Wildlife & Community

Volunteer a minimum of two weeks in Cape Town, South Africa and support the care and conservation of rare birds, primates, and other mammals by volunteering on this project and help with wildlife education in Cape Town. Wildlife Sanctuaries and zoos play an important role in the conservation of threatened species world-wide, both for educating people about the importance of wildlife and nurturing support while also breeding up captive populations. Wildlife sanctuaries in Africa have come under increasing economic pressure to sustain themselves and still maintain global animal care standards and with many falling by the way-side the role of those remaining is becoming increasingly important to keep Africa’s children in touch with their legendary wildlife heritage. Based at Africa’s largest bird park, volunteers help care for birds and mammals that have been wounded or are captive for educational purposes, this includes feeding, cleaning, maintaining enclosures, nurturing and more.

Your role as Volunteer

Your role as a volunteer will be to assist with the daily tasks of maintaining the sanctuary including hands on care for the animals. You will be involved in the preservation, breeding, feeding and caring of the birds and primates at the park, as well as educational based activities and research into the different species. You will initially work with a park ranger who will explain your role, and over time you will take on greater responsibilities for working at the center. Longer stay volunteers may participate in active roles in the animal hospital, or hosting educational groups around the park.Your role as Volunteer
There are many other activities that you as a volunteer might like to get involved in, including: sports (start a small sport program with kids), art projects, music and singing songs (bring an instrument and teach some kids to play), and various other community initiatives (e.g. recycling, craft development). Wherever you feel your strengths lie is where you should get involved – use your own creativity and work together with your project leader and the caregivers at the care points.

Project Information

The volunteer placement involves working with a number of birds, primates and small to medium sized animals in a local wildlife park. You will be based in Hout Bay, Cape Town at the biggest bird park in Africa which is a haven for wounded, sick or tame birds and mammals. You will be helping to clean out enclosures, set up displays, feed and stimulate the animals, attend to sick animals, maintain enclosures, etc. and will gain hands-on experience while working in a successful African wildlife sanctuary. The park is underfunded and understaffed and the facilities are in need of work and attention– this project aims to care and tend to the needs of the animals at the park, and help with the day to day tasks of keeping the center effectively playing its role plus, where suitable, to assist with research into many areas of interest.

Orientation

Your orientation will start with a presentation by the project co-ordinator to prepare you for your project. You will then be shown around Hout Bay, Cape Town and go on a Township tour through Imizamo Yethu.

A typical week at the project

Although day to day activities vary on the project, a typical day in the life of a volunteer might be:

07:30 – Wake up and have breakfast.

08.00 – Walk over to your project.

08:30 –Work starts.

13.00 – Lunch (come back to volunteer house for lunch or take a packed lunch).

14:00 – You will help with activities at your project or you can help on an afternoon project.

15:30 – Work generally ends around 3.30pm but this is flexible and can sometimes be earlier and sometimes later.

You will be off in the weekends which leaves you with plenty of time to explore South Africa further.

Costs & Inclusive / Exclusive

2 weeks           ZAR 14,155,-

3 weeks           ZAR 16,275,-

4 weeks           ZAR 18,175.-

6 weeks           ZAR 22,310.-

8 weeks           ZAR 25,792,-

10 weeks         ZAR 29,767.-

Contact us now for the costs of additional weeks.

Inclusive

  • All accommodation throughout your programme
  • All meals
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • Airport transfer on set arrival and departure days
  • Full support and daily guidance from the project coordinator/tour guide
  • Project equipment/materials
  • Backup support from All Out Africa’s head office and administrative staff

Exclusive

  • Personal travel insurance for the duration of your placement
  • All flights
  • Airport transfers not on set arrival and departure days
  • Local transport costs to and from project placements
  • All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)
  • Telephone, internet, extra food and drinks, weekend activities
  • Visas
  • Any excursions over and above your planned itinerary

NOTE: Where possible, Share Africa Travel can assist volunteers to arrange extra/optional activities/trips during free time on their projects and expeditions. Please remember that on such occasions, should you decide to take accommodation other than that provided at the project/expedition site, you will be responsible for the costs thereby incurred.

Arrival dates

The standard arrival dates (first Monday of the month) for the project is:
2013: 7-Jan, 4-Feb, 4-Mar, 1- Apr,6-May, 3-Jun, 1-Jul,5-Aug, 2-Sep, 7-Oct, 4-Nov

Volunteering at this project starts from a minimum of 2 weeks.
lease read our terms and conditions to inform yourself about our booking procedures.

Kindly note that the prices and accommodation are subject to change based on date, availability and special requests.

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