A group of volunteers helps with conservation work in Botswana for teenagers

Volunteering with Wildlife in Botswana for Teenagers

Work on a reserve in the heart of Africa and help conserve wildlife and bush ecosystems


  • You will live at the beautiful Wild at Tuli reserve close to the Limpopo river, surrounded by wildlife, and learn from conservation experts.
  • Through your volunteer work, you will be part of our efforts to help preserve and protect elephants, leopards, lions, giraffes and more as well as local ecosystems.
  • At the camp, you will live with other teenagers your age, and be supervised by our staff.
  • On the weekend you'll go on a walking safari and learn about local handicrafts


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Is wildlife conservation volunteering for teenagers in Botswana right for me?

If you’re looking to pursue a career in conservation, or just want to do more to help the environment, this project is perfect for you. You don’t need any previous experience. We’ll teach you everything you need to know. All you need is a passion for wildlife and the great outdoors.

At Wild at Tuli, you’ll work with conservationists who are passionate about the environment and have dedicated their lives to African wildlife. They’ll be there to guide and support you, and make sure you’re safe.

Our High School Special is specifically designed for teenagers, and we have a set itinerary in place to make the most out of your time.

This project strikes a great balance between research and hands-on work. You’ll learn from conservation experts and do plenty of practical work. You can use it on your CV, in applications, and talk about it in interviews.

Projects Abroad volunteers help with vital elephant conservation work in Botswana on our placement for teenagers

Your work will focus on the following areas:

Build dams and waterholes for wildlife

Water is a scarcity in Southern Africa. As a Conservation volunteer, you will help construct and repair waterholes, boreholes, and rainwater tanks. This will ensure that water is stored during the wet season and that there is lots of  water during the dry season. This is vital for wildlife to survive during times of drought.

Track animals during surveys and help gather research data

The Tuli region is home to large and diverse wildlife populations, which is one of the most exciting things about the area. It is important for us to keep track of population growth and movement. You'll help us do this by taking part in surveys. You'll also conduct research and collect data to help track animal movements and family units of the local wildlife.

Remove wires and snares and participate on anti-poaching patrols

Illegal poaching of bush meat is a major challenge to conservation in Botswana. As a volunteer, you will help reduce poaching efforts in the Tuli area. You will mainly do this by joining local staff members in removing snares around the reserve. By removing hundreds of these snares, we are able to save the lives of hundreds of animals.

Set up camera traps

As animals are very active by night, camera traps help us study their natural habitats, behaviours and movements. You will be involved in setting up these cameras around the reserve.

Camera traps have produced a couple of first sightings for us. A baby brown hyena, a honey badger, a leopard and an aardvark were seen for the first time on our cameras. This is incredibly exciting, as it tells us that our efforts are creating an environment where animals thrive and breed.

Work with volunteers from around the world

You’ll volunteer with teens from around the world. There will be plenty for you to learn from your new friends, like the customs and cultures in their home countries. And during your leisure time, you will all get to experience life in the African bush together.

Who are our project partners?

We partner with the Wild at Tuli Reserve in Botswana.

The reserve is owned by Dr Helena Fitchat and Mrs Judi Gounaris, two passionate conservationists. They both share our spirit of adventure and passion for African wildlife and ecosystems.

Where in Botswana will I work?

Wild At Tuli

Located on the banks of the Limpopo River, you will find yourself in the very heart of the bush. With large populations of elephants, crocodiles, hyenas, and other species, Tuli is a truly wild place.

You’ll spend your evenings next to the campfire with other volunteers and staff members. All of the rooms of the camp are divided by age and gender, so you’ll have roomates the same age and gender as you.

We encourage you to fully immerse yourself in the experience. However, while the project is thoroughly risk assessed and supervised, please remember there are wild animals around. Therefore, our policy is that you must never leave the camp without a staff member with you.

Ankomst, visum och hämtning

När du anländer till flygplatsen i din valda destination, kommer en av våra Projects Abroad anställda att möta dig och hälsa dig välkommen till landet. Du hittar mer information om ankomstflygplatser, introduktion och visum på vår sida Ankomst i Botswana.

What are the aims of the Wildlife Conservation Project for teenagers in Botswana?

The aim of this project is to preserve the ecological well being of the area and ensure the survival of precious wildlife species.

Tuli has seen a recent decrease in wildlife populations, largely due to growing human activity in the region. Increases in illegal hunting and poaching, as well as land degradation, have also contributed. By doing wildlife research, soil erosion control, construction, and anti-poaching drives, we are helping preserve what is left.

The ultimate goal of the project is to create a conservation area protected by law. We are working on this with other game reserves and national parks in the area.

Join us in Botswana and become part of our efforts to protect African wildlife. 

Interesting facts about conservation volunteering in Botswana with projects abroad


Vi har utarbetat långsiktiga mål för våra projekt och dokumenterat målen i våra projekthandlingsplaner. Våra projekthandlingsplaner används också för att planera ditt arbete. Tack vare våra projekthandlingsplaner kan du vara säker på att du arbetar mot ett långsiktigt mål och vi kan kontinuerligt utvärdera och förbättra vårt arbete. Våra projekthandlingsplaner säkerställer att vi gör en verklig skillnad.

Läs mer om våra projekthandlingsplaner.

Vi mäter resultatet av vårt arbete varje år

Vi arbetar mot långsiktigt mål med årliga delmål. Varje volontär och praktikant som deltar på ett av våra projekt hjälper oss att nå dessa långsiktiga mål. På så sätt kan även de som volontärarbetar eller praktiserar en kortare tid göra verklig skillnad. Varje person bygger på arbetet som tidigare volontärer och praktikanter gjort. Varje år utvärderar vi resultatet av vårt arbete. Du kan hitta en sammanställning av vad vi uppnått under året i vår Global Impact Report.

För mer information om vilken insats våra volontärer, praktikanter och personal gjort under året, läs vår senaste rapport.

Food and accommodation

You'll stay at our base camp at Wild at Tuli and share a tent with other Projects Abroad volunteers of the same sex. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and share the experience of living in the heart of the bushveld together. There are shared bathrooms with hot, running water. There is no electricity, but we have charging stations running on solar power so we have light at night.

Your tent will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe. Your programme fees include three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.

Säkerhet och personalstöd

Din säkerhet är vår första prioritet. Vi har många processer och system på plats för att se till att du som ungdomsvolontär har all extra hjälp och support som du behöver. Vår egen Projects Abroad personal finns alltid med dig och de andra ungdomsvolontärerna, oavsett tid på dygnet eller dag i veckan. De ser till att du trivs i ditt boende och känner dig hemma på din projektplacering. Om du skulle stöta på något problem, finns vår personal alltid där för att hjälpa dig.

Läs mer om support och säkerhet.

När du anmäler dig betalar du endast 2700 kr, vilket dras av från totalpriset. Avbetalningsmöjligheter finns och vi kan också ge tips på hur du kan samla in pengar

Vill du delta på fler än ett projekt? Ring oss på 0855921116 för att ta reda på om vi kan erbjuda rabatt.

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