THULA THULA VOLUNTEERS ACADEMY

VOLUNTEERING FOR CONSERVATION

FOR WORK EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION IN NATURE AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

 The Thula Thula volunteer programme truly is a must for everyone, from university students, corporate groups and even those with a lifelong dream to work in the wild African bush and make a difference to conservation.

The Thula Thula Volunteers programme offers both local and international volunteers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get involved in wildlife conservation, reserve management and environmental studies. Thula Thula welcomes you to join a team of highly skilled and knowledgeable rangers, reserve managers, veterinarians and general nature lovers, in our efforts to continually develop a link between people and the wilderness which we cherish so much.

RECONNECT WITH NATURE

Volunteers will experience 1 to 6 weeks of living in the African wilderness, sharing experiences with others, growing their skills and making a difference. Programmes will vary slightly throughout the year, as the challenges involved in wildlife conservation are constantly shifting and certain issues may receive more focus than others. Thula Thula offers a well-rounded program aimed at covering both the needs of the reserve and surrounding community, as well as providing a comprehensive, hands-on learning experience for the volunteers.

During their stay with us, volunteers will see themselves as “Assistant Conservation Managers”, as all the work done and data collected by them will be utilized by Thula Thula for conservation on the reserve.

Our volunteers also get the opportunity to explore South Africa’s other game reserves as Thula Thula is close to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi and St Lucia heritage site, (at an additional cost).

OUR MISSION: EDUCATE AND INSPIRE

Education is essential to bring a better understanding and more awareness to the necessity to protect endangered species, and a greater respect and appreciation for our conservation efforts.

Volunteers will be provided with practical experience the reserve has to offer in the following areas:

  • Game Reserve Management
  • Research Projects
  • Community skill Development and Education

WELCOME TO OUR BUSH CAMP, A “BACK TO NATURE” EXPERIENCE

The Thula Thula volunteers Academy is situated adjacent to our Wildlife rehabilitation centre, in a securely fenced area, with the most magnificent view over the whole game reserve and Mkhulu Dam, the favourite spot of our herd of elephants. Currently, a maximum of 8 volunteers can apply per session, one of the volunteers being from the local communities. Accommodation will be basic but comfortable, in 8 double tents, entirely lit by solar lanterns and wooden poles ablution area. Accommodation and basic food items will be provided during your stay with us and you will share a tent with one other volunteer.

A recommended stay would be two weeks, but you can choose to stay only from a few days (or a weekend) to up to 6 weeks.

If you are interested in doing your own research project we suggest a minimum of 3 months, as a reliable research takes time.

THE SOUTH AFRICAN CONSERVATION FUND AND OUR CONSERVATION PROJECTS

All of our conservation projects, as Wildlife Protection and Anti-Poaching, the Thula Thula Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and our Elephant Land Expansion project for elephant habitat, are financed through the Thula Thula Non-Profit Organisation The South African Conservation Fund

The THULA THULA VOLUNTEERS ACADEMY is a part of the SOUTH AFRICAN CONSERVATION FUND and, as such, the proceeds (money left after expenses) of what you pay for your experience as a volunteer, will be redistributed towards our conservation projects.

COST PER NIGHT: (as per your country of residence)

South African residents    ZAR 1’000

North and South America and Asia residents   USD 100

European residents   Euro 100

UK residents   GBP 100

These rates are per person sharing in a tent. Single supplement: 50%.

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU

We have a more detailed and thorough registration form to send you after the first screening of your application as a volunteer at our academy.

Should you wish more detailed information about the volunteering, please email academy@thulathula.com

DONATIONS & ENQUIRIES

Thank you for your support in our conservation efforts.

Please indicate in PayPal what your donation is for? 

Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation centre
Wildlife protection and anti-poaching
Elephant Land Expansion

Or contact Francoise Malby Anthony academy@thulathula.com

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