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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most asked questions about the Volunteer Programme.  If you have a question that is not asked here, please feel free to contact out Volunteer Coordinator and she will answer any questions you may have.

Q. What is the accommodation like?

You will be staying in basic tented accommodation at each of GRI's facilities - bedding and a solar lamps are provided.  Each tent is equipped with a bed and chest of drawers. You'll have a tent to yourself, but will share a communal kitchen and bathroom with other volunteers. 

Q. Who will meet me at the airport?

You'll be met at the airport by your Volunteer Supervisor, and taken directly to Lilayi Elephant Nursery to acclimatise. 

Q. What will I eat?

Volunteers are responsible for cooking for themselves, and usually choose to cook together as a group on gas stoves or campfires.  You will be provided with basic rations for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Due to limited refrigeration, your diet will be predominately vegetarian during your placement, and will include lots of starch and canned vegetables. You may wish to buy some treats and snacks on arrival in Lusaka at your own expense. 

Q. Will I have access to the internet?

We rely entirely on solar power at our camps, so WIFI access is dependant on the weather and project requirements. Your Volunteer Supervisor will advise you on availability. You may wish to purchase a local sim card on arrival so you can stay in touch with friends and family. Phone signal at the Release Facility is limited, but strong elsewhere.

Q. Will I meet other volunteers?

There is a max. capacity of 5 volunteers on each tour and you will likely be in a group.  Our volunteers have gone on to be great friends long after their experience has ended. 

Q. What can I do on my days off?

Volunteers enjoy one day off each week. You will be taken to a nearby lodge where you can relax by the pool and purchase drinks and lunch at your own expense.

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