Your Project Khama Rhino Sanctuary is located at about 25km north of Serowe and 320 km North West from Gaborone, capital city of the Republic of Botswana. It is surrounded by Kalahari Desert sands and moderate range of vegetation. The Sanctuary aims at protecting the environment within the Sanctuary and to protect and nurture endangered rhinoceros and all other fauna and flora. Besides, it also hosts a wide range of animals including kudus, impalas, gemsboks, giraffes, and a variety of small animals and birds. The Sanctuary provides environmental education and facilitates and support research linked to nature conservation in general and rhinos in particular. The area used to be hunting areas that lead to an escalating rhino poaching situation. Now with the hard work and dedication at the Sanctuary it has become a better place for the Rhinos to live in.
The Sanctuary looks up to youth like you to facilitate the Sanctuary achieving its objective of conservation. With wide range of study material available you are expected to help the staff with day to day activities of taking care of the animals, maintaining the sanctuary, and facilitating educational tours. Working amidst these rare and precious rhinos itself is an amazing experience. The fact that you will be contributing directly in the conservation of environment thus helping better the lives of local neglected community is the high point. On the fun part, you will not only get to see and the feel of so many rhinos at one place looked after so well, you will also get to see host of other animals including zebra, blue wildebeest, giraffe, eland, springbok, impala, gemsbok, kudu, steenbok, duiker, red hartebeest, waterbuck, warthog, leopard, ostrich, African wild cat, caracal, small spotted genet, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, brown hyena. Over 230 bird species have also been known here including Abdim’s stork and bearded woodpecker. You can take your time out with your co participants to rejuvenate by getting lost in the wild life. Remember, you the youth is the true force behind changing face of the society. Let’s bring smile on to the lives of the local community and do not forget the Rhinos.
IMPORTANT: Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of children you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 8:30 am till 11 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm to 3:30pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at airport in Gaborone, from where you will be taken to your respective accommodation in Mochudi. Your 1st day will be a rest day, so that you can easily recover and refresh yourself after a long journey. But at nights, you have a choice to roam around and enjoy the beautiful place by exploring local surroundings.
Day 2: You will be welcomed at GWC Botswana Office, where you will be given a short introduction about of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and socio – political issues.
Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will get to meet with the local villagers and will be introduced to the project and the working environment.
Day 4 – 9: Work at Project Location of SOS (Please refer Project Overview & Project Work for details)
Day 10: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site, interact with locales, staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 11-12: Project work (Socio – Psychological counseling & Education) continues.
Day 13: Explore the beautiful places of Botswana along with fellow participants who all are of almost of your own age. This will enhance the bonding among the participants.
Day 14: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
Note: For volunteers under the age of 18, you need to submit both permission letter and volunteer application signed by either of the parent or legal guardian giving you consent to volunteer.
GWS partner organization will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in a project. Khama Rhino Sanctuary provides accommodation in camping sites. To maintain your privacy it is suggested that volunteers bring their own tents. Facilities like Internet Access, supermarkets and banks are easily accessible in Serowe town which is about 20 minutes drive form the sanctuary. You’ll be served 3 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) meals a day. The meal might be cooked by a group of volunteers with the support of local staff. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real Botswana’s culture.