The Feline Fields Trust, Botswana launches Bokamoso Volunteer Programme
Registered non-profit organisation The Feline Fields Trust, the team behind the new Lodge at Feline Fields in Botswana, has announced a new Bokamoso Volunteer Programme to launch in Q1 2017. With the name taken from the Setswana word for ‘Future’, young people will be able to support the Trust’s valuable conservation and community work on the ground and be inspired by a love for the country, its people and wildlife.
Welcoming volunteers from across the world for periods of up to three months at a time, they will split their time between The Lodge at Feline Fields and the Feline Fields Trust projects in nearby Maun and Tsao. Volunteer activities will vary from season to season, yet all will be united in a desire to conserve natural resources for generations to come.
An important role will be organising educational events for local schoolchildren on the importance of conservation. Wildlife educational talks are a regular occurrence for the Trust, introducing vital concepts regarding wildlife, habitat and preservation to promote careers in conservation and instil a sense of responsibility for the natural world. Fundraising events will also be organised, while there will be the chance to develop the sustainable vegetable garden for The Lodge and replant tracts of land which have been overgrazed.
Time will also be enjoyed at The Lodge at Feline Fields, the luxury six-suite safari lodge in the heart of the Savannah creating low-volume eco-tourism to support the work of the Trust Volunteers will work closely alongside the experienced Guides, setting camera traps to monitor wildlife activity, surveying the waterholes, working with local communities and assessing human wildlife conflict around The Lodge. Volunteers will also assist with weekend visits from the School Wildlife Talk quiz winners, local students who visit to see for themselves the impact of eco-tourism and conservation in action.
Newly built volunteer housing will be provided in Maun, with plenty of free time to discover this gateway to the Okavango, socialise with other volunteers and the local community and explore Botswana. It is a valuable opportunity to directly contribute to the future of conservation in Botswana.
Marjan Blom, Owner of The Lodge at Feline Fields and Director of The Feline Fields Trust, said: “During the four years we have been working in Botswana, I’ve found my own children have been inspired by each visit. By discovering a new culture and way of life, they have also experienced a renewed drive and focus on what they wish to achieve in their own. It is for this reason we are establishing our formal volunteer programme to welcome young adults, hopefully educating and inspiring many generations to come on the importance of conservation and community engagement.”