How many of us dream of a Safari holiday?! If you answered lots, you’d be correct! But how many of us have thought about combining a safari holiday with an opportunity to volunteer abroad in Africa and help local communities? Well the great news is with International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) you can do both!
IVHQ is one of the top volunteer travel companies in the world, focused on providing affordable, responsible and high quality volunteer abroad experiences for volunteers from all over the world. With 9 programs operating in Africa alone, IVHQ offers you the opportunity to make a real difference, while also exploring parts of the world that you may have never considered before.
IVHQ volunteers come from all over the world and the alumni include a New Zealand All Black Rugby player and an Olympic bronze medallist! There’s something for everyone, whether you are a student, retired, working the 9-5 grind, a doctor, a med school student, interested in construction, teaching, caregiving, or just have a love of children and helping those that need it most. International Volunteer HQ has a volunteer projects to suit everyone, while getting a once in a lifetime cultural emergence experience. What better way to personally challenge and reward yourself at the same time!
One of the best parts about volunteering with IVHQ is that it is not all work and no play! You have the opportunity to take part on one of the many projects on offer while also getting to explore your chosen destination. Volunteers take part on their volunteer project Monday through Friday and have their evening and weekends free.
With volunteer opportunities available in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Uganda, Victoria Falls or Zambia, you can easily head off on the Friday afternoon for a weekend safari and return on the Sunday relaxed, refreshed, with awesome stories (and photos) ready for another week of volunteering. Or you can treat yourself at the end of your volunteer program and spend a week (or more) travelling on a Safari. And the fun doesn’t have to end after your Safari, with options to go on a gorilla trek, bungee jumping, bridge swinging, white water rafting, cruise down the Zambezi, visit a crocodile farm, go quad biking, sand boarding, shark cage diving, zip lining, abseiling, canoeing, take part on a night drive, wine tours, sunset tours, fishing, helicopter tours, zip lining, and many many more! The options are almost limitless and there is something to suit everyone.
The local staff are more than happy to help volunteers organize a safari or activity, and often they can even offer IVHQ volunteers a discount!
For those interested in Wildlife Conservation and want the experience of working on a game reserve, IVHQ’s latest program in Victoria Falls should top your list. You live and work in a private Game Reserve located just outside of Victoria Falls and you’ll have the unique opportunity to get hands-on experience of what life on a game reserve is really about. The reserve is home to lots of native wildlife, including the ‘big 5’ (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo), giraffes, zebras, vultures, impala, kudu, and warthogs to name a few! Volunteer work can include fence patrols, animal tracking, bush walks, alien vegetation removal, road maintenance, general clean-up of the reserve and its surrounding area, reforestation, not to mention one in a lifetime opportunities to see Victoria Falls, spend a night camping overnight in the reserve as well as regular game drives to help with the monitoring and counting of the wildlife.
Where else can you get the opportunity to get involved in conservation management and help with the successful operation of the game reserve while experiencing wildlife up close and personal? So why not treat yourself to the experience of a lifetime and volunteer abroad with IVHQ and explore the beauty of Africa’s wildlife at the same time!
To find our more about volunteering in Africa, visit www.volunteerhq.org