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Noahs Ark Veterinary Care Volunteer

Gobabis, Namibia
from £895 (2 weeks)

Ref: AV071

Do you have a passion for wildlife and enjoy a challenge?  If you are a qualified veterinary health professional or currently a student within the profession and would like to experience a different kind of practice within the field of veterinary medicine, then this is the programme for you. Volunteers to this exciting project will help to care for an array of Africa's stunning wildlife that has found a safe home at the world renowned Noah's Ark Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia.  This is a fantastic opportunity to help these wonderful animals and offer them a second chance in life, as well as gaining experience in a totally new environment.  Why not take the first step on a wonderful African adventure by booking a place now.

Who can join: Qualified vets or veterinary nurses or those studying to become one
Accommodation: Dedicated Volunteer Village
Transfer time: approx. 3 hours
Pick up Point: Windhoek City
Meals: Three meals a day are included
Volunteer numbers: approx 4.

Duration & Fees

2 weeks£895
3 weeks£1,285
4 weeks£1,645
5 weeks£1,995
6 weeks£2,395
7 weeks£2,755
8 weeks£3,145

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Start Dates

Volunteers can join on any Friday throughout the year.

Payment

£180 deposit at time of booking – balance of project fee due 12 weeks before departure

What's Included

  • Transfer on your Friday start date from your accommodation in Windhoek to the project base
  • Return transfer from the project base on your Thursday end date to Windhoek Airport or your accommodation in Windhoek.
  • Full induction and training on arrival
  • Support from the Project Managers
  • Accommodation and meals as indicated

What's not included

  • Flights to Windhoek Airport
  • Travel insurance to cover your project (to include cover for repatriation)
  • Work/business Visa as detailed in the pre-departure pack
  • Any pre or post trip accommodation and airport transfers if required.  Please note: Amanzi Travel can pre-arrange these for you as detailed in the pre-departure pack.
  • Personal items, clothes, travel goods etc
  • Use of telephone and internet
  • Drinks and snacks purchased from the onsite bar
  • Trips undertaken other than in the planned programme

Noahs Ark is the oldest and longest running wildlife rehabilitation centre in Namibia.  It was established with the aim of giving animals a second chance at life. Over the years the numbers of lions, cheetah and other species have plummeted and the rehabilitation project hopes to make a real difference by re-establishing these big cats back into the wild and to this end works with other Wildlife Conservation Agencies to release animals into dedicated protected sites in Namibia.  Sadly rehabilitation is not possible for all the animals rescued and the farm also provides a life-long home for the ones that will not survive in the wild.  

The first animal rescued was a vervet monkey that had been abused by its owners, followed shortly by a group of lions made homeless on the closure of a zoo in South Africa.  Hence what started as a personal hobby has become a full time occupation for the Noahs Ark residents and staff and for the past thirty years the reserve has been actively involved in the rescue, care and rehabilitation of neglected, abused and abandoned animals.  More than 380 indigenous wild animals have been rescued to date, with many of them still living at the farm. 

Volunteers from all over the world come to the Noahs Ark Wildlife Sanctuary to make a difference by working with the wildlife and giving these animals the care and attention they need.   By joining this project volunteers will have the opportunity to give a "second chance" to the many animals that have found a safe home at the sanctuary, by care and rehabilitation of those that can return to their natural habitat where they can continue to lead a life free of human disturbance.  A truly unique experience!  This is a very popular project and volunteers are advised to apply early to be sure of securing a placement.

The Noahs Ark Wildlife Veterinary Experience offers volunteers the opportunity to be involved in and work alongside the local vet in any veterinary activities that take place at the sanctuary during your stay.  Volunteers will be working in the field, treating and handling wildlife as well as hand raised orphans.

Volunteers will experience a different kind of practice, and gain knowledge about animals and diseases only common in Namibia and Africa. There may be the chance to actively take part in some of the following:

  • Wildlife research work - perhaps playing a part in the darting of a wild animals about to be released or needing an annual checkup
  • game capture and relocation - thereby maximising the exposure to surrounding human wildlife conflict, sanctuary 
  • Helping to care for sick, injured or orphaned wildlife
  • Retrieving blood from the Africa Wild Dogs for DNA testing etc.
  • Deworming and de-ticking of the animals

By joining Noahs Ark as a wildlife vet volunteers will not only contribute to the saving of animal lives, but you will get the insight into the conservation of Africa's stunning wildlife on a larger scale. 

