Ethical Predator Sanctuary Assistant

Volunteer Int. Adventures
Stel je vraag
Coördinator | Sharon
Coördinator | Sharon
Boek met de Flex-Optie! Kies nieuwe vertrekdata of wijzig je vrijwilligersproject zonder meerkost.

High­lights

A project for the big cat lovers who understand that no breeding, no petting and no trading takes place with truly ethical big cat sanctuaries.
Meet the resident non-releasable wild cats and get to know their unique individual characters while helping with their care. The black leopard and white lion are especially unique!
The fun part- learn about animal enrichment and how to keep wildlife stimulated in captivity as these wild cats are non-releasable so will live their natural lives at the sanctuary
Great for Gappers, career breakers, families, post-retirement gappers, animal lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, volunteers who like to get hands-on, those with DIY skills, conservation students
Lots to do in your spare time from diving with sharks, whale & dolphin watching, wine & beer tasting or just visiting the closest city for shopping and a bite to eat
Volunteer at an extremely ethical predator sanctuary with the care of lions, tigers, leopard, cheetah, caracal and jackal in the beautiful Western Cape This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+
Alleenstaanden
Koppels
Groepen
50+

In a rural area surrounded by indigenous fauna and flora you will find this incredible sanctuary which has become the forever home for many rescued big cats and predators providing a safe and stimulating environment and sanctuary for the rest of their natural lives. As the years have gone by the project has grown from strength to strength with the help of volunteers with more big cats finding sanctuary and enclosures being upgraded and improved to incorporate platforms, water features and even an amazing enrichment enclosure which ensures they have the best possible life in captivity as these are all non-releasable animals that have been saved from some very negative backgrounds.

Volunteer duties may vary and may depend on certain factors such as what’s required at the time, the weather, veterinary treatment or preparing for a new animal arriving. Thursdays are excursion days in the neighbouring area and weekends are for free time so a perfect time to see more of the local area or even take an overnight trip to the coast...or Cape Town.

Volunteer duties

  • Caring for the amazing big cats

Caring for the animals means anything from spending time with Bella, the tiger, as she loves to go for walks, or Max the caracal who also loves to walk (of course on different sides of the fence), sit outside the animals’ enclosures just being in and feeling their presence, and they feel yours, giving them daily reassurance and distraction from being captive. We often recommend to bring a book or diary or drawing paper – whatever is suitable for the different people. You may also be involved in preparing special medication for the animals that need it. The cats’ condition is also checked daily, which you will be responsible for, and report if anything seems out of the ordinary.

  • Enrichment program

You, as a volunteer, personally make enrichment for the animals, and it is all about thinking outside the box! You can make big animals out of cardboard boxes, paper mache balls or structures, make structures out of tyres, make sensory enrichment to stimulate the cats’ smells, with anything from herbs, to fruits, peanut butter, honey, etc. You can also make jumping obstacles, rolling toys and create structures where the animals must use their strength to get through/over. The sky is the limit, although everything is monitored and rules do apply with regards to safety for the animals.

  • Assist with feeding

The feeding runs off a flexible schedule, and not on routine, as this is not in the best interest for the animals as in the wild, there is no routine with the eating habits of big cats. The project believes in making feeds random with both type of meat, size of portions, and times of feeding. Some days they will get a very large portion and not get food for three days, and some days a small portion early morning, small portion next day, medium portion two days later in the evening, etc. They feed as freshly as possible, so when they know a horse/cow/antelope is coming in, they try and feed that day to give them the most nutritious food possible.

  • Cleaning and maintaining enclosures

Every enclosure is cleaned once to three times a week, depending on the animal and size of enclosure. Water bowls and feeding camps also need daily check-ups and the fences are checked every morning and every afternoon to make sure the electricity is working, and that all the fences are in order. When cleaning the enclosures there are always things needing to be repaired, whether fixing or upgrading the wild cat’s houses, trees, taking out weeds or alien invasive plants, planting new bushes, fixing fences, etc.  

  • General farm work

At the sanctuary there are many things that need to be kept maintained, so you will help daily with anything from clearing of alien vegetation, fixing of fences, building of structures, planting, making flowerbeds, fixing the tourist area, clearing of fire breaks, fixing roads, painting, making presentations and so forth. Everyone has different wishes and specialities, and we try our best to make it the most fun for you, and also let you put your “signature” on something while you are there!

