Help out at a Port Elizabeth based marine birdlife conservation centre.
The South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre (SAMREC) offers
visitors a unique and interesting insight into the world of the marine
life of Algoa Bay and the challenges it faces. Today the centre rescues
all marine animals but concentrates primarily on marine birds,
specifically the endangered African Penguin.
SAMREC always needs help from volunteers of all age ranges. Our volunteers are supervised at all times and receive on the job training as well as the relevant learning material.
In the Hospital:
Scrubbing and cleaning the facility
Preparing food and medication
Feeding the penguins*
*This work is controlled by your level of training. It might take some time before you are confident enough to carry penguins.
Helping with children especially during rock pool and shipwreck lessons.
Assisting with teaching.
Helping with displays, both in the centre and in shopping centres etc.
Front of House:
Welcoming visitors and front desk duty.
Answering the phone.
Guiding a tour, or helping the group link up with an existing tour.
Helping with coffee shop duties if needed.
On a day to day basis there are many interesting and varied challenges awaiting the volunteer, all vital to keeping this project operational. These vary between working behind the scenes with the animals, and at the front of house with the visitors, as the venue functions as a place for the public to interact with the wildlife at the centre.
There is no fixed program of tasks, and your duties will be worked
out depending on the demands of SAMREC, as well as your level of
experience, but all take place during daytime hours.
Explore the beauty of South Africa's Eastern Cape Province with our registered tour guide with personalised weekend tours to suit your relaxation needs. From surfing, to shark cage diving, to ostrich riding, our weekend getaway program is substantial and varied, and many Port Elizabeth based excursions are built into the base price.
Transfer from the airport, to our accommodation.
We provide accommodation in a separate flat of our Port Elizabeth residence, or if you would prefer, at a nearby backpackers. The standard of our accommodation is superb, and we take very seriously the needs of our volunteers.
Breakfast included, vegan and vegetarian available on request.