Volunteer Sally was Living with Orphaned Rhinos!
Worldwide Experience volunteer, Sally, joined us in South Africa at our Living with Orphaned Rhinos programme for a unique and life changing experience! Have you ever wondered what happens to rhino calves who’s mothers have been killed by poachers? The rate of rhino poaching in South Africa is rapidly escalating, leaving behind many orphaned calves. This has created a real need for a facility that provides specialist care for the traumatized and injured infant rhinos.
The Living with Orphaned Rhinos program allows you to do just that! As a volunteer you will focus on hand rearing, veterinary care, nutrition and the rehabilitation of rhino calves whose mothers have been killed by poachers. Spend your time caring for rhino calves as well as other wildlife species such as giraffe, wildebeest, waterbuck, kudu and primates. Join our experienced team and help these rhinos until they can be released onto safe reserves.
Volunteer with Cheetahs!
If you’ve always had a passion for the fastest cat in the world, and you want to get close to them then the Hoedspruit cheetah project is the one for you! Get involved in various aspects of animal rehabilitation at both the Endangered Species Sanctuary and their Big Five Game Reserve. The Hoedspruit cheetah project at the Endangered Species Centre deals with sick, orphaned and breeding cheetah as well as the very endangered king cheetah. Volunteers will have the chance to get involved with the animals rehabilitation, which also entails feeding the animals at least twice a week.
Video with thanks to nadaCliché.
Research Volunteering with Big Cats in the Wild!
“If you’ve never come face to face with one of Africa’s big cats, you truly have so much to look forward to!” – Shawn Smith. Our Living with Big Cats Wild Edition is the ideal conservation program for anyone who is looking for an authentic African experience. Live on a game reserve that boasts thousands of wild animals, including all of the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Make a difference as you work alongside certified FGASA nature guides to track animals and complete data collection to monitor and ensure animal conservation on a 25,000ha game reserve.
Video with thanks to nadaCliché.
#DoMoreForAfrica – Victoria Falls!
Avios / Tusk Trust #DoMoreForAfrica competition winner, Daniel Borley from the UK joined Worldwide Experience’s conservation programme in Victoria Falls for 2 weeks! Daniel enjoyed the opportunity of exploring one of the most sought after destinations in the world – the awe inspiring Victoria Falls and surrounds, while making a real contribution to conservation and community upliftment efforts with Nakavango.
In Daniel’s words, “The wildlife is what people come from all around the world for and on this reserve everything is precious. There is no bias here, it is exactly as nature intended everything plays its part and this is why this reserve is so successful with all of the big 5 present and thriving. After a matter of hours, you felt a sense of responsibility and love for this reserve; it sucks you in and consumes your appetite for wildlife and the wilderness. The work, which never feels like work, more a labour of love, is fun and varied. You honestly feel like you are making a difference rather than just a token effort. What you learn out on the reserve in incredible, with the most informative and passionate guides you could wish to meet. This is the real way to see Africa, sweat on your face, dust in your boots admiring the work you have done as nature happens all around you…”
Video with thanks to Daniel Borley.
Ultimate Conservation Voluntour
Worldwide Experience hosted our first Ultimate Conservation Voluntour in 2017, an experience which takes volunteers on a conservation journey through South Africa showcasing several of our conservation projects along the way! Experience several of our conservation projects in one trip, along with other conservation initiatives within our network; initiatives based on strong relationships with industry partners established over the past 15 years!
A massive thank you to Carine (Doudou) Terwagne for the video!
Volunteer with us at Elephant Human Relations Aid in Namibia
Our volunteers love our Desert Elephant Conservation Project! Our volunteers join our project, the Elephant Human Relations Aid project (EHRA) which aims to find long-term sustainable solutions to the ever-growing problem of facilitating the peaceful co-habitation between the subsistence farmers, community members and the desert-adapted elephants. Volunteers assist in the vital day to day roles in contributing to the building of a protection wall around the water sources or building alternative water points for the elephants, vehicle-based patrol traveling through the area to track the local herds of desert elephants; this is to track the elephants, record data on births, deaths and new elephants, GPS their positions and take ID images and notes about each and every elephant, and collecting elephant dung for the genetics project to ascertain which bulls are the main breeding animals.
All funds from our volunteer programme are ploughed back into the project, enabling our project to grow and become even more successful in achieving their goals.
Thank you to Carine (Doudou) Terwagne for this stunning video!
