At a glance
- Team up with a group of like-minded volunteers and contribute to valuable conservation volunteer work in Botswana. You’ll live and work in the heart of the Wild at Tuli reserve. Surrounded by vast savannahs teaming with an array of species, this is the perfect opportunity to experience the wilder side of life!
- You’ll work to protect animals like leopards, elephants, and zebras. You’ll get to observe them in their natural habitat and collect data on their characteristics and distribution. This research will help tailor conservation policies to better protect this breathtaking ecosystem.
- You’ll live in shared same-sex volunteer accommodation at the reserve. Over a game of cards under the stars or chats and laughs around a campfire, you’ll have the chance to bond with your group and build friendships to last a lifetime. Our staff will be on-hand 24/7 throughout your trip to ensure you’re fully supported.
Throughout the yearSee Dates
18 or over
Your work will cover five main tasks:
One of your main tasks will be wildlife surveys. During game drives, you’ll collect data on the characteristics and distributions of different species, like birds and elephants. By researching these creatures, we can develop a better understanding of how they live. This in turn can help us concentrate our conservation efforts where they’re most needed.
During the dry season, animals at the reserve struggle to find natural sources of water. This impacts their population numbers. You’ll help keep them thriving throughout the year by building or repairing waterholes, dams, and rainwater tanks.
Poaching is a major threat to African wildlife. Endangered animals are hunted illegally for their meat, skins, horns, or tusks. This has a devastating effect on population numbers and pushes certain species ever closer to extinction.
One of the silent killers of this horrific practice is snares. Snares are wire traps set up by poachers to catch and kill animals. During poaching patrols, you’ll remove snares from the reserve, saving the lives of wildlife.
Camera traps are the ideal way to monitor animal behaviour up-close without any human interference. You’ll help with setting up cameras so that we can get a better understanding of animal behaviour.
So far, we’ve had many exciting sightings through our camera traps. For example, we’ve collected footage of a baby brown hyena, a honey badger, a leopard, and an aardvark.
Work and learn as a team
Volunteering on a Team Trip means you will work closely with a group of volunteers your age. You’ll have the chance to connect during project work and during your down time. Wild at Tuli is the perfect place to share stories of your different countries and cultures over the campfire. You’ll come away from this experience with a new group of friends from around the world.
For our conservation volunteering project in Botswana, we’ve partnered with Wild at Tuli, a wildlife reserve in Botswana. This gives you the chance to work in a protected ecosystem alongside highly experienced and passionate conservationists.
Where in Botswana will I work?
Wild At Tuli
Wild at Tuli is located on the banks of the Limpopo river, near the South African border. The reserve is in the heart of the African bushveld, with animals like elephants and zebra roaming free. It’s the perfect place to connect with nature and live on the wild side!
Even though there are plenty of wild animals about, we’ll make sure your trip is completely safe. The camp where you’ll stay is secure and we have a policy in place to ensure you don’t leave the camp without a staff member.
This is the perfect location to connect with your group. You’ll play board games in the evenings as the breeze carries the chirps of crickets and cicadas through the air. Or roast marshmallows around the campfire with a view of the star-speckled sky above. Volunteering at Wild at Tuli is truly the experience of a lifetime.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team
Not quite what you’re looking for?
Take a look at the following pages where you'll find collections of similar projects: