Teaching & Big 5 Wildlife Conservation - Family Project

Company : Conservation Travel Africa
Location : South-east Zimbabwe
Duration: < 1 week to 4 weeks
Approx Costs: 1000 to 3000+ $ Dollars (US)

A unique family volunteer programme as you work and live on a 150,000 acre game park. Teach English to rural schoolchildren and experience daily life on a Big 5 conservation project. 

Monitor wild dogs and lions, learn to track rhino and elephants and join rangers on vital snare patrols.

Why Choose this Project?

There are very few wildlife conservation projects which allow families of all ages to volunteer together. This combination teaching and wildlife programme  is a unique opportunity for the whole family to become part of a truly worthwhile conservation cause.

You and your children will get a real experience of daily life in Africa: spend mornings in the local school teaching literacy and spend afternoons working in the game park. Support anti-poaching staff, undertake game counts, track big game and learn from dedicated conservation professionals.

Live in the heart of Africa's largest private conservation area and get hands on experience tracking and monitoring rhinos, elephants, lions and the endangered Africa wild dog. A truly worthwhile and unique programme which will give volunteers of all ages a real experience of African life, whilst contributing to wildlife conservation and community projects.

What Sort of Things Will I Be Doing?

Split your time between teaching English to small groups of children in the local school and hard work in the game park. Learn about wildlife conservation and give assist in the daily running of the conservancy. Join anti-poaching rangers on patrol, track black rhino and monitor wild dogs and their puppies.

  • Become one of the family and get involved in daily life around the reserve
  • Help improve education and opportunities for local schoolchildren - inspire them to great things!
  • Learn about conservation from expert guides in Africa's largest privately owned wildlife conservancy
  • Join anti-poaching patrols and help protect Africa's endangered wildlife
  • Experience true African wilderness and enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush
  • Witness incredible animal sitings far off the beaten track
  • Watch your children grow and develop as they experience a completely new culture
  • Get involved in local projects and learn about the challenges faced by rural communities
  • Work hard on game park projects and help on the farm
  • Make new friends for life and get yourself an African second family!


Start Dates

Start dates are throughout the year. Please enquire for more details.

Costs / Benefits

The programme costs include:
- Programme fee - financing which goes back into the programme your are involved with; this includes funding for equipment, supplies, vehicles and foodstuffs
- Transfers to and from Harare on the scheduled date and time
- Full board and lodging for the duration of your programme including laundry (exc. alcoholic and fizzy drinks)
- Practical instruction on wildlife and plant identification as well as spoors, tracking and animal behaviour
- All programme-related transport and equipment required to do your work
- 24 hour support and guidance from volunteer programme staff


This project welcomes volunteers with a passion and interest in wildlife and conservation and the ability to communicate suitably in English. You should be of reasonable mobility and fitness as there is some walking and foot-based tracking involved in the project. We do not have an upper or lower age limit, but we suggest that children should be aged 8 and over to participate.

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