Eco School Challenge! Reaseheath College helping wildlife in Namibia
Reaseheath College from Nantwich in England embarked on an incredible adventure to Namibia on our Eco School Challenge, a study tour abroad out of the ordinary! The group of 39 joined the team at Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary for a week of wildlife rehabilitation and learning about local San culture followed by a week at the Neuras site focusing on carnivore research and wilderness conservation. Next year we look forward to welcoming Reaseheath back, along with two other schools from the United Kingdom. Education through experience is the primary goal! Comfort zones will be stretched as students are immersed in the world of conservation, learning new skills and growing as people, becoming conservation ambassadors!
A massive thank you to Carine (Doudou) Terwagne for the video!
Eco School Challenge! Bede’s Senior School on Rhinocation in South Africa
Bede’s Senior School from East Sussex in England embarked on our Rhinocation trip to South Africa! Rhinocation trips take place in association with UK charity Helping Rhinos, providing an immersive conservation-based study tour. The group spent their first week assisting at a rhino orphanage – gaining hands-on experience in caring for these incredible creatures along with all the other conservation aspects involved in caring for rhinos. This was followed by an incredible day trip to Kruger National Park before heading to Siyafunda Conservation for a week of wildlife research and habitat management. By the end of the trip, the species count was an amazing 196 species, including mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates!
Vets Go Wild! with Dr William Fowlds in South Africa
Calling all vet students, vets and vet nurses! Work alongside Dr William Fowlds working hands on with wildlife species that could include Rhino, African Buffalo, Big Cats, Cheetah, Giraffe and more! If you are looking for a hands-on Africa vet experience and need to fulfill a portion of your Extra Mural Study (EMS) requirements, Vets Go Wild have the perfect animal care courses for you, featuring the opportunity to work with vets in South Africa.
Elephant Relocation Operation in 2016
In August 2016, ten elephants were relocated from a private game reserve to a new home in national parks in Zimbabwe. Volunteers joined our Victoria Falls Conservation Programme, Nakavango for this once in a lifetime experience! Thank you to volunteer, Celine for the use of this video, and to all the volunteers who helped ensure such a successful relocation of these gentle giants!
Living with Orphaned Rhinos
Have you ever wondered what happens to rhino calves who’s mothers have been killed by poachers? The rate of rhino poaching in South Africa is rapidly escalating, leaving behind many orphaned calves. This has created a real need for a facility that provides specialist care for the traumatized and injured infant rhinos. The Living with Orphaned Rhino program allows you to do just that! As a volunteer you will focus on hand rearing, veterinary care, nutrition and the rehabilitation of rhino calves whose mothers have been killed by poachers.
Volunteer interview: Living with Orphaned Rhinos
You can help make a difference with us, for these animals who have been through so much. It’s tough work, and being with orphaned baby rhinos can be a bit heartbreaking, but it’s worth it. You will be making a real impact!
Living with Big Cats – Wild Edition!
An incredible volunteering experience on a game reserve in the “Lowveld” region of South Africa, close to the infamous Kruger National Park! Join our dedicated team at the game reserve as they conduct valuable wildlife research and contribute to the conservation of the area. Our facility was established to provide dedicated assistance with information and data collection to partnered conservation areas to enable the best decisions for the welfare of the animals.
Volunteer with wildlife in Sri Lanka
As a conservation volunteer in Sri Lanka you will help and assist with the ongoing projects such as elephant research, Socio-economic Surveys And Alternative Agriculture Program Monitoring, Biodiversity Surveys, farming and GIS mapping.
Volunteer with wildlife in Africa – Kariega Game Reserve
The Kariega Conservation Volunteer Programme gives volunteers from across the globe the opportunity to get hands-on involved in conservation managements on a Big 5 game reserve in South Africa. If you are keen to experience something more than just a safari, watch this video, and see what could be in store for you when you join the Kariega Conservation Volunteer Programme.
Worldwide Experience, an introduction
Worldwide Experience offers volunteers, school and university student groups and veterinarian students the opportunity to venture down to Southern Africa to work behind the scenes of some of the most incredible game reserves – they also send individuals and groups to Kenya. Beyond Africa we have conservation projects in Venezuela and Sri Lanka. Come and join the experts for a life enriching experience. Worldwide Experience is also in partnership the legendary survival expert, Bear Grylls – together they operate the Bear Grylls Survival Academy.
Hippo kills kudu
Footage filmed on one of our placements in South Africa of a kudu being killed by a hippo after it was chased into a lake by a pack of wild dogs.
Worldwide Experience Game Ranger School
An introduction to Worldwide Experience’s ranger training facility in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.
Nakavango Conservation Program
An introduction to Worldwide Experience’s new volunteer conservation and community program in the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Nakavango, located at the Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve just ten minutes from the Victoria Falls! This is one of Africa’s leading conservation programmes located in one of the most scenic parts of the world.