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Wildlife Research Expedition in Karongwe National Park, South Africa (14n+)

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Wildlife Research Expedition in Karongwe National Park, South Africa (14n+) - Experiential Education Limited t/a GVI
emilie_e_todd@yahoo.co.uk "I took a short career break from work and decided to do a 2 month community and wildlife internship at the Karongwe base in South Africa. I had an incredible time with GVI learning about wildlife conservation, teaching in the local school and helping build a new creche. I could see that the work we were doing in the local community was really making a difference and the kids loved having us there...."
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Start and end in Limpopo! With the volunteer/community tour Wildlife Research Expedition in Karongwe National Park, South Africa (14n+), you have a 14 day tour package taking you through Limpopo, South Africa. Wildlife Research Expedition in Karongwe National Park, South Africa (14n+) includes accommodation as well as meals and more.
Age range
18 to 80 year olds
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Coach / Bus, Local Transport, Mini-coach

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  • M
    Written on April 24, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    I loved the family atmosphere on base. The meals were amazing considering the once a week grocery trip. The staff were incredibly friendly and outgoing. The accomodation was great, considering the location. There was never a boring game drive and the knowledge I gained from the internship was amazing. I loved everything about the expedition and would jump at another oppurtunity to do another one.
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  • TL
    Written on November 17, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    I’ll start with just a brief history of myself I’m 31 years old, left school at 18, decided against going to university and since then worked within the retail sector as a floor manager. I have no previous education in relation to wildlife or wildlife conservation but I have always had a keen interest, just never really knew where to begin. The decision to quit my job and try something new was slightly daunting, but I can happily say that I made the right decision. My experience with GVI has given me the direction and inspiration I’ve always lacked to get more involved and hopefully have a career doing something I feel so passionate about. The day to day life on base involves going out on drive each morning (5am) and afternoon (3pm) with the main focus of tracking the animals using telemetry and collecting data. This is where you will get up close with an array of animals including the big 5 (lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, rhino) so be sure to bring a camera you will definitely need it. Twenty minutes into my very first drive we encountered a mother cheetah and her four beautiful eight week old cubs about 50 meters away feeding on a freshly killed Impala. The impact of the program on the ground was a privilege to be a part of, waking up at 4.30am for morning drive and not knowing what you might see is a great feeling to wake up to. Everything you do on a day to day basis is a learning experience, but its done in a such a way that you don’t realise its happening. No classroom or website could have taught me in a month what I learnt during my time on Karongwe and not just the surrounding wildlife, but conservation, culture and history. The staff were all phenomenal and went above and beyond to make everyone feel at home and within two days it was. Facilities on base are basic, depending on the weather you could go without power for a couple of days and the elephants love to play with the water pump which meant we had no showers for 24 hours. I personally dont look back on these as negatives and just the reality of being where you are and becoming fully immersed in the experience. Saturday night is braai (bbq) and an opportunity to enjoy a few drinks, sit around a huge fire and take in the nights sky, seeing the Milky Way spread across the sky is something you to experience yourself. Sunday is your day off with the opportunity to take a day trip out (Kruger national park) or simply relax on the veranda, nothing more surreal than reading a book and noticing two giraffes walk into your yard. To anybody taking a gap year or looking for a career break or simply wanting to try something new I cannot recommend GVI enough, you will meet some incredible people and get to be apart of something truly worthwhile and rewarding.
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  • JB
    Written on November 16, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    My time at GVI Karongwe was some of the best of my life so far! After finishing my degree and not really knowing what direction I wanted to go in career wise, GVI provided me with an immersive and practical learning experience that has taught me new skills and developed a passion for the African bushveld over the course of the 6 month internship. The project itself means you get to go out on research drives twice a day, seeing amazing animals and their behaviour in a natural setting. Whilst recording important data from your sightings for the research projects to improve wildlife conservation. Alongside this you are taught my an incredibly knowledgeable staff team all about the animals themselves, their ecology, conservation issues and the rigorous process and challenges of conducting scientific research in the field. As an intern I was impressed by the well-constructed program to teach me even more in depth knowledge and leadership skills, as well as one on one guidance from staff members as part the 3 month training/volunteer period. I spent the latter half of the internship on placement, I was lucky enough to stay at the base becoming Staff Intern. There I gained further skills and took responsibility over volunteers, their education and safety within the reserve. Whilst also having a more involved role in the scientific work the staff undertake and being able to learn and assist all the behind the scenes work that goes into running a research base and volunteer program. It doesn’t matter what your background is or your career goals; you will have an amazing experience, learn a tremendous amount and have a lot of fun with both the other volunteers there and the staff. I would recommend any of GVI’s projects because I feel the immersive learning system on the projects is the best experience of education I have been through and it does this all within a friendly supportive environment provided by the staff teams.
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  • E
    Written on November 8, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    I took a short career break from work and decided to do a 2 month community and wildlife internship at the Karongwe base in South Africa. I had an incredible time with GVI learning about wildlife conservation, teaching in the local school and helping build a new creche. I could see that the work we were doing in the local community was really making a difference and the kids loved having us there. The internship is one of the best travelling experiences I have had and has left me with some lifelong memories and friends.
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  • FJ
    Written on October 24, 2016
    3.5 - Good

