Explore your passion for African Wildlife Conservation!
UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve offers internships to people who have a passion and an interest to learn about conservation and Reserve Management. Whether you are studying some form of Nature Conservation or would just like to have the experience of a lifetime our internship is for you.
The internships are by run by our Reserve Management Team which ensures that interns are mentored by our most senior and experienced staff members. It is a fantastic and rare opportunity to work alongside a team with many years of experience and gain creditable work experience whilst knowing that your contribution is having a direct influence on the well-being of the flora and fauna on the reserve.
How to Become an Intern
Interviews are held at Colchester Zoo or by phone or Skype once an application has been completed. The minimum stay is 4 weeks, but you can join the team for up to 3 months, and placements are available year round. After successful application, scheduled dates of placement will be allocated based on the applicant’s preferred month of commencement.
Action for the Wild is a non-profit organisation and therefore internships must be self-supported.
2023 Four-week or more placement: Contribution of £1,320 for stays of four weeks will be required, with an additional contribution of £680 per four weeks thereafter.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about our Internship dates.
– Airport pick-up and drop off (Durban King Shaka airport)
– Long term experienced staff
– Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
– WiFi at the accommodation
– All meals
– Welcome induction and location orientation
– All necessary project equipment and materials
– Research training
– Wildlife identification techniques
– Teamwork experience
– 24-hour in-country support
– Confidential professional reference (where requested)
– Medical and travel insurance
– Visa costs (if necessary)
– Personal kit
– Extra local excursions and personal shopping
Download our 4 – 12 week application form Download our full information pack
Please send your completed internship application form and an introductory email to:
If you are applying for our 4 – 12 week internship please also include a CV.
Dominic – March to April 2022
“Every member of staff has been helpful, insightful, friendly and enthusiastic. Travelling to South Africa was intimidating as was meeting so many new people and all the staff made those uncertainties redundant. Many of the staff members I would now consider as friends, all of them have been fantastic.”