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MissonEdit

To provide quality volunteer programs that benefit their participants as well as the communities and environments in which they serve.


Everyday, we live up to our mission by placing an emphasis on the following key points:


We link meaningful community projects around the world with dedicated volunteers.


We only work with programs and organizations that are safe, well organized and effective.


We believe in diversity: we offer scholarships and other incentives to attract volunteers of differing ethinicities


We provide additional opportunities such as excursions and language lessons to deepend your volunteer experience.



Our organization:Edit

BridgeVolunteers is a division of Bridge, an international company that delivers language instruction, teacher training, and translation & interpretation services to thousands of customers across the globe. With just over 50 full time employees and more than 300 teachers & trainers stretched across the globe, Bridge comprises a diverse group of nationalities and cultures


Bridge's very first volunteer projects were organized for language students at our schools in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile who wanted to enhance their cultural experience while giving back to the community. In response to this demand, we began placing our students in local youth outreach programs, rainforest conservation projects, and volunteer English teaching positions in those countries.
The success of our programs in South America inspired the idea for more varied volunteer projects around the world. Thus BridgeVolunteers was born. Today we are proud to offer more than 25 volunteer projects in locations across the globe, from Argentina to Zambia.


Conservation and Wildlife programsEdit

http://www.bridgevolunteers.org/conservation-wildlife.php


EcuadorEdit

Coastal Animal Rescue Volunteer ProgramEdit

Guayaquil, EcuadorEdit

Volunteer Activities
Prepare and distribute food to all the animal species sheltered at the center
Keep track of the animals' behavior
Clean the enclosures and exterior areas of the animal habitats
Plant fruits for the animals' diets and maintain crops
Collect wild fruits and leaves for the animals to eat (during some seasons)
Volunteer Program at a Glance
Start Dates:

Any Monday of the year.

Program Length: Minimum: 2 weeks

Program Cost:

2 Weeks:
US $1,440
3 Weeks:
US $1,640
4 Weeks:
US $1,840
Each Additional Week:
US $300
Each language class week with host family lodging:
US $300

Cost includes:
Airport pick-up in Quito
First night shared accommodation in a hostel in Quito
Orientation
Transportation to the program site
Accommodations at a residence type lodging
3 meals per day
Activities
24-hour emergency contact number
Schedule:

You will volunteer in the mornings and afternoons, 5 days a week from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Volunteers will attend Spanish classes prior to the volunteer program.

Requirements:
A basic level of fitness is required as the work includes carrying loads and using tools like shovels and machetes. Minimum age to participate is 18.
What Volunteers Can Do:
As a volunteer on this program, you will be working at an animal rehabilitation center in Balao Chico, just two hours away from Guayaquil, Ecuador. You will be responsible for helping to care for a large number of wild animals at the center. In addition, the center works with the American Crocodile, the Spider Monkey, and the Guayaquil Macaw in three captive breeding programs; you may take a part in these programs as well.


Volunteers will help in the rehabilitation and improvement of the animals' living conditions by supporting the day-to-day operations of the center. Regular duties include the daily cleaning of the enclosures and exterior areas where the animals live, and the preparation and distribution of food to all of the species sheltered at the centre. In particular seasons, volunteers regularly go on walks to collect wild fruits and leaves for the animals to eat. Volunteers can also use the center's special kitchen to prepare the animals' meals based on their specific diets. Additional volunteer work includes keeping track of the animal behavior, and planting and maintaining food crops.

The center is located on a shrimp, cocoa, and banana farm that was founded 20 years ago. Approximately 300 wild animals from different species and origins are rehabilitated at the center and receive professional care. All of these animals are donated by the public or by the environmental police.

Why Volunteer in Ecuador?

Ecuador is considered one of the seventeen "megadiverse" countries in the world. From the cloud forests to the coast to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador is home to 1,600 bird species, over 16, 000 species of plants, 106 endemic reptiles, 138 endemic amphibians, and 6,000 species of butterfly. Unfortunately, this biodiversity has given rise to the illegal trade of exotic animals as a popular activity. Not only does this cause suffering for the animals that are captured; it is also highly detrimental to Ecuador's fragile and valuable ecosystem. Captive animals are also at risk for escaping to locations outside of their habitats, which is dangerous for them and for other species.

