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Volunteer in Namibia with IKPVA – Most Affordable Volunteer Programs in Namibia!

At a glance:

  • Location: All programs start in Windhoek;

  • Available all year round;

  • 3 amazing projects to choose from:

  • Injured and Orphaned Wildlife Sanctuary;

  • Elephant and Wild Dog Research;

  • Medical Clinic;

  • Start dates: Injured and Orphaned Wildlife Sanctuary; starts every Monday; Elephant and Wild Dog Research: arrive before departure on Wednesdays; Medical Clinic: arrive before every 2nd Sunday of the month;

  • Accommodation: Twin or Triple Same-Sex sharing;

  • All meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner;

  • The program fee includes: airport pick up & drop off on the last day, orientation, accommodation, 3 meals per day, support from project staff, 24×7 emergency assistance, and donation to the local projects;

  • VISA: All volunteers require a Volunteer Visa (U$70);

  • Program fees starting at only $1,152.00 for 2 weeks.

 

Cheap volunteer programs in Namibia: Wildlife & Medical

About Namibia

Very Exciting in Africa for Wildlife Volunteering

Namibia is a very exciting volunteer destination in southwestern Africa. Our voluntary projects in the field of wildlife projects and medical internships offer excellent value for money.

Volunteer in Namibia
Map of Namibia

During your stay in Namibia you will be amazed by the fantastic weather and experience the free-roaming wildlife in the African steppe. The landscapes with their steep mountains, red sand dunes and beautiful seascapes will be remembered. As this sparsely populated country of Africa is one of the poorest countries in the world, there is an urgent need for volunteers to preserve the great outdoors and give people a future.

Namibia is also one of the youngest nations in Africa, has a land area of about 825,000 km² and a population of nearly 2.4 million people. The benefit of this lack of human habitation is that you encounter incredible, breathtaking landscapes.

World’s oldest desert

Beautiful landscape of the Namibian Desert
Namib Desert, Africa

The Namib Desert, which stretches along the Namibian coast, has been dry for at least 55 million years, making it the oldest desert in the world. As this desert is a very inhospitable area with sand dunes near the coast and rugged plains with mountain outcrops inland, it is one of the most sparsely populated areas in the world.

It is also the only desert in the world where you will find large mammals such as elephants, rhinos, lions and giraffes.

The Namib Sand Sea is the only coastal desert in the world where fog influences the sand dunesand was listed on the UNESCO Heritage list in 2013. The sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert are some of the highest dunes in the world!

World’s oldest canyon

Beautiful landscape fo the Namibian Canyons, the world's oldest canyon
Fish River Canyon, Namibia

The Fish River Canyon, which is the oldest canyon in the world and is the worlds second-largest is found in Namibia. The Fish River Canyon was formed over 500 million years ago due to the collapse of the valley floor. It was further formed by water and wind erosion.

The canyon is located in the southern part of the country

 

Conservation Programs

Injured and Orphaned Wildlife Sanctuary

Volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary and give the injured and orphaned wildlife a second chance.

From preparing food for the resident animals including meerkats and lions to taking the cheeky baboons out on their daily walk, you will assist general maintenance and work side by side with the sanctuary staff.

Volunteer in Namibia to help or Animal Conservation programs
Volunteering at a wildlife sanctuary

You will work in groups of approximately 4 people, starting at 8:00 am and usually finishing at 5:30 pm. You’ll assist with maintaining and building new enclosures, checking and maintaining the sanctuary fences, cleaning and digging new water-holes, among other maintenance duties.

A lot of your daily activity will revolve around preparing food, then feeding, grooming, and cleaning out enclosures.

Getting there – you will need to arrive in Windhoek Airport on a Monday. If you arrive early we can arrange your pick up and stay at an extra cost at a lodge.

 

Elephant and Wild Dog Research

Elephant Volunteering in Namibia
Elephant Volunteering in Namibia

This program takes place on the east of Etosha National Park tracking Elephant & Wild Dog.

