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Wild Zambia Volunteer

Busanga Safaris are proud to offer this unique opportunity to make a positive impact on wildlife conservation. Arranged in conjunction with Game Ranger International, we take no profit from arranging these volunteer programs.

Here are the basic details of the Volunteer Program . Busanga Safaris are happy to help you arrange your Volunteer Program and take no profit at all from this. We can help with your travel arrangements and also any extra travel you might like to build in to your travels. 

Here is a link directly to Game Rangers International and we would encourage you to visit the site to liaise directly with our colleagues there.

If you are interested in applying for the position of GRI Project Assistant please complete the questionnaire on the GRI website and return to them via email to volunteer@wildzambia.org

You can find details of each project by visiting on the orange link below   'See Printable Version'

Game Rangers International (GRI) is a non-profit Zambian Non Governmental Orgaisation, established in 2007, with critical and ongoing support from the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.
Its focus is currently within Kafue National Park (Africa’s second largest park) with the aim of directly supporting conservation of the park, its animals, ecosystems and surrounding communities. GRI tackles conservation support in Zambia holistically and therefore the organisation is divided into the following projects :

Kafue Conservation Project (KCP)

Elephant Orphanage Project (EOP) 

Muzovu Awareness Project (MAP)

Community Outreach Projects (COP) 

Kafue Research Project (KRP)

Location

GRI has five facilities :

GRI Headquarters, based in the town office in the centre of Lusaka

Kafue Conservation Project’s Special Anti-Poaching Unit, operating from Hook Bridge, in the centre of Kafue National Park

Mukambi Camp on the banks of the Kafue River

The Lilayi Elephant Nursery, just outside Lusaka, where the youngest, milk-dependent elephant orphans receive round-the-clock care

Camp Phoenix - The Kafue Release Facility in South Kafue where the older orphans are rehabilitated and eventually released

GRI Volunteers Program

GRI’s Volunteer Program was established in 2010. Since then, volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities have been sharing their skills, experiences and enthusiasm with GRI. Volunteers are a huge asset to GRI - GRI really couldn't function without them. GRI is currently looking for volunteer Project Assistants (PA’s) at the Lilayi Elephant Nursery, the Kafue Release Facility (Camp Phoenix) and Mukambi Camp to assist with many aspects of the camps' daily operations as well as focused project work within the various GRI projects outlined above. GRI accepts a maximum of 8 volunteers per month to assist them with the operations. Volunteers are recruited as project assistants for one of two GRI projects, and are based either at the Lilayi Elephant Nursery just outside Lusaka, the Kafue Release Facility (Camp Phoenix) in the southern part of Kafue National Park or Mukambi Camp on the banks of the Kafue River for the duration of their placements.

Cost for one month placement on the programme is a minimum donation of GBP 1650,-

Even though the words "pay" and "volunteer" don't really seem to go together, paying to volunteer with GRI is a great way to have an amazing experience and do something worthwhile. You will find more information about this under the menu Volunteering.

If you are interested in applying for the position of GRI Project Assistant please complete the questionnaire and return to us via email to volunteer@wildzambia.org

If your application is successful we take into account current project needs as well as your skills and interests and return this to you as: a Placement Offer, Volunteers Handbook and Project Disclaimer. 

Please note that any handling of the elephants is kept to a strict minimum as part of our policies to promote the successful release of the calves in our care.

Volunteers should be aware that elephant care is the preserve of trained and skilled staff only.

Rates for this Safari
Price excluding international flights:
£1650 $2400 pp
 
No single supplement
Safari Summary

Notes;

Busanga Safaris can help you with your travel arrangements and any additional travel plans you might like to add to the start or end of your time as volunteer.

