Elephant Conservation & Community Outreach
2 - 12 weeks
Up to 14 people
2 - 12 weeks
Up to 14 people
What's the project about?
On this elephant conservation programme you will work to preserve the desert elephant population in Namibia. This is done through anti-conflict measures, monitoring herds and working in communities. In their constant search for water, elephants cause major damage to water systems, leaving villages without vital access to water. The team, including volunteers, assist with building and repair projects in rural areas, and monitor the movements of elephants to identify potential conflict situations.
How will I be contributing?
This is a unique opportunity to volunteer in Namibia, monitor the rare desert-adapted elephant and work with communities to reduce and repair elephant damage. Spend a week working on community building projects, and a week tracking and monitoring herds of endangered desert elephants through Namibia’s most spectacular scenery. Construct and repair water points, identify and track elephants, and help with elephant education programmes. Volunteer involvement is critical to the long-term success of the project.
What makes this project ethical?
Each volunteer contributes plays an enormous role in the conservation of desert elephants in Namibia. Volunteers can immediately see the positive difference their contribution makes to the human-elephant conflict. This elephant conservation programme is real grass roots conservation work, taking a holistic approach by working directly with communities, to ensure that humans and elephants can live peacefully and successfully together.
This elephant conservation project is very hands-on, focused on conserving the desert-adapted elephant through anti-conflict measures, education programmes and rural infrastructure support and water measures.
The desert-adapted elephant is found in only two countries in the world, Namibia and Mali, making this project an incredible opportunity to play a key role in preserving populations for the future.
Volunteers will work in two week blocks. Each two week block is split into two parts: Building Week and Patrol Week.
Work within rural communities on water measures:
- Construct and repair protection walls around water points
- Dig new water points to divert elephants away from communities
- Build walls around homesteads, farms, crops, water tanks and water pumps
- Complete building and maintenance projects in schools: upgrade classrooms, repair elephant damage and build new facilities (toilets, boreholes etc)
- Live alongside rural communities in the stunning, remote Damaraland desert region
Support elephant education programmes:
- Help with school education programmes on elephant behaviour
- Work in schools teaching about elephant conservation, building a sense of pride in their unique elephant population
- Observe elephants on drives with community members
Head into the vast Damaraland desert region to track the resident herds in the area. The volunteer programme is the only organisation providing data to the Namibian government on elephants in the region.
- Record movement patterns, births, deaths and mating behaviour
- Plot GPS locations of individual elephants and herds
- Collate data to identify at risk farms
For those volunteers completing more than one two week rotation, the programme follows the same routine with a different focus on elephant patrol, ensuring that volunteers experience different elephants, scenery and a variety of areas within Damaraland.
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