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Make your mark in the conservation of the African lion at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia, home to the thunderous Victoria Falls in Livingstone, and have the study adventure of a lifetime.

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If you are an undergraduate or graduate student looking to carry out research for your university thesis, ALERT’s Facilitated Research Program offers you unique opportunities for study in Africa, while experiencing the adventure of a lifetime.

The vision of the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) is to ensure that viable populations of African lions are maintained as an integral part of functional ecosystems. Unless the people of Africa want to conserve lions, by benefitting from their presence, the species will continue to decline until they are all gone. Through your studies, you can be involved in our multi-disciplinary approach to conservation.

ALERT’s experienced team will provide support throughout the research process, from the moment you contact us with your research idea, during data collection, and even after you leave the project site. You will be given logistical help to ensure your study is carried out to the highest possible standard, along with the assistance of securing any necessary study permits from regional wildlife management authorities. As advance planning is the key to success, we will work with you to prepare for the needs of your study before you arrive, leaving you free to make the very most of your time in Africa. Once home again, we can also help you complete your final written thesis.

Our team have already facilitated student research topics at all levels including: psychology, biology, animal ecology and behaviour, environmental and international development, forest resources and wildlife management, and zoology. So why conduct your research at home, when you can be part of a ground-breaking conservation program in Africa?

Facilitated Research placements are also available at our projects in Zimbabwe in Gweru and Victoria Falls. If you aren’t looking to carry out research for your thesis, but still want to join us in Africa, ALERT’s Animal Management or Wildlife Conservation Research internships could be ideal for you.

 

Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay Dependent on research work
Impacts Wildlife Research & Conservation Lion Conservation
Destination Destination
Zambia
Priced From Priced From
£ 1695| US$ 2970|
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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1695| US$ 2970|

Detailed Project Pricing
8 Weeks USD 5940 GBP 3390
12 Weeks USD 8910 GBP 5085
16 Weeks USD 11880 GBP 6780

Project Start Dates

Volunteers to arrive weekly on a Monday. The project runs throughout the year.

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

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Work & Impacts

Designing your project proposal

Designing Your Project Proposal

From the moment you contact us with your research idea, a network of support and guidance is available to enable you to complete your study to the highest possible standard. ALERT’s experienced team will assist you in the process of turning your concept into a workable proposal, based on our first-hand knowledge of our project sites and to ensure that your proposed study is viable given the resources available at each location.

Following evaluation, your proposal may be accepted straightaway, or we may ask that modifications be made, with our support, to ensure that we can successfully facilitate your research. Some proposals may also need to be accepted by the local wildlife management authority and may require the purchase of a study permit. In such cases ALERT will arrange this acceptance and carry out the permit application process, but please be aware that this can cause delays.

Preparing for the field work

Preparing for the Field Work

Advance planning and preparation are the keys to success. Materials and equipment may not be immediately available on site - or even in the country - so it is necessary that you plan comprehensively, with our assistance, for the needs of your study.

In the field

In the Field

On arrival, you will meet our project-based research staff who will provide you with logistical support throughout your stay to ensure your data collection is carried out effectively. They will also give you an introduction to your project sites’ available facilities and give you any necessary safety and procedural training.

And the support does not end there; even after you leave Africa, we will provide input if required to help complete your final written thesis.

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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Adventure activities

Adventure Activities

You’ll be located on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just a stone’s throw from the mighty Victoria Falls and Zambezi River, so you are ideally situated to enjoy some white water rafting, bungee jumping, gorge jumps, cruises and helicopter or micro-light flights over the falls.

Wildlife

Wildlife

You’ll be surrounded by spectacular wildlife unlike any other place on earth, and can enjoy numerous safari game drives, walks and even go on a horseback or elephant safari.

Culture

Culture

You can also visit one of the many cultural sites learning about local traditions, or lend a hand on one of the local school projects or orphanages.

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About Livingstone

About livingstone

About the Destination

During your research placement, you will be staying at our Livingstone project base in purpose-built accommodation that is shared with other students, interns and project volunteers. It is basic, but very comfortable and well suited to your needs. Toilet and shower facilities are shared and mosquito nets are provided in all rooms. Only a 10-minute drive from the centre of Livingstone, getting into town on a day off or for an evening is easy. The breath-taking Victoria Falls are also right on your doorstep and you can enjoy activities on the Zambezi River during your free time.