Ecuador Coastal Animal Rescue Program Goals:

At centers like the Coastal Animal Rescue Center, animals that have been illegally kept in captivity can be rehabilitated and later be released into their natural habitats. There are approximately 300 wild animals from different species are rehabilitated and receive professional care at the center.

Through its foundation, the center also participates in conservation campaigns and has been fundamental in the development of regulations for wildlife centers across the country.



Animal Shelter Volunteer ProgramEdit

Animal Shelter Volunteer ProgramEdit

Ibarra, EcuadorEdit

Volunteer Activities
Help clean animal enclosures
Prepare and distribute meals for the animals
Maintain and build new habitats
Improve the animals' environments
Volunteer Program at a Glance
Start Dates:

Any Monday of the year.

Program Length: Minimum: 2 weeks

Program Cost:

2 Weeks:
US $1,440
3 Weeks:
US $1,640
4 Weeks:
US $1,840
Each Additional Week:
US $300
Each language class week with host family lodging:
US $300

Cost includes:
Airport pick-up in Quito
First night shared accommodation in a hostel in Quito
Orientation
Transportation to the program
Accommodations at volunteer house
3 meals per day
Activities
24-hour emergency contact number
Schedule:

Volunteers work from Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 6:00pm. Language lessons will take place from 8:30am to 10:30pm.

Requirements:
There are no formal requirements; all participants must be over 18 years of age.
What Volunteers Can Do:
Volunteers in our Ecuador Ibarra Animal Shelter Program will help care for animals rescued from illegal captivity or abandonment at an animal rescue center in the city of Ibarra. Although volunteers will care for a variety of species, the three most commonly trafficked species received at the center are capuchin monkeys, royal macaws, and turtles. Other species at the center include lions, sloths, spider monkeys, peafowl, parrots, boas, and more.

Volunteers at the center can help with the maintenance of animal enclosures and the preparation of meals and food. Programs are varied, but they usually involve lots of physical work, as well as the upkeep and building of new habitats.
Why Volunteer in Ecuador?
Ecuador is considered one of the seventeen "megadiverse" countries in the world. From the cloud forests to the coast to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador is home to 1,600 bird species, over 16, 000 species of plants, 106 endemic reptiles, 138 endemic amphibians, and 6,000 species of butterfly. Unfortunately, this biodiversity has given rise to the illegal trade of exotic animals as a popular activity. Not only does this cause suffering for the animals that are captured; it is also highly detrimental to Ecuador's fragile and valuable ecosystem. Captive animals are also at risk for escaping to locations outside of their habitats, which is dangerous for them and for other species.
Ecuador Animal Shelter Program Goals:
The Ibarra Animal Rescue Center never turns away the animals that arrive at their facilities. Each animal is provided with the necessary care and attention they need. The staff works along with veterinarians to look after the injured and to improve the animals' living conditions. The center also works to enforce local government laws that protect these animals and makes sure that bans be applied to any illegal trade.


The center additionally serves as a haven for animals that can't be released back to their natural environment.Seminars are continuously given to elementary school and high school students to raise awareness of the impact that holding wild animals captive can have on the ecosystem.

Airport Pickup and Orientation:
Volunteers are picked up at the airport in Quito where they are taken to a hostel. On Monday morning, volunteers are given a program orientation and are then taken to the bus station where they board the bus to Ibarra.
Spanish Language Classes:

To complement your work in the community, you can take Spanish lessons in Quito prior to your volunteer program. Accommodations with a local Ecuadorian host family are included. The cost per week is $300 USD. You will be placed in a group of 12 or fewer students according to your language level, where you will practice conversational Spanish for four hours per day.

Transportation:
Your airport pick-up and drop-off in Quito and transportation to the program site will be arranged for you. The following transportation is included:
Bus to Ibarra
Bus to Quito from Ibarra



Accommodations:
You will be staying at a volunteer residence. The residence has comfortable, private rooms with hot water, private bathrooms and cable television. The residence has capacity for up to 5 volunteers at a time. The residence is owned by people who work closely with the center because they are very concerned about the mistreatment of animals.



Meals:
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.



In-Country Support:
Volunteer coordinators will provide support during your time in Ecuador. Volunteers will also have 24-hour emergency assistance.



Ecuador Excursions:
Although you will be working at the animal shelter for most of the week, weekends are an excellent time to explore beautiful Ecuador. For an extra cost you can take part in a variety of excursions that are organized by the onsite staff.



