Child Care followed by Conservation in South Africa
Volunteer with children at a crèche or day care centre in Cape Town, South Africa followed by exhilarating, remote conservation work at Wild at Tuli nature reserve to the north.
When to go:
October is a great time to enjoy spring in Cape Town and get maximum exposure to working with elephants at our Conservation site!
We recommend joining Care for 4 weeks and Conservation for at least 2 weeks.
First spend 4 weeks working with, playing with, and supporting underprivileged children at one of our Care placements in Cape Town. These placements are at crèches, care centres, and preschools, located about 30 minutes from the centre of Cape Town in informal settlements called townships. Volunteers will work in either Vrygrond or Capricorn Park.
The children at our placements are normally aged 3 months to 6 years, and class sizes can range from 5 to 40 children! These centres are often understaffed, so volunteers provide enthusiastic assistance and act as an extra pair of hands. Activities that volunteers can get involved in include:
- Helping the children learn basic but important life skills
- Preparing children for school
- Assisting with sports, art, music, and drama lessons
This project benefits children from disadvantaged communities as well as their caregivers.
Next, fly north to Polokwane to join our Conservation project at ‘Wild at Tuli’ nature reserve. This is a private reserve located on the Limpopo River which serves as the border between South Africa and Botswana. You are almost guaranteed to see elephants as you get a true ‘wild bush’ experience! Volunteers live in large, spacious safari tents on the reserve and are accompanied at all times by our Conservation staff.
Wild at Tuli is 5000 hectares large and a haven for African wildlife. Volunteers work to address major environmental problems such as drought, deforestation and land degradation. They also learn about GPS techniques and animal tracking to help with population censuses in the reserve. Some more examples of the varied work includes:
- Elephant research studying population dynamics
- Baobab tree surveys and protection
- Soil erosion control
- Removal of old fencing
- Dam building and protection
- Helping construct natural waterholes for animals
- Mammal and bird inventory using visual sightings at observation points, camera traps, and identification of tracks and signs
- Building viewing hides
- Clearing and repairing existing roads and designing and marking new roads
- Anti-poaching patrols
- Learning skills in animal and plant identification
– $2725* 2 Flexible-date Projects
in the Same Destination
Additional costs include flights and visas where applicable. Read more about what's included on our Prices page.
*Explanation of pricing: When combining projects within the same destination, you pay for the highest priced project and then any other project is charged at its "extra week" price, regardless of the order that you do the projects.
For more information about the pricing for this project and other combined projects, check out our combination pricing page.
Learn more about the individual projects
Situated in the townships of Cape Town, you will be working in school clubs, care centers, crèches and pre-schools. You will work with children aged between three and six years old.
Volunteer and help us to conserve local wildlife in Southern Africa. Live and work in a game reserve with opportunities to conserve elephants, hyenas, and many other species of plants and animals.