Namibian Citizens as Student Interns
In conjunction with the Polytechnic of Namibia, CCF has welcomed internships of BTech students in Agriculture or in Nature Conservation at the Faculty of Natural Resource Management. In addition, the CCF internship program has included students enrolled in a degree for Travel & Tourism. These students typically have six-month in-service training components which can be done via the Student Internship program at CCF.
In conjunction with the University of Namibia, CCF has welcomed BSc students, typically enrolled in Agriculture. These students have conducted six-week internships at CCF in accordance with their program requirements.
What to Expect
CCF Namibia is the headquarters of the Cheetah Conservation Fund. CCF Namibia is located on Eland's Joy, a farm about 30 miles (44km) east of the town Otjiwarongo, and about 3.5 hours drive from Namibia's capital, Windhoek. Eland's Joy has been developed over a number of years into a sophisticated Research & Education Centre, housing three large buildings: a cheetah museum, a research and veterinary clinic which is also the office, and an education hall. Staff housing, volunteer rondavels and student dorms are nearby, with showers/bathrooms located within walking distance. Also nearby is a communal kitchen and dining hall, and a TV/common room. Some staff and volunteers remain in Boskop, one of CCF's farms about 5 miles (8km) from the main center.
CCF Namibia is a collection of working farms as well as housing rescued, orphaned, and on occasion, wild cheetahs. Our farms have sheep, goats and cattle. Annually, we bale hay, fix fences, cut down overgrown bush, feed and care for animals. We breed and actively maintain Anatolian Shepherd guardian dogs. As of the beginning of 2006, we care for 38 resident cheetahs who cannot be re-released due to injury or orphanage. We conduct research, education and training programs. And on a daily basis, we allow day-visitors to visit our museum observe our cheetahs and learn about our programs. In short, it's a very busy place, with many people and animals.
All Namibian students completing in-service training at CCF should have satisfied the required courses and prerequisites set by their institution before they can be placed at CCF. The length of the internship will depend on your course requirements. Typically this ranges from six weeks to six months.
Students are expected to actively participate in the CCF program. You will conduct similar type of work as other volunteers. You are required to be tremendously flexible, adaptable and patient. Working conditions can be extremely hot or extremely cold. You may work long hours, seven days a week. You may work much of the day indoors or outdoors. You will work with many people from different cultures and of different age groups. You will need to be able to work on your own and expect to multi-task.
Your internship requirements will be adjusted to the requirements set by your course. Whilst at CCF, you will be expected to conduct a research project of your choice, which should at the same time be beneficial to CCF.
Prior to arriving to CCF, students should familiarize themselves with our organization's aims, goals, objectives and programs. Details of these can be found on our website, which includes our annual reports and information on research, education and conservation programs conducted by CCF.
All students must abide with and adhere to all CCF rules, regulations and policies. As with all volunteers, Namibian student interns are required to sign a Liability Waiver and a Code of Conduct agreement. Please note that the Code of Conduct includes information on intellectual property rights. Download the Namibia Volunteer Guide and read it!
Accommodation, Food and Transport
All Namibian students are provided with accommodation and food, sponsored by CCF. Transport to and from Otjiwarongo town can be arranged with CCF's General Manager, Dr. Bruce Brewer.
How to Apply
All applications from Namibian students to intern at CCF should be forwarded to CCF's Executive Director, Dr. Laurie Marker, and General Manager, Dr. Bruce Brewer. You can telephone us on 067 306 225, or Email the Volunteer Coordinator . Please indicate in the subject: "Namibian applying for internship."
Students should inform their institutions about any possible placements, and should be in contact with their in-service training supervisors about applying to the CCF internship program.