Volunteer in Namibia

Fascinating Wildlife Projects and a Medical Internship in Namibia

Namibia is a very exciting country in southwest Africa. Our volunteer projects in the field of wildlife projects and medical internships offer an excellent price-performance ratio.

Animal welfare and wildlife projects

Rehabilitation of injured and orphaned animals in the Wildlife Sanctuary

Help as a volunteer in a nature reserve and give the injured and orphaned animals a chance of survival. From preparing the food for the local animals, including meerkats and lions, to taking a daily walk with the cheeky baboons, you support the general maintenance and work side by side with the staff of the protected area.

Wildlife volunteers work in groups of approximately 4 people, starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending normally at 5:30 p.m. They help with the maintenance and construction of new enclosures, the inspection and maintenance of the protective fences, the cleaning and digging of new water holes and other maintenance work. Much of your daily activities revolve around food preparation, feeding, maintenance and cleaning of enclosures.

Arrival - You have to arrive at Windhoek Airport on a Monday. If you arrive earlier, we can arrange pick up and stay at a lodge for an additional charge.

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Elephant and Wild Dog Research

Work as a volunteer east of Etosha National Park and help track down elephants & wild dogs in the wild. This wildlife project focuses on alleviating the conflict between humans and animals on an area of ​​approx. 3,000 km², since land owners and ranchers threaten the natural habitat of elephants and wild dogs.

These conflicts, where farmers' interests threaten nature, have adversely affected African wildlife. The African elephant and the wild dog have suffered from hunting, persecution and the loss of their habitat for decades.
Naturalists are working tirelessly to protect wildlife populations of African wild dogs and elephants by understanding the levels and causes of conflicts between these two species and the local population, and implementing solutions to mitigate them.

As a volunteer, you support our researchers in documenting the movements and activities of elephants and wild dogs and help the team to reduce conflicts between humans and animals. With the help of GPS and VHF surveillance technology, motion-sensitive rear view cameras and traditional footprint tracking techniques, volunteers get first-hand knowledge of true conservation and will immerse themselves in the life of the world's largest land animal and the most endangered Namibian large carnivore.

Arrival to the elephant project: You have to arrive at Windhoek airport before Wednesday as the bus to the camp leaves early Wednesday morning.

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Medical internship

Medical internship at a clinic

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.

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

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Your stay in Namibia

Namibia is a very exciting country in southwest Africa. Our volunteer projects in the field of wildlife projects and medical internships offer an excellent price-performance ratio.

During your stay in Namibia you will be amazed by the fantastic weather and experience the wild animals in the African steppe. The landscapes with their steeply rising mountains, red sand dunes and beautiful seascapes will remain in your memory. Since this sparsely populated country of Africa is one of the poorest countries in the world, volunteers are urgently needed to preserve the generous nature and give people a future.

Namibia is one of the youngest countries in Africa, has a land area of approximately 825,000 km2 and a population of almost 2.4 million people. The advantage of this lack of human dwelling is that you come across incredible, breathtaking landscapes.

Visit the oldest desert in the world in 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. The Namib Desert is a very inhospitable area with sand dunes near the coast and gravel plains with mountain outcrops inland, making it one of the most sparsely populated areas in the world. It is also the only desert in the world where you can find large mammals such as elephants, rhinos, lions and giraffes.

The Namib Sand Sea is the only coastal desert in the world where fog affects the sand dunes and was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2013. The sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert are among the highest dunes in the world!

The oldest canyon in the world

The Fish River Canyon in Namibia is not only the oldest canyon in the world, but also the second largest. The Fish River Canyon was created over 500 million years ago due to the collapse of the valley floor. It was further formed by water and wind erosion. It is in the southern part of the country

Help the people of Namibia

Help with IKPVA in Namibia to make your contribution to improving the lives of people in disadvantaged social classes!

Check out our fascinating and affordable volunteer programs in Namibia to learn how you can use your time, skills and affection to help people who are less fortunate than you: injured and orphaned nature reserve; Elephant and wild dog research; and medical clinic.

