Penguin Rescue and Rehabilitation Assistant

Calling all animal lovers - endangered African Penguins are supported by the rehabilitation and conservation centre in Port Elizabeth!

About the Program

The South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre (SAMREC), a non-profit organization in Port Elizabeth, South Africa; is focused on the care of sick or injured African Penguins (also known as Jackass Penguins) as well as other marine birds such as gannets, cormorants and seagulls. The work of SAMREC is vital for the safety of the largest breeding colony of African Penguins in the world which is situated on St Croix Island right off the shore of Port Elizabeth in the Indian Ocean.

This is the only centre in Port Elizabeth that has the capacity to collect washed-up penguins who are sick, hurt or exhausted; and to treat any diseases they may have, give them a vitamin boost, fatten them up and release them into the bay again.

They will re-learn how to catch fish independently with a definite advantage, being made fit and fat by volunteers.

There are currently only 25 000 breeding pairs of African Penguins left in the world, and 21000 of those are mostly right here on our doorstep in Algoa Bay.

The centre’s purpose isn´t just to rescue and rehabilitate, but also to inform and educate the general public through their different programs. The extensive displays at the centre give tourists, school groups and other visitors the opportunity to learn about these endangered birds but also a wider variety of marine life in the beautiful and incredibly diverse Algoa Bay.

Volunteers are needed for the diversity of tasks that come with caring for the penguins and other rescued birds, as well as the educational purpose of the centre. Volunteers will feed and clean the penguins, maintain their enclosures, welcome visitors and guide them through the educational centre, go out on occasional rescues and assist with releases.

 


 

Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Families
Groups

Typical day

As a volunteer you will generally work closely with the people who work at the rehabilitation centre from 8.30AM until 3PM including the following tasks.

  • Hands-on work with penguins and other marine birds
  • Assistance on educational visitor tours
  • Cleaning and feeding of the penguins
  • Helping to release rehabilitated birds
  • General, centre-related tasks

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
16 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Other Skills
Be calm, collected and ready to get your hands dirty!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 15:00

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Penguin Rescue and Rehabilitation Assistant Releasing penguins Cleaning the penguin enclosure Getting close with the penguins! Cleaning an oiled penguin Penguin rehabilitation

Free-time activities

The Eastern Cape and the surroundings of Port Elizabeth show a large variety of natural beauty and make PE a great central place to visit the variety of South Africa. To the East you will find the Wild coast (former Transkei and Ciskei) which is mostly rural and undeveloped, but closer you will find Addo Elephant Part and great coastal villages such as Port Alfred. To the North you will find the great Karoo; a semi desert area with wide open spaces, large nature areas and long open roads with historical places such as Graaff Reinet, the Baviaanskloof Wilderness and much more. To the East towards Cape Town, you will be amazed by the Tsitsikamma National Park, holiday villages such as Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and natures Valley or the surf mecca of Jeffrey’s Bay. This gives you plenty to see and visit while you are here.
In Port Elizabeth there are a lot of things to do as well. You can go sandboarding on the Sunday river, to Sardinia bay for a day on the beach or visit one of the museums from Nelson Mandela.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding

Services

What's included?
- Information and assistance before departure - Pick up on arrival and drop off at the end of your stay - A welcome pack with an information guide, free SIM card and maps - All meals - Accommodation in our beachfront volunteer house - Daily transport to and from the project - City Tour and Introduction Program - Direct donation to the project - Free social activities
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

You will be picked up at the airport. Just tell us your arrival time and one of our coordinators will be ready to pick you up and will bring you to your accommodation!

Accommodation

Our volunteers stay in a comfortable volunteer house close to the beach, offering great facilities in a highly convenient location. You will be able to enjoy the beach after your volunteering shifts, or explore the city and its surroundings if you prefer.
The house is fully furnished, has 11 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms (which are shared, depending on how busy it is). It also has a large swimming pool, 2 lounges and free WIFI.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Khaya is different from most other volunteer organisations you will find in South Africa - we believe that there should be no hidden costs in the projects we arrange. With this in mind, we include all your meals (3 meals a day, 7 days a week), which you will be cooking with the other volunteers.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
Costs
2 weeks (min. stay)
$615
3 weeks
$885
4 weeks
$1155
5 weeks
$1425
6 weeks
$1695
7 weeks
$1965
12 weeks (max. stay)
$3315

You can volunteer at the project site in Port Elizabeth/South Africa between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Khaya Volunteer Projects will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$292/week
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 Khaya Volunteer Projects during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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3 Chalmers Road, Humewood, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 6013 Port Elizabeth, South Africa