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Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

The mission of the bush school is to educate and inspire local children to value their environment and stimulate community development. This project is also an orphanage for young and injured animals from the Kruger National Park area.

Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage project


Location Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa
Duration From 2 - 12 weeks
Dates Mid-January to Mid-December
  • You must have an Upper Intermediate level of English
  • Special skills: You must have a love for children and for animals
Minimum Age: 18
Your impact
Documents required Enrolment form, curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, passport copy, proof of medical insurance, police clearance certificate
Day of arrival Saturday
Day of departure Saturday


  • Taking an active part in educating underprivileged children about the environment to make a real impact in their community.
  • Helping care for injured and orphaned animals as part of the educational programme. 
  • Meeting the community through the outreach programme in the local schools and helping further positively impact in the local community.
  • Experiencing Africa by immersing yourself in the community, or visiting some of the iconic sights and areas surrounding the Kruger Park.
  • Taking part in amazing tours and excursions outside of the project.
  • Making new friends from all over the world.

Project information

This project is set in a beautiful nature reserve with granite hills and captivating views. Leopard, hyena, impala, kudu, wildebeest, zebra, and giraffe roam freely within the grounds. Near the famous Kruger National Park, this project provides the perfect environment for children to learn about their natural heritage. Local school children visit for 5 days to complete the educational programme and work with the animals in the wildlife orphanage.

The organization also runs an outreach programme to provide a greater impact to the community. The weekly programme allows children of all ages to learn about the environment at their schools and help with community projects. The career guidance and workshops hosted in the community through the organisation helps adults and youth in the poorest province of South Africa to gain employment.

This volunteer project is designed to give you the opportunity to teach local children, care for injured or abandoned wildlife, and get fully immersed in the South African bush. As teachers and caretakers at the project, you are vital to the success of this programme and make a lasting impact on the communities. 

You will spend your day teaching children and helping the project’s staff care for the animals around the camp. This can be anything from feeding an animal with a bottle to cleaning their enclosures or picking up a hammer and renovating their homes.

Your role

Monday – Saturday, Sunday is the day off.

  • You will teach the children
  • You will work with the animals
  • You will take part in Eco-Clubs and community projects

It is important to note that this description serves as an example only. The daily tasks and challenges depend on the volunteer, the time of the year and the work that needs to be done. The final job description can therefore vary substantially from the above.


The project camp (including your accommodation) is located in the heart of the reserve and it is here that you will mostly work with the children and enclosed animals. However, you will be going into the reserve to explore the signs of nature. As the project is located in the middle of the bush, the accommodation is rustic; however, they do their very best to make sure everyone is kept clean, comfortable, and well fed. You will enjoy hot showers, running water, and solar-powered lights in your traditional chalets. You may share your chalet with up to 3 other volunteers but everyone has their own bed and space to store clothes and personal items. Laundry is done for everyone each day, with the exception of Sunday, and the rooms are cleaned every day. Bedding and towels are provided. You will be pleasantly surprised at the conditions when you arrive.  

Living and working at the project is very safe. The camp is fenced in and the farm is in a protected area. You won't need to worry about crime while staying with the project and they take precautions to make sure that the staff and children are safe from the predatory animals around the area.

WiFi is available. Please note that the speed of the WiFi is not 100% as the project is situated in the middle of the bush.