Environmental Conservation and Education Volunteer Program

Location

South Africa: Cape Town (Kaapstad)

Description

Environmental programs revolve around educating future generations on conserving the environment, through educational camps and activities put in place to promote sustainability for the future.

Duties include visitor management and outdoor environmental work. For example clearing paths, removing alien vegetation, bird counting, and facilitating awareness programs for people of different ages. There are also various outdoor building and upgrading projects that could be done.

Some projects are very well structured and well managed. Most of these projects are government funded or subsidized through donations. Some projects charge a minimal fee for entrance or for use of facilities.

Volunteers should have a love of the outdoors and a willingness to get their hands dirty, they will at times be working in unpleasant weather conditions. For awareness camps and programs, you must love working with children and be able to work in a team.

Highlights

* Love Volunteers is a not-for-profit organisation that provides fun, rewarding, safe and affordable volunteering opportunities in developing countries around the world.

* Since Love Volunteers is a not-for-profit organization, it is one of the most affordable ways to help out in a developing country while being immersed in the local culture.

* Volunteers will mainly be accommodated with host families in the greater Cape Peninsula area. Volunteers who choose an education placement will either be accommodated with host families or at a volunteer house in the city centre. The volunteer house is dormitory accommodation and while we do out best to ensure your preference between the two options, we can't guarantee where you will be housed. It is important to note that all homestays are located at least 30-40 minutes from the centre of Cape Town.

* Orientation is compulsory and necessary to prepare you for your stay in South Africa. Introduction to our partner's office, South Africa, program rules, travel opportunities etc will be covered. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers.

* Depending on the program, weekends are generally free and volunteers will have time to relax or explore other parts of Cape Town and South Africa. Most volunteers who are placed at homestays book in at the volunteer house over weekends (for a fee) to meet up and enjoy the city life. Long weekends can be taken if volunteers need to go on safaris, or travel to places further away such as the Garden Route.

Program Duration

1-2 weeks, 2-4 weeks, 5-8 weeks, 9-12 weeks, 3-6 months (High School)

Typical Duration of Program

2-4 weeks

Dates

1st and 3rd Monday of each month

Languages

  • English

Cost in US$:

Prices starting at USD 400 for 2 weeks.

Cost Includes:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Written materials abroad
  • Written materials pre-departure

Program Fees Include:

Includes accommodation, food, an airport pick-up, orientation and 24/7 in-country support.

Experience Required

no

Volunteer Types

  • Academic Reinforcement
  • Adult Education
  • Agriculture
  • Community Development
  • Consciousness-raising
  • Conservation
  • Eco-tourism
  • Education
  • Parks
  • Population Issues
  • Public Policy
  • Reforestation
  • Trail Building
  • Tree Planting
  • Wildlife Surveying

This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Dormitory
  • Home-stays

Participants Travel

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves

  • Other
  • Written Application

Typically The Application Process Time is

48 hours

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad