Kariba Conservation

The programme presents volunteers and interns with a unique opportunity to combine community work with wildlife and environmental conservation.

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TRUSTED AND RECOGNISED

Our team has been the first Zimbabwe-based turnkey provider of cross-cultural exchanges through volunteering, and internship placements at matched organisations.

Kariba Conservation: Wildlife-Human Conflict volunteering project is the perfect introduction programme for the nature & wildlife enthusiasts. Kariba town is home to experienced guides; however, they are not enough on their own and require outside help in order to continue fighting on the frontlines of preserving wildlife and nature. The wildlife conservation volunteering programme deals with anti-poaching and implementation of security systems for wildlife management

Awareness campaigns in schools and communities are conducted to reduce human-animal conflict and encourage the community to avoid littering, burning of indigenous bushes and putting up snares or animal traps. Key to adoption of these practices is working closely with communities to ensure they have enough food through gardening projects.

Background to our Conservation Volunteer Programmes

The wildlife-human conflict programme presents volunteers with a unique opportunity to combine community work with wildlife and environmental conservation. It is our flagship combined programme, with an added benefit of living in the iconic Kariba resort town; the only place where humans and wildlife live together with no artificial boundaries. It is unsurprising to pass a wild Zebra or an Elephant on your way to the grocery store! All in all, it is wildlife conservation volunteering like no other!

Programme Highlights
  • Wildlife and environmental conservation management techniques
  • Anti-poaching, removal of alien vegetation and the replanting of trees 
  • Working alongside national parks rangers on patrols
  • Teaching organic vegetable & herb growing to children and local community members
  • Work with local school children on best conservation practice, and after school activities such as debate or sport
  • Community engagement to reduce human/wildlife conflict in and around the resort town 
  • Monitor animal behaviour and help the Vets treat injured animals as and when required
  • Undertake crucial maintenance, and building and rebuilding of habitats and waterholes
Here's a layout of a typical day in the programme

As we are involved in both social and wildlife projects, we will generally split our time between Monday to Saturday. We rotate the weeks but generally goes as follows: 3 days on wildlife & environment conservation matters and 2 days on community service. We alternate the days in each week for our conservation volunteer programs

We literally live in the middle of the game corridor and so spontaneity is the name of the game. We try to keep a schedule, but often we have to respond to emergency calls of an elephant caught in a snare and have to go on an ambulatory mission.

TimeActivity
06h00 Search for & remove snares
08h30 Breakfast back at camp
09h30 Environmental awareness campaigns
12h30 Lunch and a Siesta
14h30 After School activities
16h30 Home time
18h30 Dinner
Where will you stay?

Accomodation

You will be well integrated as part of a local family as big brother or big sister. The families are upstanding members of the community and have been vetted and trained in living with international volunteers, and so you will be treated as part of the family. You will cook
together and share meals, stories as well as create memories together.

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What do you need to apply?

Tiritose supports volunteers and interns coming to Zimbabwe and ensures that the experience is equally rewarding for yourself and our programme.  Our application process is split into two categories:

Volunteers – require some of the following:

  • Degree / Masters / PhD  in Conservation, Wildlife, Zoology, Environment, Veterinary science, Animal science or related field
  • Must have work experience within a related field
  • Passport valid for at least (6) months from the date of your intended stay in Zimbabwe

Interns – require some of the following:

  • Gap Year, student or training for a university degree or technical college in Conservation, Zoology, Animal Science or related field
  • An interest and passion for working with animals, and the environment
  • Some experience within the conservation field would be beneficial

programme highlights

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WHY SHOULD YOU APPLY?

For nature enthusiasts, this is the perfect introduction to teaching within local communities and furthering wildlife conservation efforts. Veterinary students will benefit from opportunities to monitor animal behaviour and treat injured animals. Experienced rangers supervise interns and facilitate the programme. Volunteers with skills and professional background to share can participate in anti-poaching efforts and the implementation of the latest security systems for game park management. Awareness campaigns to reduce human-animal conflict are central to the project, and educating the community on the importance of eliminating animal trapping (snaring), littering, and burning of indigenous bushes.

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Testimonials

BENEFIT THAT GOES FULL-CIRCLE – WHAT OUR PARTICIPANTS HAVE SHARED:

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Jasmin Lopez United States, Ohio State University

Volunteering here was an amazing experience. You truly get some hands-on experience, and are able to learn so much from the handlers that work here. I learned so much more about what it means to work for the care of animals.

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Zach Karr United States, Ohio State University

Going on this trip was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It was truly an incredible experience. The people I met were all amazingly kind and helpful. Twala was inspiring. I’m still amazed at the passion everyone there had for animals.

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Nicole Hasan United States, Ohio State University

We were taught so much about the animals including species that I had never even heard of before. I would absolutely go back, although it would probably be even harder to leave next time!

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