Teaching & Big 5 Conservation
A unique combination of rural primary school teaching and Big 5 wildlife conservation. Volunteers deliver an approved English literacy programme while living and working within Africa's largest privately owned wildlife conservation area. This project splits your time between teaching assistance in the local school and working within the game park - learning about wildlife conservation and assisting in the daily running of the conservancy.
The project is located in premier big game and plains game country; the area is famed for its huge leopards, majestic antelope, large lion populations and huge elephant and buffalo herds. There are strong populations of the endangered African Wild Dog and the area is also home to both black and white rhino. Truly an animal-lovers paradise.
Volunteers spend mornings in the local rural primary school, the only one within the Conservancy, delivering an approved literacy programme to smalll groups of eager-to-learn schoolchildren. You will form strong relationships with these amazing children, who will feel like your second family in no time!
Programme aims and objectives
Rhino poaching has been a huge problem in Zimbabwe over the past twenty-five years, and what was once a healthy population has been depleted to critical levels. This project has a healthy percentage of the remaining few hundred rhino in Zimbabwe and volunteers get involved in monitoring and tracking these animals as well as joining anti-poaching patrols. We believe education and opportunity is key to reducing poaching and we are very proud to work in the only school within the Conservancy helping children understand the importance of preserving wildlife and caring for the environment.
Volunteer Teaching and Literacy
The school has 600 children from Grade 0 (5 years), up to Grade 7 (12 years). Volunteers use teaching materials from the Happy Readers reading programme, a project endorsed by the Ministry of Education, which teaches children basic English vocabulary and grammar in a fun and interactive way. Volunteers also help the children learn about conservation and the importance of the environment.
- Deliver an English literacy programme to small groups of friendly and eager-to-learn children!
- Help with computer classes
- Run conservation education lessons both in the classroom and around the conservancy
- Help with gardening, sports and games!
Big 5 Wildlife Conservation
A big part of this volunteer project involves assisting with the day to day running of the ranch, a massive undertaking with 150,000 acres to cover. Volunteers get involved with a huge variety of activities:
- Go on patrols with the scouts and rangers checking for snares and evidence of poaching
- Track rhino through the bush with the Lowveld Rhino Trust scouts
- Monitor African Wild Dog den sites (there's a den right behind the volunteer house!)
- Track the locations of Wild Dog packs using telemetry
- Learn to track and identify big game
- Monitor the movements of other collared animals including lions, rhino and elephants
- Road, river and fence maintenance, especially during and just after the summer rains
- Help in the workshop - learn to change a tyre, Africa-style!
- Night drives - learn about the nocturnal animals and witness the amazing night skies
Jimmy the Rhino
Jimmy the rhino was found as huddling close to the ground hidden under a bush near to his recently shot and killed mother. He was transported back to the ranch house and put under the watchful eye of owner, Anne Whittall. Named after James Whittall, little Jimmy soon became one of the family. Jimmy has since been released back into the bush and has grown into a full-sized healthy rhino, still regularly seen in around the conservancy, but very definitely wild!
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