Working with wildlife and underprivileged children


South Africa


7-84 Days




Would you like to get hands-on experience with injured and orphaned wild animals whilst educating local underprivileged children, perhaps giving both of them a brighter future? At this Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage, this is exactly what you can do!


This South African project near Kruger Park aims to educate local underprivileged children about their environment through a wildlife orphanage. Each week, a new group of 8-10 underprivileged children arrives on Monday. Your role as a volunteer includes teaching, fostering a passion for wildlife and conservation, and supplementing their basic English, math, life skills, and social issues education.

The orphaned animals form a foundation for inspiring environmental compassion, although direct interaction isn’t always possible. The children, aged 13-16, lack English proficiency and personal attention. Your involvement helps them flourish. No specific skills are needed; enthusiasm suffices.

This is a two-way learning experience where you contribute positively to the children, environment, and yourself. Enjoy the family atmosphere, excellent food, and making a meaningful impact on conservation, animal welfare, and local-international connections.

Field conditions

Embrace weekends of adventure! Saturdays and Sundays offer the chance to explore the surroundings. Join our Saturday town trip, a fantastic opportunity to connect with the local community.

Your accommodations include charming rondavels with thatch roofs, or rooms in the main house. These rustic yet comfortable spaces feature toilets, showers (with hot and cold water), and no shortage of authenticity. While the farm lacks conventional electricity, solar lamps illuminate your way, and a generator ensures ample power for charging batteries, cameras, and laptops. Plus, enjoy the luxury of High-Speed WiFi, ensuring you stay connected while immersed in nature’s embrace.


1 week US$670

2 weeks US$1190

3 weeks US$1750

4 weeks US$1960

5 weeks US$2310

6 weeks US$2640


  • Transfers from/to Hoedspruit Town/Airport, for arrivals on Saturday
  • Three meals per day, tea, coffee, juice
  • Accommodation including bedding and towels
  • Laundry (daily)
  • One trip to town per week
  • Working in the community
  • Access to High Speed WiFi


  • Flights, internal and international
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal toiletries such as shampoo, sun block, mosquito cream
  • Sodas, cokes, alcohol


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