Volunteer with Elephants in South Africa

Location: South Africa: Rural Areas

Program Duration: 1-2 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks

Dates: Year Round


Hodore Farm Hartfield, East Sussex TN7 4AR England

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Phone: 0044(0)1892 770771


These big, gentle giants are loved worldwide for their magnificent stature and playful personalities. This programme allows volunteers to really get to know elephants and contribute to their welfare.

Volunteers are critical for this programme, becoming part of a team who dedicate their time to understanding these animals better and to researching and monitoring their well being. As the first elephant research center in the world to focus solely on the welfare of these gentle giants, this truly is an exciting place to volunteer. Each day, you will be out and about in the park monitoring the elephant's behavior, as well as helping with data inputting, growing elephant food, and creating enrichments.

Volunteers live right in the heart of the park, in a shared accommodation. There is a lounge area, laundry facilities, and internet access. By the end of your experience, you will have met some like-minded people and work towards a worthwhile goal - the most satisfying type of trip!


1. Taking part in sunrise walks, watching the elephants roam freely.
2. Being part of an exciting conservation programme
3. For those staying one month or more, spending your final night sleeping with the elephants in a five star lodge
4. Getting to know the elephant guides and their families, who welcome you into life in South Africa
5. Fantastic opportunities for your free time visit the famous beaches, go surfing, whale watching, and enjoy great beer and food.

Travel Types
  • Ecology
Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
  • English

Cost in US$:

Contact Provider for Cost Details

Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

- Help and advice before departure and whilst away
- Pre-arranged voluntary work at the park with accommodation.
- A warm meet and greet at George airport and transfer to accommodation
- Accommodation with ensuite facilities, kitchen/lounge and internet access
- Project training
- Last night of your stay in a 5 star luxury lodge overlooking the elephants for those who stay 4 weeks or more
- Oyster will prepare you thoroughly before you leave and support you while you are out there
- Transport to town on a weekly basis

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Veterinary Science
  • Wildlife
  • Environment
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Conservation
This Program is open to

American, European, Canadian, Australian, South African, Kiwi, Worldwide, Asian Participant. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Group living

Application Process Involves
  • Phone/Video Interview
  • In-Person Interview when Feasible
  • Online Application
Typically The Application Process Time is
1 day from recepit of form to booking interview
Post Services Include
  • Re-Entry Debriefing at Home
Year Founded