“Tell me and I’ll forget; Show me and I may remember;
Involve me and I’ll understand.”
Have you ever wanted to travel to Africa, get hands-on experience with animals, work on a farm, and meet likeminded people? Do you crave new experiences, or wish to support endangered animals? Come and join us in our volunteer programs, at Ashia!
With our volunteer programs, you’ll have a once in a lifetime opportunity!
Make memories, meet friends and support our cause!
Our volunteer programs allow you to volunteer with us for as long as you like.
LIVE YOUR CONSERVATION DREAM!
Help Release Cheetahs Into The Protected Wild
Ashia’s Wilding and Release Program, financed and managed by Ashia Cheetah Conservation NPC, went into operation in September 2018 with the release of a captive born female cheetah onto Kuzuko, a 15,000ha private game reserve in the Eastern Cape.
Our conservation efforts primarily focus on the wilding and introduction of captive-bred cheetahs into the protected wild and actively and financially supporting other ethical and sustainable initiatives and programs aimed at the same objectives in order to secure a viable cheetah metapopulation in South Africa and prevent the further decline of the cheetah population.
Several cheetahs are earmarked each year for wilding and release onto Private Game Reserves in South Africa.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get involved in a ground-breaking Conservation Program! You will first work alongside our staff to get the necessary experience and training for your volunteering time in the field of South African Game Reserves. Depending on the stage of the yearly release efforts you will either assist in accompanying the cheetahs to the reserve, help with their settling in during boma periods or later monitor and record their movements, behaviour as well as hunting and breeding successes. Additionally, you will support the game reserve’s predator team with boma, fence and general reserve maintenance or bush clearing. During educational sessions, you will gain a deeper insight into Cheetah Conservation and other wildlife on the reserve.
Interested volunteers should be available for at least a 3-4 week period to be able to spend at least a week in a game reserve. The field of work you will be involved in can require a lot of driving, so volunteers should ideally hold an international driver’s license.
Ever wanted to experience the Karoo and the Cape?
Simply combine these two unique places in your volunteering time!
We offer programs for local and international volunteers, both on the farm near Cape Town and at Kuzuko Lodge, Eastern Cape (see Volunteer Guide).
If you don’t speak English fluently, don’t worry! We have volunteers from all over the world, sharing our dream at Ashia. You’ll work alongside our family of experienced and knowledgeable staff. This gives you an amazing opportunity to have hands on experience with our cheetahs – something you will cherish for the rest of your life. As a volunteer at Ashia, you’ll be staying in our cottages on the farm. Along with your fellow volunteers and staff, you can braai (Afrikaans for ‘barbeque’) or relax in peace with a cup of tea. Enjoy overlooking the picturesque Drakenstein mountains – Ashia really will be a home away from home.
There are plenty of fun activities to reward yourself with after a productive day. With Paarl and Stellenbosch just a short drive away, visit bars and restaurants. Sit with your feet cooling in our dam watching the sunset. You’ll get two days off a week to explore the area as you wish! Go on local wine tours, hike around the nearby mountain ranges, relax at the beach, and explore the best city in the world.
Whether you are on university break, a year long journey of self-discovery, or just in need of a change – we have a volunteer program to suit you.
Unfortunately all volunteers must be over the age of 18 years.