I am going to Africa in September of next year as part of my university degree for three months. I have the option to take a placement year within which I plan to go to the Leo Project. I need to raise an amout of £6000 for this project where I will be helping conserve species on a game reserve near Limpopo. When I return for my final year of university I need to complete a dissertation on the conservation I carried out. This dissertation will count towards fifty credits of my final grade.
I will be helping to monitor species behaviour and movements including lion, rhino, cheetah, giraffe, hyena. I will also be helping to capture and tag some of the animals so that they are easily trackable throughout the reserve.
The Leo Project is a non-profitable and all donations go toward the animals, their welfare which costs £3000 for the three months of my stay.
Before I travel, I will need compulsary vaccinations and purchase Malaria tablets to take whilst I am there. These vaccinations are to provent yellow fever, meningitis, Hepititis A, B, and C and more; these will cost in the region of £450.
I will need to obtain a volunteering visa for my travel. The cost depends on the time of year (due to disease) but can cost between £50-£80.
I will also need to pay a donation towards my accommodation and for internet access so I can keep you guys updated whilst I am there and be able to carry out my research project.
Due to flying from Gatwick Airport I will need to pay for trains to London and again back after my trip. My flights are £1600 return from Gatwick to Johannesburg. From there I will need to get a nine hour bus to the reserve.
Finally, I will have to pay for food whilst there as my accommodation is not full board.
I have also attatched a file of the project so that you can take a look for yourselves before commiting to a donation: http://www.leoafrica.org/newsletters/LEO_Brochure_English.pdf
Thank you guys for taking the time to read this and thank you in advance for any donation you may make toward my project :)!