Above Project is organized at Mokolodi Nature Reserve; located at about 10km south of Gaborone, the capital city of the Republic of Botswana. The Reserve was founded in 1994 by The Mokolodi Wildlife Foundation with key objectives of environmental and conservation education. It hosts children from across the country coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. These children through educational activities are taught to accept the natural surrounding and to promote and conserve country’s natural environment.
While participating in this project, you are expected to assist the local project staff in the maintenance of the clinic which supports sick and injured wildlife. You along with the Reserve will closely work with other NGO’s such as Cheetah Conservation Botswana and Leopard Ecology & Conservation. You will also help in day to day business maintenance of the Reserve as and when required. Besides you will help educate children on importance of environmental conservation. You will get to exchange and share views on different culture when interacting with other participants and local community. Other than this you are expected to help the local staff with any project related work as and when required. While you work, GWC encourages you to involve in some relaxing fun activities to boost your confidence and to gain a better understanding of the culture and environment. Amidst the beauty, the excitement, and the tranquility of the bush you have options of enjoying Games Drives in open safari vehicles, Night Drives to witness the beauty of both sky and wildlife at night, Cheetah visits, Rhino Tracking, Giraffe Tracking, Guided Walks and Unbelievable yummy Bush Braais (Barbecues). Remember the youth in you is full of fun and excitement and the hidden desire to bring changes in the lives of needy people and wildlife this would be a memorable experience you would cherish for a long time.
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 at the project. Mokolodi Nature Reserve provides accommodation in camping sites. To maintain your privacy it is suggested that volunteers bring their own tents. 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.