The Mighty Roar

Teaching and Wildlife Orphanage Assistant

Hoedspruit, South Africa show on map
The Mighty Roar
Coordinator | Michelle
Coordinator | Michelle
Take an active part in educating and inspiring underprivileged children about the importance of the environment and wildlife conservation. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

This great project takes an active role in wildlife conservation by caring for the animals as well as through education of the local children. Your essential role is important in creating a sustainable future for both humans and animals to life in harmony. The children who visit the orphanage benefit greatly from having a hands-on education and the orphaned animals also benefit from having suitable care and accommodation in a world-class rehabilitation centre.

Every Monday, a new group of local school children arrive at the orphanage to stay for the week. You will be working hands-on with the children and animals where you will be in charge of leading exciting lessons and activities about the importance of wildlife preservation. The children are also taught a number of subjects that their local school do not cover, including health and social issues as well as improving their literacy skills.

The wildlife orphanage is home to a number of different injured or orphaned animals that have been rescued. Although the orphanage releases as many of these animals as possible back into the wild, sometimes it is just not possible for them to survive back in their natural habitat, so now life here permanently. You will play a vital role in helping to take care of all of these animals, which can include maintaining and cleaning enclosures, basic first aid, monitoring their general health and providing them with daily enrichment.

There are several community outreach programmes that will enable you to fully immerse yourself within the local community. Several trips are made throughout the week to several local schools to provide extra lessons about the environment and to complement the school curriculum with activities and experiences the teacher may not be able to provide. Other programmes currently include community clean up projects and planting trees at schools.

Typical day

You will play vital role in educating the local school children as well as caring for the resident animals here. No day will ever be the same, and you could be involved in the following.

Educating the children – One of your main activities will be educating the children on wildlife conservation and helping to teach English and maths amongst lots of other things. Not only this, but you will also be involved in teaching the children invaluable life skills, including relationships, violence and respecting the environment. This will help them to develop a mature understanding of their world and how to best live within it.

Due to overcrowding in the local schools, children do not always receive the one to one interaction needed to learn. You will be encouraged to adjust your teaching for each and every child to ensure they get the attention needed to enable them to learn at their own pace and ability.

Working with the resident animals – One of the best ways of teaching the children about wildlife conservation is through different activities around the orphanage along with interacting with the animals. You will engage the children in small tasks such as cleaning the animal cages and feeding the animals.

Aside from teaching, you and other volunteers will get to assist with monitoring the health of the animals as well as collecting data and keeping records. You may also get the opportunity to assist with basic first aid care.

There are many animals here that require a lot of attention and work, these include; meerkats, mongooses, rabbits, guinea pigs, bids, caracal, jackals, cheetahs and wild dogs. There are also a variety of free roaming antelopes within the camp.

Building and maintenance – When you are not teaching, there are always tasks that need doing around the orphanage. These duties can include building new animals camps, renovating and maintaining the animal enclosures, general repairs and painting structures.

Details on Arrival

Every Saturday.

You should arrive to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport on your selected start date, being any Saturday. 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


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
Education Requirements
at High School level
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

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On-site services

Services by The Mighty Roar

The fee includes accommodation, some meals and the registration fee of $180

Airport Pickup at Hoedspruit Airport
You should arrive to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport on your selected start date, being any Saturday. 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.

During your time with us at the wildlife orphanage, you will be staying on the project site in shared rondavels (round chalet) that have a thatched roof or within the main house.

The accommodation offers a friendly and lively atmosphere and although rustic, it is comfortable and clean. You will be staying with other volunteers from around the world, so you can be sure to make new lasting friendships.

You will be sleeping in shared same sex rooms with up to 5 people per room in single beds. There are shared bathrooms that have western style toilets and hot showers.

The communal area, also known as the Lapa area is a great place to sit and hangout with other volunteers. There is a projector where you can watch films and also a range of board and card games.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

During the week breakfast and dinner are provided within the programme fee and are aimed to be as varied as possible.

You can expect some of the following meals:

Breakfast – Self service cereals, yoghurts, toast, fresh fruits, coffee or tea
Dinner – Set meal at a local restaurant between 6pm-7pm featuring chicken or beef with beans, pasta, vegetables or rice. Alternative nights might include Braai or volunteers preparing a meal together.

With notice we are able to cater for vegetarians, but any other dietary requirements such as vegan/gluten free/halal, participants will have to supplement or cater for their own meals. Cape Town has a large Muslim community so Halal foods are easily obtainable.

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 Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) in Hoedspruit. 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
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,791
6 weeks
$ 2,518
8 weeks
$ 3,245
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,700
Average fees
$ 420 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Hoedspruit/South Africa between 4 weeks and 12 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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