Wildlife Rehabilitation & Veterinary experience

Volunteer Int. Adventures
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Koordinator | Sharon
Koordinator | Sharon
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High­lights

Be surrounded by lions, leopard, servals, caracal, African wild cats, meerkats, water mongoose, a variety of indigenous birds and a resident warthog! Hear the lions roar at night
Marine animals are treated too. Periodic releases of rescued and rehabilitated penguins take place throughout the year at the local beach. In season a large amount of baby turtles are treated too
Great for students or those interested in studying conservation, zoology and veterinary medicine! Also suitable for gappers, career breakers, families, post-retirement gappers and animal lovers
Learn first hand from professionals on the care, treatment, rehabilitation and eventual release of various rescued species from wild cats, birds, antelope, primates and others
Jam packed weekends filled with extreme sports, whale & dolphin watching, wine tasting, beach & forest walks, wildlife safaris & animal sanctuaries
Help with wildlife awareness and life-saving care, feeding, treatment and rehabilitation of rescued injured, sick and orphaned animals at a rehabilitation centre This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 18+
Alleinreisend
Pärchen
Familien
Gruppen
50+

The nature of the work includes partly veterinary and rehabilitation and partly care work with animals. There are two main sections to this project

  1. The Wildlife and Wild Cat Awareness centre
  2. The Wildlife Rehabilitation and Clinic

Assisting in the Awareness Centre

To fund the rehabilitation work and to raise awareness of the conservation issues in South Africa, the centre offers small group programs throughout the day with a focus on providing a conservation-based, informative tour.

The awareness centre homes captive bred ‘ambassador’ animals used for education and awareness purposes, which is vital to conservation efforts. Note: This should not be confused with a ‘breeding centre’ (which has no conservation value) as no breeding takes place.

The work you’ll be involved with at the Awareness Centre could include …

  • Assisting with vaccinations and inoculations of ambassador animals
  • Assisting the animal keepers with animal enrichments
  • Cleaning enclosures
  • Preparing food and feeding animals
  • Monitoring animals’ behaviour and general animal husbandry

Animals include lions, leopard, servals, caracal, African wild cats, meerkats, water mongoose, a variety of indigenous birds and a resident warthog! Many of the resident animals are ex-pets that have been confiscated due to a lack of paperwork and are too human habituated to be released into the wild.

Assisting in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Clinic

This area of the rehabilitation centre is not open to the public. Here you’ll be able to assist with much needed care for the animals in the unit which includes a pellagric bird and animal section as there are often rescued turtles and penguins that are brought in by the public.

Your duties could involve the following:

  • Check the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) in the mornings
  • Administrating medications and hydration
  • Food preparations and feeding, which can involve various methods like handfeeding through tubes, cropping etc. This would be twice a day or more depending on the animal in the clinic
  • New admissions assessments
  • Relocating animals to other enclosures onsite
  • Assisting with hard releases into the wild
  • Assisting with animals in soft release enclosures
  • Helping to administer Physiotherapy to animals that are injured and need it
  • Checking incubators
  • Assessing the animals’ behaviour and monitoring them while they’re in the hospital and clinic.
  • Assisting with the wildlife veterinary doctor when he is treating the wildlife at the centre
  • Assisting with periodic penguin releases

You’ll work 6 days on and 1 day off per week, however, although additional days off can be requested if necessary. Please let us know if you have any specific skills

The project work is with some of the most unpredictable factors around animals, nature, weather and people. In fact the best saying around here is “the most predictable thing about our work is its unpredictability…”   Because of this it is very difficult to get an exact outline of a day in the life of a volunteer.

Tagesablauf

We put the animals and their needs first but as a “Guideline” we can say a day might look something like this…

07:20am – The day starts. Everyone meet up at the Rehabilitation center for the daily briefing and go through what needs to be done for the day.

7:30 – 9:00am – Start with animal feeding and enclosure cleaning in the morning. This means you will be assisting the staff to feed various animals between the awareness center and the rehabilitation facility. Exactly what animals will depend on, what is in for treatment and the schedule of the in-house animals in the awareness center.

9:00am – Tea and coffee break

9:30am – Food Preparation and General duties which are usually any issues noticed in the morning that need attention. If there is nothing urgent then the list from the previous day is referred too 

12:30 – 2:00pm – Break for lunch

2:00 – 16:30pm – General duties: Any tasks that need addressing – these could be things like fixing a small hole in an enclosure fence, removing a tree that’s fallen over, painting an enclosure, working on long term projects and general stuff that happens around the project. There may be animals that need medication or new rescued animals brought in throughout the day that need housing or attention.

Lastly the afternoon feed then its time to lock up all the gates and say goodnight to all the animals.

16:30pm – Time to relax around the fire, catch up with the family or take an afternoon walk through the forest. Remember that things change constantly and the first focus is on the animals but we also want you to be comfortable and ENJOY the experience, make some memories, friends and lasting ethical practices for the future.