Insurance for Volunteers:
BridgeVolunteers provides emergency travel insurance for participants. For more information, please read our Insurance page.



MozambiqueEdit

Whale Shark Conservation Volunteer Program - MozambiqueEdit

Volunteer Activities
Snorkel with whale sharks in the open ocean
Take underwater photographs and name the whale sharks for identification purposes
Record observations such as GPS location and water conditions
Report the size, sex, distinctive features, and behaviour of the whale sharks
Record re-sightings
Perform reef transects and record indicator species of reef fish
Assess the cover and condition of different coral reef areas
Airport Pickup and Orientation:
After being picked up at the airport, volunteers are taken the program accommodations site, where they are given a full 2-day orientation before starting the program.
Transportation:
Transport to and from the airport, between program sites, and for program needs is included.
Accommodations:
Volunteers will stay in a volunteer beach house equipped with electricity and running water. Volunteers share dorm rooms, with 6 people to a large room. The beach house is situated on the beach at the edge of Tofo village. Tofo's center is within easy walking distance, where there are very basic shops, a few restaurants and bars, and access to a number of beach and ocean activities.
Meals:
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for the duration of the program.
In-Country Support:
In-country support will be provided during your time in Mozambique. Onsite program coordinators and/or guides will always be present.
Mozambique Excursions:
During weekends, volunteers are free to travel and explore Mozambique. Possible activities include horseback riding, kayaking, surfing, kite surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, or just relaxing on the beach. When possible, long weekend trips may be arranged and expeditions to Kruger National Park and Swaziland may be available. These activities are optional and are offered at an additional cost.
Insurance for Volunteers:
BridgeVolunteers provides emergency travel insurance for participants. For more information, please read our Insurance page.



PeruEdit

Andean Conservation Volunteer Program - Cusco, PeruEdit

Volunteer Activities
Help reforest land
Help in the daily care and rehabilitation of animals at the local zoo
Create animal inventories
Document and help conserve seed stocks for native farmers
Volunteer Program at a Glance
Start Dates:

Any Monday of the year.

Program Length: Minimum of 1 week; 2 weeks for the rainforest option

Program Cost:

1 week:
US $1,095
2 Weeks:
US $1,405
3 Weeks:
US $1,795
4 Weeks:
US $2,185
Each Additional Week:
US $390

Cost includes:
Airport pick-up
On-site orientation and training
Accommodations
Three meals per day
In-country support and program coordination
24-hour local emergency support
Schedule:

The volunteer schedule will vary according to your chosen program. With the reforestation programs, work hours are usually Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, though this may vary based on weather and specific program needs. At the zoo, volunteer work hours are normally Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Requirements:

Volunteers should be physically fit to carry out the duties associated with this program. Those who work in the Andean rainforest will be very isolated. They should be prepared to go long periods of time without modern amenities like hot water and electricity. While Spanish is not required, your language skills will partially determine the programs in which you participate.

What Volunteers Can Do:
Our Andean Conservation Program in Peru works with several organizations to help conserve Peru's profound natural and cultural treasures. As a volunteer, you can help to reforest sections of the Amazon Rainforest or to conserve native Peruvian animal species. Whichever you choose, you will help defend Peru's fragile natural and cultural heritage.
Why Volunteer in Peru?
Peru is one of the most biologically diverse nations on the planet. There are 1,700 species of bird in Peru alone, nearly 20 percent of the Earth's total, along with 15,000 plant species and an estimated 30 million insect species. Peru's geography includes the second-highest mountain range on earth, the world's driest desert, wind-swept beaches, and the sprawling Amazon jungle. To add to this natural wealth, the Incas and other pre-Colombian civilizations left an abundant archaeological record and an enduring indigenous culture.

Such riches, however, are difficult to maintain. Deforestation and habitat destruction has become a serious problem. Much of Peru's native wildlife is endangered. Meanwhile, indigenous cultures are slowly disappearing and important traditions are lost from one generation to the next.
Peru Andean Conservation Program Goals:
Reforestation

Reforestation programs take place in the Amazon jungle, on the coast, and in the Andes Mountains. These programs help rural communities and small villages reforest areas that have lost native flora or fauna. With the help of Peruvian environmentalists, you will work with local inhabitants to recover native species of trees, plants, and animals.


