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Big Cat Sanctuary on a Wildlife Reserve

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2 - 12 semanas  ·  Edad 18 - 50+

rating  Excelente 4.8  · 
  Verificado por Volunteer World
  Ratio de respuesta muy alto

Puntos Relevantes

  • Assist with the care of 14 lions and 1 tiger saved from horrible backgrounds, many from private ownership and zoos in the Ukraine, that need to learn how to live like normal big cats again
  • Relieve the boredom that living in captivity can bring by helping making fun animal enrichments for the lions and tiger to enjoy
  • For those studying or qualified in veterinary medicine of any form, we would love you to come and volunteer your expertise and assistance as some of the cats need extra care due to their background
  • Immerse yourself in the fantastic wildlife surroundings on the wildlife reserve with giraffe, zebra, impala and other antelope while hiking and checking perimeter fencing to keep the animals safe
  • With South Africa's surfing capital 20 minutes drive away, spend your free time on the beach, learning how to surf or visit one of the fantastic Big 5 reserves in the surrounding areas

Especialmente adecuado para

Edad 18+
Solteros y solteras
Parejas
Familias
Grupos
50+

Sobre el programa

Volunteer at an ethical Big Cat sanctuary assisting with the ongoing care of 14 lions and 1 tiger saved from dire captive situations mainly from the Ukraine.

The Big Cat sanctuary is an ethical rescue centre for captive bred animals – mainly big cats- situated on a 154ha wildlife reserve home to various free roaming wildlife – which means you could have some “wild” visitors at your volunteer accommodation i.e. giraffe, zebra, vervet monkeys, ...

Sobre el programa

The Big Cat sanctuary is an ethical rescue centre for captive bred animals – mainly big cats- situated on a 154ha wildlife reserve home to various free roaming wildlife – which means you could have some “wild” visitors at your volunteer accommodation i.e. giraffe, zebra, vervet monkeys, kudu, impala, other various buck species, and more.

The project’s aims are to rescue and rehome abused and neglected captive wildlife and ensure that they can have a quality of life in a species appropriate home.  Also, to educate and raise awareness of the plight of captive animals and to rehabilitate and release any indigenous wildlife that may come into care.

At the sanctuary, the animals that come into  care are protected for the rest of their lives with no breeding, trading or selling of any kind. The sanctuary is their safe forever home as due to their backgrounds and being captive bred, they can never be released into the wild.

The facility is designed to be an educational opportunity for visitors and volunteers alike, and to raise awareness to the plight of big cats within captivity and in the natural world.

Work time will vary be between 5-8 hours a day depending on the needs of the facility during your time with on the project. Each day there will be a 2-hour lunch break to ensure ample time to “refuel.” During the hot summer months, the schedule may be altered to eliminate any heavy work during the hottest times of the day.

All safety protocols will be taught on the job, as well as different techniques for animal behaviour and animal enrichment. If qualified in veterinary medicine, possible assistance with veterinary care might take place

You may be required to assist in the preparation of the big cats’ meals, which is often cow, horse, chicken, or antelope meat. This may also include removing meat from the bone, preparing internal organs, and working with or around carcasses so volunteers must be prepared to work with meat.

As a volunteer, you will be assisting in many different aspects at the sanctuary. You will help in:

  • Food and vitamin preparations
  • Feeding routines
  • Assisting with fundraising
  • Animal monitoring and record keeping
  • Maintaining of the animal enclosures – and maybe even assisting building new ones
  • Enclosure fence checks- normally done twice a day, first thing and last
  • Creating enrichment items – the most fun part of the project
  • Assisting in educational tours
  • Perimeter fence checking
  • Bush clearing and alien plant removal on the reserve
  • Bush walks and monitoring of free roaming wildlife
  • Assisting and/or observing veterinary procedures (should they happen during your stay)
  • Overall assisting in the day to day running of the sanctuary
  • Should there be any animal(s) in rehabilitation, volunteers may assist with morning feeding/cleaning. This is NOT guaranteed.

Volunteers do need to be flexible and ready to assist as working with wildlife can be very unpredictable and things can change on a day to day basis according to the needs of the wildlife and sanctuary as a whole.

The sanctuary is also a permitted to rehabilitate and release indigenous wildlife within the area. Should those opportunities arise for volunteers to assist in the rehabilitation process, it will be discussed on a “need to” basis. This opportunity is NOT guaranteed.