Cost for one month placement on the programme is a minimum donation of GBP 1650. Even though the words "pay" and "volunteer" don't really seem to go together, paying to volunteer with GRI is a great way to have an amazing experience and do something worthwhile. You wild find more information about this on the GRI website  Click Here

What is included :

All project related domestic transfers will be arranged and facilitated by GRI

All accommodation, within Zambia, will be provided by GRI for the duration of the contract. At Lilayi & Camp Phoenix tents with bedding will be provided

Three basic meals per day are included – though PA’s are required to assist with meal preparations

The documentation necessary for your visa applications

Relevant in-house training

Working T-shirts

Opportunistic project game drives within Kafue National Park and trips to the nearby Lake (if based at Camp Phoenix)

Entry permits for Kafue National Park for the duration of your placement

Registration with the local Emergency Evacuation Provider (SES)

What is excluded :

International flights to and from Zambia

PA’s must be responsible for arranging their own Zambian entry visas

PA’s must be responsible for obtaining their own malaria prophylaxis

PA’s must organize their own fully comprehensive medical insurance prior to travel*

Along with personal items PA’s will be required to bring with them some basic equipment for camp life (e.g. a head-torch, water bottle, etc), although any equipments required directly relating to project work will be provided once on site. A more extensive equipment list will be issued within the Volunteers Handbook

Transport for personal use – you will be living inside the National Park, wherever possible arrangements will be made for you to visit local areas of interest subject to availability of project vehicles and resources

Any meals off GRI Camp

Personals of any nature

Personal beverages

Entry fees to any other tourist attraction / adventure activity

*N.B. Please make sure your insurance provider is aware of the activities and tasks which you may be undertaking during your participation in this programme. Please ensure that your insurance package covers emergency medical evacuation and repatriation.

Full Safari Details
Wild Zambia Volunteer

Kafue Conservation Project (KCP)

Providing welfare, training and operational support to wildlife personnel on the front line of endangered species protection.

 In January 2013, as a result of the ongoing conservation challenges afflicting gKNP, GRI recognised the need to expand its conservation support to ZAWA and local communities through the initiation of the Kafue Conservation Project (KCP). The Kafue Conservation Project incorporates all the historic, ongoing support rendered to the south of the Park (via Ngoma and the Nkala Anti-Poaching Unit), as well as the newly established ZAWA Special Anti-Poaching Unit (SAPU).  The Kafue Conservation Project has received the blessing and approval of ZAWA, KPOA and other key Stakeholders.  KCP is managed on a day to day basis by Sport Beattie, who is appointed as the Honorary Warden of gKNP and therefore mandated by the ZAWA Act to undertake all necessary conservation related activities within gKNP, in relation to KCP. The Kafue Conservation Project aims to support ZAWA and the local Communities to strengthen their existing and planned conservation activities within and around gKNP.  This support will be focused where it is needed most, which will be established through ongoing dialogue and communication with ZAWA, local Communities, Kafue Conservation Limited (KCL) and other key Stakeholders. 

 

The Elephant Orphanage Project (EOP)

Rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing orphaned elephants back into the wild.

The Elephant Orphanage Project offers sanctuary for defenseless abandoned elephant calves, often the tragic victims of poaching and human conflict.  Under the age of two, young elephants are incredibly vulnerable and dependent. Many do not survive without intricate care and nutrient rich milk from their mothers. At the Lilayi Elephant Nursery these fragile elephants are cared for around the clock – a milk dependent orphan requires special milk formula every three hours! A team of locally employed, highly trained Keepers care for them and watch over them constantly – whether out during their daily walks, or sitting close by their stables at night. Together with their new siblings and Keepers these young elephants learn to overcome the tragic loss of their natal family, as they browse, play and bath together in a natural environment. As soon as the calves can be weaned from milk they will be moved to the Kafue National Park​, to join other older orphaned elephants at the EOP Kafue Release Facility, where they are more independent of human support and spend most of their time browsing freely in the National Park. The Facility backs onto the ancient Ngoma Teak Forest where there is a 1,000 strong local elephant population, which maximizes the opportunity for the orphans to eventually reintegrate with fellow elephants back in the wild. 

