Volunteer with wildlife in Botswana, Southern Africa, and work with other teenagers to protect animals and local ecosystems. You will live at the beautiful Wild at Tuli reserve, surrounded by wildlife, and learn from conservation experts.
Through your volunteer work, you will be part of our efforts to help preserve and protect elephants, leopards, lions, giraffes and more. This is an amazing opportunity to see these incredible creatures in their natural habitat!
Not only will you have the time of your life, you will also learn new skills and get a lot of practical experience to add to your CV.
The Wild at Tuli reserve is close to the the Limpopo River. At the camp, you will live with other teenagers your age, and be supervised by our staff.
Fixed dates during school break
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Organized weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Is wildlife conservation volunteering for teenagers in Botswana right for me?
If you’re looking to pursue a career in conservation, or just want to do more to help the environment, this project is perfect for you. You don’t need any previous experience. We’ll teach you everything you need to know. All you need is a passion for wildlife and the great outdoors.
At Wild at Tuli, you’ll work with conservationists who are passionate about the environment and have dedicated their lives to African wildlife. They’ll be there to guide and support you, and make sure you’re safe.
Our High School Special is specifically designed for teenagers, and we have a set itinerary in place to make the most out of your time.
This project strikes a great balance between research and hands-on work. You’ll learn from conservation experts and do plenty of practical work. You can use it on your CV, in applications, and talk about it in interviews.
What wildlife volunteering in Botswana will I do as a teenager?
As a volunteer, you provide extra manpower to preserve wildlife and ecosystems in the reserve. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do during your placement:
- Build waterholes and dams to create vital water access to wildlife
- Survey and track birds, elephants, and other wildlife
- Undertake anti-poaching patrols and remove snares from the reserve
- Set up camera traps and study animal behaviour
- Work with teenage volunteers from around the world
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Build dams and waterholes for wildlife
Water is a scarcity in Southern Africa. As a Conservation volunteer, you will help construct and repair waterholes, boreholes, and rainwater tanks. This will ensure that water is stored during the wet season and that there is lots of water during the dry season. This is vital for wildlife to survive during times of drought.
Track animals during surveys and help gather research data
The Tuli region is home to large and diverse wildlife populations, which is one of the most exciting things about the area. It is important for us to keep track of population growth and movement. You'll help us do this by taking part in surveys. You'll also conduct research and collect data to help track animal movements and family units of the local wildlife.
Remove wires and snares and participate on anti-poaching patrols
Illegal poaching of bush meat is a major challenge to conservation in Botswana. As a volunteer, you will help reduce poaching efforts in the Tuli area. You will mainly do this by joining local staff members in removing snares around the reserve. By removing hundreds of these snares, we are able to save the lives of hundreds of animals.
Set up camera traps
As animals are very active by night, camera traps help us study their natural habitats, behaviours and movements. You will be involved in setting up these cameras around the reserve.
Camera traps have produced a couple of first sightings for us. A baby brown hyena, a honey badger, a leopard and an aardvark were seen for the first time on our cameras. This is incredibly exciting, as it tells us that our efforts are creating an environment where animals thrive and breed.
Work with volunteers from around the world
You’ll volunteer with teens from around the world. There will be plenty for you to learn from your new friends, like the customs and cultures in their home countries. And during your leisure time, you will all get to experience life in the African bush together.
Who are our project partners?
We partner with the Wild at Tuli Reserve in Botswana.
The reserve is owned by Dr Helena Fitchat and Mrs Judi Gounaris, two passionate conservationists. They both share our spirit of adventure and passion for African wildlife and ecosystems.
Where in Botswana will I work?
Wild At Tuli
Located on the banks of the Limpopo River, you will find yourself in the very heart of the bush. With large populations of elephants, crocodiles, hyenas, and other species, Tuli is a truly wild place.
You’ll spend your evenings next to the campfire with other volunteers and staff members. All of the rooms of the camp are divided by age and gender, so you’ll have roomates the same age and gender as you.
We encourage you to fully immerse yourself in the experience. However, while the project is thoroughly risk assessed and supervised, please remember there are wild animals around. Therefore, our policy is that you must never leave the camp without a staff member with you.
What are the aims of the Wildlife Conservation Project for teenagers in Botswana?
The aim of this project is to preserve the ecological well being of the area and ensure the survival of precious wildlife species.
Tuli has seen a recent decrease in wildlife populations, largely due to growing human activity in the region. Increases in illegal hunting and poaching, as well as land degradation, have also contributed. By doing wildlife research, soil erosion control, construction, and anti-poaching drives, we are helping preserve what is left.
The ultimate goal of the project is to create a conservation area protected by law. We are working on this with other game reserves and national parks in the area.
Join us in Botswana and become part of our efforts to protect African wildlife.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
I loved actively helping out and removing the fences that were harming animals and blocking their migratory paths. It felt like I was really making a difference!
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