Love-giver to our animals

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A Hog's Life Rescue Farm
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Coordinator | Anke
Coordinator | Anke


Reconnect with nature & explore magical forests, mountains and waterfalls while you exercise our dogs on adventures hikes and long walks.
Learn about animal rescue and rehabilitation of neglected and abused dogs and cats and other farm animals.
Expand your mind during your stay in a unique handcrafted Tipi and gazing at stars at night around the fireplace with new friends.
Experience traditional Xhosa culture and make a lasting impact on children's perception of animals by showing and teaching them how to love their furry friends.
Become a part of our A Hog's Life family and change the lifes of many - animals and people - by using your skills and giving your love!
Help to take care of our animals while exploring magical nature, be part of our rescue missions and make a lasting impact on our community by teaching kids about animals! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

To help us continue doing the work we're doing and much more... We need your help as volunteers!

Our volunteers responsibilities:

  • Daily walks and adventures with the dogs
  • Quality care and giving LOVE to all our animals
  • Feeding our animals
  • Cleaning dog camps, cattery & stables
  • Assisting with spay campaigns
  • Help us train the animals and get them ready for their forever homes
  • Be part of the adoption process and help find our animals new homes
  • Field work / go out on rescue missions and help save animals in desperate need
  • Getting arty and involved in making our dog camps more homely for the animals
  • Build dog kennels for people who can’t afford to provide shelter for their dogs
  • Learn about planting vegetables and take care of our veggie garden
  • Be part of our education program at local schools and work closely with children
  •  Support a nearby Animal Care Organisation with feeding and taking care of stray cats and dogs
  • Run our Social Media channels 

Typical day

Each day is different on our Animal Rescue Farm and activities also depend on weather conditions. There is always so much to do that you simply can not fit it all in one day, but that is how we guarantee you will never be bored and your heart will always be full! 

Breakfast will be available from 7-8am, work for our volunteers starts at around 8am from Monday to Friday. Lunch will be ready around 12/12:30 and dinner after 5pm. All meals and food options will be vegan/ vegetarian, home cooked and will hopefully be an inspiration for your diet back home. We put lots of love, time and local ingredients into each meal to make it as “lekker” as possible for you! We have wrap, pasta, curry, pizza, burger, traditional african and many more theme days to make your meals fun and interesting. 

Saturday and Sunday are for exploring Hogsback and the surrounding area or simply relaxing on the farm doing whatever your heart desires.

Daily walks and hikes are very important for our dogs Depending on the weather, there will be multiple guided walks and hikes every day. Some days are for our education programs, other days we drive out into the villages and help locals and rescue animals, other days we will have to assist our vet. 

Free-time activities

There is so much to do in and around Hogsback! 

Here is a list of activities

  • Guided hikes through the Hogsback forests and plantations
  • Chasing sunrises and enjoying a drink on top of a mountain for sunset
  • Sight-seeing in close by towns and on forgotten dirt roads over mountains and through forests
  • Experiencing local traditional cuisine
  • Being a part of the local festivals like “Winter in July”
  • Learning about local African culture “Xhosa”
  • Magical evenings around the campfire with hours of stargazing (Hogsback is one of THE places in the country to watch stars)
  • Swims in our local dams
  • Take Yoga classes
  • Horseback riding (extra costs involved)
  • Join primate scientists: follow baboons and monkeys through town and forests and learn about their natural behaviour (extra costs involved)
  • Learn about the endangered Cape Parrot and spend a day with the Cape Parrot Project (extra costs involved)  
  • Abseiling (extra costs involved)
  • Mountain biking trips (extra costs involved)

Hogsback is also home to the famous 5-day Amatola Hiking Trail. It is called the hardest hike in the country for a reason, but promises to take you to some of the most magical places in the area. If you wish to go on this adventure, we are happy to help you arrange this once-in-a-lifetime trip. 



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
If you have knowledge about dogs, cats and other animals, that is great! If you are a talented artist, wonderful! Do you have building experience, survival skills? Super helpful! But in the end of the day, all we need is your passion for animals and love you can give! The rest we are happy to teach you!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00

What's Included

Services by A Hog's Life Rescue Farm

In your fee is included:

  • Accommodation in a beautiful Tipi for two people maximum with your own 3/4 comfy bed, a fire place, sofa and everything that makes your stay cozy and comfy. Each Tipi has its own bathroom with shower, toilet and basin a few meters walk away from it
  • All meals are included and all drinks (no alcohol). All meals are vegan and vegetarian and freshly cooked with lots of love
  • Airport shuttle from East London airport on a Monday
  • A South African Sim Card 
  • Guided hikes and tours
  • A surprise welcome gift

Airport Pickup at East London Airport

Airport shuttle on a Monday from East London Airport. 


You will stay in one of our unique & cozy hand-crafted Tipi's. Our Tipi's have been built to keep the warmth in during winter and allow the cool breeze in during summer. Each of our Tipi's has a fitted fire-place as well as heaters and heated blankets to make sure you have a comfortable stay.

Our Tipi's are large, the footprint of each Tipi measures approx. 30m2 (6m diameter). One Tipi accommodates 2 people, so there is plenty of space for you and all your personal effects. The height of the Tipi's measure 6m, so you’ll be able to comfortably walk around inside. It's a incredibly unique experience to live in a Tipi and can’t be compared with camping at all!

Toilets and showers are only a few meters walk away from your Tipi. Each Tipi has its own shower, basin and toilet facility.

Dogs will be allowed (and encouraged) inside your Tipi in the evening. So pick a favourite and cuddle them throughout the night! 

Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
All meals and food options will be vegan/ vegetarian, home cooked and will hopefully be an inspiration for your diet back home. We put lots of love, time and local ingredients into each meal to make it as “lekker” as possible for you! 

We have burger, pizza, wrap, pasta, curry, traditional African and other theme days to keep it interesting and fun!

Breakfast and dinner will be a beautiful buffet option.
Internet Access
Good 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 East London Airport (ELS) in East London. 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.
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


Details on arrival

Our 2-week program starts on a Monday and you can book throughout the entire year! 

Our farm is in Hogsback, a small town located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Pick-up point on a Monday will be at East London Airport. A free Airport Shuttle is included. It is possible to drive to Hogsback with a rental car (+- 142km), but parking spots are limited. If you wish to travel to Hogsback on your own, please make prior arrangements. We are happy to assist with info & tips regarding flights and accommodation in East London. 

The ATM’s don’t always have cash available, so please make sure to draw cash before you arrive. You will also be able to pay with credit card in most facilities. 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 750
3 weeks
$ 1,125
3 weeks
$ 1,125
4 weeks
$ 1,500
4 weeks
$ 1,500
5 weeks
$ 1,875
5 weeks
$ 1,875
7 weeks
$ 2,625
7 weeks
$ 2,625
9 weeks
$ 3,375
9 weeks
$ 3,375
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 9,000
Average fees
$ 375 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. A Hog's Life Rescue Farm will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with A Hog's Life Rescue Farm during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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