What should I pack?
Volunteer work in research and conservation involves hands-on work with the animals so you are likely to get very dirty! Old and dispensable clothes marked with your name are advisable for daily activities as well as closed-toed shoes.
- Passport, insurance certificates and personal documentation
- N/a’an ku sê emergency contact number
- Photocopies of all the above to be left at home with your next of kin
- Spending money – bring Namibian Dollars or SA Rand, you can withdraw or transfer cash from the airport on arrival
- Proof of inoculations (please speak to your GP about necessary immunizations)
- Secure, waterproof bag for documents and money: sealable plastic bags will do
- Toiletries – Please bring biodegradable products if possible. As the Wildlife Sanctuary uses recycled water for our sprinkling system as part of our environmental awareness, we ask that volunteers please bring biodegradable products (i.e. shampoo, soap) for use from overseas to prevent our sprinkler system from malfunctioning.
- Sleeping bag: for use at our Research Sites and useful for winter months at the Sanctuary, possible overnight sleep outs in the field, or if you plan to travel outside of your project.
- Silk or Cotton Liner: Ideal for hot nights or as an extra layer to your sleeping bag.
- Sunglasses (high UV protection)
- Sunscreen (high factor needed)
- Torch and batteries (preferably a head torch)
- Alarm clock/watch
- Diary and writing pens
- Camera/batteries/film or memory card
- Water bottle at least 75cl
- Day pack/rucksack for everyday use
- Mobile phone set for roaming – local SIM cards are available at the airport or the Sanctuary
- Swimming towel
- Sewing kit and pocket knife for general use (not in hand luggage!)
- Plug adaptor (3 large round pins)
- Travel Guide, such as Lonely Planet or Rough Guide
- The evenings can be quiet so bring books, cards, iPod etc.
- While we do not sell any toiletries, cosmetics, sunscreen or other items apart from snacks and drinks at the Sanctuary, Sunday trips to Windhoek are available but it is advisable to bring enough of what you need for the duration of your stay.
Clothing: – if possible, please mark your clothing with your name prior to arrival
- Sets of outdoor loose fitting cotton clothes with adequate cover for cool mornings and evenings
- Sun hat / bandan
- Closed-toed shoes for walks in the field, as well as boots or sturdy trainers for project work
- Gardening gloves to protect your hands
- Work clothes that you don’t mind getting worn and dirty
- Casual clothes for day trips to Windhoek and for weekend activities
- Flip flops / sandals
- Underwear enough for at least seven days (laundry services are available on premises)
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Waterproof jacket
- Warm clothes for winter and early mornings.
- Volunteer work at the Sanctuary includes being very hands on with animals, project work and walking with baboons, so you are likely to get very dirty! Old and dispensable clothes with your name written on it are advisable for daily activities.
- The Lifeline Clinic is based in dusty and remote area of Namibia. You will be provided with scrubs to wear when helping at the clinic but will need suitable footwear and casual old clothes for evenings and weekends.
- The type of clothing you should bring depends on time of year you visit. May to September is the winter period and can be very cold at night and in the early mornings and daytime temperatures can vary. A sleeping bag is recommended! October to April is the summer period and the rainy season is from November-February. Whilst during this time it is generally hot during the day it can rain and become chilly in the evenings, particularly at our Research Sites so do pack a jumper or fleece and waterproof jacket.
- Hand sanitizer and wet wipes
- Personal First Aid Kit
- Re-hydration salts and Imodium or similar product
- Any personal medication e.g. prescription drugs/inhalers
- Contact lenses and solution if necessary
- Lip Balm with SPF
- Sanitary products if necessary
- Mosquito repellent (please bring non-DEET mosquito repellent since DEET is not environmentally friendly)
- Ear Plugs – you may be sharing a room with 1 or 2 people and sometimes even an animal