The Mighty Roar

Big Cat Sanctuary Helper

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Your chance to work behind the scenes at a true conservation big cat sanctuary that is currently home to many rescued lions, tigers, leopards, jackals and caracals.

The project provides a prosperous and protected future for the big cats and gives them the opportunity to live the lifes they deserve. Being a true non-profit sanctuary that is both ethical and sustainable, there is no cub petting, breeding or trading that takes place.

The main goal of the sanctuary is to be an educational platform where awareness is created about conditions big cats face in captivity, and how animal welfare and enrichment play a vital role in giving them the best captive life possible. Educating the public on the issues with the canned hunting industry and breeding farms is in itself an enormous challenge.

This amazing programme aims to become the first ‘green’ big cat sanctuary in South Africa and is solely run on solar energy. Within the 40 hectares of paradise, there is a beautiful home for both the animals and volunteers and plenty of large trees, natural springs and a 360-degree view of the mountains.

Typical day

You will be given the opportunity to be involved in all of the daily operations and be behind the scenes where you can learn what it takes to run the sanctuary. A normal day will consist of a morning meeting where you will go through the day’s schedule around 8am. You will then be out within the sanctuary until around 6pm – stopping for lunch of course!

A typical day may see you do the following:

  • Looking after the amazing big cats and contributing to their wellbeing and happiness
  • Enrichment programme, such as making toys for the animals
  • Preparation of food and feeding
  • Cleaning and maintenance of enclosures
  • General farm work
  • Educating visitors

You will generally get Tuesdays and Sundays off where you can either stay within the volunteer house and relax or go out and explore this beautiful country. Every Tuesday, you will be able to get involved in lots of different activities in the nearby area where a member of staff will accompany everyone for the day.

Details on Arrival

Starts every Saturday


You should arrive to Cape Town Airport (CPT) on your selected start date, being any Saturday. You need to ensure that you have landed and are ready to be picked up no later than 2pm. You will be met by one of our local team members who will be holding a named sign and will then transport you to the project site.

Free-time activities

You will generally get Tuesdays and Sundays off where you can either stay within the volunteer house and relax or go out and explore this beautiful country. Every Tuesday, you will be able to get involved in lots of different activities in the nearby area where a member of staff will accompany everyone for the day.
Sightseeing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking

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 (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 18:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
The Mighty Roar (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by The Mighty Roar

Fees include accommodation, some meals and the registration fee of $180

Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport

You should arrive to Cape Town Airport (CPT) on your selected start date, being any Saturday. You need to ensure that you have landed and are ready to be picked up no later than 2pm. You will be met by one of our local team members who will be holding a named sign and will then transport you to the project site.

On the last day of your programme you will be taken back to Cape Town Aiport. The fee is included within the programme costs.

Accommodation

During your stay on the programme you will become part of the family where you will be able to enjoy the modern, yet cosy home. The volunteer accommodation is situated in the middle of the property where you will be mesmerised by the spectacular mountain views and feel at peace with nature as you listen to the lions roar.

You will be sharing a room with 1 other volunteer in one of the spacious and comfortable 3 bedrooms, all of which have en-suites. If you are brave enough, there may be the option of sometimes sleeping under the African stars in one of the two hammocks!

There is a fully equipped kitchen where everyone is able to cook and then sit down and enjoy in the large dinning room. The big living room is ideal to sit down and relax while watching a film, reading a book or playing games.

Outside there is swimming pool where you can cool down during the hot summer days, a nice garden to sunbath and a traditional South African braii (BBQ)

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

You will be provided with breakfast and lunch during the week, while you will be responsible for catering for your own dinner. You will be able to cook a nice homemade meal in the fully equipped kitchen or using the traditional South Africa braii (BBQ) and will be taken on a weekly shopping trip. If you prefer, you can eat out in one of many restaurants that are only a short drive away.

You can expect some of the following meals:

Breakfast – Toast, Cereals, eggs, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, milk
Lunch – Burritos, carrot soup, lasagne, curry, lentil and butternut back, burgers

With prior notice we are able to cater for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free

Although there will be an additional charge of R200 (roughly $17) per week for any special dietary requirements.

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 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)
1 week (min. stay)
$850.00
2 weeks
$1,074.00
3 weeks
$1,298.00
4 weeks
$1,522.00
8 weeks
$2,417.00
16 weeks
$4,209.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$6,000.00
Average fees
$550.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Stanford/South Africa between 1 week and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. The Mighty Roar 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 The Mighty Roar during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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