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ISAP VOLUNTEER TRAINING PROGRAMME

(N.B. Below Dates / Itinerary / Equipment lists may change as dictated by circumstances. All volunteers will be sent a full comprehensive document once enrolled)

The ISAP Volunteer Training Programme provides an amazing opportunity to experience the African bush and wildlife from a hence unknown angle; not only will you share bush accommodation with the wild animals, but you will be taught how to become part of their environment and to protect them from the potential threat of poachers.

ISAP offers an Anti Poaching / Wildlife Adventure Experience which consists of two phases, with the first phase of two weeks being more basic bush skills / Anti Poaching training, offering a tremendous bush experience mixed with wildlife observation and encounters. For those who would want more, a second phase of 10 days may be signed up for, following phase One.

Your support of the ISAP Volunteer program directly supports ISAP's anti poaching activities and projects in Namibia.

During the initial two-week programme you will stay in the ISAP Base Camp where animals like kudu, oryx, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, roan antelope, nyala, baboon, warthog and many more regularly visit to drink at the waterhole, or simply to check out the new faces in camp.

Once settled into tented accommodation, the training programme will commence and you will be coached by highly trained and experienced instructors on all the intricacies of safety, wildlife, bush medicine, poaching, survival, observation, communication etc. Some of the training will consist of theory, but most time will be spent on practical real life instruction out in the bush and amongst the wildlife.

The second phase of 10 Days, which follows immediately upon completion of the first phase, will take place within a different wildlife area, which is a sanctuary for critically endangered species. This phase also refered to as Hard Deployment (HD), becomes much more intense with advanced training in various skills required to operate successfully in the bush, including actual deployment with the Anti Poaching Units (APU's). Should you however choose not to do the more intense program, you can opt for a Soft Deployment (SD), also over the same 10 days, at the same location, which will entail assisting the sanctuary staff with environmental duties or projects, monitoring of endangered species and providing logistical support to the APU's.

This offers a great opportunity to give back to the environment by contributing to the protection of wildlife in Africa, where so many species are already under threat of diminishing numbers and extinction.

DATES FOR 2018: PHASE ONE

Arrival: Sunday 28th October 2018

Departure: Thursday 8th November 2018

THE ITINERARY FOR PHASE ONE (WEEK 1 + 2)

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive at Hosea International Airport and transfer to ISAP Base Camp in the bush. Accommodation will be in twin sharing tents, with flush toilets and hot showers available.

Intruduction to bush life will be given.

Day 2 - 11: Base Camp and Bush

Training starts with an introduction to Namibia, conservation and what drives poaching, and is followed by:
Safety and first aid training
Animal identification and behaviour
Bush medicine and snake bite
Animal tracks and tracking.
Navigation and night observation equipment
Survival in the bush.
Movement and observation, patrols and snares
Concealment and camouflage, search and rescue
Communication

Day 12: Base Camp

Debriefing, clean up, pack up and transfer back to Hosea Kutako International for the flight home.

COSTS:

The cost for Phase One is Euro 1,500.00 per person sharing, which includes all of the below:

1. Vehicle transfers from Hosea Kutako International airport to Base Camp and training venues and back.
2. Fully qualified and highly experienced field instructors.
3. A qualified paramedic with comprehensive trauma kit.
4. All terrain vehicles & trailers for bush work.
5. Tented accommodation with mattresses, chairs, tables, cutlery and crockery throughout. Participants provide their own sleeping gear, personal effects and day packs.
6. Three meals per day whilst in Base Camp. Food provided for bush excursions.
7. VHF hand held radios for all control staff and support vehicles.
8. Satellite telephone for emergencies.
9. Comprehensive Emergency Response Plan.

Cost of flights and medical / travel insurance are not included

NB: Euro rate may change with fluctuations in currency exchange rates - final amount payable will be confirmed on successful application! Cost of flights and medical / travel insurance are not included!


DATES FOR 2018: PHASE TWO

Arrival: Sunday 11th November 2018
Departure: Wednesday 21st November 2018

THE ITINERARY FOR PHASE TWO

Day 1: Arrival

Transfer to deployment area. Accommodation will be provided in twin sharing rooms, with flush toilets and hot showers available.

Intruduction on deployment will be given.

Day 2 - 11: Base Camp and Bush

Deployment commences (HD & SD).

Hard Deployment (With APU's in the field):
* Advanced communication
* Advanced tracking techniques
* Advanced navigation and survival
* Bush patrols and snares
* Movement, compromise, escape and evasion
* Advanced survival in the bush
* Overnight in bush with night time observation posts

Soft Deployment (SD):

* Assist with monitoring and identification of endgagered species
* Environment related projects
* Providing support to APU's in the field
* Daily care of orphaned wildlife


Day 11: Base Camp

Debriefing, clean up, pack up and transfer back to Hosea Kutako International for the flight back home.

COSTS:

The cost for Phase Two is Euro 1,100.00 per person sharing, which includes all of the below:

1. Vehicle transfers from Hosea Kutako International airport to Base Camp and training venues and back.
2. Fully qualified and highly experienced field instructors.
3. A qualified paramedic with comprehensive trauma kit.
4. All terrain vehicles & trailers for bush work.
5. Tented accommodation with mattresses, chairs, tables, cutlery and crockery throughout. Participants provide their own sleeping gear, personal effects and day packs.
6. Three meals per day whilst in Base Camp. Food provided for bush excursions.
7. VHF hand held radios for all control staff and support vehicles.
8. Satellite telephone for emergencies.
9. Comprehensive Emergency Response Plan.

The cost of flights and medical / travel insurance are not included

NB: Euro rate may change with fluctuations in currency exchange rates - final amount payable will be confirmed on successful application! Cost of flights and medical / travel insurance are not included!

ONE CAN EXTEND ONE'S STAY AT YOUR DISCRETION - PLEASE INDICATE EXTENDED STAYS ON APPLICATION OR DURING PROGRAM & WILL BE DEALT ON A PERSONAL TAILORED PACKAGE.

KIT LIST


The following equipment should be brought along for either Phase One or Two:

1. Sleeping bag & pillow. Night temperatures may vary per season as follows:
a. May – August:-2* to 10* Centigrade
b. September – April:8* to 20* Centigrade

2. Personal toiletries

3. Personal medical kit containing:
a. High factor sunscreen
b. Insect repellent
c. Anti-bacterial ointment
d. Disinfectant
e. Elastoplast
f. Rehydrate
g. Pain killers
h. Water purification tabs

4. Day pack

5. Water bottle(s) of 2 liters capacity

6. Well worn in hiking boots

7. Comfortable camp shoes (scorpion proof)

8. Wide brimmed hat

9. Sun shades

10. Jacket & fleece

11. Long trousers for scratchy bush work

12. Neutral-coloured clothing only, that blends into the environmen

ISAP bush clothing will be available to purchase, this will be optional for the 1st Phase, however compulsory for those enlisting for 2nd Phase. Uniformity will be needed when deploying into areas as you will be official ISAP representatives.




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