- What is the accommodation like?
The accommodation is basic but comfortable. Most volunteers will share a twin room with separate shared ablutions and a living/eating area at a camp site in Zululand. You will have electricity, running warm water and flushing toilets. You will be provided with a bed, mattress, pillows and bedding. Volunteers will have to keep the camp clean and tidy. There is also an outside seating area where you can sit by the bonfire. There is no fencing around the camp and it is visited from antelopes, monkeys, baboons, bush babies and hyena.
- Is it possible to get placed with a partner or friend?
It is possible to get placed with your friend, but always depend on the current booking occupancy. Let us know if you want to get placed with a partner before applying.
- Are there any important rules to obey during the project?
During your stay you should never leave the camp, especially not at night. In the the camp it is important to wear head lights at night. You should be aware of the fact that you live in the nature, amongst wild animals, therefore it is essential to follow all the instuctions of your team leader who has a broad knowledge about the surrounding area and its risks.
- How is the food provided?
Participants will take turns in cooking and cleaning. All food will be provided for the volunteers. There will be three healthy meals daily including fruits, vegetables and reginal meat. You can buy drinks or use the water at the camp.
- Is it possible to receive vegetarian meals?
Yes, it is possible to eat vegetarian during the project. Just let us know about your diet beforehand.
- How are working hours and free time divided?
Your day divides into working and free time. Every day has a slightly different schedule. After the project you can start to travel through South Africa or work on another project.
- How can I spend my free time?
Usually volunteers don’t leave the camp during the project. You can use your free time at the camp to relax, get in contact with the other volunteers and enjoy the silence of the wildness.
- Do I have a contact person on site?
On site you will be working with a team of volunteers and project leaders. The supervisors will be responsible for you and may help you with your 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?
In general you don’t need a lot of money during the project. You might spend money for additional snacks, beverages or free time activities, as well as extra transfers besides the project. You won’t be able to withdraw cash while you are at the camp. Make sure you have enough money before getting to the camp. You can easily withdraw cash at the airport or any other bigger city.
- Is it possible to withdraw money on site?
We recommend to change currencies already before your travel or at the airport in Johannesburg. At the airport in Richards Bay there are no facilities to change money. Generally you will find ATMs in every larger city. Before your journey you should check if your credit card is accepted by ATMs in South Africa.
- How can I contact family and friends at home?
Once a week you have the opportunity to use internet at the bureau. You might also have a good telephone signal around the campsite. It is advisable to get a local prepaid card.
- What’s the weather like?
The climate in Zululand is hot and humid during the summer month from October until April. The winters from May to September are dry and mild. During the raining season the temperatures can rise over 40 °C. It can get colder during the winter. Usually the temperature fall down to 20 °C and