Volunteer and be part of an amazing initiative to conserve the African Elephant at Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Assist in a variety of survey techniques contributing towards protecting this iconic species. As a research assistant on this project, you will undertake vital research on the elephants and make a difference to the lives of conflict affected communities that live alongside these magnificent animals.
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Participate in walks / drives (with armed scouts) in the national park to count elephants and collect data
- Man an observation post at a river crossing point, movement corridor or waterhole both during the day and sometimes after dark, to identify individual elephants and record their behaviour
- Monitor the impacts of human / elephant conflict and assess the success or failure of a variety of conflict mitigation measures
- Assist in conservation education lessons within conflict affected communities
- During your time off you will be able to soak up the Zambian culture and take advantage of the many activities based around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls, including:
Sunset cruises on the mighty Zambezi River
A day trip to Chobe National Park in neighbouring Botswana to view lions, leopards and many other iconic African species.
“This was without doubt one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. The volunteers work as part of the research team and you quickly form a bond with the others as you are sharing so many new experiences and challenges – from many hours spent bumping along in the jeeps scanning the bush for elephants and giraffes, recording their movements and locations, to learning about the culture and history of Zambia, taking part in snare sweeps to dismantle wire snares set by poachers, and meeting the stunning lions on the lion conservation project… An experience you will never forget.“
Sandie Gordon, UK
“It’s hard to believe that yesterday marked the end of my time in Livingstone as an Elephant Research Volunteer. It was an incredible experience not only in terms of gaining real-world experience with field research and wildlife data collection, but also in how warmly I was welcomed by the staff and fellow volunteers and interns. In just 2 weeks, I feel I have made lifelong friends. I will be returning next year to complete my Master’s research on the wild elephant population and I couldn’t be happier to be doing it in such a welcoming place!”
Brigit Rooney, USA
Dates & Rates
- 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
- 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
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.
About the Destination
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is an UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to one half of the ‘The Smoke That Thunders’, known worldwide as Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River.
Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, so volunteering here gives you a unique opportunity to explore this incredible sight, as well as enjoy the adventure activities on offer! This includes bungee-jumping, white-water rafting and even helicopter rides over the falls!
Your volunteer accommodation is located in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Livingstone, Zambia, away from the noise of traffic in the city. The house is surrounded by beautiful woodland and grassland with plenty of birds, and animals including giraffe, zebra, elephant, white rhino, warthog, sable, eland, buffalo, impala and other antelope.
The accommodation is simple, with plenty hot and cold water, showers, and rooms shared between 3 and 4 volunteers. Unless your daily activities require you to take a packed meal, meals will be served at the house and are prepared by the on-site chefs.
Whether you’re volunteering abroad during your gap year, studying, or undertaking research work experience, this opportunity will be an adventure of a life time. In such a beautiful location, with so much activity, the warmth of Africa’s people and wonder of its amazing wildlife, how can you possibly go wrong?