 

Muzovu Awareness Project (MAP)

Inspiring greater environmental awareness and understanding through education and wildlife sensitization at local and national levels.

GRI delivers environmental education in Kafue National Park and Lusaka through the Muzovu Awareness Project (“Muzovu” meaning elephant in local Ilya dialect). MAP works in partnership with the Wildlife & Environment Conservation Society of Zambia and ZAWA to raise, promote and support greater conservation awareness and environmental education through teacher workshops, environmental lessons and activities and through the distribution of much needed educational resources. The team currently operate in two neighboring chiefdoms surrounding the Kafue Release Facility “Camp Phoenix” in KNP South and also in Zambia’s capital city Lusaka; in both rural and international schools as well as bringing children into the Lilayi Elephant Nursery. School visits to EOP’s orphans is an especially unique learning experience which aims to inspire and engage young minds into conservation and environmental awareness. In 2014 the Muzovu Awareness Project will be expanding to provide education outreach to schools in Northern KNP in the Kasonso-Busanga Game Management Area.

 

The Muzovu Awareness Project operates the following types of educational sessions:

School Presentations – the delivery of an environmentally-themed lesson with teacher resource pack and educational materials specifically designed for the WECSZ’s Chongololo and Chipembele Conservation Clubs

Activity Lessons – an activity based lesson developing the theme from the previous school presentation using discussion, drama, art, sport and games to encourage further learning on a topic

Conservation Activity Days – activity days at the schools during school holidays to engage and encourage extra-curricular conservation learning

Wildlife Away Days – bringing schools to visit the EOP Kafue Release Facility in Kafue National Park

Community Education Sessions – adult education sessions within the communities to encourage greater understanding of the environment and its importance

The variety of sessions as described above is essential to the holistic approach to education and development with the current and future generations. The visits to EOP help children to overcome their inherited fear of elephants whilst also sensitising them to the other wildlife in the park. It also provides an opportunity to deliver a short environmentally-themed lesson purporting to the wider issues of wildlife conservation. The Community Education Sessions help identify the environmental problems affecting the lives and livelihoods of the people in the Communities. These sessions also address the development of materials (in conjunction with WECSZ) to demonstrate what people can do to conserve their natural resources for their future well-being. 

 

Community Outreach Project (COP)

Promoting and supporting the sustainable utilization of natural resources within communities living contiguous to protected areas.

GRI believes that the conservation problems that face the Kafue National Park and other protected areas in Zambia cannot be resolved without the genuine involvement of the local communities and the wider population of Zambia in managing and benefiting from the natural resource opportunities that the Park presents. There is strong evidence from programmes such as CAMPFIRE in Zimbabwe and more recently Community Conservancies in Namibia that this depletion can be halted and even reversed by successfully demonstrating the economic and social value of wildlife to communities and starting to move away from the perception that conservation and tourism are exclusive, elite dominated sectors that provide little or no tangible improvement to the lives of the people who live adjacent to Zambia’s protected areas. 

 

The purpose of the COP is as follows:

To work with the communities living adjacent to Kafue NP to develop and enhance the livelihoods of the people of the communities of Musungwa,Shezongo and Itezi Tezhi.

To educate and inform the communities of Musungwa,Shezongo and Itezi Tezhi about the purpose of conservation activities and how they can best benefit from the sustainable management of the natural resources of the area.

To ensure strong and mutually beneficial relations between GRI and the communities in the areas around which the organisation operates. 

Working with the communities, traditional leadership and others with a stake in the area, GRI has identified the following areas for the COP to operate in to achieve these aims. 

Community Awareness Project - educating and informing the local communities about conservation issues, the work of GRI and others and to highlight how others can get involved in sustainable natural resource management. COP Project Manager Britius Munkombwe presents a weekly radio program on Itehzi-Tehzi FM called 'Conservation Conversations" addressing pertinent environmental issues. Listen to some of his radio programs here. Conservation Conversation is kindly sponsored by the National Milling Corporation Limited, Zambia.

