Give back to others, experience spectacular sights and cultures and have fun on a life changing experience.

 

WHAT OUR VOLUNTEERS HAVE SAID:

"Learned so much about vegetation ,birds, and mammals"Student, University of Louisiana, USA

WHAT OUR VOLUNTEERS HAVE SAID:

"A brilliantly organised way to conduct ecological research whilst being able to explore a totally new culture."Student, East Anglia University, UK

FAST FACTS

Swaziland
4-12 Weeks
Starting at $2703
10%
Savannah Research Centre
3 meals per day
First Monday of the Month

Flights are not included in the cost.

Savannah Conservation

As a volunteer, you will experience hands-on field research relevant to the Conservation of savannah ecosystems in Africa. Join us and study birds, reptiles, ungulates, rodents, small predators, bats, vegetation and a variety of other plants and animal life in one of southern Africa’s most unique Conservation areas within a global biodiversity hotspot. Investigate the interface among protected areas, rural communities and commercial agriculture in Eswatini’s Lubombo Conservancy while based in the private Mbuluzi Game Reserve and also working in neighboring Hlane Royal National Park and Mlawula Nature Reserve.

OVERVIEW

Although savannahs are well represented in African Conservation areas, they are subjected to increasing degradation as a result of human influences through land use and climate change. Though well known for large charismatic game such as elephants, rhinos and lions, there are a variety of smaller species that are threatened and are arguably more important to the functioning of savannahs. 

Although this project is based in areas containing big game, our research activities are focused on a large variety of fauna and flora including birds, ungulates, small predators, rodents, reptiles, bats and vegetation. You can be involved in biodiversity monitoring, radio telemetry movement studies, small mammal trapping, mist netting to gain valuable field experience.

Accommodation & Meals

During your stay, you will be accommodated at the Savannah Research Center located in the Mbuluzi Game Reserve*. Accommodation will be in 2-man tents, fitted with mattresses and pillows. Three meals a day will also be provided, some on a self-serve basis and others cooked for you. 

*Depending on availability, you may be placed a satellite research camp within a partner Game Reserve and not at the main Savannah Research Center in Mbuluzi. Please inquire for more information.

Project Start Dates

The start day for this project is the first Monday of the month throughout the year, with the exception of November & December when the project is closed.

Included in the cost

● Comprehensive 24 hours, 7 days a week support from  All Out Africa

● Research projects specifically designed to enable you to make an active contribution During your stay,

● Developing research and field techniques which  support any additional assistance which may be required

● Support of volunteer project coordinators who are  experts in their fields which ensure the volunteer experience is valuable

● Comprehensive orientation to the country, its culture  and your role As a volunteer, upon arrival

● All food and accommodation throughout your stay

Where Your Project Fee Goes

By signing up with us you are donating your time and skills to work directly with communities in need through a structured project.   There are many benefits of volunteering with an organization like ours. Sometimes it is hard to find projects to support in a foreign country that are safe, worthwhile and reputable. When you sign-up for one of our projects for 2 or 12-weeks, you become part of a bigger, sustainable plan that our team of qualified staff has carefully crafted. You will also receive travel and visa support, orientation, a safe place to stay, logistical support, in addition to clear expectations of the work you will do. This is why we charge a fee for volunteering or interning abroad.

Your project fee goes towards a company you can trust, an experience that is worthwhile and an opportunity that will make a positive and sustainable impact on the community you have chosen to serve.

Not Included in the Fee

8 Local transport fares to your projects

8 Medical/Travel Insurance

8 All flights & visa

YOUR ROLE

Volunteer Role

The research may involve weighing, measuring, tagging and banding young birds (especially raptors), bats and reptiles (lizards and tortoises) to monitor their condition and enable the study of their population dynamics and dispersal. It also may involve fitting radio-transmitters to track the animals to determine their home range, distribution and movements.

Some of the activities you will get involved in may include:

Biodiversity Monitoring – Seasonal Savannah systems are under constant threat from human activities resulting in biodiversity losses, shrub encroachment and pollution. Understanding and monitoring trends in plant and animal habitat use and population dynamics are critical in combating savannah loss and degradation. 

Leopard tortoises – Tortoises are being radio-tracked to better understand how they move through the landscape. We are looking at how changes in vegetation communities and different boundary types affect home range size and movement patterns.

Helmeted guineafowl – One of only two species of guineafowl, little is known about how agriculture affects their habitat use and breeding success. Using GPS and radio-tracking technology in addition to nest monitoring, we are gathering valuable data on this important species. 

* Please note that the activities listed above are based on availability and may vary by season. These are samples of activities that are volunteers are likely to participate in.

ITINERARY

Day in the life of a volunteer researcher

7:00 Wake up to see the sunshine and get yourself started for the day with hearty breakfast!

8:00 Travel to your placement and get ready to begin your day

8:30 Participate in your chosen project

13:00 Time to either return to your accommodation for lunch!

14:00 Begin your afternoon’s work with a full stomach and enthusiasm 

16:30 Return back to your accommodation and share your day’s adventures with other volunteers!

Itinerary for your experience

Day 1 Fly into OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg where you will be met by All Out Africa staff members who will transfer you by road from Johannesburg to the Kingdom of Eswatini. 

Day 2 The second day begins with an informative presentation that will brief you on all you need to know about the culture and country, how to effectively contribute during your volunteer experience.

Day 3 The third day begins with an early start as you are transferred to our Savannah Research Center in the east of Eswatini in Mbuluzi Game Reserve. Here you will meet your knowledgeable research coordinators and will receive a thorough orientation to life at the camp and the research activities.

Day 4-5 and other weekdays for the duration of your stay. You will spend these days assisting with research and Conservation activities.

For 4 Week Option

Day 29 Return Home Sadly all great adventures must come to an end and on your final day you will transfer by road to Johannesburg.

Airport transfer is included and facilitated by All Out Africa if on the designated departure day.

For 4 Week+ Option

Day 29 Onwards Continue with your volunteer project as described on days 3-5, giving you more time to contribute to your project.

DOWNLOAD BROCHURE

For more information, download out project brief here. AOA_SWAZILAND_ALL_Savannah Conservation

If you would like to apply for our Marine Research Internship, download the Internship brief here. AOA_PB_INTERN_Savannah Conservation

If you are ready to book, you can fill out this booking form and return it to bookings@alloutafrica.com to get started! AOA_2018 Booking Form

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