For volunteers who are tired of everyday life, who are looking for an experience out of the ordinary and who want to experience an untouched continent, then this is the project for you. Volunteers can work in close contact with wild animals and people from all walks of life. You will be taken on adventures and taught how to read nature and its wildlife. You will conquer fears, the African savannah and experience the unique interaction and bonding with animals. You don’t have to be physically strong, because you will learn how to feel strong. At this project, volunteers live by two things – being an animal lover and to always expect the unexpected. All the money raised through the volunteering program goes directly back into the project and provides employment, education and accommodation to the local Bushman community and ensuring the rescue, survival and rehabilitation of the animals which are housed in natural environments around the site. The funds helps the project to continue the battle for environmental welfare and helps to buy items such as GPS collars for research, building materials, fuel, food and medication for the animals, as well as meals for the volunteers.
Goal Of Project/ How Volunteer Can Contribute
The vision of this project is to be a sustainable nature reserve where specific species can be released, as well as to function as a temporary reception center and recover station for those animals that will be released back into the wild in different areas. All volunteers going to Noah’s Ark can be certain that there will be something they can help the project with. Everything from feeding the animals, financial contributions, and using your skills in practical ways, Noah’s Ark gives all volunteers the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the animals living here.
This project is for volunteers who are willing to make a personal sacrifice and anyone who cares to make a difference. Volunteers will not only experience adventure and wisdom, but the satisfaction of giving back a little of what we have taken away. It is about assisting communities by constructing protective structures around water points, educating community members about elephant behavior, creating alternative drinking points and promoting tourism in affected areas, and ultimately, alleviating the pressure facing communal farmers
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As a volunteer you will be involved in all the daily activities which will include food preparation, feeding, caretaking, cleaning and building of enclosures, waterholes and fences, fence patrol, game counting, animal studies, helping in the children’s day care center, research rehabilitated animals, fear factor games, survivor games, dress up nights, bush walks as well as animal walks and star gazing. This project gives volunteers the opportunity to make a difference in the animals’ lives, and provide the best living conditions and care for the animals that are still in rehabilitation.
Room & Food
Volunteers will be accommodated in wooden cabins in the Volunteer Village. Each cabin can accommodate 4 volunteers at a time, on a same sex basis. There are communal showers and toilets for volunteers to use, and are separate from the cabins. Towels and bed linen is supplied by the project.
The volunteer village is run on solar power, and each room has solar panel lights. Since there is no power at the village, there is a separate room in the main farm where volunteers can charge their cell phones, laptops and cameras.
The volunteer village is located approximately 700 meters from the main farm. Meals can vary from day to day. Volunteers will prepare their own breakfasts, while lunch and dinner is prepared for volunteers. A specific area is allocated to volunteers for their meals, and volunteers are expected to serve themselves, and clear their tables after their meals.
Examples of meals are:
Breakfast – cereal, toast, fruit, yogurt, tea and coffee.
Lunch – sandwiches, burgers, rolls and cold meat, salads.
Dinner – barbeques, lasagna, pastas, vegetables, salads.