Run by: The Great Projects
Reference number: Wildlife Orphanage in South Africa
Start Dates are every Saturday of each month.
The Great Projects is proud to support and promote this incredible venture, inspiring and educating underprivileged children in South Africa about the importance of wildlife conservation. South Africa has a large proportion of underprivileged children, which results in dramatic overcrowding in schools.
The unique, non-profit bush school and wildlife orphanage provides the optimal setting for children to interact with small and large African animals in a safe and secure environment, and as a result, learn about their importance in the surrounding ecosystems.
Each Monday, the project welcomes a group of 8 local, underprivileged children for one week. Wildlife volunteers on this project help to provide these children with information about the animals and their welfare, along with conservation and the country's heritage. The overall aim of doing so is to encourage the children to interact with their surroundings and discover a passion for caring for their environment and the species residing within it.
On this project, you will get the chance to take part in a wide variety of exciting activities. Below are examples of some of those included in this project.
Helping in the education of the children
Volunteers will be encouraged to try and adjust their teaching for each and every child, so they suit the children’s differing learning levels and abilities. Children here are between 13 and 15 years of age, and you will be involved in helping them in their education, teaching them English, Maths and Biology among other things.
Working with the animals resident at the orphanage
As a volunteer, you will be expected to accompany the children on stabling duties. These tasks include maintaining and cleaning the animal cages and camps, as well as replenishing the food and water supplies.
Volunteers will also assist with monitoring the condition and health of the animals as well as collecting data and keeping records. Sometimes volunteers will also have to help with basic first aid for the animals.
Renovation, building and maintenance
The wildlife orphanage is continually growing, and often physical work is required from volunteers at times when they are not teaching. These duties can include: building new, or renovating existing animal camps and cages, as well as construction and general repairs.
Teaching the children invaluable life skills
Aside from teaching the children vital subjects such as English and Maths, you will also be involved in teaching them invaluable life skills about relationships, substance abuse, safe sex, violence and respecting the environment in which they live.
Weekends during the project are free for volunteers to explore the area surrounding the wildlife orphanage. Nearby are the Kruger National Park and the town of Hoedspruit - both perfect places in which to explore!
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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