WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED OF ME?
The Green Army program gives people the opportunity to come out and be a part of operational patrols on the Foundation’s game reserves. The IAPF can proudly announce that our program is now available as the Green Army: South Africa giving you the opportunity to join us here in Hoedspruit, South Africa, in our brand new Xinzele Bush Camp at the Eco Academy ranger training facility.
They’ll also be assisting our rangers in the conservation management of the reserve and anyone who joins the IAPF’s GREEN ARMY may take part in a number of duties during their time out here with us. These duties, like the environment, change and adapt every day, to the new challenges we face. And while these duties can be tough, taxing and seemingly endless, we will continue to strive towards our goals.
However, we can’t do this alone and need their assistance in the following:
-Patrolling the reserve, looking for signs of poaching and other illegal activity. -Preparing and delivering lessons, training materials for rangers & recruits -Working through administrative procedures, including the selection process for trainee rangers or rangers looking to advance towards leadership positions. -Frequent wildlife monitoring patrols, especially those for specific animals such as the endangered species. -Removing snares that kill and maim animals indiscriminately. -Building and upgrading our facilities as we expand and train more rangers. -Participating in physical training to optimize the strengths and health of our rangers. -Assisting with data collection for the benefit of the environment and biological diversity on our reserve. -Provide education through teaching and training for the future generations of Africa in our neighbouring communities. -When required, providing assistance for wounded and injured animals with the help of our highly skill wildlife veterinarians.
HOW LONG CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR?
We can take volunteers from a couple of days up to 4 weeks; stays longer, may be assessed on a case by case basis, as visas may be difficult to obtain.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS, IF ANY, DO I REQUIRE?
A positive attitude, enthusiasm and flexibility are all people need to join us out on the front line of conservation. Should they have any special skills, we aim to use those to both enhance their experience as well as that of our team. In the past, nurses, police officers, fire-fighters, accountants and so on, have all made a huge difference. Everyone can.
WHAT LANGUAGE WILL I NEED TO KNOW?
All staff speak English as a first language. The rangers are all also fluent in English.
HOW DO I GET TO YOUR LOCATION?
For South Africa, we can arrange a transfer from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit (at an additional fee) where we will pick you up. Participants are also welcome to make there own way to Hoedspruit. There is also a small airport in Hoedspruit which flies daily to and from Johannesburg.
For Zimbabwe, most people fly via to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg. From there, volunteers will need to take a taxi to the town of Vic Falls, which will cost approx. $30 USD. We will collect them from there.
ARE THERE ANY COSTS INVOLVED TO VOLUNTEER?
Click HERE to find out up to date costs and requirements for volunteering with IAPF.
WHAT TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND FACILITIES CAN I EXPECT TO BE AVAILABLE TO ME?
Accommodation in South Africa is in large safari tents, which sleep 2 people. We provide stretcher beds in the tents; volunteers will need to provide their own bedding. All meals are provided by our excellent staff, and we can accommodate for most tastes and requirements provided we know in advance.
Some things, especially Vegan options may not be available in Zimbabwe. The town of Victoria Falls isn’t huge and we are limited to the supplies available.
WHAT WILDLIFE SPECIES ARE THERE?
There is a huge range of wildlife around both areas which can often be seen year-round. Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and of course Rhino are all native to both areas alongside a wide variety of antelope, Hippo, Hyena and Crocodile. The lucky may even encounter the endangered Painted Dog from time to time. For the birders out there, we can boast a huge range of species.
WHAT ATTRACTIONS CAN I EXPERIENCE DURING FREE-TIME?
The camp here in South Africa is only a stone’s throw away from the magnificent Kruger National Park, The Blyde River Canyon, which offers activities such as whitewater rafting, “kloofing” and more. The lowveld itself is known to be the heartland of South Africa’s big game country. For those travelling on afterwards, the beautiful beaches of Mozambique are only a couple of hours drive or for the more adventurous, the Kingdom of Swaziland is also readily accessable.
The town of Vic Falls is one of the “adventure capitals of Africa”! Aside from visiting the Falls, people can also get their adrenaline fix by bungee jumping, white-water rafting, helicopter tours and much more. We are also only a short distance from both Hwange (Zimbabwe) and Chobe (Botswana) National Parks. There is also the option to get a few more stamps in the passport by visiting Zambia (Yellow Fever certificate required), Botswana or even Namibia. Please be aware, if you plan to travel to these countries, a double entry visa to Zimbabwe is recommended to save you money. These can be obtained at the border on arrival, but must be specifically requested.
You can choose to come here to the front-line and be a part of this mission. The animals of Africa would be grateful if they could talk, but they can’t and there will be no thank you from them when you depart. We are all here for something other than satisfying our own objectives and aspirations. We are here to make a difference and create hope for tomorrow. This cannot happen without people like you. Regardless of how you think you fit in, the contribution to our mission comes in many forms. Please do not lose sight of the big picture. Your stay will be a journey you will always look back on. We would be grateful to have you here. You can be part of a very positive step for our future.
For more information on the INTERNATIONAL ANTI-POACHING FOUNDATION, please visit www.iapf.org
For important information on travelling overseas, please read ‘KNOW BEFORE YOU GO WILD!‘