Animal Care
Volunteers can work at the Cusco Zoo, part of the University San Antonio Abad of Cusco, which directs the maintenance and conservation of native Peruvian animal species. Here you will work with university students and professors to care for the animals and help with their cleaning and feeding.


South AfricaEdit

Horse Rehabilitation Volunteer Program - Cintsa, South AfricaEdit

Volunteer Activities


Feed and visually check all horses

Help treat horses with tick repellant
Assist with grooming and exercise
Clean and maintain tack and equipment
Work with problems or issues unique to a specific horse
Assist with beach trail rides
Volunteer Program at a Glance
Start Dates:
2-week placement:
March 15th, September 20th
4-week placement:
January 18th, February 1st and 15th, March 1st, April 12th, April 26th, May 3rd and 17th, July 12th, August 2nd, 16th and 30th, September 6th, October 11th, November 11th.
6-week placement: January 18th, February 1st and 15th, April 12th and 26th, May 3rd and 17th, July 12th, August 2nd and 16th, October 11th and November 11th.
*Additional 2-week start dates and 3-week placements may be arranged.

Program Length:Minimum: 2 weeks Maximum: 3 months
Program Cost:
2 Weeks:
US $1,662
4 Weeks:
US $2,828
6 Weeks:
US $3,428
Cost includes:
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Accommodations
Orientation / overnight cultural tour
3 meals daily
Daily transportation to program site
Schedule:

You will volunteer in the mornings and/or afternoons, 5 days a week. The exact hours and details of your day will be decided during the volunteer orientation. Schedules vary depending on program needs, and volunteers should remain flexible.

Requirements:
A minimum age of 18 applies for all placements. Experience with horses is preferred, but enthusiastic volunteers who are willing to learn will be considered.
What Volunteers Can Do:
Volunteers in our South Africa Cintsa Horse Rehabilitation Program can help in the care and rehabilitation of horses rescued from negligence. The New Hampshire Rehab Center works to give neglected horses a loving home. Volunteers will help to provide horses with necessary medical attention, food, and lots of love. Once the horses are nursed back to health, volunteers can help tame them and rebuild their trust. When the horses are fully healed and rehabilitated, they are used for trail rides to generate the necessary income to keep the center going.
Why Volunteer in South Africa?
The Cintsa Horse Rehabilitation Program has been running for 10 years under the careful dedication of the Dickerson Family. The program generates income from tourism to maintain the horses and run the rehab centre, but it is love and concern for the horses that keeps the program running successfully from year to year.

Over the years the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has asked the Dickerson family to assist with horses which have been rescued from neglect. This eventually led to the development of the New Hampshire Rehab Center, a small center aimed at nurturing abused horses back to good health. New Hampshire strives to rehabilitate horses to the point where they can once again be ridden. It is these very horses that are used on trail rides and thus generate the income for the centre.
South Africa Horse Rehabilitation Program Goals:
The goal of this program is the rehabilitation of neglected and abused horses that are in desperate need of love, care, and medical attention. Horses in South Africa are often afflicted with ticks and other pests, and they arrive to the center in need of treatment and nourishment. The dedication and hard work of the volunteers and staff at the center restores the horses to health so that they can provide an important service to the community.
Airport Pickup and Orientation:
After being picked up at the airport, volunteers will spend a week acclimating and developing an understanding of their new and sometimes challenging environment. During this week, the coordinating team and the volunteers will develop a working relationship, become familiar with the support structures in place, and learn about the operations and organization of the program.
Transportation:
A representative will meet volunteers at the East London Airport and accompany them back to the accommodations for the start of orientation. Once the program starts, volunteers are transferred to and from the center on a daily basis.
Accommodations:
During orientation volunteers stay at a backpackers' lodge in Cintsa. The lodge is situated in a beautiful coastal dune forest, and the spectacular scenery and warm staff delight everyone that stays there. After orientation, the volunteers will be moved into their house in East Cintsa. The house holds 7 people in double-occupancy rooms.
Meals:
The house manager will ensure that volunteers sit down to a delicious home-cooked meal every night. Breakfast is self-service (cereal, toast, etc.) and sandwiches are provided for lunch.
In-Country Support:
In-country support will be provided to program volunteers during their time in South Africa. The friendly staff will assist in every way: from weekend getaways, to internal flights, to overland tours and safaris.
South Africa Excursions:
Volunteers are encouraged to travel on weekends, and the program staff will assist with making reservations and travel arrangements. South Africa offers a number of exciting outdoor activities, including:

Visit to Cape Town


Hogsback Excursion

Transkei Trip
Surf School
Mountain Bike Tour
Cultural Tour
Game Drives
Horseback Rides




Insurance for Volunteers:
BridgeVolunteers provides emergency travel insurance for participants. For more information, please read our Insurance page.





