We have been fortunate enough to have continued to operate and carry out research throughout the pandemic. By following strict safety protocols, we hope to continue our research ethically. Our doors remain open for applications for both international and South African applicants, though we highly recommend that you remain up-to-date with South African guidance in relation to the ongoing pandemic. If you have a confirmed position or have applied for a position, please keep us updated if you think your start date and/or availability might change in response to the pandemic.
We have strict protocols in place that aim to reduce the risk of the virus entering the local community and infecting wildlife. As the camp is in a remote location, the risk of infection is low. The primary exposure to risk stems from grocery shopping in Alldays/Polokwane and teaching at the primary school, though masks are mandatory. Volunteers and students do not carry out research if they have any symptoms relating to COVID-19.
All incoming volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or potentially complete a 10-day quarantine upon arrival. Those self-isolating will live in a separate room for 10 days and they will be unable to mix with the rest of the camp bubble. During this isolation, volunteers will be provided with an outdoor, socially-distanced induction and be provided with groceries and internet. Following isolation, and provided there are no symptoms, isolating volunteers will be allowed to move in with other volunteers. All incoming volunteers will be asked to take a Lateral Flow Test before going into the field.
Please be advised that as the pandemic continues to (hopefully) end, we will adapt our measures accordingly with advice from the university and the South African government. This may mean bringing back self-quarantine for all those entering our camp bubble from abroad or for those who leave the bubble for personal reasons (e.g. holiday).