£995 excluding flights.
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2 weeks to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
||All year round - you
choose your start and finish dates.
||No qualifications required, but you should have
enthusiasm, confidence and initiative. Minimum age 17
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
►Meeting you at the nearest airport
►Transfer to your on-site accommodation
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return
transfer to airport.
Who can do
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out,
grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in
gaining overseas work experience or an internship for
university credit or requirement.
Also suitable for anyone just wanting to study abroad
and learn about the practice of Marketing, Public
Relations and Fundraising overseas.
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the many
diverse cultures in South Africa
The enormous satisfaction of helping abused, orphaned or threatened
knowing that you made a difference to them.
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding
of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional
An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head
and shoulders above most others in the job market.
And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
Arranging and attending fundraising events
This project is located in an Animal Rehabilitation Centre which does
wonderful work with abandoned and abused animals. Where animals can be
rehabilitated, they're released back into the wild, but where they are
too vulnerable owing to injuries or other factors, they're given a home
in the sanctuary for the rest of their lives. They also operate as an
education centre for local children and others, to inform them of the
need for conservation. The Centre does unbelievably good work.
As the Centre relies solely on the goodwill of the public for donations,
they regard your internship role as one of the most important ones at
You can assist with the daily PR duties and
events scheduled during your time on the placement. The type of event
you could help host includes fairs, golf days, or even get involved in
events like an off-road bike race which is being planned by the locals
at time of writing! If you feel confident enough to do talks, you can
also visit schools and old-age homes - anything to raise awareness of
A dictionary definition of Public Relations
- The art or science of establishing and
promoting a favourable relationship with the public.
- The methods and activities employed to establish
and promote a favourable relationship with the public.
- The degree of success obtained in
achieving a favourable relationship with the public.
This, in a nutshell, is what you will be involved
in on your placement! The PR Officer is very keen to work alongside people who can
bring new enthusiasm and new kinds of ideas to her extensive but satisfying
Her work is mostly centred on securing resources;
(financial donations as well as equipment and services); that will help run the
Centre sustainably. There is also a lot of work involved in the planning and
hosting of lots of promotional events and fundraisers, managing the donor
database, approaching corporations for assistance, liaising with the media and
coming up with new ways to promote a favourable relationship with the public.
The Centre also prepares a monthly newsletter and feeds press releases to the
media, so strong writing skills and computer design skills will be a fantastic
advantage! (Read Press
Releases prepared by Natacha Torres during her PR internship.)
The PR officer also drives a very strong public
awareness and education campaign. There is an environmental education centre
which hosts visiting school groups, children are taken on a tour of the facility
and get the opportunity to interact and play games, watch a video and learn
about caring for animals and the environment. This educational initiative has
also led to a series of episodes filmed at the Centre screened recently on
Animal Planet. Talks and presentations are also given at local schools and at
corporate companies and there is an open day once a month for public visitors.
In essence, your placement will cover exposure to some
or all of the following areas, depending on the Centre’s needs at the time of
- Raising the profile of the Organisation and associating a "Brand" with
- Donor relations
- Corporate PR relations
- General PR
- Fundraising campaigns
- Media Relations
- Design and copy writing for marketing collateral and educational
- Event Planning & Management
- Hosting of special events such as golf days, theatre shows, fairs, etc
You are encouraged to develop campaign ideas and
interact with the PR officer via email before leaving the UK for this project.
That way you can prepare some ideas and come out ready to hit the ground
running. All the staff at the Centre speak English and all events, campaigns and
collateral are done in English so you will experience no language barrier – in
fact – good writing and public speaking skills will make you a valuable asset!
Any experience in "edutainment" – entertainment bringing home an educational
message - will also be to your advantage.
A typical day starts at 8am until 5pm with a lunch
break. You must be flexible and prepared to work odd hours and some weekends –
as with any job requiring PR! There will be occasions when an event or function
is held outside your usual working hours, and you will be expected to attend
these as well.