You will be working side by side with the team of the management of the sanctuary, other staff and volunteers. A real opportunity of a lifetime to work with such dedicated and ethical individuals

As it currently stands now, there are 11 lions and 1 tiger that are now in their forever homes at the sanctuary


Día típico

The schedule is Monday to Friday as volunteers have the weekend off to relax or partake in local attractions in the area. In other words, 5 days on and 2 days off.

8am Morning Checks of the sanctuary

  • Fence Checks:
  • Animal Checks  
  • Document all concerns/issues

9-10am

  • Breakfast time and time to chat about ...

Día típico

The schedule is Monday to Friday as volunteers have the weekend off to relax or partake in local attractions in the area. In other words, 5 days on and 2 days off.

8am Morning Checks of the sanctuary

  • Fence Checks:
  • Animal Checks  
  • Document all concerns/issues

9-10am

  • Breakfast time and time to chat about the morning checks and upcoming duties for the day

10am -1pm: Volunteer duties

  • Projects will vary throughout the week from within the Sanctuary and on the Reserve. See volunteer info packet for more details.
  • Assisting and facilitating guided sanctuary tours may take place should there be bookings for visitors (tours are done 3 x a day at scheduled time slots of 10:00: 14:00 and 16:00)

1-2pm: Lunch break

2-5pm: Volunteer duties

5pm: Last checks around the sanctuary for the day

  • Fencing checks
  • Animal checks
  • Ensure all is well before end of day!

5:30pm

The end of the day and the perfect time to unwind and relax. After the busy day It’s a great time to reconnect with family and friends from home or share stories with other volunteers around a fire about the day’s happenings. Having a South African braai is a favourite and an absolute must during your stay!


Actividades de tiempo libre

This area of the Eastern Cape province is referred to as the “Sunshine Coast” with lovely long stretches of beautiful beaches in the nearby town of Jeffrey's Bay perfect for swimming, sunbathing and taking surfing lessons or just strolling around the many shops and restaurants.

More inland ...

Actividades de tiempo libre

This area of the Eastern Cape province is referred to as the “Sunshine Coast” with lovely long stretches of beautiful beaches in the nearby town of Jeffrey's Bay perfect for swimming, sunbathing and taking surfing lessons or just strolling around the many shops and restaurants.

More inland volunteers can do safari drives at private wildlife reserves and of course the famous Big 5, Addo Elephant National Park, which is always worth a visit and home to hundreds of elephants. Volunteers also can take local shuttles to the world's highest bridge bungee at Bloukrans, do zip-lining through forests and waterfalls at Tsitsikamma or explore the national park at Storms River with its suspension bridge,. Slightly further afield they can visit Wild Cat Awareness centres and primate and bird sanctuaries. The Eastern Cape is the ancestral home of the first democratic president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela,  and the home of the Amaxhosa who are known for their language, isiXhosa, which is a tongue twister with many clicks.

If wildlife, nature, beaches, and cultures interest you, it is a perfect part of South Africa to volunteer in and known for the friendly locals. 


Requisitos

Requisitos

Edad mínima: 18 años

Para participar en el programa debes tener al menos 18 años en la fecha de inicio del programa. Puede haber excepciones si muestras el permiso de tu(s) tutor(es) legal(es) o si vas acompañado de tus padres.

Conocimientos lingüísticos

Tienes que hablar (nivel básico) Inglés

Restricciones de nacionalidad

Sin restricciones. Las manos amigas de todo el mundo son bienvenidas.

Tiempo dedicado

Necesitaremos tu ayuda los Lunes, Martes, Miércoles, Jueves y Viernes de 08:00 - 17:30

Servicios incluidos

Servicios incluidos

Servicios de Volunteer Int. Adventures

The cost of this volunteer project includes:
  • your shared glamping tented accommodation onsite
  • meeting you at the airport
  • airport collection and drop-off from Port Elizabeth Airport
  • a grocery trip on arrival for you to purchase your food items for the week
  • a weekly trip to the shops for grocery shopping
  • pre-departure admin and support
  • a branded t-shirt
  • in-country staff 
  • 24- emergency help

Recogida en el aeropuerto Port Elizabeth International Airport

Your arrival and departure airport for the Big Cat Sanctuary volunteer project is King Dawie Stuurman Airport (formerly known as Port Elizabeth International Airport). Airport collections and drop off days are Monday. Your arrival flight must be before 16h00 and your departure must be after 10h00.

Alojamiento

The volunteer accommodation is in the form of eco-tented accommodation (glamping) on the game reserve less than a 2-minute walk to the sanctuary itself and has wonderful views over the reserve as it is on the hill surrounded by free roaming and “non dangerous” wildlife. As it is so close to the sanctuary, you can hear the lions roaring at night!

