Conservation Experience and Environmental Awareness Courses
Creating Opportunities to Make a Difference
The Bhejane Marine and Wildlife Conservation Experiences create an opportunity for you to make a difference in conservation. Whether you are a student, a corporate group or fulfilling a lifelong dream of working in conservation, the BMW volunteer programme rewards you with a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a significant contribution to the conservation our threatened wildlife and marine species.
Why Volunteer and Why Pay?
When you volunteer with BMW Conservation Experience you create an opportunity to make a difference. There is so much that needs to be done to ensure the longevity and continued existence of our precious marine and wildlife and not enough workers on the ground or funds to keep the momentum going. That’s where you come in.
Your hard earned money and hands-on assistance goes a long way to contributing to the daily expenses of our projects as well as assisting with projects that include:
- Animal/marine monitoring
- Animal ID KIts
- Ecological surveys
- Geological surveys
- General research
- Data collection
- General repair and maintenance of facilities
- Community projects
- Game Counts
- The setting of camera traps
- Removal of alien vegetation
- Birding surveys
What’s In It For You?
- An opportunity to make a difference by collecting meaningful data
- You gain insight into diverse cultures while learning about wildlife and it’s conservation
- Collect meaningful data on endangered species which goes a long way to ensuring their long term survival
What does each day look like?
That’s the best thing. No day will be the same. You will experience new things every day. Your days will be scheduled around the projects that need to be completed each day.
Sundays will generally be set aside for the capturing of all the data collected during the week.
What skills and training do I need?
As long as you are older than 16 years and can speak and write English we’ll teach you everything else you need to know.
Some of the skills you will master during your time with us will include:
- How to track animals either through traditional methods which include learning about animal tracks and signs or through the use of telemetry equipment
- How to read animal behaviour and collect appropriate data
- How to correctly set camera traps in order to monitor endangered species
- How to create animal identification kits
- Plant identification
How Do I Get There?
Volunteers are collected from King Shaka International Airport – Durban on a Monday and transferred to the camp. All arriving volunteers must ensure they arrive in Durban no later than 12h30 on a Monday. If you arrive later than 12h30 then you will be required to pay for a private transfer.
Volunteers will depart camp after breakfast on Mondays to arrive at King Shaka International Airport at approximately 12h00. Please ensure you therefore book your outbound flight no earlier than 14h00.
What do I need to bring?
- Small day backpack to carry personal items, water and or snacks while out in the field
- Own Toiletries – enviro-friendly, biodegradable
- Binoculars, Camera ( pref DSLR )
- Sleeping Bags and Pillows.
- Water bottle
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Slops, sandals for use around camp
- Hat, Sunglasses and sunblock
- Sufficient Neutral coloured clothing for the duration of your stay
- Swimming Costume ( optional )
- Rain Coat
- Torch / Headlamp with sufficient spare batteries
- Power packs for charging cell phones
- Warm wind-proof jacket
- Insect repellent
- Small personal medical kit with personal medicines
- Nature books ( optional )
- Pen and paper
- Solar phone /laptop charger (optional but recommended)
Dates and Costs
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R17 000 per person / two week stint (Enquire about our long stay discounted rates)
- Accommodation in two-man canvas dome tents.
- Comfortable bed with sheets and duvet/blanket.
- Transport from King Shaka International Airport.
- T - Shirt
- All meals and tea/coffee. (3 Meals per day, Snacks while out in the field )
Custom designed programmes for Student groups, Corporate groups, Clubs or anyone interested in attending a course in learning more about nature. Programmes have core components but are then adapted and revise to your requirements.
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