- What is the accommodation like?
During the first week you eat and sleep in the basecamp that is just a short walk away from Okongue Primary School where you will be working for the next few days. You will sleep under the stars at the campfire where you are also going to cook and eat together. The second week is committed to patrol. During this time you will camp in the open at a different place every night. Sanitary facilities are limited. You will have no flush toilet and only improvised showers (“bushman shower”) in the first week. During the second week there won’t be any kind of facilities at all.
- How is the food provided?
You will prepare meals and eat at the campfire together. ‘Kitchen duty’ will rotate so that every family will be responsible for the meals once.
- Is it possible to receive vegetarian meals?
Yes, you will be able to eat vegetarian during the project.
- How are working hours and free time divided?
Your time on the project has a duration of 10 days. You will be working with your team at daytime and have free time in the evening. The school project will end on Thursday of the first week. The Friday is your day off and you will have time to explore the area. Patrol days start on Saturday and end on Wednesday. After that you will have time for various activities like kayaking or quad biking. After you made your way back to Swakopmund, you and your family may spend your weekend there.
- How can I spend my free time?
On your day off in between the two projects you have the opportunity to participate in a guided nature walk or you may simple relax in the camp.
- Do I have a contact person on site?
There will be a friendly and professional team of volunteers and project leaders on site that will gladly help you if you have any questions or problems. You can also contact the NATUCATE team anytime.
- What costs do I have to expect during the project? Can I withdraw cash on site and do I have to pay in local currency?
You won’t need a lot of money during the time of the project. You might need money for additional snacks or beverages. Before you and your team head to the camp you will run some errands in Swakopmund since this won’t be possible at the project site. Additional costs may occur for accommodation, food, beverages, and optional trips when you and your family spend time in Swakopmund. You won’t be able to withdraw money on the project site, but you also won’t need any. You can withdraw money with all major credit cards in Swakopmund and at the airport.
- How can I contact family and friends at home?
You can contact your family during your time in Swakopmund. You can look for an internet café or inform yourself about prepaid cards.
- Am I allowed to take my phone with me?
You are generally allowed to take your phone with you. When you’re on patrol days, however, you should leave it in the camp where you can safely lock it in. Cell phones are not allowed in the reservation area to protect animals from poaching.
- What’s the weather/climate like?
The project will take place in the Erongo region. In the Namibian desert you will be confronted with high temperatures and a dry climate. The raining season usually starts in January and ends in March/April.