National Parks Volunteering in South Africa

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South Africa: Hoedspruit


This program provides trainees with an intensive 2 week training course in Kruger National Park that covers a vast range of topics and is delivered by industry specialists. On completion of this course trainees gain high profile work experience working on conservation and environmental education initiatives in one of South Africa's 20 National Parks. Having been placed with the People and Conservation (P & C) department you will work alongside park staff and focus on the development of environmental education and community development projects aimed at integrating the local communities into conservation efforts and development programs. Although no specific experience is necessary, each park has its individual requirements and GVI will match applicants to the appropriate parks. This program is ideal for any trainee seriously considering a career in conservation.

Interns will arrive in Johannesburg before attending a 2 week training course at Kruger National Park. After the course interns are transferred to their allocated park, any of 20 National Parks in the country. A list of parks follows; Kruger, Table Mountain, Marakele, Golden Gate, Camdeboo, Mountain Zebra, Addo Elephant, Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness, Bontebok, Agulhas, West Coast, Karoo, Namaqua, Ai-Ais/Richtersveld, Augrabies, Kgalagadi, Mapungubwe and Tankwa Karoo. The parks vary in size and the flora and fauna is very different depending on your location.


* Live in the most spectacular locations in South Africa
* Learn about conservation in National Parks
* Two week training in Kruger National Park
* Five day tour of parks
* Working with local communities
* Amazing wildlife encounters
* Camping, hiking, bush walks and canoeing

Program Duration

3-6 Month, 7-12 Month


Please visit the website for upcoming start dates.


No special training or qualifications are required as you will receive all necessary training in the field.


  • English

Cost in US$:

USD 5,195 for 6 months

Program Fees Include:

The volunteer contribution includes all your food, accommodation, training materials and project equipment.

Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Welfare
  • Biological Research
  • Community Centers
  • Community Development
  • Community Organizing
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Consciousness-raising
  • Conservation
  • Eco-tourism
  • Environment
  • Ground Patrol
  • Historic Preservation
  • Natural Resources
  • Parks
  • Trail Building
  • Tree Planting

This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants.

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work

in Groups

Application Process Involves

  • Online Application

Typically The Application Process Time is

1-2 weeks

Institution Affiliates:

World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confederation