephants. In the afternoon, after returning to Somkhanda we will be involved in a snare patrol.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge.

Day 5: Thursday - Rhino Monitoring

Today we learn the basics of telemetry tracking and use the equipment to find and check on the Rhino population.


  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge

Day 6: Friday - Big 5 Day

Volunteers will be up early in the morning to have a safari through Hluhluwe. This is a Big 5 Game park that was crucial in saving the white rhino species from extinction in the 60’s.  The volunteers will have lunch in the game park and will continue to safari into the afternoon before returning to St Lucia in the late afternoon for dinner.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hostel.

Day 7: Saturday - Get to know St Lucia

St Lucia is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site for its vast biodiversity. There will then be an orientation and lunch where group objectives for the following week are discussed. In the afternoon volunteers will get an orientation of St. Lucia, and have the opportunity to check out the local shops, craft markets and cafes. Enjoy a sunset hippo and crocodile cruise on Lake St. Lucia to see the amazing animals up close, followed by dinner prepared by our local chef.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hostel.

Days 8: Sunday - Beach or Horse riding

You can visit the markets or stroll on the beach. For the adventurous we can even arrange horse riding through the iSimangaliso National Park, where you can get up-close and personal to zebra, wart-hogs and various other African animals.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hostel.

Day 9 & 10: Monday & Tuesday - Project work

Volunteers will spend the next two days working on a construction project at the local crèche. Reach Out Volunteers has helped support over 200 children to receive food, education, sanitation and medication.
Volunteers will be involved in building projects which may include building new classrooms, bathrooms, soup kitchens, general maintenance, and assisting in the cooking.
Lunch each day will be enjoyed at the crèche alongside the children.
You can spend the afternoon working on the construction project or assisting teachers in the crèche with lessons.
The evening activities over the next two nights will include a night drive through St. Lucia where you will be on a safari truck with flashlights spotting hippo, as well as a Zulu lesson and Zulu dancing performance from locals.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation:Hostel.

Day 11: Wednesday - Cultural Day/Optional Activities

Volunteers will go to the crèche in the morning to continue to work with the children. After lunch the volunteers will visit Vyeanne Village where they can really experience the Zulu culture! Volunteers will meet a Sangoma ( a traditional medicine man), and will have the opportunity to dress in traditional Zulu attire, learn to dance like a Zulu and how to become a Zulu warrior! After this amazing experience, volunteers can try Zulu beer to finish the day off!

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hostel.

Day 12: Thursday - Project work and Party

This will be the last day the volunteers will be working at the crèche. You will be finishing off your project work and in the afternoon children at the crèche will throw a good-bye party to celebrate your time there.
After dinner you will participate on a night drive through St Lucia to spot the hippos, various deer and the elusive leopards.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Hostel.

Day 13: Friday - St Lucia– Durban

Volunteers will enjoy a sleep and will have some free time to do some last minute shopping in the markets of St Lucia.
After lunch the volunteers will bus down to Durban to stay at Asteys Backpackers where they will have dinner.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Hostel.

Day 14: Saturday - Fly Out Day– Durban

Volunteers are taken to the airport in time for their flights.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Hostel.

What’s Included:

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.
  • All drinking water.
  • All accommodation.
  • All on ground transport.
  • All program activities unless specified as optional.
  • Building project materials.

Accommodation:

In Durban: Bungalow close to the beach.

In St Lucia: A comfortable hotel.

GamePark: Bungalow or comfortable tent.

Volunteers will be separated in rooms by gender. All linen, pillows, towels provided. Rooms have own private bathrooms, and doors with locks.

Extension Description
South Africa: Trek & Trail - 7 Days
You will be on safari in a Big 5 reserve, walking in the African bush, tracking animal footprints and camping out at night.
South Africa: Orphanage and Game Park - 14 Days
Provide safety, shelter and food to young children in impoverished communities and help protect the endangered rhino populations.
Mozambique Adventure - 14 Days
Volunteer at a village school, go dolphin diving, eat dinner in the home of a local family, learn the local language and much more.
African Volunteering Adventure - 35 Days
This is an amazing experience that allows the more adventurous spirit to be deeply immersed in the real Africa.

Arrival and Departure

Arrival Airport: King Shaka International Airport (DUR) - Durban
Departure Airport: King Shaka International Airport (DUR) - Durban

Arrival Day: Is the first day of your program
Departure Day: is the final day of your program.

Airport Collection Times: 8am -12am (Midnight) on arrival & departure day.

  • Generally all our programs start on Sunday and finish on Saturday.
  • If you are doing an extension after the program please check the relevant Arrival & Departure tab on the program page to confirm your departure airport. If you are unsure email us at admin@rovolunteers.com to confirm.
  • If your flight is delayed and you are landing after the arrival date we can still collect you but a private collection fee will apply.
  • If you have purchased an extra day before or after your program a private collection will be arranged for you. This is included in the fee for the extra day.
  • If you are arriving early or departing late and have not organised an extra day on program with us you will be responsible for your own transfer & accomodation.

 

 

Insurance

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. It is recommended to purchase travel insurance as soon as you've been accepted for your program or at least by the time you pay your Progress Payment or book your flights. When you volunteer abroad it is important to ensure that your policy includes emergency medical evacuation as well as program and flight cancellation.

We suggest that you check the policy you intend to purchase and make sure it has at least the following benefits;

  • Overseas medical costs
  • Emergency medical transport and repatriation
  • Cancellation costs
  • Trip interruption costs

The World Nomads policy accessible below is one of the few Travel Insurance policies that covers volunteering.

Visas

The information below was correct at the time of writing, however visa requirements can change overnight. You must ensure that the details below are still relevant to your situation as it is ultimately your responsibility to organize a visa for your program.

Citizens of the European Union, Australia, Canada and the US do not need visas. If you are not a citizen of these countries please check the website of your nearest South African embassy.

If you need to arrange a tourist visa prior to travelling, we can assist you with documentation. Please send our admin team an email at admin@rovolunteers.com

Before you go…

Check:
  • If you are arriving early - you have purchased an extra night add on and sent an email to admin@rovolunteers.com to confirm, otherwise we will assume you are making your own way to the accommodation on the first day of the program.
  • If you have any long layovers, you may wish to do some research on the airport, check out the following site: http://www.sleepinginairports.net
Pack:
  • We recommend bringing a wifi enabled device in case of delays or issues so you can send and receive email. Also, carry a charging cable and a mini-power pack to recharge the device. (If you are delayed you may spend a lot of time on the phone to insurers and loved ones).
  • Put any medicines and valuables in your carry on luggage so you still have them if your luggage is delayed/lost in transit.
  • Don't forget to bring some warm clothes, toiletries and entertainment in your carry on luggage!
  • Make sure you have appropriate clothing for the climate you are arriving into - look through the get ready information, and also check some weather reports before you leave.
  • If you want to, bring along some donations for the community you will be visiting
  • For some travel packing tips, check out: http://www.marieclaire.com/travel/a17001/packing-tips-tricks-travel
Day of departure:
Arrival…
  • If you are arriving on the first day of program, a team leader wearing a ROV T-Shirt will be waiting at the airport from 8am - Midnight.
  • If you are arriving a day early, the team leader will pick you up at the time specified on your ROV program.
  • If you are delayed and unable to contact us, you should make your way to the accommodation listed in your pre departure email.

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The 14 day African Orphanage and Game Park volunteer program

It is a life changing experience that gives people an opportunity in making a difference in our world. It was an amazing experience and I would definitely do it again.

Breana, United States.