WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED OF ME?
The Project Assistant’s working schedule will allow some degree of flexibility but will generally be based on current project needs (of Game Rangers International) as well as an individual’s area specific skills and interests. This may involve, but not be limited to:
- Teaching support in nearby villages
- Training and capacity building of local staff
- Mechanical support to the project workshop
- Elephant research
- Hands-on camp developments
- Fundraising and marketing initiatives
- Community development and outreach initiatives (e.g. playgrounds for villages, medical/veterinary support, school stocking and repairs, arts and crafts schemes)
In addition Project Assistant’s may be required to assist with:
- Elephant Husbandry and Welfare, which may include: elephant feedings (younger calves only) and food preparations, cleaning elephant stalls, photography, data collection, support during orphan rescue missions and assisting with veterinary visits, etc (please note that this is not guaranteed, and will not be the primary focus of any volunteer work)
- Administration, which may include: computer based data entry, photo management, equipment inventories, web updates, etc
- General Camp living duties, which may include: cooking, washing up, cleaning your own living area and bathroom, assisting with weekly re-supplies, etc
HOW LONG CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR?
Typically 23 days (due to business visa limitations)
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS, IF ANY, DO I REQUIRE?
No specific qualifications are required; however GRI is looking for motivated and conscientious individuals with a genuine interest in conservation, who would be willing to assist with various aspects of this unique organisation
PA’s need to be:
- Practical in nature and content to live in a remote bush camp environment
- Mature and resilient attitude
- Flexible/able to cope with changing requirements
- Ability to build & maintain working relationships with people from different cultures & backgrounds
- Ability to work as part of a team as well as individual work
- Proactive, demonstrating high levels of energy & enthusiasm
WHAT LANGUAGE WILL I NEED TO KNOW?
HOW DO I GET TO THE VOLUNTEER LOCATION?
Volunteers need to fly into Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Lusaka, Zambia (LUN). From here, volunteers will be picked up by a country representative and driven to Lilayi Elephant Nursery (just outside Lusaka). They will typically spend 1 or 2 nights here before travelling to Camp Phoenix, Kafue National Park (8hr drive on bumpy roads).
ARE THERE ANY COSTS INVOLVED TO VOLUNTEER?
Cost for a one-month placement on the programme is £1,500. This covers all in-country costs as well as directly supporting conservation efforts in Zambia. NB – this excludes airfare into Zambia, business visa, vaccinations, medical & travel insurance, personal items etc.
WHAT TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND FACILITIES CAN I EXPECT TO BE AVAILABLE TO ME?
Tented accommodation is provided for the volunteers as well as three basic meals per day whilst on camp. Dietary requirements can be catered for if known in advance. (Please note that Camp Phoenix is a drink & drug free camp).
WHAT WILDLIFE SPECIES ARE THERE?
Kafue National Park is truly wild and can offer an awesome array of wildlife – although they can be quite shy, so no sighting is guaranteed (except for elephants). Camp Phoenix is in the heart of the Kafue National Park which is home to elephants, lion, cheetah, wild dog & leopard to name but a few.
WHAT ATTRACTIONS CAN I EXPERIENCE DURING FREE-TIME?
Sunday is a rest day on Camp Phoenix, where volunteers may get the opportunity to drive to a nearby lodge to chill out by Lake Itezhi-tezhi, take part in a game drive or simply relax on camp and have a lie in!
Be part of something special and join us to support conservation and communities in the remote African bush!
For more information on GAME RANGERS INTERNATIONAL, please visit www.gamerangersinternational.org
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