Animal Sanctuary Helper

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High­lights

Assist with the care and feeding of non-releasable exotic and indigenous wildlife- furry and feathered- at a sanctuary
Learn first hand from experts about ethical animal care in captivity and how to keep the animals stimulated and healthy
Assist with wildlife treatment and rehabilitation and the release of rescued wildlife brought in by the public
Take a holiday with a difference doing something you love- caring for animals in need
Spend free days visiting Big 5 wildlife reserves, on the beach taking surfing lessons and making lifelong memories at South Africa's surfing capital
Help out at an animal and bird sanctuary giving hands-on assistance with a variety of exotic and indigenous animals that are in captivity and non-releasable This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

As the sanctuary is very large, there is always a very wide variety of areas that you could be involved in. All volunteers are expected to help together as a team and the duties are very rewarding with a lot of time to spend special moments with the animals too. Volunteers team up in groups to accomplish the daily feeding routes. You will work 5 days on with 2 days off which allows you time to explore the beautiful beaches of nearby Jeffreys Bay, South Africa’s surfing capital, wildlife reserves and the many other activities in the area or hike the adjoining nature reserve to bird watch or do some wildlife viewing of the giraffe, zebra and other antelopes that roam freely.

Currently there are roughly 250 different species of birds of which there are hundreds including Ostrich, Emu, Hawks, Owls, Black Eagles, Cape Vultures, Blue and Crowned Cranes, Macaws, African Greys, Cockatoos, Amazons plus lots of other parrots!

Also between the sanctuary and adjoining nature reserve there are Cheetahs, Servals, Caracal, Ground squirrels, Marmosets, Meerkats, Tenrecs, Grysbok, Blue and Common Duiker, Bushbuck, Kudus, Springbok, Goats, Tortoises, Giraffe, Zebra, Blesbok, Impala, Nyala, Waterbuck, Wallabies, Crocodile and Water Mongoose.

Morning feeds start early at 7.30 am and the day normally ends at 4pm with lots of little breaks in-between.

Your duties may include:

  • Food preparation- you will receive instruction on how to do this and what each animals diet is and how much to give them
  • Feeding routines through designated areas around the sanctuary
  • Checking the fences of the nature reserve
  • Cleaning, tidying and repairing animal enclosures
  • Building new enclosures and expanding existing enclosures
  • Assist with the rehabilitation and release of rescued wildlife
  • Animal enrichments
  • Removing alien and invasive vegetation
  • Data collection on the nature reserve
  • Guiding tourists around the sanctuary and helping with tours
  • Cutting firebreaks- this has helped save the sanctuary during wildfires in the past
  • Assisting with general duties in the restaurant
  • Unloading deliveries
  • Administration work and any other general maintenance or project

Typical day

7am- grab a quick coffee or tea at the restaurant which opens at 6.30am before heading to the food preparation room. Or catch a few minutes extra sleep if you prefer a bit longer of a lie in

7.30am - make your way to the food preparation room where  volunteers group up and are given various feeding routines for the animal enclosures around the sanctuary to make sure the animals and birds get their necessary daily dietary needs

9am- a quick break for breakfast at the restaurant helps you refuel for the day ahead

9.30am to 12pm - various duties are then taken part in around the sanctuary which can be anything from cutting firebreaks, checking and cleaning animal enclosures, maintaining the wildlife reserve fence, removing alien vegetation or food preparation for the afternoon's feeding routine for a few examples

12.30pm - time to break for lunch and take a quick break from the South African sun at the restaurant 

2pm - the feeding routines for the animals starts again. This is always the most enjoyable time of the day spending time with the animals

3pm to 5.30pm- time to finish off the day's duties and hopefully finish earlier than 5.30pm. Some of the allocated duties will only need a short amount of time and many hands make light work so you may be finished for the day a lot earlier by 4pm

5.45pm- its time for a dinner and no doubt after lots of helping with the animals and birds at the sanctuary, everyone is hungry! Volunteers take it in turns to do washing up duties after everyone has eaten. For those who are not off to bed early from the long day, it is time to chill in the social area and unwind with the other volunteers, catch up on a book or watch a bit of TV

Volunteers have 2 days off every week to get to sightsee and explore the area. Occasionally you may be asked to assist extra early at 6am with food preparation for the morning for the animals

Free-time activities

As the volunteer accommodation is based on an adjoining wildlife reserve, there is plenty of time to hike and explore the reserve and view the free roaming wildlife which includes giraffe and various antelope species. Beach horse-riding is also a fun activity that volunteers enjoy and free time is often spent at nearby Jeffrey's Bay- South Africa's surfing capital- shopping ,enjoying restaurants, swimming in the beautiful ocean and even taking up surfing lessons. Volunteers often hire a local taxi for trips to the world's highest bridge bungee, elephant sanctuaries, primate sanctuaries or game drives to Big 5 reserves so there is plenty to do. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Riding

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 07:30 - 17:30

What's Included

Services by Volunteer Int. Adventures

The cost of the project goes towards airport collections both arrivals and departures, accommodation costs, 3 meals a day, running costs of the sanctuary including animal feed, administration and salaries on the ground

Airport Pickup at Port Elizabeth International Airport
You will need to fly into Port Elizabeth International Airport for your collection or alternatively if visiting Cape Town, you can take a coach liner up to Jeffreys Bay for collection. Airport drop offs are included in the cost of the project too
Accommodation
The accommodation is on an adjoining nature reserve less than a 5-minute walk to the sanctuary itself. Bedrooms are shared from twin rooms to dormitory-style rooms. Rooms for couples and families can be organized. There is a club house for evenings with a TV and satellite TV. Bathrooms are shared. Meals take place at the main kitchen and dining area. It is up to the volunteers to keep their living spaces tidy. Linen is provided. Laundry is available for a surcharge.
Food & Beverages
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, cooldrinks and tea and coffee are provided. Volunteers often assist preparing meals in the communal kitchen and help washing up afterwards. Vegetarian meals can be accommodated for. Occasionally volunteers and staff will enjoy a typical South African braai (BBQ) together which is always a great way to end the day!
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) in Port Elizabeth. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Starting days are Monday to Friday all year around with flight arrivals no later than 5pm

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$800
3 weeks
$1,050
4 weeks
$1,300
5 weeks
$1,550
6 weeks
$1,800
7 weeks
$2,050
8 weeks
$2,300
9 weeks
$2,550
10 weeks
$2,800
11 weeks
$3,050
12 weeks (max. stay)
$3,300
Average fees
$338 /week

The organization charges its fees in GBP. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Volunteer Int. Adventures will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Volunteer Int. Adventures during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Animal Sanctuary Helper

Help out at an animal and bird sanctuary giving hands-on assistance with a variety of exotic and indigenous animals that are in captivity and non-releasable

$338/week

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