- What is the accommodation like?
Together with the other volunteers you will live in a volunteer house in the middle of a private game reserve, located in the far north of the Limpopo region in South Africa. The group will sleep in dorm rooms and use two common bathrooms. There is also a kitchen, a braai area and wifi which the volunteers have access to.
- Is it possible to share room with a partner?
In general, it is possible to be accommodated with a travel partner, but it depends on the structure of the group and the number of participants. We ask you to let us know in advance if you would like to get accommodated with a partner as soon as possible so we have enough time to organize everything. We would like to inform you that it cannot be guaranteed that you can share rooms with a partner.
- How is food provided?
You have access to food which our partner is providing. The volunteer team is responsible for preparing the daily meals.
- Is it possible to receive vegetarian meals?
A vegetarian diet as well as other special diets can be considered. We ask you to let us know in advance so that our partner has enough time to arrange everything accordingly.
- How can I spend my free time?
Wednesdays as well as lunch and evening hours are generally off. During this time, you can relax, read, play games or spend time with the other volunteers.
- Do I have a contact person on site?
There is a contact person on site and you can always contact the NATUCATE team if there are any questions or problems.
- What kind of cost do I have to expect during the project? Can I withdraw cash on site and do I have to pay in local currency?
The South African currency is the South African Rand (ZAR). In most bigger cities it is possible to pay with a bank card. Smaller stores often only accept cash. We recommend taking South African Rand with you and not just exchanging money when you are on site. The easiest way for that is to look for an ATM and withdraw cash. Please consider that there are often transaction fees for each withdrawal. Check with your bank and inform yourself about the best methods.
During your time as a volunteer you should calculate spending money for drinks (besides tea, water and coffee) as well as using the washing service (if you like). We also advise you to have some extra money with you for your time before and after the project and for emergencies.
- How can I contact my family and friends at home?
The volunteer accommodation is equipped with wifi – so do not forget your laptop and smartphone to stay in touch with your family and friends. At the airport you have the chance to buy a phone or a South African SIM card.
- What’s the weather/climate like?
Temperatures in the morning and evening hours can drop low in the South African winter months (May – September) – down to 3°C – but it is usually very warm during the day, no matter if summer or winter. During the winter months temperatures are around 26°C to 30°C, in summer (October – April) they are often 30°C and can reach 45°C in extreme cases. October is known for sporadic, but heavy rainfalls.
- Is there a prohibition regarding alcohol?
Our aim is to support the project with helping volunteers which in return receive a valuable and educational experience. Therefore, alcohol should only be consumed – if necessary – moderately. Excessive alcohol consumption leads to termination of the project with no refund.
- What happens in case of sickness or an emergency?
All staff members at the project are trained in first aid. There is a first aid kit for smaller incidents on site and in case of a more serious situation participants will be taken to the doctor which is a one-hour drive away. If a real emergency occurs participants will be taken to the hospital in Polokwane. For your own safety we ask you to follow the safety regulations.
- Do you have further questions that you did not find here?
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