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Volunteer in Namibia

Have you always dreamed of visiting Namibia? Would you like to contribute to improving the lives of disadvantaged people and animals? Consider volunteering abroad in Namibia with IFRE for an unforgettable experience!

Namibia is a country full of amazing things to see and do! From the stunning Namib Desert with its huge sand dunes to the exciting wildlife in places like Etosha National Park, there's so much beauty to explore.

You can also learn about the diverse cultures of Namibia, like the Himba and San communities, who have their own unique traditions. For some adventure, you can try activities like sandboarding or quad biking in Swakopmund.

Despite its natural and cultural beauty, Namibia faces several challenges. Poverty is widespread, and many communities lack access to essential services like healthcare and education. Medical facilities are often insufficient, leaving people without proper treatment and care.

Additionally, there is a shortage of qualified English teachers, limiting educational opportunities for children and hindering their ability to access higher-paying jobs in the future. Furthermore, Namibia's wildlife is under threat, with declining populations of iconic species due to habitat loss, poaching, and human-wildlife conflict. This is where IFRE’s Namibia volunteer programs come in.

When you join our volunteer programs, you’ll make an enormous impact on vulnerable Namibian living in crushing poverty. You can work in health care, teach English, or participate in wildlife conservation program. Be a catalyst for change and a more positive future for the people and wildlife of Namibia. Request information about volunteering in Namibia and learn more today!

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Available Volunteer Projects in Namibia

No matter what your passion is, IFRE has a project in Namibia you will love! There are so many different ways you can make a difference, so browse our offerings and find a project which is perfect for you!

Volunteering Namibia: Program Dates

IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

Please check the program page for the available dates

Our Fees

Since 2003, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured; we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

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How your fee is allocated?

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodation (host family)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • Airport Pick up/Transfer
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

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Accommodations and Meals

IFRE ensures that volunteers in Namibia are provided with safe, clean, and comfortable accommodations, along with suitable meal options. At the Wildlife Sanctuary, volunteers stay in simple yet cozy tented house where single beds and bedding will be provided. Communal shower and toilet facilities are available, powered by solar energy. Electrical sockets are accessible in communal areas. Accommodation is typically in twin or triple share tents, equipped with linen and towels, and volunteers are provided with three meals a day, with most dietary needs catered for. Laundry service, access to a pool, and gym sessions are available, along with a bar/shop offering snacks, drinks, and essential items, including free Wi-Fi and cell phone credit.

In Kanaan, volunteers are housed in twin or quadruple share rooms with similar amenities, including three daily meals, laundry service, pool access, and a bar/shop. Limited cell phone reception and free Wi-Fi are provided at specific times. At Harnas, volunteers stay in triple share cabins with provided linen and towels, three daily meals, laundry service, pool access, and a bar/shop. Electricity is solar-powered with limited availability for high-energy devices. Cell phone reception and Wi-Fi are available.

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Free Time

Many volunteers in Namibia have longed to visit Africa. While dedicating time to volunteering, they also wish to explore safaris and witness wildlife. IFRE ensures volunteers have ample free time for exploration, with local staff available to assist in travel plans. Volunteers can enjoy evenings and weekends to discover Namibia's beauty and make unforgettable memories.

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Safety and In-country Support

At Global Crossroad, your safety is our top priority during your volunteering journey in Namibia. We take every precaution to ensure your well-being, offering pre-trip support, reliable travel insurance, airport pick-up, and ongoing guidance from experienced local staff. Our dedicated team is always available on the ground to assist you at every stage of your journey, providing the peace of mind you need to focus on making a positive impact while volunteering.

In-Country Support

Upon your arrival in Namibia, you'll be supported by a team of experienced in-country field staff. These individuals are mature, educated, and dedicated to humanitarian work, with extensive experience in collaborating with international volunteers. Your main point of contact will be the in-country coordinator, who will assist you with various arrangements such as selecting your volunteering project placement, organizing airport transfers, accommodations, and meals.

They will also provide you with an orientation covering cultural insights, safety guidelines, and details regarding your service work. Additionally, the coordinator will introduce you to your host family and project staff and remain available for any questions, issues, or advice throughout your volunteering experience. Periodic check-ins will be conducted to ensure your well-being and progress.

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Volunteering in Namibia: FAQs

You will fly into Windhoek Hosea Kutako Airport (WHK), Namibia before starting your volunteering trip in Namibia. IFRE’s local representative will be there at the airport to pick you up. You will need to send us your correct flight details so that we can pick you up without any delays. If your flight is missed or delayed, notify us as soon as possible. We will arrange new pick-up schedule for you.

IFRE doesn’t offer airport departure services once the project duration has ended.

You need to secure a tourist visa to enter and volunteer in Namibia unless you're from a visa-exempt country. The specific requirements and application process for a tourist visa can vary based on your nationality. It's important to check with the nearest Namibian embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date information regarding visa requirements and application procedures.

Generally, you'll need to submit an application form, a valid passport with at least six months' validity, proof of sufficient funds for your stay, a return ticket, and sometimes additional documents such as a letter of invitation or proof of accommodation.

To work in our Namibia volunteering program, you will need some vaccination. The National Travel Health Network and Centre and WHO recommend the following vaccinations: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies and tetanus.

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