At Volunteer Encounter, we are dedicated to both wildlife conservation and community development and we are committed to making a difference globally, one volunteer project at a time. Our purpose, your purpose. Having an optimistic view of human nature; we’re pursuing our vision for a better world. Dedicated to both community development and wildlife conservation, we are committed to making a difference not only in Africa but also to the lives of the volunteers who visit and work on our projects.
To offer an experience of a lifetime to anyone with a passion for travel, different cultures and the people, wildlife and most importantly; a desire to make a positive difference in the world. We are ready to welcome volunteers with open arms to come and join us in taking our efforts far and beyond. Let’s go 'MAD’ Make A Difference together.
Community and Conservation
We recognize that for our wildlife conservation efforts to succeed, we must have the support of our surrounding communities; who need to benefit from our efforts. The people we work with are living in areas where human - wildlife conflict is very real; they can lose their entire crop in one night due to elephant or livestock (which is their wealth) due to lions or other predators. Therefore, community development and wildlife conservation are inseparable.
"No game park in Africa will survive, unless the surrounding communities’ benefit from that park." - Nelson Mandala
What started at Antelope Park more than 30 years ago, today encompasses 17 surrounding community projects which include teaching, healthcare clinics, agricultural and life skills projects as well as conservation education centers. The communities we work with have total control over the projects that we assist with; so, we can support them in the most effective ways possible.