Our offices are located in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, a stone’s throw away from the River, in the heart of pristine African bush. Just north of the Park is another ALERT project site, known as the Dambwa Forest; an indigenous forest with undulating open savannah grasslands. A managed ecosystem has been created within the Forest into which a pride of lions has been released as part of the African Lion Rehabilitation & Release into the Wild Program.

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Feedback from our volunteers

Emma Dunston, PhD, Charles Sturt University, Australia

'I have always had the desire for a career in behavioural science of African carnivores, in particular the African lion. After years of research, I determined that ALERT was the best program where I could contribute positively to the species conservation and further develop my research techniques. My time with ALERT provided me with invaluable experiences and has encouraged me further to pursue a career in this field. If you are passionate about African lion conservation and want to make a contribution, no matter how small, ALERT is the place to start.'

Hannah Rae Kokes, MSc, Manchester Metropolitan University

'It has been a dream and life-long ambition for me to work with lions in the African bush. Even before starting my post-grad I knew I wanted to conduct my own lion behavioural study, so when I was told about ALERT’s Facilitated Research Program, I was over the moon.

Working in the pristine Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park felt like a scene from Out of Africa. I was lucky enough to carry out my study on three groups of cubs at the project, and spent numerous cherished hours with them. The data I collected was invaluable; nowhere else would I have had access to such important raw behavioural data. It was also very humbling to know that my work would eventually be in aid of a pioneering conservation project, and to see the passion of the people working there was inspirational. Every day staff and volunteers were raring to go, smiles all round.

I would not hesitate for a second to recommend ALERT’s Facilitated Research Program. If someone is looking to pursue an education or career in conservation, this is the program for them.'                          

Lisa Clifforde, MPhil, Exeter University

'Deciding to undertake a postgraduate thesis was a huge life decision for me and the whole process seemed quite overwhelming at first. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but turning that into a viable research study was a daunting prospect. Given that my field work was to take place in Africa my university was limited in how much support they could provide.

The team at ALERT were hugely helpful as I prepared for my study. Their thorough understanding of the animals that they work with and the environment that they operate in was incredibly useful to me in establishing my methodology and making sure that it would really work on the ground. They handled all the logistical arrangements for me and have been incredibly supportive as I have embarked on this journey.

I would highly recommend ALERT to anyone interested in carrying out a research study in Africa.'

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Facilitated Research Programs for Students - Victoria Falls, Zambia

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Make your mark in the conservation of the African lion at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia, home to the thunderous Victoria Falls in Livingstone, and have the study adventure of a lifetime.

P1030117

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student looking to carry out research for your university thesis, ALERT’s Facilitated Research Program offers you unique opportunities for study in Africa, while experiencing the adventure of a lifetime.

The vision of the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) is to ensure that viable populations of African lions are maintained as an integral part of functional ecosystems. Unless the people of Africa want to conserve lions, by benefitting from their presence, the species will continue to decline until they are all gone. Through your studies, you can be involved in our multi-disciplinary approach to conservation.

ALERT’s experienced team will provide support throughout the research process, from the moment you contact us with your research idea, during data collection, and even after you leave the project site. You will be given logistical help to ensure your study is carried out to the highest possible standard, along with the assistance of securing any necessary study permits from regional wildlife management authorities. As advance planning is the key to success, we will work with you to prepare for the needs of your study before you arrive, leaving you free to make the very most of your time in Africa. Once home again, we can also help you complete your final written thesis.

Our team have already facilitated student research topics at all levels including: psychology, biology, animal ecology and behaviour, environmental and international development, forest resources and wildlife management, and zoology. So why conduct your research at home, when you can be part of a ground-breaking conservation program in Africa?

Facilitated Research placements are also available at our projects in Zimbabwe in Gweru and Victoria Falls. If you aren’t looking to carry out research for your thesis, but still want to join us in Africa, ALERT’s Animal Management or Wildlife Conservation Research internships could be ideal for you.

 

Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay Dependent on research work
Impacts Wildlife Research & Conservation Lion Conservation
Destination Destination
Zambia
Priced From Priced From
£ 1695| US$ 2970|
Back to Top

Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1695| US$ 2970|

Detailed Project Pricing
8 Weeks USD 5940 GBP 3390
12 Weeks USD 8910 GBP 5085
16 Weeks USD 11880 GBP 6780

Project Start Dates

Volunteers to arrive weekly on a Monday. The project runs throughout the year.

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

Back to Top

Work & Impacts

Designing your project proposal

Designing Your Project Proposal

From the moment you contact us with your research idea, a network of support and guidance is available to enable you to complete your study to the highest possible standard. ALERT’s experienced team will assist you in the process of turning your concept into a workable proposal, based on our first-hand knowledge of our project sites and to ensure that your proposed study is viable given the resources available at each location.

