- Do I need specific requirements or abilities to apply for this project?
In order to apply for this project, you need to be over 18 and have sufficient English skills to follow the instructions. It is also important that you are physically fit, because you may work under high temperatures. To be able to participate at the whale survey you also need a good vison. You do not need any special knowledge or prerequisites to take part at the project, but should be flexible, open and willing to work in a team as well as independently and be motivated to work as part of a species conservation project. Regarding visa requirements, you should inform yourself in advance at the department of foreign affairs of your home country or ask the NATUCATE team directly.
- Which services does the price include?
Prior to your departure we will support you during the organization of your travel plans and secure you a placement at the project. If you like we can also assist you to find a suitable travel insurance and flights. At the project you will have access drinking water and food which you can use to prepare you meals. The accommodation during the project is also included. Experienced staff members will give you an introduction to the project and will be there for you if you have any questions. The NATUCATE Team will also be available for you if there should be any questions or problems. Flights, travel insurance, visa fees, airport transfer, other drinks and groceries as well as other personal expenses are not included in the program fee.
- Do I need certain medical precautions or requirements?
In general, we recommend you talk to your doctor and see what vaccinations he suggests. It is advised to be vaccinated against Morbilli, Mumps and Rubella (MMR), Diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus. You should also consider being vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B, typhoid fever, rabies, and pneumococci and also think about taking prevention medications and/or standby emergency malaria treatments with you – even though most parts of South Africa are supposed to be free from malaria. Before your departure you should speak to your doctor about the different ways to prevent malaria. It may be helpful to pack a small amount of medication with you. These should include plasters and medication against diarrhea, headache, and nausea. If you take medication on a regular basis please make sure to take enough medication with you, as the medical supply may not be sufficient in certain cases while you are at the project.
For current information about South Africa you should check out the homepage of the foreign department of your home country. You need a travel insurance to start your volunteering work with NATUCATE.
- How long can I participate in the project?
It is possible to volunteer for two, four or six weeks in this project.
- What kind of equipment should I take with me?
You should pack sturdy shoes, binoculars and clothes which are coloured in beige, khaki, ochre, or similar colors. Do not forget to bring long-sleeved, light clothing to protect you from insect bites. Since it can get cold during the nights and in the mornings, we recommend you bring some warm clothing as well, a scarf to cover your face and maybe a thermal bottle for a warm drink during excursions in the morning. During the day and hot hours over noon short sleeved clothing is the most comfortable. For the rain season during summer you should also pack a waterproof jacket and pants. Other items you should pack include towels, a mosquito net, insect repellant, sunscreen, a hat to protect you from the sun, a daypack, a water bottle and a headlamp.