South African Wildlife Conservation Teen Volunteer Program

Spot lions, elephants, and other wildlife on a safari conservation awareness experience in South Africa.

Durations:  2 weeks

Program information

Find out what it takes to pursue your dream job in conversation. Learn what a career in wildlife conservation would really be like and join other teens to learn how to identify South African animals in a private wildlife reserve. Visit Kruger National Park and go rock climbing, hiking, and kayaking in the Drakensberg Mountains. You will live and learn with fellow teens from around the world, making lifelong friends in the process.

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Program overview

This project gives you a real and unfiltered look into South Africa’s iconic wildlife. However, unlike a traditional tourist safari, you will learn about conservation issues in the region and what is being done by local organisation like the South African National Parks authorities and international organisations like the Endangered Wildlife Trust and Panthera, to conserve the habitat of these animals as well as South African species under threat. At the end of this two week group program, you will have gained a first-hand insight into local and global conservation initiatives as well as how the complex South African savannah ecosystem fits together.

This wildlife conservation volunteering program is designed for teens between the ages of 15 and 17, to teach them what a career in conservation would really look like. GVI has successfully been operating ethical and responsible programs for under 18s since 2012. Since then, it has treated health and safety as a number one priority and takes extra measures for its under 18 programs. As such, it is also a British Standards 8848 compliant provider.

Learn how to identify South African animals and how tracking them and recording data on their location and behaviour assists with their conservation. The program also includes a visit to the Kruger National Park and adventure activities in the Drakensberg mountains. Teens will be lead by experts in their field who have been chosen for their mix of relevant experience and ability to mentor and inspire young people.

Although all teen participants are greeted by GVI staff at their arrival destination, flight chaperoning services are also available upon request. Chaperones provide on-flight accompaniment, and in-airport assistance. To book this service please contact one of our enrollment managers.

Highlights

  • Go on a wildlife safari adventure in a private South African nature reserve.
  • Learn about conservation issues in Africa and what a career in conservation is really like.
  • Visit the famous Kruger National Park and go hiking, climbing, or kayaking in the Drakensberg Mountains.
  • Live with a group of teens from around the world and make new life-long friends.
  • Successfully complete this program and get a professional reference from your program manager. You’ll also have the option of earning a certificate endorsed by the University of Richmond if you choose to complete our included online leadership course, which is valued at £295.
  • Listen to the quiet hush of the wild open spaces, waking each morning to a chorus of savannah birds and drifting off to the nighttime hum of endemic frogs and crickets.
  • Learn to identify predators, like lions, cheetahs, and leopards, as well as megaherbivores like elephants and rhinos.
  • Master radio telemetry techniques and learning how to track and record animal movements.  
  • Live and work alongside Field Guide Association of South Africa, FGASA, qualified guides, growing personally and professionally by learning from their experiences.
  • Sleep under the star-filled Southern night sky, its beauty enhanced by the lack of light pollution, and wake to a golden African dawn.

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