About the Program
The volunteers will have the opportunity to interact with some of the animals that will be encountered, in a respectful way and always under supervision.2 day Volunteer Johannesburg Orientation
Arrive in Joburg or Jozi, as it is known locally, and get shown around by people who know the city well. The Johannesburg Orientation is excellent for first-time visitors to find their feet the local way and meet other volunteers on your project.
• Arty districts of Newtown and Braamfontein
• Constitutional Hill
• Telkom Tower
• Nelson Mandela Bridge
• Jazz Walk of Fame
• Mary Fitzgerald Square
• Traditional South African meal
You will be picked up from the airport and taken to the hostel. Here you will be given a chance to settle down before meeting our SAVE volunteer representative.
You will be given a briefing on your volunteer program and then meet other travellers and volunteers for a welcome dinner.
After breakfast you will be collected by one of our SAVE crew and shown your way around the sites of Johannesburg like a local. We will start off with a visits to Soweto, South Africa’s biggest Township here you will have the opportunity to take some photos at the iconic Orlando Towers and Soccer City, home of the World Cup Final. We then head to a local food market where you can have a light lunch, shop for local arts and crafts and listen to some live music. After lunch we head to Constitution Hill, home of our South African Democracy and an integral part of our history. We then end the tour with a walk through the park at Zoo Lake, a pleasant end to the day.
Please note that the tour is flexible and may change according to the group’s interests for the day. This is your personal tour of our lovely city with our local guide to show you the best sites and places for the day.
After breakfast we will either take you directly to your projects site, shuttle terminal or airport.
Typical TasksCheetah and Wild Dog Breeding Centre
The centre’s main mission is to ensure the survival of the cheetah, the African wild dog and other wild animals. The center has succeeded in breeding with the King Cheetah for the first time in captivity, and has currently bred over 800 cheetahs as well as wild dogs, brown hyena, servals and other endangered animals.
Volunteer TasksElephant Project
Volunteers will be involved in the day to day running of the center, working with the cheetahs, wild dog and other animals. Duties include preparing food, removing alien vegetation, as well as repairing fences. It is truly a great experience to work with these majestic animals and is recommended to be done for at least a full week.
This Elephant Sanctuary for orphaned and rescued “problem” animals, provides a safe environment for young African elephants in need of a temporary home, as well as a safe environment for a big bull (male) elephant called Amarula, rescued from a Zoo in 2006. This elephant sanctuary was opened in 1999 with a strong conservation purpose, and to act as a “halfway station” for our elephants to wait while a suitable wild environment into which they can be released, becomes available.
Volunteer tasksMonkey Project
Our volunteer program here will start with an educational introduction about this Sanctuary, the history of the elephants, and how we make a difference in a responsible way. The tasks will include assisting the staff in the day to day management of the animal environment and general maintenance of the reserve (cleaning the stables, painting, bush management etc.) as well as completing projects to benefit the life of the elephants. This will ensure a safe and educational environment where the public is enlightened and where awareness is created about elephants and their plight. Volunteers will have the opportunity to brush, clean and feed our elephants.
Primates are under constant threat. They are hunted for meat, body parts or captured as pets and exported illegally to many locations worldwide. We assist with monkeys that were kept as pets and then become unwanted; they are rescued and released into a wild forest with waterfalls and mountain springs. It is very important to have a safe environment where these monkeys can be rehabilitated and professionals and volunteers can take care of them.
Volunteer tasksBird Project
Our program in this sanctuary will start with an educational introduction about the sanctuary, the history of the monkeys, and how we make a difference in a responsible way. The required tasks will include assisting the staff in the day to day management of dietary requirements, observation of behaviour and general maintenance of the reserve.
This is a vulture conservation programme for advancing knowledge, awareness and innovation in the conservation of African vulture populations. Today, vultures face an unprecedented onslaught of danger from human activities. They have to cope with electrocutions and collisions with electrical structures, poisonings, land-use changes, a decrease in food availability and exposure to toxicity through veterinary drugs, to list just a few of the challenges they face nowadays.
Our program in this sanctuary will start with an educational introduction about this project, the wild birds’ history and how to make a difference in a responsible way. The required tasks will include assisting the staff in the day to day management, such as dietary requirements, supervised handling of the vultures and eagles if needed, and observation of behaviour during breeding season, as well as general maintenance of the reserve.
Game Reserve Project
The area is home to a diversity of “plains game”. The objective of our involvement here is to create a fully functional, clean and well managed nature reserve that is accessible to the public and will generate a consistent flow of visitors to the area. There are many conservation tasks to carry out on this property. Our objective is to ensure that our time there will be to the benefit of the animals and plants on the reserve.
Volunteers will assist with tasks such as the removal and cleaning up of alien vegetation, planting and re-establishment of indigenous grasses and trees for grazing, developing new eco-friendly visitor paths, building bird hides, developing regular feeding areas and structures for our winter months when food is scarce, and regular burning to ensure fresh grass is accessible to the animals and bush clearing (removing excess vegetation that hampers natural growth).
- Learning more about animals through interactive hands-on projects
- Learning to capture, tag and release wild Vultures
- Interactions with elephants, Monkeys and many more animals
- Working on a real game reserve with truly wild animals around
- Making a positive difference
- Living a genuine conservationist lifestyle
- Developing personal strengths and life skills