The project covers an area of approximately 3,000 km² and the focus of their work is to mitigate human-wildlife conflict with landowners and livestock farmers. Human-conflict has had a detrimental impact on African wildlife.

The African Elephant and Wild Dog have endured decades of suffering through hunting, persecution, and loss of habitat.

Wildlife Volunteers caring for elephants
Wildlife Volunteers caring for elephants

Researchers work tirelessly to protect wild populations of African wild dogs and elephants by understanding the levels and causes of conflict between these two species and the local population and implement solutions to mitigate conflict.

Volunteers will assist our researchers in documenting the movements and activities of elephants and wild dogs and help the team reduce human-wildlife conflict.

Through the use of GPS and VHF monitoring technology, motion-sensitive trail cameras, and traditional spoor (footprint) tracking techniques, volunteers gain first-hand knowledge of true conservation and will delve into the lives of the world’s largest land animal and Namibia’s most endangered large carnivore.

Getting there – you will need to arrive in Windhoek Airport before Wednesdays – as the bus to camp departs Wednesday early morning.

 

Community Program

Medical Clinic

Volunteer in Namibia helping children at the Medical Clinic program
Medical volunteers care for children’s health

Volunteer in Namibia at a Medical Clinic that provides free primary healthcare services to more than 3,500 patients every year – it is quite literally a lifeline for thousands of San Bushman living in extreme poverty!

More than 40% of the patients treated there are children and more than 90% are San Bushmen. A huge focus of the Clinic is to tackle the tuberculosis burden within the San population.

The clinic consists of two doctors, one nurse, one receptionist, and four translators.

Our volunteers in Namibia will participate and assist our doctors and nurses with the running of the Clinic and help provide primary healthcare to the local community.

Medical Volunteers in Namibia helping children at the Medical Clinic program
Medical intern with children

You will provide hands-on support at the clinic, help with our feeding program, and work in the pharmacy.

Volunteers will deal closely with patients from the local San community, learn more about their way of life.

You will also join the doctors on regular outreach trips to remote settlements across the region in order to take medical care to those who need it most.

Getting there – you will need to arrive in Windhoek Airport before every 2nd Sunday of the month – as the transfer to the clinic departs on Sunday morning.

All funds received from medical volunteers go directly into running the clinic

 

Volunteer in Namibia to Help Giving Equal Opportunities for the People Left Behind

Volunteer in Namibia to help the ones left behind

Volunteer in Namibia with IKPVA to do your bit to help improve the lives of people living in underprivileged sects of society!

Check our fascinating and cheap volunteer programs in Namibia to see how you can donate your time, skills and affection to the purpose of helping people less fortunate than yourself:

Injured and Orphaned Wildlife Sanctuary;

Elephant and Wild Dog Research;

And Medical Clinic.

 

 

Join our cheap volunteer programs in Namibia for the experience of your lifetime!

 

Highly Affordable Fees to Volunteer in Namibia

Please Note:

  • The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
  • All of the programs incur a registration fee of U$ 149 on top of the program fee.

 

What is included in the program fee?

  • Airport pickup and drop off on correct end date;
  • Orientation (project, country, safety, and rules);
  • Accommodation: Twin or Triple Same-Sex sharing;
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner;
  • Support from project staff
  • In-country 24/7 emergency support throughout your stay
  • And a contribution to the local project.

What is not included?

  • Airfare
  • Visa – Volunteer Visa is required (70 U$)
  • All personal expenses
  • Other tours and leisure activities

There are no hidden costs. These are highly affordable programs to volunteer in Namibia.

IKPVA is a non-profit organization based in a developing country.

Our work is to help you help others, at the lowest possible price.

We are interested in making the programs to volunteer in Namibia more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.

Participants in our programs in Namibia normally find U$ 50 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country.

The program fee should be paid to the host country.

Please note that this program sells out very fast and to secure your spot the program fee is due 90 days before the program start date.

