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Have you ever dreamed of tracking lion, leopard and elephant through the African Bush, studying whales and dolphins or even making a difference to under-privileged communities? If you share our passion for Africa then we can help make a truly life-changing experience!
We are the specialists in gap year volunteer projects to Africa; our knowledge will help you to unlock a truly life-changing experience.
Whether you’re interested in becoming a vet, training as a game ranger, or simply love animals and want to help with conservation, our projects have been carefully selected to ensure you get the most out of your time in Africa. At Gap Africa Projects, our excellent relationships with various game reserves and other conservation programs will give you hands-on experience working alongside professionals to ensure the continued survival of all the amazing animals that call Africa home.
Work experience is vital if you want to become a vet. Most universities require you to have several weeks of experience before they will consider your application, and you will be expected to gain more experience while studying. Whether you’re applying for the first time, or looking to put the cherry on top of your portfolio, our veterinary work experience courses are meticulously assembled to meet EMA criteria whilst giving you the chance to work with vets on reserve in South Africa!
Are you and your fellow students/colleagues looking for the opportunity to work with wildlife vets out in Africa? Our Group Veterinary Projects are the ideal placement for you! We have the ability to tailor each group experience to cater for the needs and requirement of each group, whether you are vet nurses, veterinary science students or budding vets of the future we can help organise the trip of a lifetime.
Our group expeditions are incredibly hands on and are suited to those groups wanting to gain valauble work experience as well as those just looking for a once in a lifetime experience. Activities are incredibly varied and each group will have the opportunity to work along side the award winning conservation team at Shamwari assisting with day to day conservation activities, research projects and even veterinary work and game captures!
“I have met representatives from many school trip providers over the last few years and there have been very few that I have trusted, Gap Africa is one of the select few.
Gap Africa has the flexibility to tailor bespoke trips to our designs, making for an experience that is truly unique. One of the biggest advantages that Gap Africa provides is the assurance they know what to do when things go wrong. These trips often involve a relatively large number of students so it is inevitable that problems will occur at some point; Gap Africa maintain excellent communication links with the school team and Shamwari and are able to advise and coordinate actions where required.”
“I had a totally awesome time at Shamwari, I think it was even better than I was expecting! Even though I am hoping to become a cow vet after graduation I still found the work on the reserve extremely interesting and very relevant; such a great opportunity to experience a completely different way of life and path of vet work! I also really enjoyed everything else not specifically vet related that we did at Shamwari such as the talks on game capture and anti-poaching, the visit to the day care centre in Paterson, rifle shooting etc. I would thoroughly recommend the trip to anyone considering it.
Thank you so much for organising it all for us!”
“My entire experience with Gap Africa Projects and the staff, activities and accommodation at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre was fantastic! There is not one thing I can think of that I did not enjoy. Right from the beginning of my journey I have been highly impressed by the support given by the staff from before I went right the way through to when I came home again. It was the best experience of my entire life and I cannot wait to go back one day. I would highly recommend this to anyone and cannot thank the staff and coordinators enough for their brilliant support.”
“Had the best experience and would like to thank everyone who was involved both at Gap Africa and Shamwari. I have never experienced anything like this before and would recommend this to everyone!
Everyone at Shamwari was brilliant! Mark from Gap Africa was also amazing with the information provided and making sure we had everything we needed, was a great help! Thank you again for everything!!!”
“I had the most amazing time and can definitely say that I have made lots of friends and learnt so much about the game reserve whilst seeing all the animals. The level of advice and help we received from Gap Africa was amazing and they sorted out all our transfers and B&B accommodation. I would definitely recommend them and Kariega Game Reserve.”
“How do you put into writing the Shamwari experience and put across to others how exciting and challenging the project is? The truth is, you can’t! No two days are the same and the feelings and emotions you have when face to face with an elephant, following a pride of lions on a night drive and being lucky enough to see a leopard is out of this world.
Whilst working hard and helping with the Shamwari conservation, you are rewarded with amazing sightings, sceneries and watching your own personal development. From darting Impala, to camping out under the stars, this South African experience is one that will stay with me forever.”
“I had an absolutely amazing time! Couldn’t have enjoyed it any more! Already wishing I chose to do it longer and am hopefully going to do it again next year! And yes it is a shock! wish I was still there! I really managed to get out with everyone and see Ghana as well which was great, and also managed to get involved in teaching and going to the orphanage too. I have attached some pics of me coaching, the team I coached and also one of the team I trained with in the last week.
Thank you very much for all of the help in getting it sorted out!”