It is in the form of two new glamping tents which can each accommodate 4 volunteers. Sharing is normally done with members of the same sex unless couples, friends or a family group.

Each glamping tent has its own bathroom with a toilet, shower and basin and a small kitchenette to prepare food. 

The kitchenette in the glamping tents has a 2-plate gas stove, stove top kettle, fridge/freezer, microwave, basic cutlery and crockery.

You will also need to clean up after yourself. Once a week “grocery trips” will be done on arrival and then once a week into town so volunteers can purchase their food items for the week to prepare their own meals.  

Outside on the deck is a dining table and a fire pit which can be used to braai (South African BBQ) too.  Evenings can be spent enjoy the mesmerising african sunsets right from your tent front porch watching antelope and giraffe in the distance. Too stunning for words. 

Acceso a Internet

Buen acceso al lugar del proyecto

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Comida y bebida

La comida, meriendas y las bebidas tienen un coste adicional.

Boletos de avión

El aeropuerto más cercano es Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) en Port Elizabeth. Te ayudamos a encontrar vuelos baratos a Sudáfrica. ENCONTRAR VUELOS BARATOS

Seguro de viaje

Ir al extranjero es una aventura y siempre es mejor estar preparado. Enfermedad o lesión repentina, cancelación o robo: un seguro de viaje para Sudáfrica proporciona seguridad y es una ventaja tenerlo. OBTENER UN PRESUPUESTO

Vacunas

Si tiene intención de realizar un voluntariado en Sudáfrica, debe solicitar asesoramiento médico antes de iniciar su viaje social. Comprueba las vacunas que necesitas para Sudáfrica. COMPROBADOR DE VACUNAS

Detalles a la llegada

Arrival and departure days are Mondays. Arrivals need to be befoe 14h00  at Port Elizabeth Airport or the Jeffreys Bay Intercape stop. Departures must be after 10h00. 

Disponibilidad
Enero Feb. Marzo Abr. Mayo Jun Jul Agosto Set. Oct. Nov. Dic.

Cuotas del programa

2 semanas (estancia min.) 1.230€
3 semanas 1.784€
4 semanas 2.337€
5 semanas 2.829€
6 semanas 3.321€
7 semanas 3.936€
8 semanas 4.428€
9 semanas 4.920€
10 semanas 5.474€
11 semanas 5.904€
12 semanas (estancia max.) 6.519€
Cuota promedio 578€/semana

Cuotas del programa

578€ cuotas semanales 2 - 12 semanas Edad 18 - 50+

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Duración

2 - 12 semanas

Depósito

El depósito es simplemente para reservar tu vacante de voluntario. Los pagos se gestionan a través de PayPal, nuestro proveedor global de confianza. Si no tienes una cuenta PayPal, también puedes pagar con tarjeta de crédito.


Pago final

El pago final se acordará con Volunteer Int. Adventures durante el proceso de solicitud. Las soluciones habituales son la transferencia bancaria o el pago en efectivo en el lugar del proyecto.


Conoce a tu anfitrión(a)

Volunteer Int. Adventures

Excelente 4.8 rating (55 reseñas)

Agencia

Verificado por Volunteer World

  Ratio de respuesta muy alto

Coordinado por

Sharon

Idiomas hablados: Afrikaans, Inglés

sobre la organización

We are a small, personal, hands-on volunteer organisation with 15 years experience of working with volunteers in conservation and humanitarian projects on the ground.

Conoce a tu anfitrión(a)

Volunteer International Adventures is dedicated to youth and animal projects, which are areas of great passion for us. We recognize the need for assistance from international volunteers in developing countries and have witnessed the transformative impact of their hands-on involvement on communities and conservation efforts.


Our core priorities are as follows:


1. Culture and Cultural Sensitivity:

We encourage our volunteers to fully immerse themselves in the culture of the country they are volunteering in, understanding that volunteering differs significantly from being a tourist. By working closely with local communities and project partners, our volunteers gain profound insights into the challenges faced by the country. We actively support and facilitate opportunities for volunteers to engage in various activities, interact with locals, and educate themselves about the nation's history, no matter how difficult it may be. Cultural sensitivity is paramount, and we ensure that our approach is collaborative rather than imposing our own ideas. We welcome suggestions and creative ideas from our volunteers, as they often prove to be feasible and enrich the communities we serve.


