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  • Locations: Port Elizabeth, South Africa; Sidbury, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 13/07/2018
Rolling Admission 12/11/2018 08/12/2018

** 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.

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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, Internship, Volunteer Program
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point
Credit Type: Undergraduate OS Help Available: Yes
Program Description:


South Africa

Information Session 

View the video recording to find out all the information on this program


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

Eighty-five kilometres to the east of the bustling industrial port of Port Elizabeth is home to Sidbury. Once a farming community, Sidbury is now the location of Kwantu Private Game Reserve, a 6000 square kilometre private nature and game reserve that is home to a host of beautiful African species such as giraffes, rhinos, elephants, zebras, lions, buffalo, wildebeest, springbok...the list is lengthy.
This secluded spot is where you will learn from and work with Kwantu's highly skilled and knowledgeable rangers who protect and look after the hundreds of birds, mammals and native species that inhabit the property. You will spend your days contributing to the busy work that is necessary to look after such a large reserve. There will be over 20 activities that will fill your time at Kwantu. This might be monitoring or fixing over 82kms of electric fencing (that keep the animals in and the poachers out), fixing erosion and ecosystems issues or maintain the roads covered in elephant, lion, and rhino tracks.
Over your four week placement, you will be a colleague to the 120 staff that help run Kwantu as well as a guest alongside the many tourists that come to see the Big 5 and who contribute the finances needed to protect these magnificent animals and restore this beautiful landscape. Your role will be to continue the work Kwantu is doing to transform land from farming back to a functioning and balanced wilderness as well as rehabilitating large predators. This hands-on and dirty work will take place against the backdrop of stunning scenery and to the soundtrack of chirping birds, roaring lions, and chomping zebras.
Students from any undergraduate discipline can apply but this project is great for students with an academic or general interest in the areas of

  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Environmental Science
  • Zoology and Animal Science
  • Tourism

To get the most out of this experience a medium level of fitness is required as well as a desire to get your hands dirty as there will be physical work to be done as part of this project.

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: 7.30 am to 4 pm
Project duration: 4 weeks
Unit of enrolment at Deakin: SLE225 Global Environmental Placement 
Partner to deliver this program: CIS Australia

Selection: Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and if necessary, a short interview with the unit chair.

Compulsory content hours:

Information session: Thursday, 26 April 2018

Introductory briefing: Thursday, 26 July 2018

Half day compulsory unit class & pre-departure session: Monday, 1 October 2018 (Burwood) / Tuesday, 2 October 2018 (Waurn Ponds)

In-country component: 12 November - 8 December 2018

Application close: Friday, 17 July 2018



  • 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 T3 2018. Before starting this unit in T3 2018 students must have completed at least 8 credit points of study.
  • 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.

Cost and Funding

cost and funding
Cost: $3,903 AUD

$500 deposit due before:  Monday, 16 July 2018
Final payment due date: Friday, 31 August 2018
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 the onsite coordinator

The fee does not include:
  • Tuition fees
  • Flights
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Weekend excursions
  • Weekly laundry service at R60 per kilo

OS-HELP loan
Overseas Student HELP loans (OS-HELP) are provided by the Commonwealth government to eligible HECS-HELP students undertaking various international experiences for credit. This loan is added to your HELP debt and can be up to $7,998.
The following link will provide more information on the OS-Help

WIL Financial Support
  • 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, eligibility, and application: WIL Financial Support Scheme Website.

Youth Allowance and Austudy
If you are currently receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy you can continue to receive payments while studying overseas as long you have a full-time study load for the year. The following link will provide more information on the Youth Allowance or Austudy.

Location Profile

Location Profile

Every country in the world boasts exciting opportunities and impressive diversity, but South Africa is one of the toughest to beat. Get up close and personal with the Big-5 during your placement, float over ancient mountains in a hot-air balloon, surfing down the face of massive sand dunes in the desert, canoe through impressive gorges and valleys, dive with sharks off the coast, or take time to wine, dine, shop and relax – you can do it all in South Africa.

Port Elizabeth has a rich cultural heritage and offers a unique insight into the Eastern Cape remarkable past. It is located on the southern tip of South Africa - 800km east of Cape Town. The lodge that you will be staying at during your volunteer stint at the Game Reserve is 85km away from Port Elizabeth.

The game reserve offers a mix of accommodation to cater for a range of guests (high-end tourism, to volunteers/backpackers). Students will stay in dormitory-style accommodation. The game reserve serves traditional halal African cuisine with a touch of spice. The food is absolutely divine, you won’t be complaining of hunger that’s for sure.

There is a fabulous balaii (barbeque area) where you can spend the evenings with your fellow volunteers and get to know one another. Kick back, relax and reflect on the amazing day you had while enjoying the wonderful view over the dam.

During your time off we recommend you take a trip into Port Elizabeth. It’s also known as the “15 Minute City” - pretty much anything that you want to do, see or experience is located within 15 minutes of the airport. It also hosts to many annual festivals and events so check out what’s on while you’re there and immerse yourself in a colourful community celebration.


Important Notes

Important Information
  • 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 of any program fees
Global Citizenship Program

This program is currently not accepting applications.