It is also the aim of the project to sponsor rural communities with medication and vaccinations for their animals and volunteers provide valuable help with this work when needed.  Volunteers may also have the opportunity to work at other reserves, farms and at the Gobabis Veterinary Clinic with veterinary activiteis with the local Vet.

Volunteers are asked to join this project for a minimum of 1 month if at all possible and a maximum of 3 months. Shorter durations of 2 or 3 weeks may be considered if longer is not possible but 4 weeks is recommended as the minimum.  Volunteers will tend to spend their first week working alongside the wildlife care volunteers to learn about the many different animals at the sanctuary and the work being done there.  

The programme can accept a few veterinary volunteers at a time and prospective volunteers are asked to send in their curriculum vitae to check their suitability to join this project.   Please send a CV, detailing qualifications and experience, along with copies of qualifications to gemma@amanzitravel.co.uk

For any volunteers still studying a letter from the volunteer's university or academy will be required, confirming details of the course being undertaken, accompanied by a report card of results obtained so far.  

Important note:  Please bear in mind that this project takes place in a wildlife sanctaury and the extent and nature of the veterinary activities and exposure cannot be guaranteed as of course this will depend on the needs of the animals and the activities of the project at the time of your visit.  There are often extended periods of time when there is not a resident vet on site and then any veterinary activities will be managed by the local vet in Gobabis and volunteers will be working alongside the Gobabis vet for any veterinary activites that are based at the sanctuary.  There may also be opportunities to help with other veterinary activities that the Gobabis vet is invovled in during your stay that take place off the sanctuary and we do ask volunteers to remain as flexible as possible in this respect.   If there are no veterinary activities during a time that a volunteer is at the project, they will take part in normal Sanctuary activities which can be found on the link below:

http://www.amanzitravel.com/noahs-ark-wildlife-sanctuary

Induction

Upon arrival all volunteers are introduced to the head co-ordinator and the "village mom" and are shown their accommodation and the facilities at the Volunteer Village.  The first day offers a quick induction including a full background on the project, its history, policies and rules as well as guidelines on how to work and interact with the various animals there. 

After an early breakfast on Saturday there will be a full induction and a tour of the farm and work areas.  On Sunday all volunteers will meet the animals outside the farm area and the afternoon will be spent forming teams, meeting the cheetahs and baboons and some sports and leisure activities.  After the evening dinner there will be time to socialise with other volunteers.

Monday and Tuesday will include training on food preparation and cleaning and from Wednesday onwards volunteers will join all activities as full team members.

Getting There

Flights should be arranged to arrive into Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek.  As the shuttle transfer to the project leaves early on Friday morning, volunteers are asked to arrive on the Thursday before their Friday start date and spend the night in Windhoek.  Amanzi Travel can arrange for the transfer from the airport to Windhoek and accommodation in a very nice local backpackers - Chameleon - for the Thursday night.  Most volunteers use this accommodation and full details will be in the pre-departure information sent to all volunteers when making their booking.  The airport is about 30-45 minutes away from Windhoek.

 The shuttle will then pick up the volunteers from their accommodation at 9.00 am prompt on Friday morning and transfer them to the project base at Gobabis - a journey of about three hours.  Volunteers' transfers to and from the project base on their start and end date are included in their project fee and the return transfer will get volunteers back into Windhoek on the Thursday around lunchtime.  Volunteers can then either get a late afternoon or evening flight out of Windhoek on the Thursday or Amanzi Travel can pre-arrange overnight accommodation and an airport transfer for the following day. 

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence and can make any flight arrangements on request.

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Support and Orientation

Support and advice is available from Amanzi Travel office staff and project/trip leaders. Upon booking, you will receive a comprehensive pre-departure pack that provides all the details you will need to prepare for your trip to Africa.  This document includes information on accommodation, staff, visas, optional activities, packing checklist and medical advice and if you have any questions that are not answered in the pack we are always on hand to help and advise. We will do all we can to ensure that you are well prepared and looking forward to your trip to Africa. You will also receive an in country orientation on arrival.

A 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency contact number is provided for everyone who travels with us.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence (9401) and is able to arrange your flights on request giving you financial protection for your flight and trip costs. We also offer advice on personal travel insurance for your trip.

