Our focus is primarily on human-wildlife coexistence and possible mitigating solutions, but we welcome any other proposals depending on the feasibility and material available. General volunteering activities are ad-hoc and are scheduled when possible or seasonally suitable. You can join in on an existing project or carry out your own research project, either independently or for your undergraduate degree, Master’s, or PhD thesis. Your project can either be one from our list, or a project that you come up with yourself – providing of course it is in line with our research aims. For personal projects, we advise a minimum stay of three months. You can visit our research centre page for a list of wildlife species on the farm.
Currently, PPP volunteers are focusing on the habituation and/or behavioural data collection of troops of crop-raiding, dump-raiding, and wild chacma baboons (Papio ursinus); this is a perfect opportunity for those interested in primatology.
Baboon Habituation (Metsi Troop & Kotsi Troop)
Baboon Collaring (Spilsby Troop)
Behavioural Data Collection (Lahala Troop)
Baboon Sleeping Sites
Crop Preference Trials
Crop Raiding Camera Traps
AWCRC volunteers and students have the chance to study a variety of wildlife groups available on the farm and in the local area. There are various projects that are upcoming that you can get involved in.
Teaching & Community
All research assistants will receive full training for each activity prior to commencing any data collection. Data collection can involve travelling to other farms in the area from our base at Campfornis. If you have a full driving license and are happy to help with driving the project vehicle, please let us know in your application.
Workdays can sometimes start with leaving before sunrise and coming back after sunset, but more often the days are split into morning and afternoon shifts. However, with only two project vehicles, all our assistants need to coordinate and may sometimes have to wait for a pick up. Each assistant’s schedule will vary from week to week and will be different to other assistant schedules. We do not have set days off but will depend on what research is taking place when you join us.
If, as part of your university degree, you do want to conduct your own research project, please ensure that we are aware of this upon accepting your position and that your project has been approved by us and your university. We will support you through the process, but the data collection needs of the project are prioritised over personal projects. As such, the time you are allocated to work on your personal project, aside from data collection, may be restricted. This may mean that you will have to focus on data analysis and writing up during your time off or when you return to your home country. Assistants completing such projects will be expected to give a short presentation of their methods and results to staff and other research assistants before they leave.
As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to teach English to children with little or no knowledge of the language, and truly make a difference in their lives whilst making an active contribution to the community. This is the perfect opportunity for those seeking teaching experience.
Workdays will vary, depending on the coordination with the local schools and teachers, but volunteers will typically be dropped off in the mornings and picked up at the end of the school day, or split into morning and afternoon shifts. We ask that all teaching volunteers have hold a TEFL certificate and can obtain a valid police background check because you will be working with children.