Game capture and relocation in South Africa

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Volunteer travel - what's it all about

Are you looking for an adventurous trip with a purpose, or on a gap year or career break? If you want to make a difference in some of the world’s most important conservation areas - and in community projects - then volunteer trips are for you! Volunteers tend to have a sense of adventure, and come from a range of different backgrounds and from all over the world.
Edward Abbey said 'sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul'.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Game capture and relocation in South Africa

Environment

This game reserve would not be able to continue its operations without the help of volunteers; the reserve simply lacks the funds and manpower, as most of their funds and borrowings were put towards rescuing over 90 lions that were destined for canned hunting.

This very varied project is hugely worthwhile and your experiences, roles and responsibilities will be very varied. For example, Game capture and relocation is essential for restocking new areas and keeping the different populations diverse amongst the Reserves. It plays a major part in conserving endangered species and is a positive means of stimulating the local economy and providing local jobs.

By supporting local conservation efforts you’re influencing local community in many ways, such as, preserving their natural environment and the animals that live there, bringing income to the project enabling them to develop conservation efforts and ultimately education through cultural exchange. Where possible volunteers are encouraged to purchase supplies for their placement in the local community rather than in their home country, supporting local business.

You’ll be staying in the camp on the game reserve, which has been designed to ensure that volunteers are as close to Africa as possible, without compromising safety or comfort. By staying in the camp, you’ll be directly benefiting the local community and economy. The tents are simply built, with a wooden deck and an open-air ensuite bathroom. All materials used to build the camp are local and the construction provided yet more jobs for the local community. The camp is simple, environmentally friendly and you’ll be actively encouraged to recycle, be efficient with energy and water usage and preserve the surroundings. some of the money you pay us goes directly to the project to pay the wages of staff members and for the food you will eat. All of your food is sourced locally, thus directly assisting local businesses. This provides not only much needed income for the project but also extra jobs, income for local businesses from food purchases and the money you’ll spend during free time. By taking part on the project you’re bring financial support and learning experiences for the whole community.

Sustainable and ongoing development of local communities is always the primary aim of our volunteer projects and this project is no different. You’ll take up where others volunteers left off and by joining this project, you’ll be involved in the continued development of this game reserve and its conservation efforts.

POSITIVE EFFECTS TRAVELLERS HAS ON THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT:

We provide our volunteers with many tips on how to be a responsible traveller regarding the environmental impact they have.

We want you to be immersed in the culture, by living and working with local people. We work with local communities, local charities, local government bodies and local schools. We also often partner with local organisations whom we have vetted to ensure that they are committed to the projects they run, that they have the same responsible attitude to the local community that we do, that they are eco-friendly and have ethical policies.

In our projects and in our headquarters offices, we take an environmentally responsible attitude towards recycling and reusing of waste products. We encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme. Our volunteers are given pre-departure Information that encourages them to minimise waste and reduce their use of water and electricity, in other words, to live sensitively in the environment that they’re working in.

Travellers also gives donations as and when required by projects. This is often done through our charitable arm, The Bridge The Gap Foundation.

Our projects enable vital conservation, research, care and education work to take place directly where it is most needed. For example, the schools where we teach English very often have no other English teachers, and so they rely on us for continued lessons. For example, we kept a Species Survival Conservation project in South Africa afloat until completion after it was threatened by lack of funds. Our volunteers contribute, all over the world, to projects that would not exist without them.

Community

This project is geared towards helping the local wildlife AND helping local community. The help of volunteers in projects such as this is of enormous benefit. We have long-standing relationships with local people, making this a sustainable, on-going project. Your work here contributes to, and helps to continue, the long chain of worthwhile achievements in this community.

Social Responsibility:
The information we provide prepares our volunteers for their placement and how to deal with the local people. It also briefs our volunteers on the Do’s and Don’ts and ensures that they are aware of the possible impact of their behaviour.

Cultural sensitivity:
Volunteers receive an induction and orientation on arrival which covers things like being sensitive to the culture you’re in, everyday processes which will be different to what you’re accustomed to, how to have the maximum beneficial imprint and the minimum negative impact.

We stress the importance of responsible tourism, cultural differences and acceptable/unacceptable conduct. Where appropriate, volunteers are briefed on local customs, particularly those that are different to the volunteer’s accepted norm.

Economic Responsibility
For nearly 25 years our volunteers have lived in the local community, spent their money with local traders and brought funding to the projects they work with. Travellers employs local staff and works with local support staff. This helps to fund the project directly and through bringing money into the local community.

The organisations we work with are often struggle to financially support and maintain the work they do, so every penny raised makes a real difference.
Our aim is to create always a Win-Win-Win situation in terms of the benefits for, (a) the local communities and institutions you work in, (b) our Volunteers, i.e. you, and (c) for Travellers. We do not embark on any project that is not beneficial to all three of these stakeholders.

Before our Volunteers depart on their projects, we provide them with comprehensive information about their project and country:
(1) A detailed Programme Guide to Volunteering which we’ve produced in-house.
(2) A detailed Country Factfile,
(3) A detailed Project Description Booklet specific to their Project.
(4) Safety Book: This book is produced by Travellers and has common-sense but necessary general safety tips while travelling, as well as safety advice relevant to your specific destination country.

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