We invite you to join the Ulwazi Research Programme as a Volunteer Research Assistant or Research Intern. You will participate in a range of ongoing and novel research projects and in the day-to-day management of the reserve. The work is varied, the days are full and interesting and the research skills and the knowledge that you gain at Ulwazi will serve your life and career well.
We offer programmes for a wide range of Research Assistants. Whether you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student wanting to pursue research and/or gain work experience in the wildlife and conservation field, or if you are on a gap year or holidaying in Africa and wanting to contribute to conservation, we have a programme that is suitable for you.
Please note that research assistants may stay additional weeks on any of the below programmes. Shortening the programme times is not recommended as they are specifically designed and scheduled. However, please contact us if you have a particular requirement and we will endeavour to accommodate you.
Individual programme costs are listed below; additional weeks are charged at the standard fee of R6,500 per week for each programme.
2 or 4 week – Wildlife & Conservation Programme
This programme is suitable for someone with no background in wildlife research or management. You will be taught the basics and be given a deeper insight into conservation practices and management as part of this entry programme.
The programme introduces you to the many aspects of game reserve management. You will be involved in the practicalities of Big 5 monitoring, data collection and research, in addition to gaining exposure to wildlife management and ecology.
In addition to supporting research goals on the reserve, you will also engage in habitat and reserve management activities that are part of Thanda Safari’s ongoing conservation programmes. You will gain insight and understanding of all the challenges faced by our reserve management team.
2017 Start Dates
3rd July | 31st July | 28th August | 25th September | 23rd October | 20th November
Cost: 2 weeks – R17,000 | 4 weeks – R30,000
8 week – Wildlife Research Programme
This programme is ideal for A-level and university students who are studying wildlife and conservation related subjects, such as Zoology, Ecology and Nature Conservation.
It offers students a thorough understanding of our data collection and research approaches on the reserve. We encourage students to undertake their own research project during their stay here to gain the practical experience and knowledge in experimental design and the importance of it. For students at university level these projects could act as potential pilot or long term studies for dissertations and thesis with numerous research opportunities at your fingertips. The Ulwazi and Thanda Wildlife team, along with fellow students will be on hand to assist with such projects, their analysis and presenting your findings in a scientific report format. Although this is not mandatory we advise on taking advantage of this and maximising your time with us, which will leave you with a sense of achievement and a better understanding of research methodology.
2017 Start Dates
3rd July |28th August | 23rd October
12 week – Wildlife Research & Conservation Internship
This programme is a bespoke 3-month internship, tailored to your individual needs. It is ideal for graduates looking for practical, hands-on experience in field/wildlife guiding and reserve management.
The aim of the internship programme is to provide graduates with an environment in which to practically apply the knowledge they have gained during their studies.
Interns on this programme are expected to provide input to researchers and students on data collection and analysis, and to support the research co-ordination teams in the management of projects.
2017 Start Dates
Cost: To be confirmed