Community Healthcare & Lion Conservation
Antelope Park, Zimbabwe
Volunteering through Community Healthcare & Lion Conservation
Saving African wildlife can only happen by setting the community’s priorities straight. As people and animals live in close proximity, wildlife conservation and community healthcare are now more connected than ever.
With this project, not only will you be playing a vital part in the lion conservation efforts, but you will also be working in clinics, impacting the lives of unprivileged residents and providing much-needed healthcare assistance.
This is a chance of a lifetime to “Go MAD” (Make A Difference) and help local communities deal with their most challenging problems.
Jorunn Bjornsdottir, Iceland
Had a great four weeks at AP. Everything was in place before we came and management was always there for you when you had questions. Good food, good people and good experiences. I really recommend the community health care program for health care workers, it broadens your perspective meeting people in the same profession from another culture.
The combination project was perfect! Being able to make a difference in the communities, while also being able to get involved with the lions was amazing. I loved working in the clinics, going on home visits and having the opportunity to take on a night shift at the maternity ward. The lions were an added bonus. But be warned, once you come you here, you will never want to leave!
I never thought I would be able to be as involved as I was. The clinic was a great experience. Getting to go on home visits, and the opportunity to go on a night shift at the maternity ward exceeded all of my expectations. This was an experience I will never forget!
Your Project, Your Purpose
Because wildlife conservation and community healthcare go hand in hand, you will alternate your days between community healthcare work and lion conservation work. Both are very rewarding, unforgettable and satisfying experiences.
Did you know that only less than 20,000 lions remain in the wild? This sharp decrease is higher than any other species, including the rhino. On one side, you’ll be part of ALERT’s Lion Release Into The Wild Program by helping clean enclosures, prepare meals and create exciting enrichment activities for the lions. With this project, you’ll be helping to put a stop in the decrease of lion population, while at the same time, you’ll get to meet these majestic creatures face and face and learn a lot about their personalities.
On a different side, you’ll be lending a helping hand in some of the local clinics, situated in Zimbabwe’s poorest areas. The range of services you’ll be part of includes full maternity care, opportunistic infection (HIV and TB), extended program of immunization, outpatient consultation for children and adults and medical dispensing pharmacy among others. Also, you will accompany qualified staff in supporting home-based care, not just physically but also psychologically. It is through the volunteers’ input that these clinics become fully operational.
This is the opportunity of a lifetime to provide help and service to clinics that are generally understaffed and lack resources. By doing so, you’ll greatly improve the lives of those patients who depend on the program’s success.
That’s why your contribution in community education and care will have a lasting impact on the most affected patients while your participation in the Lion Program, will secure a population of healthy African lions suitable for release into the wild.
Helping people and helping lions, all at once.
A Day In Your Life
- Experience hands-on how the medical system works in Zimbabwe by providing much-needed assistance in a clinic and learn about the challenges these local communities face every day.
- Immerse yourself in traditional Zimbabwean life and culture when you connect directly with patients that require extra care.
- Help dedicated nurses to bring new life into this world when you assist them during childbirth. It’s as rewarding and unforgettable as it sounds.
- Join home-visits for patients who need extra care and support and for mothers and their newborn babies.
- Part of your daily activities includes counting pills and dispensing medicine along with documenting, filing, cleaning and general maintenance in the clinic you’ll be assigned to.
- Come before May 2019 and be one the last volunteers to take our lions cubs for walks! Don’t miss this amazing and unique opportunity!
- Enjoy unique and unforgettable close encounters with magnificent African lions while providing our resident lions with the highest possible care and welfare. Make sure they are delivered the most suitable nutritional diet and hydration and live in a clean and healthy environment.
- Be part of the research team that study minute by minute the different behaviors of the Ngamo pride to assess their self-sustainability (successful hunting) and sociability (functioning as a pride)
- This is your opportunity to expand your knowledge on African elephant. Interact with and care for our 4 rescued elephants, the biggest stars of Antelope Park. When we say the biggest, we mean it.
→ Prices start from $2077 or £1134 for 2 weeks
Our start dates for 2019 are:
We generally ask for volunteers to arrive at this project every other Sunday or Monday, and you can volunteer from 2 weeks up to 12 weeks.
- 7, 14 & 28 January
- 11 & 25 February
- 11 & 25 March
- 8 & 22 April
- 6 & 20 May
- 3 & 17 June
- 1, 15 & 29 July
- 12 & 26 August
- 9 & 23 September
- 7 & 21 October
- 4 & 18 November
- 2, 16 & 30 December
(This project remains open over the Christmas period)