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So much more than just a volunteer experience!

It is your chance to provide change!

Why not turn your holiday into a true adventure! Get your hands dirty and dive into an exciting volunteering programme where your day starts with the roar of a lion and ends with new found friends sitting around an open fire.

Naankuse is one of those places where some people grow in mind, heart, and soul and just plain find themselves. They find their family, their friends, their home and their future here. Many staff members were once volunteers who couldn’t quite bring themselves to leave. Many volunteers come back time after time to be together with the animals and people they fell in love with. We’d love to add you to that legacy.

We provide 2 weeks to 3 month opportunities for volunteers from around the world to have a life changing experience through our various volunteering programmes, striving to make a difference for conversation in Namibia.

Email us for more information about any of our volunteering opportunities or make a provisional booking
Volunteering opportunities

With the help of our dedicated volunteers and staff, the Naankuse Foundation works tirelessly to protect Namibia’s ancient cultures, majestic landscapes and its incredible wildlife. To do this, we undertake projects in five different sites around the country.

Wildlife Volunteering
Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteering

Originating as a small wildlife sanctuary nestled in the Namibian bush, just 45km from Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, the Naankuse Foundation Wildlife Sanctuary has grown into a world-famous conservation organisation. We provide a safe haven and second chance for countless injured, orphaned and conflict animals. Whenever possible our goal is to release animals back into the wild – only those animals too ill, abused or habituated remain at the sanctuary. Our volunteers are critical to enabling us to continue caring for the animals at Naankuse.

Research Volunteering – at Neuras

Set among the stunning scenery of the Southern mountains, ancient canyons and caves, fascinating geological formations and five natural fountains, Neuras is truly a unique research site and is home to one of Naankuse’s carnivore research programmes – in addition to being one of only three wineries in Namibia. Focus areas are our Human-carnivore conflict project focussing on black-backed jackals and a population study on the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra.

Research Volunteering – at Kanaan

Approximately 2-3 hours further southwest of Neuras and bordering the Namib Naukluft Park lies Naankuse’s Kanaan Desert Retreat. Red sand dunes, vast open grass plains and imposing mountain ranges make up the serene surroundings of Kanaan. Home to cheetah, brown hyena, spotted hyena, leopard and an array of other desert-adapted wildlife, Kanaan encompasses 352 km2 of desert scenery in which volunteers will get involved in vital research and conservation. Focus areas are Spotted Hyena Research, Small Carnivore Research (Caracal and Black-backed Jackal) – new projects starting soon as well as Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation

Research Volunteering – at Timbila Nature Reserve by Naankuse.

This project is located 45km North East of Omaruru. It is a 25 000 ha property which will be used as a wildlife reserve with a focus on the conflict animals, whether they come from Naankuse or via our Response Unit Program.

We aim to relocate African Wild dogs and Lions from Naankuse to TimBila and plan to introduce both Rhino and Elephant. Currently cheetah, leopard and brown hyaena occur naturally on the reserve. Volunteers will therefore be involved in the related research efforts on this new reserve and the management of the animals situated on it.

As you have booked the Mangetti project, we may therefore need to move your booking to the TimBila reserve volunteer project when you come.

The initial volunteer activities will include:

  • Wildlife Tracking: The research team shows volunteers how to find and identify tracks and scat markings from animals, as well as how to use GPS.
  • Camera Traps: Placing camera traps at strategic locations in order to establish the biodiversity of the reserve. This will include sorting through all camera trap images
  • Game Counts: Volunteers will participate in game counts to gain an indication of game population sizes and biodiversity
  • Fence Removal: Volunteers will assist in the removal of internal fences in order to rehabilitate landscape and allow for the free movement of wildlife
  • Maintenance: Building and maintaining any internal required structures
Medical Volunteering

The Lifeline Clinic based in Epukiro provides free primary health care services to more than 3,500 patients every year – through both clinic-based healthcare and our outreach around the region. More than 40% of the patients treated there are children and more than 90% are San Bushmen.

A huge focus of our work at the Lifeline Clinic is to tackle the tuberculosis burden within the San population. The clinic is quite literally a lifeline for thousands of San Bushman.

The clinic consists of two doctors, one nurse, one receptionist, and four translators. Medical volunteers are the lifeblood of the Lifeline Clinic. You will be fully immersed in the culture of Epukiro, home to the San Bushmen. Experience day-to-day life and the common struggles faced by the community.

The N/a’an ku sê Helping Hands Project

Mother Earth relies on us to gift her future generations with those tools
necessary to prevent her demise –education, compassion and the urge to conserve. Volunteering at the.N/a’an ku sê Helping Hands Project
provides a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on those local children with a range of disabilities, as well as tomorrow’s leaders.

The N/a’an ku sê Helping Hands Project is based in Windhoek, Namibia’s beautiful capital city, and collaborates with two inspiring facilities:Side by Side: A day care, early intervention and rehabilitation centre or families of children with special needs. 

Ephesian Day Care Centre & Pre-primary: Provides day care, together with educational programs, for children between the ages of one to six years.

What will I be doing?

Side by Side Early Intervention Centre
7:30-8:30: Free play incorporating specific
subjects e.g. animals, sensory education,
stories, arts & crafts
8:30: Morning cycle: teach new songs,tell
stories and entertain
09:00: Breakfast time – all hands needed
9:30: Project time: a therapist interacts with the children, either one on one or as a group. The topic of the week is incorporated with
developmental skills such as crawling,jumping
11:30: Lunch time
12:00: Story and sleep time for those staying for the afternoon.

Ephesian Day Care Centre & Pre- Primary.

Daily program includes:
• Bible and story reading
• Arts and crafts
• Fun and physical education For six-year old’s workbook exercises are also included:
• Basic mathematics
• Language

Accommodation & Amenities
• Shared rooms at N/a’an ku sê Traveller’s Inn, Windhoek (shared
with friends, family or people of the same gender)
• Shared ablution facilities
• Breakfast, lunch & dinner served daily (dietary requirements catered
• Lunch packs provided at Side by Side
(Monday to Friday)
• Laundry service
• Bar / Swimming pool
• Barbecue facilities

School Volunteering-
We are currently looking at modifying the school volunteering due to the construction of a new Clever Cubs School

Through each of our projects, Naankuse provides an important source of employment, accommodation, education, and healthcare to several San Bushmen families. Our aim is to give the next generation of this marginalised community the boost they need to build a brighter and healthier future.

Volunteering at the Clever Cubs School provides a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on the local San Bushman children, whilst surrounded by Namibia’s beautiful landscapes and wildlife. Located at the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary, the Clever Cubs School co-exists with nature. Clever Cubs is truly a place where wildlife and communities come together.

All funds from our volunteer programmes are ploughed back into our various projects, enabling the N/a’an ku sê Foundation to grow and become even more successful in achieving its vision.

So click on the below and discover the life-changing opportunities waiting for you…

Wildlife Conservation Volunteer

Embark with Naankuse on a conservation adventure!

Medical / Health Volunteer

Being a Naankuse Medical Volunteer is so much more than just being a medic.

Volunteers Questions and Answers

Frequently Asked Questions

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