Volunteering in Africa
We receive numerous calls and letters from school and university leavers looking for ‘gap’ work at one of our projects in Africa. Sadly these opportunities are very rarely possible, but we are pleased to be linked with volunteer project specialists Africa Asia Venture, Worldwide Experience, and Oana Fauna & Flora who can offer some of the most rewarding, and adventurous opportunities, ranging from wildlife conservation and marine preservation work to community outreach assignments and teaching.
Worldwide Experience initially specialized in Africa, with its roots at the Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, but has since developed to include projects all over the globe. Working with local groups and authorities, these include monkey rehabilitation projects in Kenya, leopard research in Sri Lanka, and community work at orphanages, crèches and schools in South Africa. Working alongside local experts, volunteers will become deeply involved in their designated tasks, regardless of how long they take part for. Work placements start from four weeks, and are tailored both to the volunteers’ requirements and to the needs of the recipient communities. The volunteer schemes are open to all age groups, fitness levels and abilities, with specific skills and personal aspirations taken into careful consideration to ensure the most effective and rewarding venture for all concerned.
Worldwide Experience have kindly offered to make a donation to Tusk for any volunteers introduced through the charity, so please tell them how you heard of them and keep us informed if you manage to get one of their placements – you will be helping Tusk too!
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Africa and Asia Venture
Any person, with a social conscience and an adventurous spirit, should consider spending 3-5 months with Africa and Asia Venture (AV). AV is a UK-based, not-for-profit social enterprise that, since 1993, has specialised in volunteering projects in the developing world for those aged 18 to 25. Over 5,500 young people from 30+ countries have together contributed more than 1,200 man-years of service in the communities in which AV works.
Volunteers are based in groups but live, immersed, in the community, typically in pairs or fours: they live with the locals as the locals live. The work they do centres mainly on primary and secondary schools in poor rural areas throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. They help in the classroom, coach sports, get involved in extra curricular activities or work in the wider community. After three months of community work, volunteers enjoy four weeks of independent travel where, within reason, they can travel wherever they like (as long as they are not alone) and with AV’s on the ground teams advising on where to go, what to see, where to stay etc. Throughout their time in country, AV offers volunteers just the right balance of independence and management support from its 24/7, local, on the ground team.
AV is proud to be associated with Tusk, whose ideals it shares wholeheartedly.
AV will make a donation for any volunteer taking a placement with them introduced by Tusk. We therefore ask anyone contacting AV for information to advise them that they hear about AV through Tusk.
For further information please visit:
www.aventure.co.uk or call 01380 729009
Oana Flora & Fauna
Oana Flora & Fauna is for the true explorer; they lead 3-5 week adventure conservation expeditions in Southern Namibia for young aspiring naturalists worldwide. This is the perfect opportunity to get off the grid, discover true African wilderness with a great bunch of people whilst protecting Namibia's endangered wildlife. The aim is to re-wild 45,000 hectares of semi-arid mountainous desert from a livestock and game-hunting ranch to a natural ecosystem. Expeditions are a real mix of wildlife conservation, community work and adventure sports. Conservation is the main focus and you'll get the chance to carry out everything from mammal game counts on horse back, biodiversity surveys in land and on along their 50km stretch of the Orange River, eradicate invasive species, develop water points for wildlife, remove inner boundary fences, and build wildlife hides. Community work is carried out in Warmbad village and the main focus is food security and education. Then comes the real excitement, experiencing the landscape in as many ways as possible; a 4 day white-water rafting trip down the Orange River which is a full of exhilarating rapids through drastic gorges and soaring peaks - if you're lucky you'll raft alongside the African clawless otters, afternoons are spent chilling out on sandy beaches, fishing and swimming and evenings are spent stargazing around a bonfire roasting marshmallows. If that's not enough excitement adventure activities also include mountain biking, cliff jumping, hiking and fishing. Expedition season runs from March to November.
“Today, perhaps more than ever before, Africa’s natural heritage – this incredible, sustainable resource for our and future generations – is gravely threatened.
This is why Tusk’s PACE programme is so vital, educating local people to create a sustainable life balance with the wonders of Africa’s nature. Already, it has made a real difference. Going into the future, it represents one of the most powerful tools to strengthen communities, combat poaching and save what is irreplaceable.”