Following evaluation, your proposal may be accepted straightaway, or we may ask that modifications be made, with our support, to ensure that we can successfully facilitate your research. Some proposals may also need to be accepted by the local wildlife management authority and may require the purchase of a study permit. In such cases ALERT will arrange this acceptance and carry out the permit application process, but please be aware that this can cause delays.

Preparing for the field work

Preparing for the Field Work

Advance planning and preparation are the keys to success. Materials and equipment may not be immediately available on site - or even in the country - so it is necessary that you plan comprehensively, with our assistance, for the needs of your study.

In the field

In the Field

On arrival, you will meet our project-based research staff who will provide you with logistical support throughout your stay to ensure your data collection is carried out effectively. They will also give you an introduction to your project sites’ available facilities and give you any necessary safety and procedural training.

And the support does not end there; even after you leave Africa, we will provide input if required to help complete your final written thesis.

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Adventure activities

Adventure Activities

You’ll be located on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just a stone’s throw from the mighty Victoria Falls and Zambezi River, so you are ideally situated to enjoy some white water rafting, bungee jumping, gorge jumps, cruises and helicopter or micro-light flights over the falls.

Wildlife

Wildlife

You’ll be surrounded by spectacular wildlife unlike any other place on earth, and can enjoy numerous safari game drives, walks and even go on a horseback or elephant safari.

Culture

Culture

You can also visit one of the many cultural sites learning about local traditions, or lend a hand on one of the local school projects or orphanages.

Back to Top

About Livingstone

About livingstone

About the Destination

During your research placement, you will be staying at our Livingstone project base in purpose-built accommodation that is shared with other students, interns and project volunteers. It is basic, but very comfortable and well suited to your needs. Toilet and shower facilities are shared and mosquito nets are provided in all rooms. Only a 10-minute drive from the centre of Livingstone, getting into town on a day off or for an evening is easy. The breath-taking Victoria Falls are also right on your doorstep and you can enjoy activities on the Zambezi River during your free time.

Our offices are located in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, a stone’s throw away from the River, in the heart of pristine African bush. Just north of the Park is another ALERT project site, known as the Dambwa Forest; an indigenous forest with undulating open savannah grasslands. A managed ecosystem has been created within the Forest into which a pride of lions has been released as part of the African Lion Rehabilitation & Release into the Wild Program.

Back to Top

Feedback from our volunteers

Emma Dunston, PhD, Charles Sturt University, Australia

'I have always had the desire for a career in behavioural science of African carnivores, in particular the African lion. After years of research, I determined that ALERT was the best program where I could contribute positively to the species conservation and further develop my research techniques. My time with ALERT provided me with invaluable experiences and has encouraged me further to pursue a career in this field. If you are passionate about African lion conservation and want to make a contribution, no matter how small, ALERT is the place to start.'

Hannah Rae Kokes, MSc, Manchester Metropolitan University

'It has been a dream and life-long ambition for me to work with lions in the African bush. Even before starting my post-grad I knew I wanted to conduct my own lion behavioural study, so when I was told about ALERT’s Facilitated Research Program, I was over the moon.

Working in the pristine Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park felt like a scene from Out of Africa. I was lucky enough to carry out my study on three groups of cubs at the project, and spent numerous cherished hours with them. The data I collected was invaluable; nowhere else would I have had access to such important raw behavioural data. It was also very humbling to know that my work would eventually be in aid of a pioneering conservation project, and to see the passion of the people working there was inspirational. Every day staff and volunteers were raring to go, smiles all round.

I would not hesitate for a second to recommend ALERT’s Facilitated Research Program. If someone is looking to pursue an education or career in conservation, this is the program for them.'                          

Lisa Clifforde, MPhil, Exeter University

'Deciding to undertake a postgraduate thesis was a huge life decision for me and the whole process seemed quite overwhelming at first. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but turning that into a viable research study was a daunting prospect. Given that my field work was to take place in Africa my university was limited in how much support they could provide.

The team at ALERT were hugely helpful as I prepared for my study. Their thorough understanding of the animals that they work with and the environment that they operate in was incredibly useful to me in establishing my methodology and making sure that it would really work on the ground. They handled all the logistical arrangements for me and have been incredibly supportive as I have embarked on this journey.

I would highly recommend ALERT to anyone interested in carrying out a research study in Africa.'

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