Volunteer with Elephants

Elephant Conservation Project & Community Development



2 - 12 weeks

Scheduled Mondays

Up to 14 people

Age 18+

From £950


2 - 12 weeks



Up to 14 people

Max 14

Age 18+

From £950

What is this elephant conservation volunteer program about?

With our elephant conservation volunteer programs you will work to preserve dwindling desert elephant populations in Namibia. Your work will include helping communities to live alongside elephants, monitoring herds of elephants in the wild and physical work to manage conflict situations between these gentle giants and humans. In their constant search for water, elephants cause damage to water systems, leaving villages without vital access to water. When you volunteer with elephants, you’ll assist with building and repair projects in rural areas and monitor the movements of elephant populations to pre-empt potential conflict situations. Namibia’s desert-adapted elephants are larger than other elephants and often live more closely to local communities. This makes them not only targets for poachers, but also means that they come into conflict with local people more frequently.
Images of elephant's trunk in water
Image of volunteers helping build elephant-proof structures

How will I be contributing when I volunteer with elephants?

This is a unique opportunity to volunteer with elephants at our elephant sanctuary in Namibia, monitor the rare desert-adapted elephant and work with communities to reduce and repair elephant damage. Your week undertaking elephant conservation volunteer work will involve building projects within rural villages and a week tracking and monitoring herds of 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 this elephant conservation project.

What makes our elephant volunteer programs ethical?

Each elephant sanctuary volunteer plays an enormous role in the conservation of wild elephants in Namibia. Volunteers can immediately see the positive difference their contribution makes to the human-elephant conflict. Not all elephant sanctuaries are ethical, but this African elephant conservation project is real grassroots conservation work, taking a holistic approach by working directly with communities, to ensure that humans and elephants can live peacefully and successfully together.
Elephants in undisturbed natural environment

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