    I did the GVI internship on April last year. For that I spent 3 months on a game reserve and another 3 months in a work place. First thing you should know: game reserves are, above everything else, a business. There's no truly wild place in South Africa. Being the property of someone and a profitable business, it must be managed. I would say the reserve is like a zoo without cages. For that, we need to give way to the tourists satying at the lodges, going on game drives. As I said, the reserve is a business, and a lot of wrong decisions can be made, not regarding the well being of the wildlife. What we in our time in GVI is locating everyday the lions and the semi-imprinted cheetah (which sometimes you will get out of the vehicle and go into the block to locate her on foot). We take basic data as behaviour, location and wheater conditions and type it at the computer back at base. Only the volunteer responsible for data on that specific drive will do it, though. Other activities during drive include operating the telemetry equipment, doing vehicle check before drive, operating the spotlight on the way back to base when it's already dark. We collect data on other animals we might come across, like rhinos, elephants, buffalos, hyenas, etc. But these we do not track, so it's not the priority to locate first, coming across them only by chance or if we have time left after finding the "key" animals. Sometimes volunteers will do other tasks such as reserve work by cleaning the roads, educational bush walks, base work (which is a rotation of volunteers to look after the base - cooking, cleaning - during the day). As an intern, you will have some extra activities that the common volunteers don't. That would be basically for your education about the bush and conservation through game reserves. You will have a few lectures and will have to do some assignments. You will have a mentor to talk about your goals. And you will learn about tracks, birds and trees. But most of your knowledge, will come from your own effort. There as several books available at base and staff members willing to answer your questions. But if you don't commit yourself with your self education, you won't learn as much as you could. There's three bathrooms, two of them with shower (not the best of showers, but at least there's hot water). Currently there are three dorms for volunteers. Most of the matress are very old and used and you will sleep on bunk beds. It's something you can get used to quickly, sleep in a room full of people and later on you can even miss it. Most of volunteers go to bed early, before 9, as we need to get up before the sun rise. The meals are prepared by the volunteers in charge, a pre made menu that can be adjusted to any diet requirements. My second part of the program was spent in CROW (Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife) based on Durban. Even if I had all the help from GVI to get there, with tips of flights, places to stay and transport, I had to deal with the costs. CROW has nothing to do with GVI except the booking, so I won't give the feedback of my time there here. But I got there thanks to GVI. When calculating the fee for volunteering at CROW, through GVI the value is around 4 to 5 times more. So if you're interested, I recommend booking directly with CROW and not any travel or volunteering agency. The cost for internship or volunteering with GVI is very high. There are plenty of game reserves that take volunteers for much less. Of course I can only talk about my experience with GVI, and in general I'm really thankful that it started a 2 year journey through South Africa. In the end was definetely worth it. I will always remember my time at the reserve and cherish deeply as one of the greatest moments of my life. I recommend this program for whoever wants to do a safari in South Africa and take good pictures while making friends and getting closer to the environment. Is a much better way to know the wildlife and also to keep yourself busy during a trip. You will have an amazing experience. It just wouldn't be my first option for an educational internship.
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  1. Day 1: Arrive to Hoedspruit Airport & meet GVI team (Saturday)
  2. Day 2 - 14: Training & Volunteer program activities
  3. Day 15: Return back to Hoedspruit airport

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    • Will there be any free time on program

      Definitely! During the expedition you will have 1 day off a week. In this time you could visit the stunning local mountains (Karongwe), go curio shopping, or just spend some time wandering around the local town. At the end of each 4 week cycle volunteers have the opportunity to take 4 days off, during which they are free to arrange their own trips if they wish. Before and after your program you could visit Kruger National Park, the Blyde River Canyon, go bungi jumping or canyoning at Sabiethe possibilities are endless!

    • What are some tips for volunteers travelling out to the field

      Bring multiple layers for cooler weather rather than 1 or 2 thick layers- the daily temperature range can be over 20 degrees celsius
      For April - Sept pack more cold weather gear than you expect for Africa- being on the back of open safari vehicles for 5 hours straight gets very cold!
      R400 per week is a guideline for snacks, internet cafes, drinks etc. but this is only a guideline.
      Sharing bathroom and kitchen facilities, and your bedroom with so many strangers is tough to start with! Accept that you will not get much personal space while on the expedition and be prepared to take a few deep breaths.
      At Karongwe power is limited but if you take note of when the generator is scheduled to run- it's enough time to keep your gadgets charged

    • What are the various durations of this program that are available

      This program runs for anything from 2 - 12 week durations, depending on the time of year and specific starting date. Please inquire for information regarding this.

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