Great Kei Kubusi
Wilderness Volunteer Program- Kei Kubusi, South Africa
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Volunteer Activities
Capture and release spring hares, honey badgers, ground squirrels, meerkats, and freshwater fish
Assist with raptor rehabilitation and work with eagles and buzzards
Help monitor bird behavior and patterns
Indentify flowers and native flora
Take part in mapping and geological surveys
Log GPS location coordinates
Educate and raise environmental awareness in local communities
Take part in environmental and cultural activities, including canoeing, hiking, fishing, visits to traditional healers, game drives, photography outings, and excursions to sites of interest



Volunteer Program at a Glance
Start Dates:
January 4th and 18th, February 1st and 15th, March 1st and 15th, April 5th and 19th, may 3rd and 17th, June 7th and 21st

Program Length:Minimum: 2 weeks Maximum: 3 months
Program Cost:
4 weeks US $2955
*2-week placements may be arranged.
Cost includes:
Airport pick-up / drop-off
Accommodations at a tented camp
Orientation / overnight cultural tour
3 meals daily
Schedule:

You will volunteer in the mornings and/or afternoons, 5 days a week. The exact hours and details of your day will be decided during the volunteer orientation. Schedules vary depending on program needs, and volunteers should remain flexible.

Requirements:
A minimum age of 18 applies for all placements. Applicants should also be reasonably fit, as some of the activities are quite physical.



What Volunteers Can Do:
Volunteers in the Great Kei Kubusi Wilderness Program will work to restore and protect a large and diverse wilderness area in South Africa composed of canyons, grasslands, sheer cliffs, valley bushveld, and riverine subtropical forests. Volunteers will assist with raptor and small animal rehabilitation, reintroduction of endemic fish, and general upkeep and maintenance of fences and enclosures. Volunteers in this program will also have the chance to participate in fun and educational activities including canoeing, hiking, fishing, visits to traditional healers, camping, game drives, and photography outings.



Why Volunteer in South Africa?
Located at the southern tip of Africa, South Africa is renowned for its long coastline, vast beauty, and varied landscapes. The Great Kei Kubusi area is home to many exotic animal species including leopard, rhino, buffalo, 20 antelope species, and a number of rare raptors and birds. Yet for all its beauty and tourism potential, South Africa suffers from innumerable social and political challenges. Conservation in South Africa is frequently given a low priority, and most land protection initiatives are started by individuals. This means that resources are scarce and volunteers are needed to provide the necessary enthusiasm, hard work, and funding to encourage rehabilitation and sustainability.



South Africa Great Kei Kubusi Wilderness Program Goals:
The Kei Kubusi mission statement states, "As conservationists, our aim is the protection and preservation of biodiversity of the Great Kei Kubusi Wilderness Area". To achieve this, the program focuses on three main areas: flora, fauna, and cultural heritage. Though mammal and raptor monitoring, biome mapping, alien plant control, meaningful engagement with local communities, and many other activities, volunteers can work towards this goal in a productive and balanced way.


The project has a long-term (10-year) target that is regularly broken down into smaller weekly units, each with a specific focus, area of interest, educational component, and fun activity. However, a great degree of flexibility is essential, and volunteers will deal with the most pressing conservation issues that occur during their particular placement, which may deviate from the weekly plan.

Airport Pickup and Orientation:
After being picked up at the airport, volunteers will spend a week acclimating and developing an understanding of their new and sometimes challenging environment. During this week, the coordinating team and the volunteers will develop a working relationship, become familiar with the support structures in place, and learn about the operations and organization of the program.
History of South Africa

