At the medical clinic in Namibia you will help to provide primary healthcare for the local
community and surrounding areas by assisting our 2 doctors and nurse.
The clinic treats around 3,500 patients each year. Approximately
80% of our patients are San, and the remainder are mostly Herero and
Damara speaking Namibians.
Your role as a volunteer
During the project you will spend your time at our remote clinic in east Namibia. From here you will help provide primary healthcare to the local community and surrounding areas by assisting our Doctor and Nurse. The Lifeline Clinic treats around 3,500 patients each year.
The purpose of the project
The projects aim is to provide volunteers with the wonderful opportunity to experience African wilderness in the knowledge that you are contributing to improving the lives of the people of Namibia.
The project started in 2006 with two aims – to protect and conserve Namibia’s vulnerable wildlife and to improve the lives of the marginalised San Bushman community.
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected] When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
Your everyday life
When you arrive at the volunteer site the project staff will give you a introduction to your work and your new surroundings. They will assist you with any of your questions and make sure your off to a good start!
Accommodation and food
The volonteers have different options when it comes to the accommodations; single or twin rooms. The rooms will be shared by the same gender or by couples. There is also rooms with bunk-beds while at the clinic. The rooms are basic but very comfortable. Bedding is provided (duvets and pillows). Showers and toilet facilities are communal and hot water is supplied by solar energy therefore sometimes restricted. Electricity is freely available, however please be aware that sometimes it has been known to cut off during storms. Power sockets for electrical items are available in communal areas.
Three meals are provided on a help yourself basis. On weekends they have a braai (barbecue). Please advise us of any special dietary requirements prior to arrival at the project, including vegetarianism, allergies etc.
During your free time you can just relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Maybe hang out by the pool or read a book.
Make the most of your time in this amazing country by combining your project with a tour. Depending on your time and budget, you can choose from a whole variety of trips from 3 days to two weeks or longer. You could visit the amazing sand dunes and desolate plains of Sossussvlei and the Namib Desert (3 day tour available), the skeleton coast and coastal resort of Swakopmund as well as the dense bush and open plains of Etosha National Park, the third largest in Africa, for spectacular game viewing (3 day tour available). The staff on the project will help you with any enquiries about excursions and extra activities.
Namibia is a beautiful country with a stunningly diverse array of landscapes. If you volunteer for 4 weeks or more, you may get the opportunity to spend a week at one of the carnivore release sites spread across the beautiful South Namibia – Solitaire, Neuras or NamibRand.
It is your responsibility to make sure that your insurance covers illness, injury and theft whilst you are volunteering. Most travel agency’s sell a travel insurance that is valid for volunteer work, so be sure to enquire about it when booking your flight tickets. Volunteer Travels does however, supply liability insurance and is included in the price. Liability insurance applies to instances when compensation for damages is demanded of you, as a private person, for unintentionally hurting someone or for unintentionally damaging someone else’s property.
It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.
Flight tickets are not included in the tour price. You can book your flight tickets from any travel agency of your choice. You need to arrive in Windhoek on the same Monday as the programme starts. Your return ticket should also be booked to a Monday. Make sure to check that your tickets have the correct dates, and we will of course provide you with necessary information prior to booking your flights!
You should contact your nearest vaccination centre for any questions regarding vaccinations. They will advise you on which vaccinations are necessary to have when travelling to Namibia. Circumstances can change quickly, but it is always you, who makes the final decision about which vaccinations to get. Vaccinating against Hepatitis A and B is recommended always when travelling abroad.