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Big Beyond

Big Beyond

Big Beyond

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Big Beyond

Cape Town, South Africa

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Big Beyond is an independent volunteer organisation passionate about empowering remote African communities to lead their own sustainable development, reducing human pressure on fragile conservation areas that support the planet’s last remaining wildlife, and facilitating incredible experiences for international volunteers who can join our team through personalised and meaningful programmes designed around individual skills or interests.

What can we offer Escapees?

We offer adventurous and ambitious people the opportunity to escape the city to an entirely different pace and way of life in rural Africa!

You’ll travel to remote communities living on the borders of protected national parks and share your skills, knowledge and energy through a bespoke volunteer programme, designed just for you, that puts you right at the heart of development and conservation in East Africa.

We’re here for professional people looking to fully immerse in a challenging experience away from routine. Whether you have two weeks or would like to get involved as part of a longer career break (up to 6 months) - we will faciliate a programme around your personal requirements and the needs of the project at your time of stay. 

You’ll live comfortably in a shared volunteer house in either Uganda or Tanzania with full-board and eco-friendly facilities meaning there’s even a hot shower harvested from rain water after a hard day’s work. 

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About us

We’re a small but passionate international team working across key project areas to help integrate improved livelihoods of local people with the conservation of nature. 

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What we believe

There’s no magic wand that can be waved to positively develop this part of world. It needs considerable global effort with practical and targeted aid to drive success that’s actually rooted in the motivations of its own people. What we believe, and where you come in, is that volunteers can help fuel grassroots development and help liberate Africa’s communities from a continuing cycle of dependency through building useful knowledge and skills.

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Why are we exciting?

You’ll be working hand-in-hand with local people, park management and other volunteers to give Africa and its rural communities a prosperous future.

Opportunities are seriously diverse! Volunteering in Africa does not just mean building schools or teaching English – it’s the chance to combine career skills with other passions and we love to get creative and get to know you.

Our programmes are unique to each individual but these are some of the key skill-sets we’re looking for…

- Business and finance

- Marketing

- Events Management

- Research

- Teaching and education

- Tourism and hospitality

- Environmental sciences

- Agriculture and horticulture

- Health and medical

- Anthropology

- The Arts

- Fitness and sports 

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How it works

You'll join a small team of international volunteers working towards long-term conservation and development goals.

There are five critical project areas - enterprise, education, health, culture and the environment. They're all highly interlinked.  

Your volunteeer programme is completely unique, and will be thoughtfully designed according to your skills and interests and the needs of local projects at your chosen time of volunteering.  

There's a programme fee to join the team and it's fully inclusive of everything that makes your experience seamless and unforgettable  - you'll just need to organise flights plus a few other travel essentials.    

You'll need to have a chat with one of the team to kick-start your application process, and if you're invited to join us, a deposit of £350 will confirm your place with the remaining balance due 8 weeks before you start. Everything is outlined on our pricing page. 

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