We’ve Unpacked All The Benefits. Volunteering in Africa could be for you!
Are you inquisitive? Do you love change, adventure and discovering new places, new horizons and new ways of looking at the world? Most importantly, do you care? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, then volunteering in South Africa is for you.
WHY VOLUNTEER IN SOUTH AFRICA?
South Africa is a richly diverse country and home to Africa’s iconic “Big 5”. It’s also home to some of Africa’s most important conservation projects where wildlife experts are fighting the threats to wildlife and biodiversity daily.
You too can join the battle for Mother Earth’s resources. Wildlife volunteering at Rockwood in our conservation programme in South Africa is the single biggest thing you can do to help preserve Africa’s wildlife.
UNIQUE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION APPROACH
Situated in the Northern Cape of South Africa, Rockwood is a 30 000 acre pristine reserve nestled between the Great Karoo and the Kalahari. It’s home to a variety of African species, including over 300 Southern white rhino.
Rockwood runs a highly reputable and successful program. Here, volunteers become part of a unique approach to conservation, called “aggressive conservation”. This involves research, education and a direct on-the-ground approach to protecting and encouraging the growth of the rhino population and other species.
With a hundred rhino calves born at the reserve, the success of Rockwood’s strategy is undeniable. But we need help to continue preserving and protecting our fragile biodiversity.
VOLUNTEER YOUR HELP
Volunteers at Rockwood are given a chance to work with experienced conservationists, including professional rangers who work daily to protect our rhinos.
YOUR DAILY WILDLIFE VOLUNTEER ROUTINE
- Feeding rhinos and other animals
- Monitor rhino health with rangers
- Upkeep of rhino camps
- Assist in data collection
- Assist vets
- Provide care for orphaned animals
- Check and maintain camera traps
- Clean and maintain horse stables
- Feed and care for horses
- Grooming and working with foals
- Check and maintain fences and gates
OTHER VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
- Learn to ride horses and join Rockwood’s rangers in monitoring rhinos on horseback
- Take part in electronic chipping and collecting samples
- Develop activities and lessons for local schools and community engagement
- Photograph and write about events and experiences at Rockwood
- Help capture data onto research database
- At Rockwood, you will get to experience hands-on conservation efforts and be part of making a real difference. So, break out of your comfort zone, live life, embrace your passions and volunteer in Africa.