Sangha Lodge, The Bio Diversity lodge

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY SANGHA LODGE & SANGHA PANGOLIN PROJECT (SPP)

Sangha Lodge is looking for a volunteer/intern [UNPAID] to spend 6 months at the lodge.

Introduction: Volunteers needed to co-ordinate the day to day hospitality and conservation programme at Sangha Lodge to allow owners Rod and Tam Cassidy time to further develop their current Pangolin rehabilitation and research work.   For visitors from across the globe, the lodge has gained a reputation for excellence of service in an unique forest location on the banks of the river Sangha, offering unparalleled opportunities for wildlife viewing as well as the chance to meet with the magnificent Ba’aka (pygmy) people to learn more about their culture, singing and their unique understanding of the forest.  The volunteer can expect these same opportunities in return for co-ordinating the work of the local lodge staff team and assisting with the care and monitoring of animals for research and rehabilitation.        

We are looking for a Volunteer to assist with our work as we grow our projects and the work load increases

While your main responsibilities will include the 3 points below we do try as far as possible to use your particular skill sets and interests to our best advantage, but expect to be involved in some ways in the following.

1.       General lodge duties

2.       Animal rehabilitation and care

3.       Monitoring and data collection for the ongoing pangolin research program

 

Location:  Sangha Lodge - Central African Republic

 

Candidate requirements:

·         Must be willing to do a variety of different duties

·         Must have good social skills- friendly and outgoing nature

·         Must have a belief in conservation and animal rehabilitation

·         Experience in animal care and love for animals

·         Must have a positive attitude and be willing to learn

·         Ability to speak French is an advantage but not a deal breaker

·         Driving license is a plus

 

Job outline:

·         General lodge duties to assist the managers of the lodge

o   Assisting with the repairing and maintenance of the lodge

o   Assisting with the ongoing lodge projects such as new buildings

o   Supervising and training the local staff

o   Stock taking

o   Kitchen duties (e.g. cooking, advice with menus and recipes, etc.)

·         Hosting and guiding clients, adding value to client’s experiences (if this is within your skill set)

·         Feeding and caring of animal rescues if on site and general assistance at the small veterinary clinic

·         Assisting with ongoing pangolin monitoring and research program

o   Daily observations, data entry

o   Assisting to supervise the Ba’aka trackers

·         Support the new social media platforms of Sangha Pangolin Project

Your costs:

·         International flights to/from Bangui but

o   Sangha Lodge and Sangha Pangolin Project will cover all costs from arrival in Bangui to departure, provided that your travel coincides with our schedules

o   We will also refund you 800 euros on your international airfares if you complete  a minimum of 6 months stay

·         Any accommodation in Bangui should you need to overnight

·         Insurance (emergency evacuation insurance is recommended)

·         Short and long-term visa

·         Cool drinks and alcohol

·         Any outside activities e.g. gorilla tracking and visits to Dzanga Bai will be at your own expenses.

 

Food & Accommodation

Food, accommodation and laundry service are provided by the lodge

Accommodation will be in simple rustic huts with modern toilets and showers.

Food: The camp kitchen is available, and a large meal will be provided at lunchtime a/o dinner by the camp chef (Monday to Friday, when the camp has no clients). When there are clients in camp, the main meal will be eaten with the clients on most evenings

 

Benefits:

No monetary remuneration is on offer, but the successful candidates will live in one of the most remote and beautiful wildernesses left on the planet.

Opportunities will arise for most of the tourist activities, Dzanga Bai, gorilla tracking etc, but any costs incurred will be for your own account.

Tracking in the forest, Kayaking and other outdoor activities are possible daily in off duty times.

Of the 11 volunteers we have had in the past, 4 have progressed into real conservation jobs from Contacts and experience gained directly from working here.