  • Educating visitors

Assist staff with educational visits for the public. You’ll also join some tours so that you get a proper understanding of the education they provide on big cats, and understand more about what the sanctuary is about. You may be asked to assist with day events and stalls at markets to raise awareness with the public. During the year fundraisers also take place which you may get involved in. These are normally to raise funds for a specific cause like a veterinary clinic onsite, eye surgery, animal relocation etc

Dagelijkse activiteiten

To keep things as close to how things are found in the wild especially with feeding, there is no fixed schedule so the daily scheduled is varied. There will be a difference between summer and winter months due to temperature and hours of light during the day. Morning starts with a meeting where the day’s schedule is planned and set up for you. There will be plenty of breaks during the morning and afternoon projects, and flexibility for sightseeing activities in the area too- of which there are plenty of things to do!

07.00 am- Wake up, wash and get ready
07.30 am- Help yourself to breakfast with the food provided
08.00 am- Morning meeting
08.15 am- Staff morning project which could be any of the volunteer duties listed above
12.00 pm- Break for lunch with a meal provided for you
15.00 pm- Afternoon volunteer duties
18.00pm- Make your dinner
19.00pm- Relax, swim, read, contemplate on the meaning of life, listening to the lions roar…



Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

You will need to fly into Cape Town International Airport for your collection. This area of the Western Cape province has so much to offer surrounded by wine farms, craft breweries, hiking trails, sea kayaking, river cruises, quad biking, zip lining, paragliding, bird watching, whale & dolphin watching, horse riding, picturesque towns, stretches of untouched coastline, scenic views and even white shark diving. It is also possible to also do a four hour round trip to Cape Agulhas, the ‘Southern Most Tip of Africa’

If wildlife, nature and beaches interest you, it is a perfect part of South Africa to volunteer in.

Klimmen
Duiken/
Snorkelen
Wandelen
Paardrijden
Safari/
Zoo
Shoppen/
Souvenirs
Bezienswaardigheden
Sport
Zwemmen
Watersport

Voor­waarden

Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Taalkennis
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (basis niveau)
Nationaliteitsbeperkingen
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
Gappers, career breakers, families, post-retirement gappers, animal lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, volunteers who like to get hands-on, those with DIY skills, conservation students are all welcome
Tijdsinzet
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag van 08:00 - 17:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Volunteer Int. Adventures
The project cost includes a vegetarian self-service breakfast daily and a cooked lunch on working days , shared accommodation, meeting you at the airport, airport collection and drop-off,  pre-departure support, in-country staff and 24- emergency help. It does not include dinners or cooked lunches on off days
Afhaal aan de luchthaven op Cape Town International Airport
Airport collections and  drop offs are scheduled for Saturdays ONLY from Cape Town International Airport between 10am and 2pm. On collection you will be met and then taken to your project which is a 2-hour drive away from Cape Town. On the way back from the airport to the volunteer accommodation, you will stop at the supermarket so you can buy your groceries for the week. Your next shopping trip will be Thursday so please buy enough food to keep you going until then. As a reminder, we provide food for your breakfast (DIY) and lunch (a shared meal) whenever you are at work, so you will just need to buy food for weekend lunches, dinners, snacks, alcohol and we also ask that you buy water to drink. The water on the project is safe, but it is more ‘natural’ in colour and taste than most people are used to!  Tea and coffee making facilities, however if you like a particular tea or coffee, we recommend you purchase your own for your stay. If you require dairy or gluten alternatives, these are available to buy at the supermarket.
Accomodatie
The volunteer accommodation is in a stunning newly house in the most beautiful with shared natural setting situated an 8 minute drive or 25 minute walk from the sanctuary itself so at night you can hear the roars of the lions. A totally unforgettable sound! The volunteer house consists of 3 shared bedrooms with 3 bathrooms, a spacious and fully equipped modern kitchen and dining room for everyone to cook and enjoy dinners and games nights together, a living room area with a fire for film evenings or relaxing with a good book. Outside you will enjoy beautiful mountain views and indigenous vegetation. There is a traditional South African braai (BBQ) area, and the property is fenced off with a security gate. There is a lovely dam and large garden with space to play games, walk or sunbathe. There are other houses on the small holding where staff members live too so you will always have company. At night you may just hear the lions roaring in the distance. Linen is provided

You will share a bedroom with a maximum of 4 other volunteers.

