Opportunities for participation in fieldwork
The current setup of the field research on Homopus boulengeri in South Africa allows participation of up to 3 enthusiasts per year. They will join the fieldwork as volunteers, during periods of 14, 15, 17, 27, 31 or 43 days. Volunteers help to find tortoises in the field, receive training in taking recordings, and eventually gather much of the data themselves.
Potential volunteers must realise that fieldwork is not quite the same as regular holidays. The entire period will be spent in a relatively small area and days can be long and hot. An adequate physical shape is required, as the study area is situated on a hill.
The nights will be spent in a small lodge. Facilities are good and there will be time to learn more about the local flora and fauna. In general, fieldwork periods are a great experience to learn about the country, its people, flora and fauna, and to have a good time working together in an international team of tortoise enthusiasts. Click here for some fieldwork impressions. The primary language during the fieldwork will be English.
Volunteers will cover expenses for their flight and food themselves, and they will contribute to national travel expenses (travelling by car) and accommodation. Accommodation, food and petrol are cheap in South Africa, compared to European standards. It is impossible to give an exact amount, but as an indication, the total costs per person should be in the range of € 800-1,000 (excluding flight) for three weeks. The Homopus Research Foundation will cover all the costs for research materials and equipment.
If you are interested to participate in Homopus boulengeri fieldwork, please send us a message providing details about yourself and your background. The exact dates of the fieldwork will be fixed several months prior to each study period, allowing sufficient time to book a flight that will arrive in South Africa at the exact date.
In case you have additional questions, please also do not hesitate to contact the Homopus Research Foundation.