I recently returned from a wonderful experience volunteering with African Impact's South Africa Photography and Conservation Project at Thanda Private Game Reserve, Hluhluwe, KwaZula Natal, South Africa. It involved not only in-depth photography tutorials, with practical and theoretical application, but both conservation and community work, to make sure volunteers not only gain experience, but have an impact while they're there.
It has been a very rewarding experience in many ways, and I am currently involved with helping African Impact to raise funding for camera equipment to help monitor and protect the wildlife. All donations go through their regulated charity The Happy Africa Foundation (THAF), set up in 2007 for just such a purpose.
What is needed, not only to enhance volunteer experience, but for them to have an actual, measurable impact, during their stay, is:
Photography Wish List (in order of preference)
• 1xDEDICATED CAMERA BACK (must have low light capability)
• 1xTELEPHOTO LENS (at least x500 zoom)
• 1xMACRO LENS
• 2X TRIPODS
• LOPPERS, MACHETES, GLOVES ('togs to be responsible for their upkeep)
• ROYALTY-FREE/ PERMISSION TO USE MUSIC FOR USE WITH SLIDESHOWS
All photographic equipment has been requested in order to further the involvement of Photographers within the research, conservation and community depts. This will not only enhance their experience and make them feel part of the whole by contributing, but also provide valuable data for research and aid the A.I. contribution to the area.
Music will be used to promote photographic and other achievements through the year.
Any donations will be obviously be publicized through the THAF website, African Impact Facebook page for the project and monthly newsletter. Significant donations also warrant exposure through, for example, an article (with direct input) discussing why the contributor felt the need to help out, also published on the THAF website.
Thank you for your consideration. If you would like to make a donation or need any further details regarding the African Impact designated charity, please visit: