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This project takes place in Livingstone, Zambia. It is located on the outskirts of Livingstone town, a stone’s throw away from the magnificent thundering waters of Victoria Falls.
The involvement of volunteers on the project is essential for achieving the conservation aims on all fronts. Volunteers can expect days to be long, but will also be able to end each day knowing that they have given something back to Africa and made a difference to the animals and people that they come into contact with.
Your primary task as a volunteer will be to assist the management and their team of guides, handlers, and scouts in all aspects of care for the animals in their charge; you will help give the animals the opportunities to develop their natural instincts in preparation for their release into the next stage of the program. Research is also a significant part of your role as you will be collecting data on lion behavior and ecology. You will also help us with our various community programs that may include conservation or health education, as well as a number of other projects that you will learn about upon arrival. Volunteers will often be expected to work 7 days per week.
Your daily tasks may include the following:
A typical day: You will start off the day bright and early at 7:00 am as you join the guides on a lion walk, while recording any data on cub behavior. After breakfast at 9:00 am, you’ll be off to either volunteer at the conservation education program or help out with the lion cubs. After a 2-hour break to eat lunch and relax during the hottest part of the day, you will finish off the day with a snare sweep or afternoon lion walk and dinner.
Internet: Internet cafes available in town, and Wifi available at the base for a fee.
Laundry: Weekly laundry service is available for a small fee.. Laundry will be washed, ironed, and folded.
Accommodations: Volunteers will be staying at a volunteer house on the park grounds. Rooms will be shared with up to 3 others. We can arrange for couples or groups of friends to share rooms.There are two bathrooms in the main house, shared by up to 6 volunteers. The accommodation is simple, but comfortable and completely suited to the volunteers’ needs. The lodge has running hot and cold water and electricity.
Food: Volunteers are provided with 3 meals a day. The food is good quality and nutritious, but should you wish, you can purchase extra items in town at one of the supermarkets.
Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:
Project Orientation (Included):
On arrival at the Livingstone project, the following orientation will take place:
Volunteers will get some weekends off to explore the area and go on trips. Although these are not included in your program fee, our staff would be happy to help you arrange exciting excursions for this time. In the past, volunteers have enjoyed:
Important Note: Volunteers staying longer than 30 days will need to apply for a “temporary employment permit.” This costs approximately $250 USD to be paid upon arrival in Zambia.