VideosThe Travel Channel's Ethical Hedonist's feature on EHRA Life on the EHRA project created by one of our volunteers.
People of Change - Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA) from Fernando Sapelli.
Watch EHRA - Elephant Conservation Volunteer videos
Volunteering in Africa
Elephant Human Relations Aid runs a well established Volunteering in Africa project which has been running for the last 8 years in Namibia. People from all walks of life have joined EHRA's volunteer project and made a huge difference to the elephant conservation programme. In fact many volunteers return every year for some more action! So why not join us and find out how satisfying and great fun volunteering in Africa with EHRA can be!
Why choose EHRA?
There are so many options for someone wanting to find a volunteering in africa project that its really hard to find projects that tick all your boxes....lets see if we can convince you that our volunteer project in Namibia will give you one of the best experiences of your life, as well as making a substantial difference to the conservation of the desert elephants.
EHRA exists solely to conserve the desert elephants and ensure safety and security for the communities who live with the local herds.
It's hands on conservation, EHRA is a not for gain organisation so you can be assured your money goes directly to the cause and the volunteers are the most cruicial element in our conservation work.
The volunteer project is back to basics living, cooking over the camp fire, sleeping under the stars all in with one of the world's most beautiful deserts as its background.
We have a very special eco-base camp on the banks of the Ugab River which is also a favourite hang out of the desert elephant. Amazing people, amazing elephants, amazing landscape, amazing fun! - life changing!
What do our volunteers have to say....
Abby Hoffman - May - July 2012
My experience with EHRA was unforgettable. Building weeks were my favorite part because it was astonishing to see what a group of 14 people could accomplish in such a small amount of time. I also made amazing connections during build week because while you work, you can’t help but to talk and get to know each other. Some days we would also play music while we worked, and people would sing along or dance. In addition, we enjoyed playing cards and going on hikes during afternoon siesta and sitting around a campfire, eating delicious food and listening to bush stories or star gazing at night. Even though we did some hard work during build weeks, it was always fun and I made some great friends all over the world that I still keep in touch with!
Patrol week was a unique experience because most game drives take you to see animals that are kept in parks and reserves and pretty much raised so people can go look at them. The animals in Damaraland, however, are truly wild, which makes them all the more spectacular. I could just sit and watch these elephants for hours. Sometimes, the elephants wouldn’t notice we were there and we got to see them eating, or playing or rolling in the mud. Other times they would hear or see us and we got to see their incredible defensive displays where they would trumpet and run together or sometimes even give us a little warning charge to let us know who is boss. On top of that, the whole week was spent driving through a pristine landscape that few travelers get to see, where we encountered ostrich, springbok, oryx, kudu, zebra, jackals and giraffes. One day we even saw a black rhino and her baby which is incredibly rare!