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The most affordable volunteering fees in Namibia

Please note:

  • The program fee is paid directly to the receiving organization.
  • A registration fee of $ 149.00 will be added to the program fee for all programs.
What is included in the program fee?
Airport pick up;
Orientation (project, country, security and rules);
Accommodation: double or triple rooms sharing the same gender;
All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner;
Support from project staff
On-site emergency support around the clock throughout your stay
And a contribution to the local project.
What's not included
Visa - volunteer visa required (70 U $)
All personal expenses
Other tours and leisure activities
No hidden costs with Iko Poran
With us there are no hidden costs. Therefore, these projects are particularly affordable for volunteers in Namibia.

IKPVA is a non-profit organization based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, also a developing country.

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

We are interested in really important work.

Program participants in the volunteer program usually find US $ 50 sufficient for their weekly expenses.

The program fee should be paid to the host country Namibia.

Please note that the popular volunteer projects sell out quickly. Therefore, it is best to pay the program fee 90 days before the start to secure your place.
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Volunteering in Namibia - project details

Location in Windhoek
Rehabilitation of injured and orphaned animals in the nature reserve - Windhoek;
Elephant and wild dog research - Start in Windhoek - Volunteer east of the Etosha National Park;
Medical clinic - Start in Windhoek - Volunteer in the Omaheke region
Accommodation in the Wildlife Sanctuary
Double or triple tents, double to triple rooms (same gender distribution or couples / families);
Namibian SIM card / credit, ATM, Wi-Fi vouchers for sale, cell phone reception.
Meals at the Wildlife Sanctuary
3 Mahlzeiten pro Tag, die meisten Ernährungsbedürfnisse können berücksichtigt werden.
Bar / Shop für Getränke, Snacks
Während Ihres Aufenthalts im Heiligtum erhalten Sie drei Mahlzeiten pro Tag. Das Frühstück wird zur Selbstbedienung mit Toast und Müsli angeboten. Das Mittagessen besteht in der Regel aus Sandwiches, Salaten oder heißen Snacks. Das Abendessen ist eine warme Mahlzeit oder ein BBQ. Die Mahlzeiten sind einfach, aber lecker!
Accommodation in the medical clinic
Three or two bed rooms (same sex);
Limited cell phone reception, no WiFi available.
Meals in the medical clinic
Meals are included. The volunteers should help the kitchen and do the dishes.
Most nutritional needs can be taken into account.
Accommodation at the Elephant and Wild Dog Research Camp
Triple room (same gender);
Limited cell phone reception, no WiFi available.
Meals at the Elephant and Wild Dog Research Camp
Meals are included. The volunteers should help the kitchen and do the dishes.
Most nutritional needs can be taken into account.

Start and duration of volunteering in Namibia

Rehabilitation of injured and orphaned animals in the nature reserve - Windhoek
The programs start every Monday and are open all year round. You can reach this lighthouse overnight in a travel lodge

You can volunteer between 2 and 12 weeks.
Elephant and wild dog research
Volunteers must arrive before Wednesday - departures are weekly

Our research project runs on a 7-night schedule. Transport takes place on a public bus, which we can arrange for you. Wednesday evening is the trip to the research site. The volunteers travel back until the morning of the following Wednesday and arrive early on a Thursday morning. Volunteers can stay for a few weeks.
Medical internship at a clinic
The program runs at a 12-hour meeting the following week. If you want to make it, you can take your time. Voluntary medical helpers are welcome in the 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.

Introduction and Requirements

Introduction for volunteers in Namibia
Orientation takes place on the first day.
Requirements for volunteering in Namibia
You must be at least 18 years old when you start your volunteer work in Namibia if you are traveling alone. If you are traveling with a parent or legal guardian, you must be at least 7 years old.

Full payment must be made 3 months before the internship begins

You need a volunteer visa to travel to Namibia ($ 70)

All volunteers must have adequate voluntary travel insurance and vaccinations and, depending on the program chosen, provide proof.
Language requirements
Fluent English is a prerequisite.

Please note that German and English are spoken in Namibia.
Safe Volunteer Projects
Namibia is a very safe and politically stable country.

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

In an emergency, someone is always available. Remember that you are in a different country and should take precautions to avoid exposing yourself to certain risks.

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