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  • Locations: Port Elizabeth, South Africa; Sidbury, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 30/08/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point
Credit Type: Undergraduate OS Help Available: Yes
Program Description:
South Africa Big 5

Global Environmental Placement - South Africa - The Big 5 Wildlife Project 

If you love nature, the environment and big friendly giants, then this placement is for you. This incredibly rewarding ecotourism project involves working at a game reserve where you’ll have the opportunity to work with South Africa's Big 5: the rhino, lion, cape buffalo, leopard and African elephant.

The game reserve is impressive to say the very least. It covers more than 6000 hectares and is situated in the Eastern Cape which lies on the south-eastern coast of South Africa. The region boasts inspiring natural beauty, rugged cliffs and dense green bushland – it’s also known as the Wild Coast, which is fitting considering that you’ll be working with some of the wildest creatures on the planet.

The game reserve’s core focus is on wildlife and conservation. The reserve has a predator educational and rehabilitation centre, which houses endangered and orphaned predators such as the rare Bengal tigers, wild dogs, white lions and many, many more. An elephant sanctuary has also been built along with a reptile sanctuary.

Interesting and exciting things are common place at a game reserve and this is your chance to experience all the excitement whilst contributing to conservation, making a difference and getting back to nature.

On a day-to-day basis you’ll work in groups with an assigned leader. Some of the activities that you’ll have the chance to get involved in include:

  • Game drives, counts and captures 
  • Removing of noxious weeds and vegetation in and around the reserve 
  • Lion tracking and monitoring 
  • Tree planting and landscaping 
  • Fauna and flora work in the nursery 
  • Wilderness trail walks and patrols 
  • School feeding schemes 
  • Predator interaction and caring 
  • Fence patrol

Don’t expect to get bored, the itinerary for this project changes and alters daily. All the activities are dependent on the weather conditions and other factors. There will be something new, exciting and interesting to do each day - so be prepared for a life-changing experience.

Program details

Required Skills: No specific skills are needed for this project however, you’ll be working in a fairly dynamic environment with a big group of students as well as staff from the local host so it is important that you possess patience and flexibility to do the tasks necessary on any particular day. A keen interest in conservation and wildlife is important as well as the ability to sit back, listen and learn from the experienced staff.   
Exercise level: Medium
Relevant for: For students who perhaps have not travelled before but who want to visit South Africa and learn about conservation from the perspective of their local hosts.  
Project type: Practical and educational activities in environmental conservation and animal welfare. 
Location: Port Elizabeth and Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. 
Project Activities: Caring for animals, conservation education, vegetation rehabilitation, planting, fencing and monitoring animals.  
Working Hours: 7.30am to 4pm. 
Project Duration: 4 weeks. 
Unit of enrolment at Deakin: SLE225 Global Environmental Placement 
Partner to deliver this program: CIS Australia
Dates: 8 January - 3 February 2018
Cost: $3,883 AUD
Deposit: $500 AUD (Deposit due date: 1 August 2017 / Final payment due date: 15 September 2017)
Program fee includes: 
  • Quality single sex dorms with shared dining area, lounge area, kitchen area, fireplace, and entertainment facilities 
  • Meals while on site 
  • Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation and project induction are provided 
  • 24 hour support from onsite coordinator  
The fee does not include 
  • Tuition fee 
  • Flights 
  • Visas & passport fees 
  • Vaccinations 
  • Weekend excursions 
  • Weekly laundry service at R60 per kilo  

Information Session 

Video recording | Powerpoint presentation

Eligibility and Enrolment

  • For enrolment in SLE225 Global Environmental Placement - A student from any Faculty who has an elective credit is eligible to apply for this program. Enrolment will be in in T3 2017.  Before starting this unit in T3 2017 students must have completed at least 8 credit points of study with a minimum average of 65%.
  • Students in either unit must also arrange to enrol and complete the online modules for STP010 Introduction to Work Placements before leaving for their placement. 
Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and if necessary, a short interview with the unit chair. 

Funding options 

OS-Help Loans
  • Who is eligible: domestic UG students 
  • Amount: up to AU$6567
  • Purpose: to assist students with a range of expenses, such as airfares and accommodations.
  • Detail information and eligibility: OS-Help website

WIL Financial Support (Funding for 2017 has been fully allocated)
  • Who is eligible: domestic undergraduate students who come from low socio-economic status backgrounds to undertake a discipline specific placement as part of their degree
  • Amount: up to AU$2,500
  • Detail information and eligibility:? WIL Financial Support Scheme Website.

Important to note

  • Places in this program are limited to 25 students in total. Selection will be based on those first to complete a full application.  
  • Travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program, students travelling more than 10 days beyond the program dates will need to pay for additional coverage.  
  • The OS Help loan can take up to 4 weeks to process so payments deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.  
  • All students outside of Science, Engineering and Built Environment must seek permission from their home Faculty to enrol.  
  • Students are reminded to apply for Deakin Travel Insurance as soon as they have been accepted into the program to cover any unexpected withdrawals or costs that are incurred as refunds may not be available.  
CIS Australia Cancellation Policy  
Before deposit deadline: No cancellation fees apply  
After deposit deadline: Loss of $500 deposit  
After deposit deadline and before final payment: Loss of $500 deposit, along with any non-recoverable program fees are payable (i.e.: supplement accommodation deposits, transport, travel costs)  
After final payment deadline: No refund on any program fees  

International Placements can earn you 40 points towards the Global Citizenship Program.