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Volunteer for Doing Woodwork or Working With Horses

South Africa

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We offer visitors a unique opportunity of learning our unique style of woodwork and alternative building. It's difficult to say exactly what you will be doing but we integrate volunteers into these sustainable projects that we run. While there might be a little bit organic gardening, firebreaks or helping out at the lodge mostly we try not to replace local jobs by using volunteers. I used to volunteer all over the world 30 years ago and loved the experience and this is something we have created to give something back.

And if you have any skills that you would like to share I am sure that I can find someone who would like to learn from you. South Africa in general has a huge lack of skills and any skill development that takes place will be helping uplift people's lives. We have had chefs teaching cooking, an architect that has helped to change some of our ways of doing things, horse trainers that have worked to improve horse care and the list goes on.

The essence of our volunteer program is the unique style of wood work that we do and the alternative building style that we have. Volunteers can look forward to learning the way we do things, working on one of our sustainability programs or alternative building project. Yes we also have horses and you will get to ride and possible even fly in my microlight with me but this must not be considered as the work exchange rather as benefits of staying here.

We offer accommodation and food in exchange for your contribution of effort. This is not about cheap labour and nor is it about cheap holiday options. We prefer to take volunteers for longer than 3 weeks at a time. We don't respect weekends at all and you will find that we often work harder then. It's the nature of the tourism industry.

There is a lot for you to explore in our amazing surroundings and popular tourist sites. This includes hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains, horse trails, viewing bushman rock art, visiting Weenen Game Reserve, checking out the Midlands Meander or just chilling out with a great book. Volunteers will be hands on and would need to get their hands dirty.

Organisation
Antbear Lodge

Project title
Volunteer for Doing Woodwork or Working With Horses

Project location
Drakensberg Mountains near to Giants Castle, Estcourt, Mooi River, South Africa

Contact
Andrew Attwood

Period
Year round

Languages
English

Who can volunteer?
Children, teenagers, adults and seniors of both sexes

Commitment
3 weeks minimum

Cost
Food and accommodation provided.

Notes
We suggest travel insurance and that the volunteer also brings their drivers licence and credit card as this enables the volunteer to rent a car giving more flexibility when they have time off. Also bring clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. There is plenty to do in the area in your spare time: walks in the Drakensberg mountains, visits to bushman paintings, horse trails though a private game reserve, white water rafting, canopy tours and the Midlands Meander, to mention but a few.

How to apply
To get involved please send me an email (andrew@antbear.co.za) letting me know what you would like to do, what sort of skills you have and when and how long you would like to come for. We only have limited capacity so the more notice you can give us the better.

Please mention volunteer4africa.org when responding to this ad.

Website
www.antbear.co.za/

1 Star Rating

'Not able to organise volunteers. Cancel stays at short notice.'

I had arranged to volunteer here for 3-4 weeks with my partner. We organised the visit several months before our arrival, and kept in contact regularly over the months before we were due to start. However.... 5 days before our flight, and a week before we were due to start volunteering, halfway through an email conversation I was suddenly informed that they could no longer take us as they had double booked their volunteers. Look... Instead we were informed we were going to a different guest lodge that was in the same area. We had planned to do some conservation based work, including the woodwork skill as my background is in forestry and my partners' conservation. Being pawned off to another lodge at the last minute was disappointing to say the least, and I was quite angry. Our new guest lodge provided us with an in depth plan on the work we would be doing, as well as their volunteer link page. On this page I looked up Antbear and found unfavourable reviews from previous volunteers with them. I now believe that the work at Antbear would have almost entirely been based in hospitality, rather than the conservation/outdoors work we had signed up to. I have also met several other volunteers who have been dumped by Antbear. I have no problem with working at the replacement lodge, as the place and work and staff are lovely, however do not assume you will actually work at Antbear as the seem to have a history of 'double booking' volunteers and then dumping them off to other gue farms.

Josey Travell

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