Holistic Volunteers


Week 1:

  • The first week will be spent at Lilayi Elephant Orphanage where volunteers will complete biodiversity surveys in 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 support a range of our Community Outreach Projects including supporting teachers in the delivery of conservation education in local schools and empowering women’s groups.

Week 2:

  • The second week is spent in Musa (GRI’s Field Headquarters), in Kafue National Park.

  • Volunteers will meet the rangers we support and discover how our Anti-Poaching units


  • They will complete biodiversity surveys within Kafue National Park, utilising the skills learnt

    in the first week of the placement.

  • Additionally, volunteers will have the opportunity to get involved with a number of our

    Community Outreach Projects including supporting local schools, women’s groups and

    clinics where they may work with expectant mothers.

Week 3:

  • The third week is spent at Kafue Release Facility where volunteers will complete biodiversity surveys within the national park.

  • Volunteers will be given training and insight into the elephant behavioural observation studies that we conduct at our release facility and elephant orphanage.

  • Volunteers will have the opportunity to get involved with a number of our Community Outreach Projects including visits to local schools, women’s groups and clinics.

  • Volunteers will also learn about our elephant rehabilitation and release programme.

  • 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.

  • From our Kafue Release Facility, volunteers will be driven to Livingstone where they can experience the wonders of the Victoria Falls (please note that entry to the Victoria Falls and accommodation in Livingstone is not included in the price of the placement).

  • If volunteers wish to return to Lusaka, a transfer will be included.

  • If volunteers wish to stay in Livingstone, our team can advise on where to stay and what activities are available in that area.


  • $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!


  • 3 volunteers per month

  • 3 week placement

“I had just the most wonderful experience...I was never bored and constantly learning during the whole 3 weeks. I felt like I helped make a difference each day which was just so fulfilling, and the balance between work and play was perfect.”

Hamish, 2018

2021 Availability 

2022 Availability 



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+26 0211 259871

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Plot 2374 Leopards Hill Road,

The Village, Lusaka, Zambia