Living with Rhinos and Endangered Wildlife FAQS -

Living with Rhinos and Endangered Wildlife FAQS

Q Is there a preferable time to submit my application in hopes of gaining a spot on the roster?
A There is no cut off period of when to apply as we run our programs all year round. We do however book up quickly so we suggest booking early to secure your spot.
Q What is the age limitation for participating in Volunteer South Africa projects?
A We have a minimum age of 18 and there is no maximum age. If you are under 18 and wish to participate in one of our programs you may come with a guardian.
Q What is the minimum stay?
A The minimum stay for this program is 1 week however we recommend a minimum of 2 weeks to gain a more fulfilling experience.
Q How do the arrivals work/which airport do I arrive into?
A If arriving by air, we will be waiting for you at the Harare  International Airport (HRE) arrivals hall.
Q Are flights included?
A No, flights are not included.
Q What are the flight arrival times?
A Arrival time is before 11am.
Q Do you monitor the flights?
A Yes, we monitor flights before your arrival to get the approximate time of your landing and will be at the airport waiting for you.
Q What if there’s a flight delay?
A Please contact us as soon as you receive notice of a flight delay.
Q Do I need a Visa?
A Please enquire through the Zimbabwean embassy in your country or go to the Zimbabwean Home Affairs link for more information regarding Visa requirements. Please note, we are not responsible for your traveling documentation
Q When does the project start?
A Mondays. We will fetch you from the airport and take you to the project where you will have time to settle in and look around the grounds.
Q What if it doesn’t suit me to arrive on a Monday?
A For an additional cost, we can arrange for a special pick-up.
Q Are airport transfers included?
A Yes, 2 airport transfers are included (to and from the airport).
Q Can anyone apply?
A Yes, anyone can apply to join our program, subject to being 18 and physically fit, this is for you own safety.
Q Do you cater for vegetarians or other dietary requirements?
A Yes, we can accommodate most dietary requirements, please ensure you let us know of your dietary requirements prior to arrival.
Q How do I pay for the project?

We require a $300 (USD) deposit to secure your place at the project, and ask for the remaining balance to be paid 60 days before your arrival. We have two payment option. You can either pay via international bank – transfer/wire (please note that the administration costs are at your expense) or you can pay via a safe and secure online credit card facilitiy.

Q Do you offer payment options?
A Yes, you are welcome to discuss other payment options with us.
Q Is there a best time of the year to go?
A Harare: Annual Weather Averages. November is the hottest month in Harare with an average temperature of 22°C (72°F) and the coldest is July at 13°C (55°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 11 in October. The wettest month is January with an average of 191mm of rain.
Q Which insurance company is often used for this type of trip?
A We offer our volunteers comprehensive coverage – please enquire with us. It is important to travel with insurance to ensure your security and safety.
Q Would I need any vaccinations /anti-malaria medication?
A You will need vaccinations for hepatitis A, typhoid fever, influenza, and polio, as well as medications for malaria prophylaxis and travelers’ diarrhea.
Q Are there any medical facilities on site to deal with serious issues quickly?
A We have a hospital within a few minutes of the project.
Q Do I need mosquito repellent?
A We highly suggest mosquito repellent in the summer months, from September to March.
Q What do you recommend for communication between South Africa and home?
A Your volunteer package includes an internet connection in certain areas of the property. Volunteers are recommended to purchase a pay-as-you-go SIM card for their mobile phone upon their arrival in Harare, this way you will save on international roaming rates. We also recommend that you use internet voice over IP links like Skype or What’s app while on Wi-Fi as this will save you a lot of money.
Q Do you offer any discounts to volunteers?
A Volunteers receive a 5% discount if they opt for two or more packages.
Q Any returning volunteer discount?
A Yes, past volunteers receive 5% off their future volunteer experience.