2. Fulfilling Volunteer Experiences:

We strive to ensure that all our volunteers leave with a sense of accomplishment. Whether it is helping a child grasp mathematics, teaching cricket to school children, providing sewing classes to uplift youth, participating in wildlife conservation efforts such as satellite collaring African wild dogs or rhino relocation, collecting data on great white shark populations, treating sick indigenous wildlife, assisting with animal sterilization in disadvantaged communities, instilling a love for reading in children, or teaching marimba classes—the list is diverse and extensive. We want our volunteers to develop a deep connection with the country they are assisting and forge lifelong friendships that can serve as future ambassadors for their respective nations.


3. Ethical Projects:

We strictly oppose trophy hunting and the breeding of lions for commercial gain. Our wildlife and animal projects take place in free-roaming reserves, registered rehabilitation centers, or sanctuaries where the animals are non-releasable due to injuries, human habituation, or being non-indigenous to the area. We support local and ethical animal sanctuaries and reserves, which our volunteers can visit during their free time. When working with children in teaching, care, or youth development projects, we require a recent paper copy of a background check (CRB check) from volunteers' countries of origin. This precaution ensures the safety and well-being of the children we serve, who often come from challenging socio-economic backgrounds and have been let down by adults in the past. We prioritize the protection of innocent animals and children who cannot advocate for themselves.


4. Responsible and Sustainable Approach:

We take pride in implementing responsible and sustainable projects that involve local community members, ensuring the continuity of operations even when volunteer numbers are low. While some projects rely heavily on volunteer support due to limited funds, we strive to strike a balance by involving sufficient local participation.


5. Cost Effectiveness:

Having collaborated with volunteers on projects for nearly 15 years, we recognize that volunteering can come at a significant cost. Therefore, we are committed to making volunteering more accessible, reasonable, and inclusive. Our projects encompass various extras, and we maintain affordability by keeping costs low and encouraging increased hands-on assistance. We offer negotiable family, friends, and group discounts, as volunteering together enables us to further reduce expenses. Loyalty is rewarded, and returning volunteers receive special recognition in our projects. Additionally, our costs include donations to our projects, contributing to their sustainability and impact.


6. Safety:

The safety of our volunteers is of paramount importance. We thoroughly vet and assess all our projects, ensuring adequate safety measures are in place. While certain areas may be off-limits due to potential risks, it is important to note that complete safety guarantees are impossible in any location. We have established channels for reporting incidents and maintain close relationships with in-country support on the ground. Furthermore, we possess liability insurance and require all participants to have personal travel insurance. To provide comprehensive support, we arrange airport collections and drop-offs, ensuring our volunteers are assisted throughout their entire journey. We pride ourselves on delivering a personal touch and remain available 24/7 to address any emergencies.


Please remember to arrange your comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking your trip, as it is an essential aspect of ensuring your well-being and peace of mind.


We sincerely appreciate your interest in Volunteer International Adventures and our commitment to making a positive impact through responsible volunteering. Should you have any further questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

55 reseñas · rating4.8

I had a wonderful time in this ethical sanctuary. Lauren and Keegan are amazing people who know what they are doing. I learned a lot about cats among experts and I fell in love again with those beautiful animals. The location is just perfect, you will sleep in a good accomodation on top of an hill ...
Daniela Köhn rating5

2023 at Big Cat Sanctuary on a Wildlife Reserve

I had a really great and exciting time with Lauren and Keegan and I miss it every day! The accommodation and the nature are beautiful. I felt safe and well taken care of. Thank you for a wonderful ...
Solenne RAULET rating4.6

2023 at Big Cat Sanctuary on a Wildlife Reserve

I would 100% recommend this sanctuary with its values and actions respecting animal welfare and protection. Lauren, Keegan and Lionel make sure to make your stay unique in an educational and caring way. If you are already a big cat fan, you will fall in love all over again with these beauties of ...
I have absolutely loved my experience in South Africa volunteering with Endangered Wildlife Monitoring and Research, and I am sad that I have to leave in a few days. By the time I leave I will have spent six weeks in South Africa, so I've been lucky enough to volunteer at all three of the reserves ...
Lynn van den Broecke rating5

2024 at Ethical Predator Sanctuary Assistant

A massive thank you to everyone who was involved in this project! I felt safe and well taken care of. I think about this experience a lot. I would definitely recommend it to everyone! ...
Wildlife rescue, Rehabilitation and Veterinary Clinic is am amazing organization. Great staff and volunteers. Well organized. Clear instruction and support. I was hugely privileged to go on an release expedition for a troop of 25 vervet monkeys, which was hands down the best part of the ...

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