General Welfare - created to provide a vehicle to channel support to the more vulnerable households of the area such as those led by children or those managing differently abled individuals. 

Infrastructure Development – The development of fixed infrastructure has been identified as a priority area by community members. The requirements range from the maintenance and upkeep of tracks and roads to the construction of water boreholes, classrooms and health care facilities.

Human Elephant Conflict Mitigation - With ever increasing human populations around the gKNP, the incidents of Human Elephant Conflict (HEC) are steadily increasing. This can take various forms from crop damage, vehicle collisions or human injury. Given the emphasis GRI has placed on the successful reintroduction of elephants into the gKNP area, this is an area of key focus for the organisation. 

 

Kafue Research Project (KRP)

Working to better understand and mitigate Human Elephant Conflict in the Greater Kafue National Paerk and promoting scientific understanding of wild elephant herds. Providing a platform for researchers to study the flora and fauna of the gKNP to better understand and protect its biodiversity.

GRI's Kafue Research Project aims to provide increased knowledge about Wildlife Behaviour and Conservation to aid the Management of Threatened Wildlife and to facilitate co-existence between wildlife and humans. Led by Wildlife Biologist Dr Kerryn Carter, GRI works alongside the ZAWA Ngoma Area Management Unit (Southern KNP) to improve our understanding about the behaviour, distribution and management of threatened wildlife within Kafue National Park. One of our current studies aims to investigate and provide solutions for human-elephant conflict within the communities living contiguous to GRIs orphaned elephant Core Release Area in Kafue National Park.  Also central to GRI's current research initiatives is to collect data about the wild elephant herds that reside within the Core Release Area. This will assist our understanding about the potential interactions and reintegration of orphaned elephants into these herds.

 

 

Rates for this Safari
Price excluding international flights:
£1650 $2400 pp
 
No single supplement
Book this safari
Safari Summary

Notes;

Busanga Safaris can help you with your travel arrangements and any additional travel plans you might like to add to the start or end of your time as volunteer.

Cost for one month placement on the programme is a minimum donation of GBP 1650. Even though the words "pay" and "volunteer" don't really seem to go together, paying to volunteer with GRI is a great way to have an amazing experience and do something worthwhile. You wild find more information about this on the GRI website  Click Here

What is included :

All project related domestic transfers will be arranged and facilitated by GRI

All accommodation, within Zambia, will be provided by GRI for the duration of the contract. At Lilayi & Camp Phoenix tents with bedding will be provided

Three basic meals per day are included – though PA’s are required to assist with meal preparations

The documentation necessary for your visa applications

Relevant in-house training

Working T-shirts

Opportunistic project game drives within Kafue National Park and trips to the nearby Lake (if based at Camp Phoenix)

Entry permits for Kafue National Park for the duration of your placement

Registration with the local Emergency Evacuation Provider (SES)

What is excluded :

International flights to and from Zambia

PA’s must be responsible for arranging their own Zambian entry visas

PA’s must be responsible for obtaining their own malaria prophylaxis

PA’s must organize their own fully comprehensive medical insurance prior to travel*

Along with personal items PA’s will be required to bring with them some basic equipment for camp life (e.g. a head-torch, water bottle, etc), although any equipments required directly relating to project work will be provided once on site. A more extensive equipment list will be issued within the Volunteers Handbook

Transport for personal use – you will be living inside the National Park, wherever possible arrangements will be made for you to visit local areas of interest subject to availability of project vehicles and resources

Any meals off GRI Camp

Personals of any nature

Personal beverages

Entry fees to any other tourist attraction / adventure activity

*N.B. Please make sure your insurance provider is aware of the activities and tasks which you may be undertaking during your participation in this programme. Please ensure that your insurance package covers emergency medical evacuation and repatriation.