Understanding apartheid and the dawn of a new democracy

Socio-political developments in South Africa
Introduction to basic Xhosa customs and norms – including an overnight stay in a rural Xhosa village
Overview of the various biomes within South Africa and within the program's specific region
Rocky shores marine life and coastal systems
The fragile ecosystems of estuaries
The floral diversity of the Eastern Cape
Transportation:
A representative will meet you upon arrival at East London Airport, and transfer you back to Buccaneers Lodge for the start of orientation. Once the program starts, you will be transferred to the camp on the Kubusi River.
Accommodations:
During orientation, volunteers stay at the Buccaneers Lodge in Chintsa. The lodge is situated on 8 hectares of coastal dune forest, and the spectacular scenery and warm staff delight all that stay. After orientation, accommodation is at a rustic camp on the Kubusi River, and a communal tent is the hub for meals, relaxing, and learning. The camp is remote and secluded and therefore offers the volunteers an authentic "living in the bush" experience.
Meals:
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served.
In-Country Support:
In country support will be provided during your time in South Africa. The friendly staff will assist in every way, from weekend getaways, to internal flights, to overland tours and safaris.
South Africa Excursions:
Volunteers are encouraged to travel on weekends, and the program staff will assist with making reservations and travel arrangements. South Africa offers a number of exciting outdoor activities, including:
Visit to Cape Town

Hogsback Excursion



Transkei Trip



Surf School


Mountain Bike Tour



Cultural Tour



Game Drives


Horseback Rides


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Insurance for Volunteers:
BridgeVolunteers provides emergency travel insurance for participants. For more information, please read our Insurance page.


Photography and Conservation Volunteer Program St. Lucia, South AfricaEdit

Volunteer Activities
Contribute to a photographic database documenting iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Take photos of elephants, rhinos, and other wild animals in their natural habitat
Teach local South Africans about the importance of conservation
Get involved in local conservation programs
Improve your photography skills through a course taught by an experienced wildlife photographer
Immerse yourself in local Zulu culture
Volunteer Program at a Glance
Start Dates:
January 12th, February 9th, March 9th, April 6th, May 4th, June 1st, June 29th, July 27th, August 24th, September 21st, October 19th, November 16th.

Program Length:4 weeks
Program Cost:
US $2755
Cost includes:
Airport pick-up and drop-off
3 day photography course
On-site orientation
All daily transportation to and from the program
Accommodations at volunteer house
3 meals per day
In-country support and program coordination
Volunteer donation to program
Requirements:
Enthusiasm for photography is essential. Photographic knowledge and experience is helpful, but not necessary. Volunteers will need to bring their own photographic equipment.
What Volunteers Can Do:
Volunteers in the South Africa Photography and Conservation Program will help to create a photographic database to document the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in St. Lucia. The volunteer photographs will also be used to educate the local Zulu community about the importance of preserving indigenous plants and wildlife. Volunteers will attend a photography course taught by an experienced wildlife photographer to prepare for taking pictures of wild animals such as rhino, elephants, and possibly even leopards.
Why Volunteer in South Africa?
South Africa is known around the world for its unique landscapes, ecosystems, and animal species. Unfortunately, conservation often takes a backseat to the country's pressing social and political problems. Fortunately, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park has been established to protect an important stretch of land on South Africa's east coast, and has been declared South Africa's first Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Encompassing almost half a million acres, it is a stunning and ecologically diverse area where five different ecosystems join, including savannahs, wetlands, swamps, and beaches. The park also boasts a number of rare and exotic animal species, including lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and leopard. The local communities surrounding the park often lack environmental awareness and involvement in conservation programs, and can benefit greatly from volunteer efforts to educate about the importance of these issues.
St. Lucia Photography and Conservation Program Goals:
In order to preserve indigenous plant life and wildlife, it is essential to get local communities involved. What is lacking in the current educational curriculum is a detailed photographic database of the wildlife in the St. Lucia area. The goal of this program is to create a database which will be used for educational purposes. As a volunteer, you will contribute to this goal by taking photographs of as many wildlife species as possible. You will photograph large animals such as elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, as well as smaller creatures such as chameleons, insects, and some of the 521 bird species that call this World Heritage Site home. The best pictures will be included in our database. The program is a unique opportunity to encounter some of Africa's most beautiful animals on a daily basis, to improve your photography skills, as well as to contribute to conservation efforts.


