The Great Projects
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The Great Projects

Volunteering with The Great Projects means your travel really can help save endangered animals around the world!

At The Great Projects we believe that there is a better way to holiday. With us you can volunteer with the world’s most incredible wildlife in breathtaking environments; from orangutans in the Bornean rainforest, elephants in the Namibian desert, turtles in the Pacific Ocean, to lions in the southern African bush.

Most Recent Program Reviews

Ellen
Female

Amazing experience

10/10

I stayed at Fuze Ecoteer's project for a month... In that time I learn how to dive and was able to put this skill to use whilst surveying. It was so rewarding to use this skill to collect data that will hopefully be used to influence marine park management. Such a beautiful place to work in - developed a true appreciation for the marine life. It's also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local village an culture. I was lucky enough to see three Hawksbill turtles whilst diving!

How can this program be improved?

By offering language lessons so that you can communicate better with local people.

Leah
Female
53 years old
Wellington, New Zealand

An excellent experience

10/10

I stayed two weeks and it was an excellent mix of game drives, physical labour and working with the local community. I spent a day with the Born Free Foundation which was awesome ... cutting up meat to feed the cats and cleaning their cages etc. We also spent ages just observing elephants. The accomodation is basic but good and the food plentiful. This organisation lives its mission and really are into conservation and education.

How can this program be improved?

I found the weekends long and boring - would have preferred having some more work to do!

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Carina
Female
21 years old
Mattersburg, Austria

great impact on orangutan conservation

7/10

At this project i really felt like i did a lot to help the orangutans. However, this project is definitely only for people who are physically very fit and can stand the heat. And you should also keep in mind that you are not allowed at any time to touch one of the orangutans. What you will mainly do there is maintenance at the project site and a lot of construction work. Nevertheless the jungle itself is worth a trip there. Don't be disappointed when you can't interact with the orangutans there, you did a lot for the conservation of this species!

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Stacey
Female
24 years old
Newfoundland, Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Amazing experience, however titled very incorrectly! MUST READ

8/10

I stayed at Naankuse for 3 weeks, and 1 week at Neuras.

I think I forgot to breath during that month, it was INCREDIBLE. Lots of animal interaction time. The great projects calls this a cheetah project with hard work 1 week on the farm ( Naankuse ) and 1 week with 'cheetahs'. The title is incredibly misleading as it leads you to believe your going to be cheetahs all day and releasing them left right and center. Going to Neuras its self is amazing, the reason im saying its misleading is you only see the cheetahs ONCE at the end of the week to feed them. For a brief hour or 2.

You learn a lot both on the farm ( Naankuse ) and at Neuras. On the farm you wake up at 6:30, breakfast is from 7-8 then its morning meeting.

You have a group, so you will do different projects every day varied from cleaning cheetah camps, building camps (animals), food prep, cleaning animal enclosures, water hole watch, an animal walk or research. At night you can volunteer for or be volunteered to sleep with an orphaned monkey. Please, be open minded they dont have a mom they only have us to care for them.

So work from 8:30 - 12/12:30
Lunch break 12 - 2
Work 2- 5:30
Supper at 6:00

And then you are off for the rest of the day and can stay by the camp fire as long as you want really, as long as you are quite after 10 and make sure the fire is out.

The staff are VERY friendly and treat you like family. Never be afraid to ask a question, they love to answer them.

So that Saturday you will leave to Neuras ( research and the pride and joy of Naankuse ... the soft release site aka where you meet the other cheetahs not at naankuse ). Its a 4 hour drive to Neuras, with a stop along the way to pee and get snacks.

Neuras has snacks to buy, you do NOT need to stock up.

During your week at neuras you can relax.
There are natural springs to swim in ( clear!! ) and 2 youngster kudu in the bush that hang around for the water.

Neuras is a vineyard ( I helped plant some of the new vines :) ) So I encourage you all to buy the wine!

During that week, you may be asked to help collect trap camera sd cards or check cages. You will create a card board enrichment for the cheetahs to kill later that week and will learn how to use radio collars and gps. You will be sent off to find the collars on trees, or random check points a few times that week because on friday you will have to navigate a canon while using knowledge you learned that week to earn points.

You learn a variety of tracking skills, poo i.ding ect from Matt and Kate that will be drilled into my head forever.

I loveeee naankuse and neuras. It will forever be apart of me ( i ended up calling Naankuse home ) , I will be heading back this year.

I stayed at Naankuse for 3 weeks, and 1 week at Neuras.
I think I forgot to breath during that month, it was INCREDIBLE. Lots of animal interaction time. The great projects calls this a cheetah project with hard work 1 week on the farm ( Naankuse ) and 1 week with 'cheetahs'. The title is incredibly misleading as it leads you to believe your going to be cheetahs all day and releasing them left right and center. Going to Neuras its self is amazing, the reason im saying its misleading is you only see the cheetahs ONCE at the end of the week to feed them. For a brief hour or 2.

You learn a lot both on the farm ( Naankuse ) and at Neuras.
On the farm you wake up at 6:30, breakfast is from 7-8 then its morning meeting.

You have a group, so you will do different projects every day varied from cleaning cheetah camps, building camps (animals), food prep, cleaning animal enclosures, water hole watch, an animal walk or research. At night you can volunteer for or be volunteered to sleep with an orphaned monkey. Please, be open minded they dont have a mom they only have us to care for them.

So work from 8:30 - 12/12:30
Lunch break 12 - 2
Work 2- 5:30
Supper at 6:00

And then you are off for the rest of the day and can stay by the camp fire as long as you want really, as long as you are quite after 10 and make sure the fire is out.

The staff are VERY friendly and treat you like family. Never be afraid to ask a question, they love to answer them.

So that Saturday you will leave to Neuras ( research and the pride and joy of Naankuse ... the soft release site aka where you meet the other cheetahs not at naankuse ). Its a 4 hour drive to Neuras, with a stop along the way to pee and get snacks.

Neuras has snacks to buy, you do NOT need to stock up.

During your week at neuras you can relax.
There are natural springs to swim in ( clear!! ) and 2 youngster kudu in the bush that hang around for the water.

Neuras is a vineyard ( I helped plant some of the new vines :) ) So I encourage you all to buy the wine!

During that week, you may be asked to help collect trap camera sd cards or check cages. You will create a card board enrichment for the cheetahs to kill later that week and will learn how to use radio collars and gps. You will be sent off to find the collars on trees, or random check points a few times that week because on friday you will have to navigate a canon while using knowledge you learned that week to earn points.

You learn a variety of tracking skills, poo i.ding ect from Matt and Kate that will be drilled into my head forever.

I loveeee naankuse and neuras. It will forever be apart of me ( i ended up calling Naankuse home ) , I will be heading back this year.

Critical Feedback:

Are you kidding me, this is perfect. Just change the title.

How can this program be improved?

Are you kidding me, this is perfect. Just change the title.

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