So you want to come to CCF as a volunteer or intern? First of all, THANK YOU! Your interest in our program, and your willingness to contribute to our work is very much appreciated. We know that our volunteers and interns see working with CCF as the opportunity of a lifetime, and we want you to have the kind of experience that has a lasting impact on your life.
Internships in Namibia
CCF is committed to scientific research, and to growing the next generation of conservation scientists and environmentalists. We accept a limited number of interns at CCF’s International Research and Education Centre every year. Our interns are required to be tremendously flexible, adaptable and patient. We expect student interns to be mature and culturally sensitive. As with all volunteers, students are required to adhere to CCF protocol. Students stay at student dorms, sharing with other international and Namibian students. This allows for integration of cultures and building of relationships between students for a truly international experience. Working conditions can be extremely hot or extremely cold. You may work long hours, seven days a week. You may work much of the day indoors or outdoors. You will work with many people from different cultures and of different age groups.
You will need to be able to work on your own and expect to multi-task. You will be asked to do administrative work such as filing, database entry, photocopying, organizing events, writing articles, running errands, doing the weekly food shopping, cook dinner, etc. In addition to all of this work, you will also get the chance to help with cheetah feeding, raise puppies, assist in clinical workups, collect and dissect cheetah feces, observe cheetah behavior, conduct field work and be involved in outreach and education programs. Longer-term volunteers may be assigned a specific project to complete during their stay. We welcome students with all kinds of backgrounds/courses of study: biology, animal science, conservation biology, ecology, veterinary studies but also more areas such as business studies, computing, education, graphic design, comparative history studies, sociology, psychology and other areas. Basically, anyone with an interest in wildlife conservation and can link it to their field of study can apply.
Interns will be responsible for their own transportation to and from CCF, and for securing all the necessary visas or other paperwork necessary to be at CCF. Interns must pay for their room and board and sign liability and other waivers. Interns are selected via an application process and must fill out all the appropriate application forms. CCF will expect interns that are looking to work on a Masters or Ph.D to provide background information on their research project. CCF has a veterinary clinic and a fully-equipped genetics lab, and we welcome students whose work includes these disciplines. Applicants should keep in mind that the months of June through August are particularly competitive for internships. Contact our volunteer coordinator at email@example.com to obtain an application or for more information. Please Note That Both Volunteer And Intern Applicants Must Submit All Appropriate Application Paperwork To Be Considered. Merely Sending A Cv Or A Resume Is Insufficient.
Volunteering at CCF in Namibia is a rewarding experience, and most of the people who participate in our volunteer program will tell you that it is among the best experiences they have ever had. They’ll also tell you it’s not for the faint of heart. The work that volunteers do in Namibia is critical to our mission of saving the cheetah in the wild. But it’s not glamorous. Volunteers do everything from data entry to chopping up meat to collecting and cataloging scat samples. CCF is a research station in a rural area of one of Africa’s least densely populated countries, and while conditions are not inhospitable, they are not terribly luxurious, either. There is lots of work to do, and volunteers are rarely idle during their stay. But if you want to see first-hand what a world-class conservation and education facility does, and be part of the mission, there’s no better place to be. Similar to interns, Working guests can expect to work with a wide variety of people on a wide variety of tasks, and will be relied upon to complete a great many tasks that involve nearly every aspect of our operations. CCF Namibia requires volunteers with all kinds of backgrounds, including people with business, finance, law, marketing, PR, event organizing, graphic design, report writing, proposal writing, fundraising and administrative skills. These functions are vital, “behind-the-scenes”, operations. Of course, we also need applicants such as keepers, animal behavior specialists, ecologists, biologists, veterinarians, and vet-technicians, as well as educators, trainers and conservationists. Volunteers and Working guests are responsible for their own transportation to and from CCF, and for securing all the necessary visas or other paperwork necessary to be at CCF. Volunteers must pay for their room and board and sign liability and other waivers. Volunteers are selected via an application process and must fill out all the appropriate application forms. Because of the nature of the site and limited accommodation, not all applications are accepted. Contact our volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain an application or for more information.
Should your application be accepted and you do join us in Namibia as an intern or volunteer, you’ll need to know a number of things about life as a volunteer at CCF. We’ve assembled some of the most important documents here:
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Volunteer Outside of Namibia
CCF has chapter and affiliate organizations around the world, and maintains an office in Alexandria, Virginia in the United States. Click here to learn more about getting involved in an affiliate or chapter local to you. Take our volunteer survey to find out about volunteering your skills for our US office.