SwazilandEdit

Kruger National Park, SwazilandEdit

Volunteer Activities

Walk and drive through game reserves to locate and monitor the nests and roosts of threatened birds

Help construct nets and harp traps to capture bats and birds
Record habitat conditions and environmental variables
Get experience handling wildlife and using tracking equipment
Participate in regular game sightings and game drives in areas populated by lions, elephants, and rhinos
Take a 5-day educational tour of Kruger National Park
Weigh, measure, tag, and band young birds, bats, and reptiles
Monitor animal conditions and study their population dynamics and dispersal
Take a 7-day marine conservation tour of Mozambique

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Volunteer Program at a Glance
Start Dates:

First Monday of every month: January 4th , February 1st, March 5th, April 3rd, may 7th, June 5th, July 2nd, August 2nd, September 6th, October 4th, November 1st, December 6th.

Program Length: 4 weeks

Program Cost:

US $2822
*6-week placements are available.

Cost includes:
Accommodations throughout program
All meals
Orientation upon arrival
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full support and daily guidance from the program coordinators
Program equipment
Program activities including national park entry fees
Schedule:

You will volunteer in the mornings and/or afternoons, 5 days a week. The exact hours and details of your day will be decided during the volunteer orientation. Approximately 6 hours per day will be spent in the research field.

Requirements:
Volunteers must be between the ages of 18 and 65.


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What Volunteers Can Do:
Volunteers in the Wildlife Studies Volunteer Program will research and investigate the habits and patterns of animal and marine life in Kruger National Park. Volunteers will gain hands-on field experience by supporting the wildlife research team and investigating the marine life of Mozambique. The program takes place in Swaziland, South Africa, and Mozambique, and volunteers will have the opportunity to work and travel between all three locations. In addition to visiting some of the region's most exciting wildlife areas and participating in an important field study program, volunteers will help to conduct wildlife research with other students under the guidance of onsite coordinators.


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Why Volunteer in Swaziland?
The area where South Africa, Swaziland, and Mozambique intersect is home to a number of important ecosystems and animal species. Although Kruger National Park has been established and conservation efforts are gaining momentum, the area has undergone many changes as a result of human influence, land management, and climate change. Although the area is mainly known for its large game, including elephants, rhinos, and lions, there are a variety of smaller species that are under threat and are equally important to the proper functioning of the ecosystem. Raptors are at the top of the food chain and thus suffer from the cumulative effects of the degradation of the savanna habitat. Bats and reptiles are relatively unknown and are not well understood in southern Africa, yet they also play a key role in the ecosystem. As a volunteer, your field research in this program will focus on threatened birds, bats, and reptiles, particularly on their reproduction and movement patterns. By better understanding these species, we can learn to effectively manage and conserve them.


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Swaziland Wildlife Studies Program Goals:
The goal of this program is to execute important research programs on the patterns and behavior of threatened birds, bats, and reptiles in Kruger National Park. Volunteers will contribute to different field programs by helping to erect nets and harp traps to capture bats and birds, recording habitat and environmental variables, or handling wildlife and using tracking equipment. In addition to field study, volunteers will participate in educational tours of both Kruger National Park and coastal Mozambique. By assisting with these wildlife research programs and deepening your understanding of the issues that these ecosystems face, you will play an important role in the conservation and preservation of this valuable region.
Airport Pickup and Orientation:
After being picked up at the Manzini International Airport in Swaziland, volunteers spend the night at a backpacker's lodge where they attend an orientation and detailed briefing of the program itinerary led by the onsite coordinator.
Transportation:

Transportation is provided to and from the airport for arrival and departure, between program sites, and for any additional program needs.

Accommodations:
Between excursions, volunteers will stay in a backpacker's lodge in the Ezulwini Valley. The main program offices are situated nearby. The lodge is conveniently located on the main Ezulwini road less than 2km from most of the area's main facilities and attractions, including craft markets, shopping centres, hotels, and restaurants. In the field, volunteers and staff will camp in dome tents with foam mattresses and pillows, all of which are provided. At the camps there is no electricity, but lanterns are provided.
Meals:
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for all the duration of the program.
In-Country Support:
In-country support will be provided during your time in Swaziland. Onsite program coordinators and/or guides will always be present to provide assistance and answer any questions.
Swaziland Excursions:
Volunteers are encouraged to travel on weekends, and program staff will assist them with making travel arrangements and reservations. There are also lots of activities available in the surrounding area, including:

whitewater rafting

mountain biking

safaris
adventure caving
hiking
horseback riding
swimming
golf
tennis
squash
fishing


Insurance for Volunteers:
BridgeVolunteers provides emergency travel insurance for participants. For more information, please read our Insurance page.

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