This 6 week Conservation Course is located in the same game reserve as the Elephant & Rhino Project, in Zimbabwe. It is ideal for nature enthousiasts, those considering a career in conservation or those who are looking for an in-depth bush experience.
It is an extended, in-depth, African learning experience which combines lectures and hands-on activities on the field with only 10 participants at one time.
The course has set dates, with two sessions in 2020 for now (check “period/cost”). The closest airport is located in Harare where a shuttle will collect the volunteers upon arrival to drive them to the game reserve. Volunteers should arrive before 14h et leave after 11h30.
This course is FGASA (Field Guide Association of Southern Africa) accredited and participants receive a nature enthousiast certificate. It gives the volunteers the opportunity to attend lectures, to join scientific research and field activities.
The activities are supervised by Sam and Vera, who both have guiding and scientific backgrounds, holding a BSc in Zoology and Biology respectively. Special guest speakers and guides will also sometimes join the course to give the ultimate learning experience.
The course combines lectures and hands-on activities in the game reserve.
During the 6 week course, the following subjects will be covered:
- introduction to Zimbabwe and the game reserve
- astronomy, weather and climate
- insects, amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds, mammals
- animal behaviour
- conservation management
- bush survival skills (sleep out)
- tracking skills
- basic weapon handling
Volunteers will spend long hours on the field but will also be part of the community outreach project by teaching local conservation club students about the importance of conservation and how they can make a difference.
A typical daily schedule (please note that this schedule may vary according to the season and activities undertaken.). The example taken here is a day dedicated to mammals:
6h – 9h30 : mammal lecture
9h30 – 10h30 : breakfast
10h30 – 12h30 : field exercice – game drive focusing on mammals diversity
12h30 – 14h : lunch
14h – 17h : field research – micro mammals traps and camera traps
19h : dinner
Saturdays are structured with a Q&A session, a test and then a 1 hour feedback session and Sundays are off.
Volunteers are accomodated at the “Wilderness Camp”, which is surrounded by the African bush. They share a twin en-suite safari-tent style and will have their meals in a communal area with everyone else.
Three meals a day are cooked and served and the laundry can be done at least once a week.
There is no Wifi at the camp but you can buy a local simcard and add data for $1 per day approx.
1st session :
4 April – 17 May 2021
2nd session :
Special rate of $3999 for this first session which represents a 25% discount.
Are included in the Programme Fees: the registration fees, airport transefrs, accommodation, three meals a day, laundry, your supervision.