Volunteer / Gap Year FAQ's & Documentation Required

Documentation for Signature on or pre-arrival

All persons under the age of 18 years will need approval and signature of a legal guardian of the abovementioned documents if wishing to enter the property and participate in any activities offered by Shamwari Conservation Experience.

On arrival, all persons over the age of 18 years will need to sign said documents if wishing to enter the property and partake in activities offered by the Shamwari CNSV:XP.

FAQ’s relating to the reserve direct

Will I get an opportunity to work hands on and up close with the animals?

The emphasis and drive behind the award winning conservation initiatives at Shamwari Game Reserve has always been focused on sound and ethical wildlife and ecological principles. The day to day work does not require human intervention and interaction through touch, but in times of crisis or true need for intervention, participants may be afforded the opportunity to get safely close to observe and at sometimes directly participate on a more hands on basis with the wildlife species.

How far is the nearest trading store or outlet to purchase goods and when can I go?

You will generally get an opportunity to buy personals and sundry on Fridays when visiting the local community as part of our social responsibility drive. Although not carrying a vast array of items you should be able to purchase toiletries, cold drinks and other niceties from the local general dealers. The purchase of World Call phone cards for the paid telephone service can also be purchased in the nearby Paterson which is about 12 km’s away.

Are there facilities to cash in Travellers cheques or draw cash on reserve?

For security purposes we advise that you carry the minimum amount of foreign or local currency needed at any given time during your stay. We advise that you cash all Travellers cheques in at a registered or known foreign exchange outlet at Port Elizabeth airport or if your transfer allows one of the major local banks in Port Elizabeth.

Will I be able to concentrate on big cats or a specific animal or subject interest on the reserve?

Although participants might have very personalised interests or be passionate about a particular specie, we are proud to be able to offer an experience which is so diverse by nature and takes participants behind the scenes of the game reserves wildlife operations and exposes you to the various aspects of modern day conservation which include several ecological, wildlife and species management issues.

Will I be communing with fellow gap-year students and volunteers only?

The student centre has been purpose built to facilitate exposure to various forms of conservation, wildlife, community and sports experiences. The streaming of particular common interest groups will differ according to seasonality and specific requirements, thus the facility may simultaneously host various experiences of a different nature, whether for individuals or groups. The age and background of participants may also differ and tolerance and acceptance in regard shared communal resources is necessitated.

Long Term Projects & Possible Activities

Extra Mural or Weekend Activities (at own cost)

Extra’s and Services

Possible Talks and Presentations

What to Pack (exercised at discretion of participants)

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