What is the Building or Sports Volunteer project in Swaziland all about?
Combine travel and volunteering in South Africa with our bespoke Kruger to Swaziland Building and Volunteer Adventure. Your journey will begin in South Africa; the Rainbow Nation. Best known for its wealth of wildlife, breathtaking scenery and cultural diversity you will begin your 2 weeks with aplomb in Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest and most popular National Park. Here you will have the opportunity to tour Kruger whilst starting to understand and observe the global importance the National Park holds in terms of conservation and biodiversity. Your African Adventure continues as you leave Kruger and head to Swaziland where you will become involved in a rewarding yet challenging building project to help Orphaned and Vulnerable Children. At the end of your volunteer project, you will have the opportunity to make the most of your last free weekend and experience Swaziland at its best; as a true microcosm of Africa.
This project offers a unique blend of travel and volunteering giving you the chance not only to get up close and personal with big game in Kruger’s National Park, but also to help build much-needed infrastructure for the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children of Swaziland. Don’t miss this opportunity to become part of Swaziland’s vibrant and bustling culture and to give something back to those in need.
Day 1 – Day 2 – Arrival (OR Tambo, Swaziland) and Orientation
Day 3 – Day 7 – Conservation Tour, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Day 8 – Day 12 – Volunteer Building Project (Help Build Family Homes), Ezulwini, Swaziland
Day 13 – Day 14 – Experience Swaziland
Day 15 – Return to airport (OR Tambo, Swaziland) to fly home
Why choose this Building or Sports Volunteer project?
Building work is very labour intensive and volunteers help local workers to tackle the task of building, restoring or painting homes and community buildings in Swaziland. The buildings are used by the more vulnerable in society so it is very important that this work is completed quickly. Not only will you use your time effectively, you will help on a project that benefits those most in need.
Role of the Conservation volunteer
You will work alongside local builders and construction workers, as well as other locals assisting with the build. Your activities will very much depend on the needs of the project at the time of your placement so you may be building, you may be digging, you may be painting. Please be prepared to help out where you are needed.
Conservation Tour, Kruger National Park
Once you have completed your initial orientation, you will embark on a 5-day, 4-night camping safari in the heart of South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The conservation tour includes unlimited game drives to explore just some of the wildlife that the 20,000 km2 Kruger National Park has to offer. With the help of a trained tour guide, you’ll be able to venture through the vast wilderness in search of Africa’s Big 5. From lions to elephants, rhinos, buffalos and leopards, Kruger has it all. During the tour, you will also have the opportunity to take part in either a sunset or a night drive round the park to seek out some nocturnal wildlife. During your stay in Kruger, your tour guide will also teach you about the animals and plants of the African Plains and help you to understand why conservation of this beautiful and fragile eco-system is so important.
What skills will I need to be a Building Volunteer or Sports Volunteer in Swaziland?
A level of physical fitness is required to participate in this project as it is a manual volunteering placement. You may well be working in temperatures that are warmer than you are used to, so please make sure you have undertaken some exercise before the start of your placement. You do not need any skills for the safari element of this tour, just a willingness to try something new! All volunteers should enjoy spending time with others and working as a team, to make the most out of this placement.
All volunteers will be asked to attend a short telephone interview, and for volunteers aged 16 or 17, parental consent forms will be required.
Travel during COVID times
The health and safety of our travelers and our local communities remain central to our plans for reopening countries and projects. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been adapting our programs and protocols to protect all those involved, and ask for everyone’s patience and collaboration as new rules are implemented in-country. For all projects, new standards of sanitation, procedures and social behaviors are in place, including new health and hygiene protocols and social distancing practices. You can read more here. Each location may be slightly different in the way they operate. We encourage you to inquire to your placement advisor to learn more about your specific project as you plan for your responsible return to travel!
RECRUITING FOR SUMMER 2021
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To experience Africa’s big 5 in their natural habitat
To assist an overstretched local team to build and maintain essential community buildings and homes
To gain a much better understanding of the Swazi culture and values
Where will I work in Swaziland?
In Swaziland you can either relax at the volunteer accommodation or venture out to discover more of the local area. There are a few restaurants nearby and even a cinema! For those of you who enjoy trekking there is an option to do so depending on the duration of your trip. While on safari, sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of Kruger and get to know your fellow volunteers better.
Click here to learn why Swaziland is a great destination for under 18 volunteers, and those looking to volunteer abroad or explore Africa for the first time.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2-12 weeks
- Cost: £1454 / $2270
Additional weeks pricing vary depending on the length of your stay
- Requirements: Age 16+
- Location: Ezulwini Valley, Eswatini
- Working hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 15:00
- Project availability: Project starts the 1st Monday of each month except December.
- Arrival day: 1st Monday of the month, additional date mid July
What is included
- Accommodation: Camping in Kruger and shared dorms in Swaziland
- Food: 3 Meals a day
- Airport pick up and drop off from OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg, SA
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- Project equipment
- Tour guide for the duration of your tour
- Support: On-site coordinator providing 24-hour support
- Activities: Game drives in Kruger, guided bush walk and a sunset or night drive (you pick), trip to a Swazi Cultural Village
What is not included
- Daily transfers to and from your volunteering project. This will cost approximately 20 rand (£1.50) per day.
- Extra excursions above your itinerary
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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