The Mighty Roar

Penguin Conservation Helper

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The Mighty Roar
Coordinator | Michelle
Coordinator | Michelle
This non-profit penguin conservation centre has treated 95,000 seabirds, and recent research confirms that their actions have increased the Penguin population by 19% This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

Due to exploitation of guano and penguin eggs and the depletion of fish resources, seabird numbers have dropped a massive 90% over the past 100 years. In more recent times, oil spills have threatened to kill the last few remaining survivors, which is why the centre has pioneered and refined many oiled seabird rehabilitation procedures and is now a world leader in this field.

Their primary objective is to reverse the decline of seabird populations through the rescue, rehabilitation and release of ill, injured, abandoned and oiled seabirds – especially endangered seabirds like the African Penguin. In a typical year, the dedicated team can treat up to 2,500 seabirds, of which approximately 1,500 are African Penguins.

Despite their highly dedicated team, the centre relies heavily on the support of volunteers like you to be able to handle the large numbers of seabirds that arrive everyday. Volunteers become an extension of the staff and you will play an integral part of the daily running of the centre. Not only will you get to assist with hands on work with the seabirds, but also provide assistance in all functions of the centre such as marketing and fund-raising.

You will get to learn all about the life-cycle and conservation of the endangered African Penguin, and will have a very hands-on role where you will be taught how to catch, hold and feed these wonderful birds.

Based on the banks of Flamingo Vlie in Cape Town you will not be disappointed with the wonderful views of Table Mountain and the stunning coastlines. There are many activities to do in your free time, such as visit the V&A Waterfront shopping complex, party on Long Street (the hub of the city’s nightlife) or visit the big range of restaurants, bars and cafes – all within walking distance. You can also spend your time at one of the several beaches nearby that have golden sandy beaches and crystal clear seas for you to enjoy.

Typical day

The centre is open 365 days a year and requires volunteers assistance throughout the year. You will get the opportunity to join this programme for a minimum of 6 weeks where you will be working on a full time basis, 5 days per week – including some weekends.

The local team organise a monthly schedule so you know exactly what you are doing and when. A normal working day is from 8am to 5:30pm with a lunch break of an hour around 1pm and a few shorter breakers in the morning and afternoon.

This varied role, along with large numbers of seabirds arriving daily will mean no day will ever be the same. Your time spent with the centre will see you working outside frequently and handling many different seabirds. Your work may involve:

  • Regular boat release programmes at Robben Island
  • Maintaining a high standard of hygiene and cleanliness in the rehabilitation centre
  • Cleaning of the bird enclosures, mats, crates and swimming pools
  • Food preparation, including defrosting and preparing fish
  • Catching and handling of different seabird species
  • Feeding of different seabird species
  • Hydrating different seabird species
  • Administering medication
  • Other centre maintenance duties

Details on Arrival

Every Tuesday.

You should arrive to Cape Town Airport (CPT) on your selected start date, being any Tuesday. 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

Just a short walk or bus ride away you will inundated with restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, famous sandy beaches and lots of other activities.
Water Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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 Monday. 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 Airport. The fee is included within the programme costs.


You will be sleeping in spacious single sex bedrooms where all of the bedding and linen is provided. There are western style toilets and showers that provide hot water.

The comfortable lounge area has a sound-system, TV and a DVD player, while the large private garden is ideal for relaxing or for entertainment where you can make full use of the breakfast table, built in braai (South African BBQ) and the large swimming pool – great for cooling down in the evenings.

The fully fitted kitchen has everything you need to prepare your lunch or to make a snack and milk, tea and coffee are all complimentary.

There are lockable cupboards where you can store any valuables and WiFi is free.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and dinner are provided during the week within the programme fee and are aimed to be as varied as possible. Meals are cooked off site and then delivered to the house on a daily basis. You can expect some of the following meals:

Breakfast – Cereals, toast, fresh fruits, yoghurts
Dinner – Spaghetti bolognese, macroni & cheese, shepherds pie, chorizo and tomato pasta, chicken enchiladas

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.
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
6 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,400
7 weeks
$ 1,578
8 weeks
$ 1,756
9 weeks
$ 1,933
11 weeks
$ 2,289
13 weeks
$ 2,644
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,600
Average fees
$ 213 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Cape Town/South Africa between 6 weeks 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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