Freizeitaktivitäten

There is plenty to do in the area from elephant sanctuaries, bird  sanctuaries, primate sanctuaries, the world’s highest bridge bungee jump is not too far away,  wine farms to taste the wines endemic to the area and of course the beautiful beaches of nearby Plettenberg Bay are some of the most beautiful in the world where you can swim with seals and go boat-based whale and dolphin watching. A nature and wildlife lovers paradise! For sports lovers there are several golf courses, paint ball, hiking, kloofing, ziplining and various water sports including surfing! enjoy 
Wassersport
Schwimmen
Sightseeing
Tauchen/
Schnorcheln
Shoppen/
Souvenirs
Klettern
Safari/
Zoo
Wandern
Sport
Reiten
Yoga/
Meditation

Voraus­setzungen

Um an diesem Programm teilzunehmen, musst du zu Programmbeginn mindestens 18 Jahre alt sein. Es kann Ausnahmen geben, wenn du die Erlaubnis deines/r Erziehungsberechtigten vorlegen kannst oder wenn du von deinen Eltern begleitet wirst
Sprachkenntnisse
Du brauchst folgende Sprachkenntnisse: Englisch (Grundkenntnisse)
Staatszugehörigkeit
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Andere Fähigkeiten
If you are studying veterinary medicine, conservation, zoology or a related field, this project is perfect for you! If not, we still have plenty for you to help with!
Arbeitszeiten
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag und Samstag von 07:30 - 16:30

Leist­ungen

Dienstleistungen von Volunteer Int. Adventures
The cost of the project includes a food allowance, accommodation, meeting you at the nearest airport, airport transfers on arrival and return, weekly shopping trip, a weekend day excursion,  pre-departure support, in-country staff and 24-emergency help 
Abholung vom Flughafen George Airport
You will need to fly into George Airport for your collection and departure and our representative will collect you at the arrivals area where we start the 2-hour drive to the project. This area of the Western Cape province is referred to as the “Garden Route” with lovely long stretches of beautiful beaches and unique flora indigenous to the area so the slightly long drive goes by quickly. On completion of your project, you will be collected and returned to George airport for your departure flight. Those that would prefer to arrive via a coach from Cape Town, can be collected at either the depot in the towns of Knysna or Plettenberg Bay
Unterkunft

The onsite volunteer accommodation is very comfortable and beautifully furnished in a scenic setting beside a dam. It is probably our most luxurious volunteer accommodation. Depending on the volunteer numbers, rooms are shared or single ensuite with a little outside patio to relax and read a book. The dining room and TV area is shared with permanent staff as is the kitchen. There is also an outside patio with a pizza over, boma (firepit) and braai (BBQ) facilities. At night one can hear the nearby lion roar which is an experience on its own

Private and couples rooms are available but there might be a surcharge depending on volunteer numbers

Laundry, Wi-Fi and satellite TV are included.

Verpflegung
A food allowance is provided. You will be taken on a grocery shop on arrival. Meals are self-service and volunteers prepare their own meals in the communal kitchen and help washing up afterwards. Occasionally volunteers and staff will enjoy a typical South African braai (BBQ) together which is always a great way to end the day. Volunteers can help themselves to tea and coffee all day. Once a week volunteers will be taken to the local grocery store for a shop and an outing to local activiites
Internetzugriff
Gute Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten.
Flugtickets
Der nächstgelegene Flughafen ist George Airport (GRJ) in George. Wir helfen dir günstige Flüge nach Südafrika zu finden.
Reiseversicherung
Ins Ausland zu gehen ist ein Abenteuer, auf das man sich stets gut vorbereiten sollte. Plötzliche Krankheit oder Verletzung, Stornierung oder Diebstahl - eine Reiseversicherung für Südafrika bietet die nötige Sicherheit.
Impfungen
Bevor du deine Freiwilligenarbeit in Südafrika antrittst, solltest du dich noch einmal von deinem Arzt beraten lassen und deine erforderlichen Impfungen für Südafrika überprüfen.

Termine & Preise

KEINE KREDITKARTENGEBÜHREN

Informationen zur Anreise

All year around, Monday to Friday
Verfügbarkeit
Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
Dauer
2 - 12 Wochen

Programmgebühren

Kosten: Preise in USD
2 Wochen (Mindestaufenthalt)
$1.595
3 Wochen
$1.958
4 Wochen
$2.465
5 Wochen
$2.973
6 Wochen
$3.480
7 Wochen
$3.988
8 Wochen
$4.495
9 Wochen
$5.003
10 Wochen
$5.510
11 Wochen
$6.018
12 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
$6.525
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$671 /Woche

Die Organisation berechnet ihre Gebühren in GBP. Die Preistabelle in USD unterliegt Währungsschwankungen. Volunteer Int. Adventures wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Anzahlung (15%)
Mit der Anzahlung reservierst du deinen Platz beim Freiwilligenprogramm. Zahlungen werden von PayPal abgewickelt, unserem vertrauenswürdigen globalen Zahlungsanbieter. Falls du keinen PayPal Account hast, kannst du die Anzahlung auch mit einer Kreditkarte bezahlen.
Restzahlung (85%)
Deine endgültige Zahlung vereinbarst du mit Volunteer Int. Adventures während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.

Warum sollte ich über Volunteer World buchen

Zusätzliche Sicherheit und kostenloser Service
Volunteer World ist die weltweit führende Vergleichsplattform für internationale Freiwilligenarbeit. Wir führen dich durch einen sicheren und einfachen Bewerbungsprozess. Plane deine nächste sinnvolle Reise mit Volunteer World und erhalte freien Zugang zu:
Qualitätssicherung
Hohe ethische Mindeststandards
Flex Option
Ändere deine Reservierung ohne zusätzliche Kosten
Geld-zurück-Garantie
Wir erstatten deine Gebühren, falls deine Reise von Volunteer Int. Adventures storniert wird
Unterstzützung & Vermittlung
Wir helfen dir und unterstützen dich in jeder Situation
Für dich ist unser Service kostenlos!
Die Programmgebühren werden unmittelbar durch Volunteer Int. Adventures erhoben.

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