NOAH'S ARK (Namibia)
For volunteers who are tired of everyday life, who are looking for an experience out of the ordinary and who want to experience this wonderful continent, then this is the project for you. Volunteers will be working up close with wild animals alongside volunteers from different geographical and cultural backgrounds. The project will enable volunteers to learn about nature at a deeper level, interacting and bonding with animals. 'Noah's Ark' Program is solely running with the objective of environment and wildlife conservation and volunteering is the primary source of directing the efforts towards conservation. Volunteers in this project can expect high chances of unexpected adventures, amid the African wilderness.
Goal of the project
The vision of this project is to be a sustainable nature reserve for the preservation of animals and their natural environment. It also operates as a temporary shelter for the recovery of injured animals that are released back into their natural habitats after they get better.
Volunteers in the 'Noah's Ark Project' will never run out of things to do. Volunteers can choose to help around in daily activities like preparation of food for animals, feeding and taking care of animals, cleaning and building enclosures, assisting in research activities, bush walks and animal walks. The volunteers have significant roles to play in the overall conservation efforts of the project.
Fees and Dates:
Global Crossroad provides volunteer programs at the lowest prices possible. Global Crossroad gives you the assurance that you will save a lot of money with our programs, because we do not promote the idea of volunteers spending thousands of dollars just to volunteer for a week. We also try our best in keeping our transactions transparent for volunteers to know and ensure that their fees are being used in the right way possible.
Except our registration fee of $299, our fees are as affordable as $1220. The detailed fee structure of 'The Noah's Ark Program is as follows:
- 1 Week
- 2 Week
- 3 Week
- 4 Week
- 5 Week
- 6 Week
- 7 Week
- 8 Week
- Extra Per Week
- Program Fee US$
Volunteers should arrive Windhoek on a Thursday for the transfer out to the project the next Friday morning. Volunteers must realize that they will spend the Thursday night in Windhoek, and that transfers out to the project are done only on Friday mornings. Any volunteers arriving in Windhoek on a Friday will have to pay for their own transfer out to the project.
The return trip to Windhoek will always be on a Thursday, and flights out of Windhoek should only be booked for after 15H00 on a Thursday afternoon (or later).
room / food
Volunteers will be provided with wooden cabins for accommodation, where 4 volunteers can be accommodated in a single cabin. Volunteers of the same sex will be kept in one cabin. Communal showers and toilets are made available along with towels and bed linens. The volunteer village is solar powered, meaning every room will be equipped with solar powered lights. However, volunteers will have to us the room in the main farm for charging their electronic appliances, since there is not power besides the solar power in the village.
The volunteer village is located approximately 700 meters from the main farm. Meals can vary from day to day. Volunteers will prepare their own breakfasts, while lunch and dinner is prepared for volunteers. A specific area is allocated to volunteers for their meals, and volunteers are expected to serve themselves, and clear their tables after their meals.
Examples of Meals are:
Breakfast - cereal, toast, fruit, yogurt, tea and coffee.
Lunch – sandwiches, burgers, rolls and cold meat, salads.
Dinner – barbeques, lasagna, pastas, vegetables, salads.
Free time/what volunteer can do in free time
Since this project is located in a remote area, volunteers are limited to spending their free time in camp.
Volunteer are encouraged to relax around the animals during their free time. It is not uncommon to find volunteers lying in one of the cheetah enclosures reading a book, for example. There is a swimming pool and a bar area where working guests may also spend their free time, cooling off in the pool, basking in the sun, or just relaxing with a drink or book in their hands. There is no radio or TV at the project, and it is therefore recommended that volunteers bring their own entertainment with them.
- Where do I need to fly?
- How can I get to the project?
- What vaccinations do I need?
- How can I communicate with family?
- How safe is the project?
- Will there be someone to guide/supervise us?
- Will there be other volunteers?
- Any other important information to consider?
Volunteers must book their flights to arrive and depart from Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek.
The transfer to the project leaves Windhoek on a Friday morning between 08H00 and 09H00, and takes about three hours with asphalt, and sand / gravel roads. A stop will be made along the way to refuel, use the toilets and have a drink.
The area around the project is not a high risk malarial area; however, areas around the project may be a higher risk. It is advisable to take precautions against malaria, especially if you intend to travel to other destinations within Namibia before or after your volunteer experience. Rabies vaccination is also highly recommended, as some of the smaller animals at this project may be carriers.
There are internet cafes and good mobile phone reception in Windhoek. It is advisable to let your family and friends know that you have arrived safely in Windhoek, before you head out for camp, and to contact them again once you return to Windhoek at the end of your volunteer experience. Once you head out to base camp, communication is severely limited. Although local SIM cards can be purchased once in Windhoek, due to the rural location of the project, mobile reception can be weak and inconsistent.
Very safe. Volunteers must however be aware of their personal belongings when in town, and should also adhere to the safety tips given at orientation once at the project. Volunteers are advised to not leave personal items (passport, air tickets, money etc.) lying around – it is better to take precautions than to lose an important item.
Volunteers are divided into groups, and a supervisor is allocated to each group. Each morning, volunteers meet with their supervisor to be given the tasks of the day. At the end of each day, groups meet up with their supervisor to discuss daily progress, any problems that have occurred and how best they might be resolved and how to move forward.
There will always be other volunteers at the project with you, and this number will vary from 15 – 60 volunteers, depending on the time of the year.
Please note that the project is over 300km from Windhoek, and transport does not go out each day, as this is unpractical and costly. Volunteers must arrive in Windhoek no later than a Thursday, to be available to go out to the project on a Friday morning with the scheduled transfer. Should you arrive before a Thursday, you will be expected to wait in Windhoek until the scheduled vehicle leaves for the project on the Friday morning. The transfer from the project back to Windhoek takes place on a Thursday, and as the vehicle doesn't get back in to Windhoek until around 13H00, flights out of Namibia should only be booked for 15H00 and onwards on a Thursday afternoon. Should you arrive in Windhoek after the scheduled transfer has left for the project, or book your return flight earlier than the morning you are due to leave the project, you will have to pay for your own transfer to the project / back to Windhoek.
A variety of tours are also available for volunteers to do, either before or after their volunteer experience. Tours include: 3 day Etosha Link / Express, 3 days Sossusvlei Link / Express, 6 days Taste of Namibia, and others.