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Uniondale
All Year: No
Area (ha): 2300
Persons: 1-3
Category: Other
Host ID: 6433
Country: South Africa

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Last Updated: September 28, 2019

We are a nature reserve at the edge of Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area. The guest house is not very busy, so there is ample time to participate in a variety of tasks, from ringing birds (Alan's research project associated with the FitzPatrick Institute, University of Cape Town) and wildlife monitoring (camera trap maintenance and data entry) to orchard work. You will probably also be asked to occasionally keep an eye on 2 children aged 8 and 6, who like the outdoors and going for walks.

We will preferentially take volunteers who can spend more than 2 weeks. Some tasks involve predawn starts and a lot of time in the mountains.

Other main projects include alien vegetation control, erosion control on our dirt roads, helping establish a fitness centre in Uniondale, and maintaining hiking trails. All sorts of other tasks may also appear, depending on time of year, what needs fixing etc. Most of the work that we need done throughout the year is quite physical. Helpers should be up for hard work, be self-motivated and have a good sense of humour. We are in a very remote location with little internet access (no wifi) but if you like nature, the outdoors, or reading a good book, then this is for you! Accommodation is in a dorm-style room, with private cubicles, and open plan kitchenette-lounge area. Weather can be extreme - come prepared for the very cold as well as hot at any time of the year.

If you are interested, please write an e-mail and include some information about your background and plans (travel dates etc, if this is not part of your Help Exchange profile). We look forward to hearing from you!

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