Interested in a personal personal presentation? Schedule one today by clicking here!
June 25, 2014 - July 20, 2014 // 26 Days
*Tentative Dates For 2014
One at a time, we watched the lions maneuver through the grass.
With over 300 days of sunshine a year, a Technicolor dreamscape of swirling apricot dunes, and a population celebrated for its friendliness and diversity, Namibia is a true African gem. Working in a rural village facing many challenges, we volunteer alongside residents on important projects that add value and quality to the community. We explore Etosha National Park on safari, visit the Himba and climb the ochre dune landscape on the journey of a lifetime.
Click the Description tab to learn about our summer service learning and adventure program in Africa where you'll have the opportunity to make a real and lasting impact in a community that welcomes us and from whom we have so much to learn.
Bantu Indigenous village
$6,495 - Airfare not included
New York (JFK)
A Certificate of Community Service indicating 72-80 hours worked will be issued upon successful completion of the program.
Few countries in Africa invest as much in the education and health of their people as Namibia. However, the country is confronted by two formidable challenges: managing the HIV/AIDS crisis and correcting the world’s worst income disparity that leaves far too many in poverty.
Our project site for the first two weeks is a small, rural village adjacent to the Okavango River. Villagers face many trials here, including infertile soil, accessibility to water pumps, and the absence of sustainable farming practices. We assist the community aiding preschool teachers as they care for the young children, rebuilding schools, playgrounds, and sanitation systems. When not working, we play soccer with the students, teach English, and learn about the native tribal dialects and culture.
We head out on safari, beginning at the world-renowned Etosha National Park. Days, we search for elephants, lions, kudu, giraffes and large herds of springbok, zebra and wildebeest. And evenings, we view the flood-lit waterholes famous for the rare black rhinos that come to quench their thirst.
Traveling to the Himba community, a nomadic pastoral tribe of Northern Namibia, we learn how they survive in the 21st century. Considered by some as the most beautiful women in Africa, the Himba are famous for covering themselves with otjize, a reddish tinge mixture of butter fat and ochre.
Morning treats us to a climb of the magnificent dunes of Sossusvlei. At first light we venture into Dead Vlei see skeletal camel thorn trees contrasting against the swirling apricot dunes (the oldest and perhaps most stunning in the world). We take time for a swim, and enjoy the night sky under the bright stars of the Southern Hemisphere.
Before departure, a visit to the “Namib Conservation Centre” funded by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is a “not to miss stop. The center focuses on conservation for carnivores as well as offering support to the surrounding community. Within the purpose-built enclosures, we join an elite group of expert biologists to learn about wildlife conservation, surveillance and the ‘soft release’ of rehabilitated cheetahs.
We end our travels in back in Windhoek where we say goodbye to the captivating country of Namibia with the knowledge that the world looks a little bigger the more you travel in it.
Gather in JFK Airport in New York City; board group flight to Namibia; arrival in Windhoek and transfer to accommodations; trip orientation; drive to Rundu in northern Namibia; set up camp along the Okavango River; meet with community; prepare for project.
OUR COMMUNITY SERVICE WORK
Construct bathrooms for villagers in the area; assist teachers in classroom instruction; teach English; cultural immersion; boat rides along the Okavango River; explore Rundu.
Three days game viewing in Etosha National Park; explore the Etosha Pan; watch a floodlit watering hole in the evening; visit the Himba tribe; transfer to Aba Huab; visit a baobab forest and Twyfelfontein, visit the Namib Conservation Centre; UNESCO site; explore Spitzkoppe, Namib-Naukluft National Park and Sesriem Canyon; hike the Sand Dune Sea.
Final banquet; transfer to Windhoek; group flight to JFK in New York City; homeward bound.