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Animal Shelter Assistant

Cape Town, South Africa show on map

Help with the feeding, walking or sterilizing of stray dogs. Care for these wonderful animals and find forever homes for them.

The program

This wonderful project works to rescue and rehabilitate animals in need in the Philippi farming area. The residents live in extreme poverty, well below the poverty line. There is a huge issue with stray animals/pets in the area, largely dogs and some cats. Due to the tough economic and social situation in the area, these animals are often neglected and left to fend for themselves, often resulting in starvation and/or sickness. Because of this ever-growing problem in the area, an animal rescue and rehabilitation centre was established. The centre is a pro-life, non-profit organisation that rescues, cares for, and sterilizes stray dogs and cats, with the hope of eventually finding new homes for them. The centre is only able to employ a handful of permanent staff, depending heavily on volunteers to assist with daily tasks and to supply hands-on care for these vulnerable animals.

Goals of this Project:

  • To rescue and care for neglected and abandoned animals in the Philippi area
  • Find forever homes for these wonderful animals
  • Sterilize the animals to combat the over-breeding issue
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both locals and international volunteers alike

How you can help

This wonderful project plays an important role in making the area safer and in creating a better life for neglected and abandoned animals. The rescue and rehabilitation centre houses the animals in a large area as well as indoor rooms for those animals in treatment or rehabilitation. Loving and compassionate care is given to animals, with the hope of eventually finding them forever homes. Volunteers assist with tasks such as the cleaning and maintenance of the animal housing areas, walking the dogs, feeding, or even just spending time playing with the animals in order to reintegrate them with people. Volunteers also work on coordinating and assisting with fundraising events and initiatives. Time spent with the adorable puppies is always volunteers’ favourite aspect of this project!  This program is a wonderful experience for international volunteers who will learn so much from the passionate staff and the amazing people and cultures who combine in this fantastic community. Volunteers will generally work from 8:00 am –5.00 pm, Monday to Friday.

Volunteers on this program will contribute in a number of ways.  This placement is very hands -on  and you can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Feed and play with the animals
  • Clean animal houses and kennels
  • Walk the dogs
  • Work on fundraising initiatives

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:00am Breakfast at the volunteer house

7:30am Your host family will transport you to your placement.

7:45am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor

8:00am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

A tea break and lunch break will be fitted in during the day, but often the timing of breaks will change based on the needs of the local staff and number of volunteers on hand.

5:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

5:15pm Debrief with project supervisor

5:30pm Your host family will collect you.

Evenings Volunteers are free to explore the local area, check out the multitude of local restaurants, bars and cafes, or relax with the other volunteers!

Details on Arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Free-time activities

Philippi is a farming area located about 30 minutes drive from Cape Towns city center.  It is sparsely populated compared to the surrounding city and contains many farms. In Cape Town there are many things to do such as sightseeing, shopping and experiencing the local culture.

Water Sports
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports

Program Requirements

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)
Required Documents
Emergency Contact
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
The project is open to all and does not require participants to have specific education, qualifications or experience, as you will be shown everything you need to know by one of local project leaders. Importantly though, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 17:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

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  • Airport pick-up on arrival 
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Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport

Upon arrival into Cape Town airport volunteers will be collected by a representative of the local project team and transported to their assigned accommodation where they will join a short welcome session. On Monday, volunteers attend the full orientation session where a representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience in South Africa. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have.

  • Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town, South Africa (CODE: CPT)

Accommodation

Volunteers joining our Animal Rescue team in the Philippi farming area are accommodated with one of our carefully selected local host families, in shared rooms. The families are experienced in hosting international volunteers and will take very good care of you.

Staying with a local South African family is a great way to be truly immersed in the local culture. All families have been fully vetted by our local team and have plenty of experience in hosting international volunteers. 

Dorm Room Guest Family
Food & Beverages
On working days, volunteers are provided two meals (breakfast and dinner) on a daily basis while at their home stay house, while lunch can be purchased at a local shop during working days. Easy!
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 Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. 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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$748.00
3 weeks
$908.00
4 weeks
$1,048.00
5 weeks
$1,128.00
6 weeks
$1,208.00
7 weeks
$1,368.00
8 weeks
$1,518.00
9 weeks
$1,648.00
10 weeks
$1,788.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,008.00
Average fees
$271.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Cape Town/South Africa between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in South Africa.
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 Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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