Based in the Limpopo Province, home to Africa’s ‘Big Five’ (lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalos) you will gain an insight into both wildlife research activities and community development initiatives before embarking on some exploring of other National parks. The program is broken down into 2 phases:
Project Aims and Objectives
GVI have been operating in the area for almost 15 years and are well established and respected by the local conservation community. Currently our teams work primarily on Karongwe Game Reserve and at any given time may be involved in the detailed monitoring of predators (lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena), herbivore sex/age ratio and its effect on predator movement, elephant impact vegetation surveys to monitor impact on sensitive areas of the reserve, and community initiatives in the surrounding areas which teach the importance of conservation and wildlife awareness. GVI’s long-term involvement, capacity building and commitment to our projects, ensure that the service elements of your students’ trips are contributing to long-term sustainable projects helping to achieve our partners’ objectives. These local partnerships along with stakeholder discussions drive the service elements of our trips to ensure they are fully focussed on the most prevalent issues and produce the results required locally.
As part of a group, students will be exposed to the principals of wildlife and environmental conservation, animal identification and tracking, bush survival and astronomy. Great emphasis will be put on team and leadership skills development. This opportunity is perfect for students keen to experience the magic of the African bush!
Experience a unique Africa bush adventure at the heart of a spectacular game reserve; make a very real difference in teaching the importance of conserving our natural world; immersing yourself in local communities and cultures; teaching English, environmental education and watching your students develop. Explore other National Parks after the conservation project.
The Limpopo Province in South Africa is home to unique wildlife, landscapes and conservation and service learning opportunities making it the perfect place for a group service and cultural exchange trip. Our experience is located about 6 hours north of Johannesburg near the tiny bushveld town of Hoedspruit and very close to the world-famous Kruger National Park, home to South Africa’s Big 5 wildlife.
Limpopo's short, mid, and long-term objectives
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.
Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.
Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfill our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.
Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to in Limpopo:
1. To provide long term and consistant data for Karongwe Reserve Management to assist with Reserve Management decisions based on scientific data
2. Increase local awareness of GVI's purpose and impact on Karongwe PGR
3. Increase scientific output
4. Contribute to three large scale reserve management projects alongside the Warden in accordance with the Reserve's Management Plan
5. Increase our in-country capacity by providing environmental and conservation education and training
6. Increase our in-country capacity through community upliftment projects
The skills I learned, the experience I had and the people I met whilst volunteering for GVI have been invaluable.