The project runs throughout the year and is made up of four basic components and interns will be involved in each one of those:
Interns will be allocated assignments and work responsibilities based on their training, skills and interest. The allocated tasks are related to your field of study and you will work under the supervision of field staff and a coordinator. Interns must be flexible since the field work includes many different activities. Note: some activities are seasonal and therefore not all activities can be guaranteed to any one intern’s stay
A 5-6 day week and 8h work day is typical, but interns may be required to work longer hours depending on research requirements, data collection times, emergencies e.g. flood damage or any other reserve management issue that may come up.
Any person with a genuine love for nature and the outdoors is encouraged to apply. Interns must be reasonably fit and healthy to be able to walk in the bush and do physical work.
The 30,000ha Balule Reserve, intersected by the Olifants River forms part of the world renowned Greater Kruger National Park. Kruger Park is a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies, and its unrivalled diversity of species offers a wildlife experience that ranks as one of the best in Africa.
Accommodation and Meals
Interns stay at the Rusermi Camp in the Balule Game Reserve overlooking the awesome Olifants River where hippo, giraffe, elephants, buffalo, lions, and many antelope species can be seen on a regular basis. Accommodation is in dormitory style housing with bunk beds, matresses and sheets. The ablution facilities have hot and cold showers and flush toilets. Electricity (220V) is available for charging electronic equipment.
Food is provided and interns are required to prepare their own meals and packed lunch when working in the field. The camp is supplied with borehole water and is safe to drink.
WiFi is available at a small fee.
Arrival and Departure Dates
This program is offered from a minimum of 2 weeks and up to 3 months. Starting and ending on the 1st and 15th of every month, interns are being picked up at the Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) outside the town of Hoedspruit. The group will be transferred at 3:00pm to the reserve. Interns will be dropped off at the Hoedspruit Airport by 10:30am for their return flight. Departure flights should be booked after 11:30am.
2 Weeks US$ 1,450
1 Month US$ 2,000
1.5 Months US$ 2,600
2 Months US$ 3,200
2.5 Months US$ 3,800
3 Months US$ 4,400
Deposit: US$ 500