If you are looking for real culture immersion and community volunteer program in Namibia, then you are in the right place. Apply and book a volunteer placement with our Namibia community volunteer program and make a difference in the lives of Namibian people.
Many international volunteers seek volunteer placements in Namibia with cultural immersion opportunities. We have created this Namibia Community Volunteer Program with such a traveler on mind. This is the best volunteer travel opportunity in Namibia to take you to a very authentic off the beaten track locations not overcrowded with tourists and volunteers, where you will really understand Namibia’s culture, traditions, way of life and get to know the local people.
- Child care assistance
- Sports development help
- Health or medical support
- Community development projects aid
- Professional, technical or vocational skills development assistance
- Ecological, wildlife, biodiversity, natural resource and environmental protection
- Teaching assistance: any subject or field of competence and/or interest
- Culture, family or community deep dive (diversity management dynamics, teamwork, social and intercultural communication skills development)
- International onsite/in home country training and teaching of Namibian native and indigenous traditional and cultural drumming, dancing, story telling, drama and artistic performance
The Namibia community volunteer program experience will be more eye-opening and enriching if volunteer travelers approach their trip with the right attitude and take the proper steps towards the goal of cross-cultural understanding. This is the perfect program that will offer volunteer participants a much broader worldview by living in a different culture and embracing it.
Our Namibia volunteer trip starts and ends in Windhoek the capital and largest city of Namibia. Projects are based across the country with major locations being Windhoek, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Rundu.
Windhoek: is the capital of Namibia, in the country’s central highlands. South of the city, the sprawling Heroes’ Acre war memorial commemorates Namibia’s 1990 independence. On a hilltop in the city center are the 1890s Alte Feste, a former military headquarters with historical exhibits, and Independence Memorial Museum. Colonial influences are visible in nearby buildings like the sandstone Lutheran Christus Church.
Swakopmund: is a coastal city in Namibia, west of the capital, Windhoek. Its sandy beaches face the Atlantic Ocean. Established by German colonists in 1892, the city’s colonial landmarks include the Swakopmund Lighthouse and the Mole, an old sea wall. Next to the lighthouse, the Swakopmund Museum documents Namibian history. Inland, the elegant Swakopmund Railway Station, now a hotel, also dates to the colonial era.
Walvis Bay: is a port town on the coast of Namibia. Sheltered by the Pelican Point sand spit, its tidal lagoon is home to abundant birdlife including flamingos, pelicans and Damara terns. The harbor is busy with fishing boats and ships. Dolphins, whales and Cape fur seals inhabit the Atlantic waters around the Pelican Point Lighthouse. East of the bay, coastal sand dunes like Dune 7 mark the start of the Namib Desert.
Rundu: is the capital of the Kavango-East Region, northern Namibia, on the border with Angola on the banks of the Kavango River about 1,000 metres above sea level.
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP:
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Namibia will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering. This airport services numerous international carriers. Namibia has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site.
After booking this volunteer travel experience to Namibia, you should take some time to mentally prepare for your encounter so that experience your journey as an enriching cultural exchange, rather than culture shock. Before the trip, it is advisable for to do the following preparations:
- Adopt a curious mind-set, a good learning attitude, and an adventurous spirit. Keep an open mind and be respectful of differences, and above all be adaptable.
- Learn and research the culture before departure. Thanks to the internet, all this information is only a few keystrokes away. When doing online research, seek out current news, social and economic development status, prominent religions, cultural norms, gender roles, education, ethics, and the history of the country–what they are proud of, what they have endured, etc. Not only will this prepare travelers for what they should expect in the foreign land, but it will also enhance local interactions as the indigenous people will appreciate the traveler’s effort to learn their ways.
Once you are in Namibia, you should adopt a few behaviors to get the most out of this Namibia community volunteer program travel experience:
- Make an effort to make friends with the locals, instead of just hanging out with other travelers.
- Do not only visit popular tourism sites; ask local people where they go for entertainment and join them.
- Try to engage a wide variety of people. Converse with both young and old alike, ask questions, listen, and show interest in what they have to say. When encountered with different opinions or ways of thinking, try to understand their reasoning instead of being judgmental.
- Avoid intense debates, especially when it concerns delicate topics such as religion and politics. One careless word is all it takes to accidentally offend the very ones the travelers are there to learn from.
- Travelers can also use humor to lighten up the mood. Many locals may feel shy towards foreigners at first, but can quickly open up if the traveler uses humor or engages them in their local language.
Whether you are teaching English or building schools at coastal villages, conserving fragile wildlife, or just participating in games and sports projects in rural areas, our Namibia community volunteer program is an experience that can be hugely enriching and rewarding. This is the chance to immerse yourself in a remote community you might not otherwise have visited or a way to hone your skills and learn new ones.
Go Volunteer Africa designs meaningful and sustainable volunteer programs in Africa with long-term goals of making the local communities we assist entirely self-sufficient. To get the best out of this Namibia volunteer service program, just get out of your comfort zone.
GROUP VOLUNTEER TRIPS:
Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on Namibia volunteering program.
LONGTERM VOLUNTEER WORK:
Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteering program in Namibia. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday – Sunday. The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.
The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 – 30 minutes from the accommodation. At some point volunteers might be on the move and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures. Bathrooms are usually shared. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies.
Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves service above self and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!
The Government of Namibia allows citizens of specific countries and territories to travel to Namibia for tourism, visiting friends and relatives as well as official purposes for three months with an ordinary, diplomatic and service passports without having to obtain a visa. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.
Holders of ordinary passports issued by the following jurisdictions can enter Namibia without a visa for a maximum stay of 3 months within one calendar year: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
You’ll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won’t be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you’re covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.
WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME:
Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Namibia has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!
|Availability:||Project open all year round|
|Duration:||Minimum one week commitment|
|Age Limits:||Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.|
|Start Dates:||2nd or 16th of the month|
|Arrival dates:||1st or 15th of the month|
|Airport Arrival:||Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative|
|Working Days:||Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 3-5 hours in a day|
|Weekends:||Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost|
|Accommodation:||Host Family or volunteer house|
|Meals:||Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily|
|Support:||Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7|
PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)
APPLICATION & PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE:
Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement.
The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up. Have an inquiry? Contact Us