Welcome to Wild Zambia Volunteers
Wild Zambia Volunteers is the online portal to the Game Rangers International Volunteer Programme. This website will give you all the information on volunteering with GRI in Zambia.
Game Rangers International (GRI) is a non-profit Zambian NGO, established in 2007, with critical and ongoing support from the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. Its focus is currently within Kafue National Park (Africa’s second largest park) with the aim of directly supporting conservation of the park: its animals, ecosystems and surrounding communities. GRI tackles conservation support in Zambia holistically and therefore the organisation is divided into the following projects :
- Elephant Orphanage Project (EOP)
- Kafue Conservation Project (KCP)
- Zambia Primate Project (ZPP)
- Wildlife Veterinary Project (WVP)
- Wildlife Crime Prevention Project (WCPP)
You can find more information about the GRI projects by following this link to the Game Rangers International website. Look for the projects in the menu bar.
GRI has five facilities :
- GRI Headquarters, based on Leopards Hill Road in Lusaka.
- Kafue Conservation Project’s Special Anti-Poaching Unit, operating from Hook Bridge, in the centre of Kafue National Park.
- Mukambi Camp on the banks of the Kafue River.
- The Lilayi Elephant Nursery, just outside Lusaka, where the youngest, milk-dependent elephant orphans receive round-the-clock care.
- Camp Phoenix - The Kafue Release Facility in South Kafue where the older orphans are rehabilitated and eventually released.
GRI Volunteers Programme
GRI’s Volunteer Programme was established in 2010. Since then, volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities have been sharing their skills, experiences and enthusiasm with GRI. Volunteers are a huge asset to GRI - GRI really couldn't function without them. GRI is currently looking for volunteer Project Assistants (PA’s) at the Lilayi Elephant Nursery, the Kafue Release Facility (Camp Phoenix) and Mukambi Camp to assist with many aspects of the camps daily operations as well as focused project work within the various GRI projects outlined above. GRI accepts a maximum of 6 volunteers per month to assist them with the operations. Volunteers are recruited as project assistants for one of two GRI projects, and are based either at the Lilayi Elephant Nursery just outside Lusaka, the Kafue Release Facility (Camp Phoenix) in the southern part of Kafue National Park or Mukambi Camp on the banks of the Kafue River for the duration of their placements.
Cost for one month placement on the programme is a minimum donation of GBP 1650,-
Even though the words "pay" and "volunteer" don't really seem to go together, paying to volunteer with GRI is a great way to have an amazing experience and do something worthwhile. You wild find more information about this under the menu Volunteering.
If your application is successful we take into account current project needs as well as your skills & interests and return this to you as : a Placement Offer, Volunteers Handbook and Project Disclaimer.
Please note that any handling of the elephants is kept to a strict minimum as part of our policies to promote the successful release of the calves in our care.
Volunteers should be aware that elephant care is the preserve of trained and skilled staff only.