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The volunteer village is run on solar power and each room has solar panel lights. Separate facililites for charging cell phones, laptops and cameras are available.  Each cabin is allocated on a single sex basis;  however depending on occupancy and season it may be possible for a couple to share a cabin.  This must be requested in advance and can never be guaranteed as it depends on volunteer numbers.  

Laundry services are provided however volunteers are asked to handwash their own underwear and socks.

Volunteers are provided with three meals a day which are generally basic but tasty and filling. Breakfast may be porridge, cereal, eggs or pancakes and lunch and dinner may be burgers, goulash, pasta or rice dishes. Although Namibia is a meat-eating country, vegetarians and other dietary requirements such as gluten-free or lactose-free can be catered for but please ensure that you include this information on your application form.   There is a bar on site where volunteers can buy drinks and snacks as well as a souvenir shop. 

 

Click here to view the full interactive mapNamibia - Work At a Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary

Why visit Namibia?

Namibia is one of those dreamlike places that makes one question whether something so visually fabulous could actually exist. It is characterised by vast open spaces, with breathtaking scenery and great contrasts – ocean, dunes, mountains and deserts. A predominantly arid country, Namibia can be divided into four main regions. The Namib Desert and vast plains of the Skeleton Coast in the west; the eastward-sloping Central Plateau; the Kalahari desert along the borders with South Africa and Botswana; and the densely wooded bushveld of the Kavango and Caprivi regions – a magical undeveloped oasis of waterways and wildlife, providing abundant game and birdlife viewing opportunities.  Despite its harsh climate, Namibia has some of the world’s grandest national parks, ranging from the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park, to the dune fields and desert plains of the Namib-Naukluft Park. The Namib-Naukluft Park is superb for hiking, with a number of spectacular trails. It is also home to the renowned dunes of Sossusvlei - said to be the highest in the world - and the fascinating Sesriem Canyon. Windhoek is the country’s geographical heart and commercial nerve centre, with an ethnic mix of people, while surfers, anglers and beach-lovers won’t want to miss Swakopmund, with its lively entertainment and sporting activities.

Highlights

  • Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s finest parks, both in size and diversity of wildlife.
  • The Namib-Naukluft Park is the largest conservation area in Namibia and one of the largest in the world.
  • Two spectacular deserts - the Kalahari and Namib - each with distinctive wildlife and scenery.
  • The Namib, at 80 million years, is the world's oldest desert. Namib means “open space”.
  • The Namib and Damaraland offer remarkably clear skies for astronomers and keen star gazers.
  • Stunning Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon – it is 161km long, up to 27km wide and 550m deep.
  • Sossusvlei are said to be the highest sand-dunes in the world.
  • Superb birding and good fishing is available from the banks of the Kavango and Kunene Rivers on the northern border.
  • Popular self-drive destination with excellent infrastructure.
  • Largely malaria-free.
  • More than 300 days of sunshine per year.

Climate

Seasons Max Min
Summer/wet (October - April) 40 °C 20 °C
Winter/dry (May - September) 25 °C 0 °C
Rainfall: October – December “little rains”, January to April more stormy period

The winter months (May - September) range from 25 to 30°C during the day but night temperatures may drop to below freezing. June to August is the dry season with very little rain. This can be a good time for game viewing as wildlife converge at the waterholes.

The summer months (October - April) can reach highs of over 40°C and nights in the 20°C range (in the arid central Namib Desert temperatures can fall to below freezing during the night). This is a summer rainfall area, but overcast and rainy days are few and far between. Welcome thundershowers may occur in the late afternoon, bringing relief to flora and fauna. In October and November, large herds of blue wildebeest, zebra, springbok and oryx migrate from the Namutoni area to Okaukuejo, where they remain until May.

Rainfall is heaviest in the northeast, which enjoys a sub-tropical climate, and reaches over 600mm annually along the Okavango River. The northern and interior regions experience ‘little rains’ between October and December, while the main stormy period occurs from January to April.

Key Facts

Population – 2.1 million
Capital - Windhoek
Currency - Namibian dollar
Language – official language English; most widely spoken is Afrikaans; half of all Namibians speak Oshiwambo as their first language. German is also widely spoken, plus some Portuguese.
Namib – means “open space”
Etosha – means “great white place”
Time difference – GMT +2 hours
Telephone – country code 264, international access code 00

There are currently no reviews available, however if you contact us on info@amanzitravel.co.uk we will be happy to put you in touch with past participants.

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