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South Africa Volunteer + Wildlife Conservation

Price $1800 2 Weeks
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South Africa Volunteer + Wildlife Conservation

$1800 per person

Live life on the wild side! Whether you are interested in epic road trips, extreme sports, amazing hikes, jaw-dropping safaris, or simply delicious food, your bucket list is not complete without a trip to South Africa.

With SWAP’s Wildlife Conservation program, you’ll get hands-on and out on the wild plains of South Africa where you will monitor and track animals in a protected environment. The vast reserve has an amazing variety of African wildlife (the Big 5!) where you can view them up close while contributing to the protection of their ecologically sensitive habitats. Our trusted partner in South Africa has focused on volunteer projects since 2002, and we’re proud to offer Canadians the opportunity to join this exciting and fulfilling travel experience.

Volunteers are necessary for this essential conservation project. You will be directly involved with the researchers overseeing the project and report to them each day. Get ready to be active! You’ll be out on the reserve assisting with daily activities and any exciting occurrences that may arise, including animal interventions.

Sound like the adventure for you? Sign up today!

2 Weeks
16+ Age
  • Departure
    Please arrive by 9:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
South Africa + Wildlife Conservation
Thinking about taking the leap?
International travel is not without rules. Check these conditions to see if you qualify.

Age: Canadians ages 18+.Thinking about taking the leap?
Nationality: These adventures are open to Canadians only.
Criminal Check: Must have no criminal record.
Health Insurance: Health insurance is required for the duration of your stay.
Registration Timeline: Minimum 8 weeks prior to your preferred start date. The program dates can fill up fast, so register as early as possible — dates subject to availability. Orientation begins the first and third Tuesday of each month, excluding December (see below for full details)
Duration: Two weeks of volunteering. Want to volunteer longer? Programs are also available for 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 weeks! Contact info@swap.ca for availability and pricing.
You will be given a 3-month tourist visa, meaning that you can stay in South Africa before or after your volunteer placement ends.
Start Date: Orientations start on the first and third Tuesdays of every month, available year-round!
What's Included?
  • Expert guidance and SWAP support to arrange and confirm your volunteer placement
  • SWAP's personalized assistance in reviewing and editing the necessary applications forms
  • A comprehensive virtual pre-departure orientation session to prepare you for your trip and placement
  • One night of arrival accommodation in a local hotel
  • Local transportation to your project placement and back to the airport upon program completion
  • All meals are included as part of the project placement
  • Our local South African partner will provide ongoing guidance and support services throughout the full duration of your stay
  • Volunteers are accommodated in a luxury tented site, which includes access to a main building where volunteers have access to a kitchen, social recreation area, research labs, bathroom facilities with hot water, electricity, and internet access
  • On-location staff and managers to help ensure the program runs smoothly
Volunteering in South Africa with SWAP is easy!  Feel free to contact us with any questions you have as you get ready to take the first step.
Step 1: Make sure you’re eligible to apply.
Step 2: Download the Application Package and read through the information carefully.
Step 3: Complete the forms and send them back to SWAP.
Step 4: Once approved, we’ll send you the payment link to get your officially signed up for your placement.
Step 5: We confirm your start dates with our team in Johannesburg.
Step 6: We send your confirmation and pre-departure guide to get you ready for your adventure of a lifetime!
*Don’t forget to budget for your flight, health insurance, and your required savings
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