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  • Volunteers are based at the Lilayi Elephant Nursery throughout their entire placement, with potential trips to Lusaka National Park and local schools.

  • Volunteers will work with the keepers and assist in general elephant husbandry including milk preparation, browse collection, and boma upkeep.

  • Volunteers will have the opportunity to work on a variety of our Community Outreach Projects including supporting teachers with the delivery conservation education in local schools and helping to empower our women’s groups.

  • Outside of term-time, volunteers may assist in conducting programs with local children, such as drama workshops, sports tournaments, nature walks and litter picking, art camps, and health awareness lessons.

  • Volunteers may have the opportunity to assist in conducting biodiversity surveys at Lusaka National Park to gain a better understanding of the species presence and abundance within the area. Volunteers will learn and practice valuable in-field research skills, which may include: transect surveys; vegetation surveys; and identifying and tracking wildlife through spoor and scat observations.

  • Volunteers will also have the opportunity to partake in the educational talks open to the public on the viewing deck at the nursery discussing GRI’s holistic approach to conservation in Zambia, the Elephant Orphanage Project’s role in rescue, rehabilitating, and releasing orphaned elephants, as well as the plight of elephants in Africa, human-elephant conflict, and the drivers of poaching.

  • Volunteers may also be involved with staff capacity building where they teach a variety of lessons and skills to the camp staff members and keepers.


  • $2,500

  • Included is accommodation in our tented camps, three meals per day, National Park entry fees, experienced staff and supervisors, two t-shirts per volunteer, and all documentation needed to apply for a business visa for Zambia.


There is no experience necessary other than a keen interest in wildlife conservation. A Volunteer Supervisor will give each volunteer the appropriate training to succeed in this role. Volunteers with relevant experience is a plus, but it not required.


Have a unique skill set that might be relevant? We’d love to hear about it!


  • 2 volunteers per month

  • 3 week placement

“My experience was out of this world, in a good way. I loved the whole three weeks and will treasure the time I spent with the elephants and the staff and keepers.”

Ann, 2018


Please note that from 2022, we are offering the Holistic Volunteer Programme only.
The Research and Elephant Nursery Placements will be transferred to Zambian graduates for internships.