 

Volunteer in Namibia – Program Details

Location – All programs start in Windhoek

  • Injured and Orphaned Wildlife Sanctuary – Windhoek;
  • Elephant and Wild dog Research – Start in Windhoek – volunteer East of Etosha National Park;
  • Medical Clinic – Start in Windhoek – volunteer in Omaheke Region

 

Accommodation & MealsAccommodation of the Wildlife Sanctuary program

Accommodation at The Wildlife Sanctuary:

  • Twin or triple share tents, twin to triple-share rooms (same gender sharing, or couples/families);
  • Laundry service;
  • Pool;
  • Namibian SIM card/credit, ATM, Wi-Fi coupons for sale, cell-phone reception.

Meals at the Wildlife Sanctuary:

  • 3 meals provided per day, most dietary requirements can be catered for.
  • Bar/shop for drinks, snacks
  • During your stay at the sanctuary, you will receive three meals a day. Breakfast is self-service with toast and cereals on offer. Lunch is typically sandwiches, salads or hot snacks. Dinner is a warm meal or BBQ. The meals are basic but tasty!Accommodation of the Medical program

Accommodation at The Medical Clinic:

  • Triple or twin share rooms (same gender sharing);
  • Laundry service;
  • Limited cell-phone reception, No Wi-Fi available.

Meals at The Medical Clinic:

  • All food provided; however, volunteers are expected to help with cooking and cleaning duties;
  • Most dietary requirements can be catered for.

Accommodation at Elephant and Wild Dog Research Camp:Accommodation of the Elephant and Wild Dog research program

  • Triple share rooms (same gender sharing);
  • Laundry service;
  • Limited cell-phone reception, No Wi-Fi available.

Meals at Elephant and Wild Dog Research Camp:

All food provided, however, volunteers are expected to help with cooking and cleaning duties, most dietary requirements can be catered for.

 

Start & Duration

Injured and Orphaned Wildlife Sanctuary:

Programs start every Monday – open all year. You can arrive earlier and overnight at a travel lodge – this an extra cost

You can choose to volunteer from 2 to 12 weeks.

Elephant and Wild Dog Research:

Volunteers need to arrive before Wednesday – departures are weekly

Our Research project runs on a 7-night schedule with transfers to camp departing from the Injured and Orphaned Wildlife Sanctuary every Wednesday morning.

Transport is with a public bus, which we arrange for you. Wednesday night is spent in camp with one of our coordinators and on Thursday you drive on to research site.

Volunteers travel back to the sanctuary through the night the following Wednesday, arriving early on a Thursday morning. Volunteers in Namibia can stay at our Elephant and Wild Dog Research site for multiple weeks.

Medical Clinic:

The program runs on a 12-night minimum departing from the Injured and Orphaned Wildlife Sanctuary every second Sunday and arriving back on the sanctuary on the Friday of the following week.

Depending on the day you arrive, you may also have the opportunity to work with the animals if you choose to combine your time with our Injured and Orphaned Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer program.

Medical volunteers are exempt from the off-day transfer fee and may arrive at the Sanctuary on any day prior to their departing transfer to the Clinic.

 

Orientation

Orientation takes place one the first day.

 

Volunteer Requirements

You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your Volunteer in Namibia placement if traveling solo. If traveling with a parent or guardian a minimum age of 7.

Full payment needs to be made 3 months before the placement begins

You will require a Volunteer Visa to travel to Namibia (70 USD)

All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance, inoculations and are required to provide credentials depending on the chosen program.

 

Language Requirements

Knowledge of intermediate English is a pre-requisite.

Please note German and English are spoken in Namibia

 

Safety

Namibia is a very safe and politically stable country.

As a volunteer in Namibia you will have competent support and advice from the local team and project leaders.

Someone will always be available in the case of any emergency. Please keep in mind that you are in a different country and should take some precautions to avoid exposing yourself to certain risks.