INTERNET –There is WIFI in the house, so you can easily keep contact with friends and family on mail, social media and Skype. However, the internet connection is very slow, so downloading of movies, music, films, etc is not possible, and ask you to only Skype with voice communication. There is a small weekly surcharge for the use of the WIFI

Slaapkamer (Dubbel) Slaapzaal
Eten & Drank
Vegetarian breakfasts and lunch's are provided. Dinners are for the volunteers own expense as are lunches on weekends. Volunteers often assist preparing meals in the communal kitchen and help washing up afterwards. Once a week on a Thursday volunteers will be taken to a nearby town for shopping for extras they might need for their dinners as part of their excursion.  
Internet toegang
Beperkte toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Zuid-Afrika.
Reisverzekering
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Zuid-Afrika biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Vaccinaties
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Zuid-Afrika dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Zuid-Afrika.

Data & Kosten

GEEN CREDITCARDKOSTEN

Gegevens over jouw aankomst

All year around starting on a Saturday. You will need to fly into Cape Town International Airport between 10am and 2pm for your collection and then will be taken to the project
Beschikbaarheid
jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
Duurtijd
2 - 12 weken

Programmakosten

Kosten: Prijs in USD
2 weken (min. verblijf)
$1.677
3 weken
$2.322
4 weken
$2.967
5 weken
$3.612
6 weken
$4.257
7 weken
$4.644
8 weken
$5.160
9 weken
$5.676
10 weken
$6.192
11 weken
$6.837
12 weken (max. verblijf)
$7.482
Gemiddelde kosten
$731 /week

De organisatie rekent haar tarieven in GBP. De prijstabel in USD is onderhevig aan valutaschommelingen. Volunteer Int. Adventures zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Volunteer Int. Adventures gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

Waarom Volunteer World

Bijkomende zekerheid geboden door Volunteer World
Volunteer World is 's werelds leidende vergelijkingsplatform voor internationale vrijwilligerswerk projecten. Wij begeleiden jou door een betrouwbare aanmeldingsprocedure - inclusief de nodige betalingen. Plan jouw zinvolle reis met Volunteer World en krijg gratis toegang tot:
Kwaliteitsgarantie
Hoge ethische standaarden & transparantie in de sociale impact
Flex-optie
Wijzig jouw reservatie zonder extra meerkost
Garantie op terugbetaling
We betalen je kosten terug als Volunteer Int. Adventures jouw reis annuleert
Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
Onze diensten zijn gratis!
Alle programmakosten worden rechtstreeks gefactureerd door Volunteer Int. Adventures

Wat vertellen de mensen over Volunteer World?

Ethical Predator Sanctuary Assistant

Volunteer at an extremely ethical predator sanctuary with the care of lions, tigers, leopard, cheetah, caracal and jackal in the beautiful Western Cape

$567/week

Misschien ben je ook geïnteresseerd in

Sea Turtle Conservation Ambassador Quepos, Costa Rica Tortugas de Pacuare
Volunteer and save turtles, make a difference and meet one of the most beautiful beaches in the world! Join us in Pacific CR!
Conservation of Whale & Dolphin Populations Tenerife, Spanje GVI
Contribute to critical whale & dolphin conservation initiatives in the beautiful subtropical island archipelago - Canary Islands.
Wildlife Conservation with Horses Dete, Zimbabwe Volunteer Int. Adventures
The ultimate combination of volunteering with horses while being involved with local community, wildlife conservation and anti-poaching in a true raw Africa setting
Caring for children at a township creche Knysna, Zuid-Afrika Volunteer Int. Adventures
Help at a creche in the townships of Knysna with foundation phase education and assist teachers to care for the little ones
Brochure

Waarom zie ik dit?

U heeft een pagina aangevraagd die niet meer bestaat op deze site. Dit kan worden veroorzaakt door een link die u hebt gevolgd en die verouderd was, door het intypen van een verkeerd adres in de adresbalk, of gewoon omdat de post is verwijderd.

Breng me naar de Hoofdpagina