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The Ju/'hoansi San in North-Eastern Namibia lived a hunter-gatherer way of life for over hundred thousands years in the Kalahari desert. Until the 1950's, when Westerners opened a path into their habitats of the Nyae Nyae region. It was the start of a rapid change of their lifestyle. With the government forcing them to stop their seasonal migration, setting hunting restrictions and reducing the lines of their lands significantly, the traditional way of living off the bush was under threat. Everysince it has been a challenge for many individuals to stay on their ancestral lands, bridging the New modern way with the traditional, Old way of life.
Specifically Nhoma (N//oq’ma) village, which just falls out of the protecting Nyae Nyae conservancy, needs to rely on other economic systems (other than hunting-gathering) for survival.

High­lights of this volunteering program:

  • Indigenous Knowlegde - Live and work with the San people and learn from their deep connection and wisdom of nature.

  • Uplift Communities - Protect the indigenous knowledge that remains and help to transfer and preserve it for the next generations.

  • Care for the Planet - Learn about using natural resources and how to implement them in sustainable housing structures.

  • Ancient Nature - Experience one of the last unfenced, wild corners of Africa, the birthplace of unique flora, fauna and local culture.

  • Disconnect from the Grid - Slow down and tune in to a more natural rhythm.

Today, the struggle for the Ju/'hoansi bushmen, is to find the balance between development and conservation.

This volunteering program is based on an eco-tourism approach, whereby we aim to raise the social and material well-being of the Nhoma San people, without sacrificing the surrounding environment or viability of the socio-economic cultural system. 

Our voluntourist program is designed in collaboration with the village and invites you to stay for a longer period of time, resulting in a more lasting, deep-going experience and exchange with the local San.


Your stay will give you extensive insights into their history, current and past struggles through participating in activities including hunting, harvesting and preparing local foods, gathering medicinal plants, ostrich eggshell bead making, traditional games and lores, tracking wild animals in the field, and most of all generally taking part in their daily lives.
A journey of multiple weeks at Nhoma has the potential for a life changing experience. The community is very welcoming, funny, eager to exchange and learn from your knowledge as well.

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Our program has been qualified for the following Sustainable Development Goals:

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Through conversation, we learned that part of the solution lies in creating diverse work opportunities, based on traditional skills. There is a crucial need for local jobs that enable them to live partly from foraging and allow them to stay on their ancestral lands. 

For the past 18 years, the camp has created work opportunities for trackers, hunters, jewellery makers, wood sculptures, traditional sandal makers, nature guides, chefs, waiters and many more. 

Through the income generated, the village nearby is able to stay on their ancestral land and partly continue their traditional hunter-gatherer way of life, but also buy the foods and products they need and wish for. We see this collaboration as healthy symbiosis and are interested to deepen this relation for the both benefits.

The voluntourism program is structured in a two-week rotation and you can repeat for a maximum of 8 weeks. Every two weeks, a family of the village (in total ca 180 people) is supported by the group of volunteers to build a new traditional dome house. The dome is made from locally cut grass, which is the way they build their shelters for thousands of years.


Why a thatched house?

Ju|'hoansi stress that the kxa|ho, "the land­scape of home," is under threat, and they want to use their traditional knowledge of building in combination with the environment around them to regain access to the resources they have lost (including skills for hunting & gathering).

As the voice of indigenous communities is often not heard and cultural heritage is being swept away or commoditised by market forces, this program wants to show how ancient and modern concepts of constructing can be combined to create an alternative for future building and housing that does not have a negative impact on the planet.

Often less advantages communities all over the world start to build housing with corrugated iron, waste material like plastic sheets or concrete. Yet, at Nhoma, we believe we can make use of the local resources to create sustainable housing for the whole village.

To reduce carbon emissions, the goal is to adopt low-cost, local materials that could be used without the need for special training or heavy equipment, so that the construction itself is accessible to everyone in the community and any volunteer with little building experience. In addition, the project uses thatching technique for the whole dome, created from the dry reeds that grow abundantly in the region.

The use of renewable materials allows the dome to decompose naturally when it has reached its end of life. 


Positive aspects of a dome house for people and planet:

✔️ Regenerative, local and decomposable materials used.

✔️ Shelters a family in an extreme climate.

✔️ Preserves traditional sustainable building technique and craft.

✔️ Cutting the local grass in the field helps slowing down annual bushfires (so-called fire corridors)


The Volunteers are accommodated on the Nhoma Camp's campsite, where other tourist also can be present. There is an ablution block with 4 units: 2 showers and 2 toilets. On the campsite we will provide your private canvas dome tent for each of you, with a stretcher, mattress, duvet + pillow and thick woolen blanket to combat the cold winter nights.

Ralf M., Swiss

Nhoma, where the expression "remote" has to be redefined :) My girlfriend and I stayed for a bit more than a month in this very welcoming place. We helped Flora and Moritz during a period, when they just took over the place, in many different tasks. I enjoyed the diversified work enormously. This place was in many ways so inspiring for both of us. We learned a lot about the history of the Ju/'hoan San, which is also an important part of our history. And I was impressed by the fact, how they were able to read traces, of animals and what kind of car just passed. I will never ever forget the time with the bushman workers in the camp and the people in the village. While constructing the new kitchen it was important for Flora and Moritz to use renewable ressources, such as clay and sand. We learned also a lot about COB-constructions, an aspect that will defenitily influence our future home. We will keep this time and this place so much in our heart. Nhoma, baie dankie vir alles. Thank you Flora, Moritz, Indigo

Izzy S, U.K.

I visited Nhoma camp when I was conducting fieldwork among the San people in Bushmanland. Flora and Mauritz show a real empathy and understanding for the people they work with. They work incredibly hard to provide income and employment for the nearby group- who receive little aid otherwise as Nhoma falls between two conservancies. The people I interviewed as part of my research emphasized the respect they felt from Flora and Mauritz and the appreciation they felt. I felt assured that the tourism operator was ethically grounded, and not exploitative in any way. Well done Mauritz and Flora - and best of luck to you both. I hope to see you soon.

Tibor Q, France

I had an excellent feeling while working at Nhoma’s. A great social experiment in the camp and at the Nhoma village. I felt very welcomed. I can only recommend this volunteering for people who want to benefit of a longer stay in an amazing place in eastern Namibia!!


We will run the voluntourism program only on the specific timeslots, limiting it to 4,5 months per year.

If you want to join this unique opportunity, you can apply for the dates below:

Join us for a two, four, six or eight - week stay in 2024 on the following options:

1 June - 15 June

15 June - 29 June

29 June - 13 July

13 July - 27 July

17 Aug - 31 Aug

31 Aug - 14 Sept

14 Sept - 28 Sept

28 Sept - 12 Oct

Pick up and return on the above dates from Windhoek to Nhoma and visa versa are included.

A general starting day to reach the program will look like this: 

6.00 - 7.00 AM Pick up by the shuttle in Windhoek from your accommodation, reaching Grootfontein roughly 12.00 AM. Breakfast not included.

12.00 AM - 1.00 PM Lunch and stretch in Grootfontein, meeting together with potentially other participants and one of the coordinators. 

1.00 PM / 2.00 PM Boarding the 4x4 vehicle and heading to Nhoma (3.5 h drive)

ETA in Nhoma 5 PM.


2 weeks (min. stay)    1,280€

4 weeks.                  2,432€

6 weeks.                  3,456€

8 weeks (max. stay).  4,352€

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