If you have any ideas you think
you'd like to implement while on your placement, you can also start
liaising with the staff and trustees prior to your trip and plan your
own unique event or campaign to assist in raising the project's profile
and help secure additional funding.
Letter of thanks from the
Centre to Travellers Intern Rachel O'Connor:
Dear All, I just want to say a very big
thank you to Rachel O’Connor who has spent the last 3 weeks volunteering
on PR issues with us. She has by far been one of the best volunteers I
have ever had in all my time with Travellers. She has a pleasant
disposition, takes initiative and is diligent and creative in her work.
We REALLY do not want her to go on Monday!
She has been an enormous help to us. Rachel’s
efforts will probably stand us in good stead to raise approximately R40,000 in our upcoming Golf Day fundraisng event and she has also made
the front page of one of the Durban newspapers with a press release she
wrote for us.
She has also done extensive research and copy writing for
information panels for our environmental education centre that is being
upgraded. This will be a legacy she will leave for at least the next 15
years of public tours coming through the Centre.
done Rachel, you have been a real star and we will surely miss you!
Samantha Terblanche, Executive Director
The Centre also has a public education programme
that serves to spread awareness of these animals' plight.
There are usually approximately 300 - 400 animals
under the Centre's care at any given time, all of which are wildlife indigenous
to KwaZulu Natal (called KZN for short). Animals range from birds and mammals to
raptors and reptiles, and many many monkeys. They also have a very busy Educational Program, so if
education is your 'thing', you will be able to assist with school tours and
edutainment events at the education centre.
Whenever possible, animals who can survive in their natural
habitat are released. This is a particularly satisfying time!
Preparations for a Fashion Show Fundraiser for the
We have 2 types of
We have a fully furnished volunteer house that accommodates up to 10
volunteers at a time. There are four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Volunteers
share rooms. The house is within the security of the sanctuary and
surrounded by an electric fence.
For couples or groups of volunteers who would like some extra privacy, we
have a log cabin situated next to the main volunteer house, nestled under
huge indigenous thorn and fig trees. It comfortable sleeps 4 volunteers in
two bedrooms and has a veranda, small kitchenette and sitting room.
Ablutions consist of a shower, toilet and hand basin. Meals will still be
cooked with the rest of the volunteers in the main house. Allocation to this
accommodation will be made at the discretion of the Project.
A safe is available at the main office should you wish to lock away your
passport, money or any valuables. Mobile phones do operate with full
reception on-site and it is recommended that you bring one with you.
Sufficient food is purchased for the house on a weekly basis to provide 3
meals per day. Volunteers advise Mabel, the Volunteer
Co-ordinator, of any
special requirements i.e. vegetarian, and these are met within reason.
Volunteers cook their own meals out of the food provided.
In addition to the
stove in the house, there is also a braai (barbeque) area to cook outdoor
Got any questions? Please email us:
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll
contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on
details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have
access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your
Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you
throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on
your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country
Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on
your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment
Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we
can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.
As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is
different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the
most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in
Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in
all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our South African staff who
will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn
about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how
to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.
You will have weekends free and this will also allow some time for travelling
and sight seeing.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE REHABILITATION CENTRE:
NEWS! This project has been featured in
3 episodes of Wildlife SOS on Animal Planet. As one of our
volunteers said, "Thank
you to all of you for the wonderful work you do and for your
dedication – you make such a difference. The story of Shumba and
Savannah had me in tears – I have never managed to understand the
hunting industry in general, but this canned business is disgusting! And
we humans are meant to be civilised – yeah right! But how wonderful the
cubs look now though! Hopefully, through Animal Planet, many more will
now know of your organisation and here’s also hoping, many more will
assist you with your excellent work!"
The rescue, rehabilitation and release of orphaned and injured wildlife,
and it believes in action and education with regard to the protection of
all natural resources. The Centre is committed to conservation and
strives to return all rescued and rehabilitated wildlife to their natural
habitat. The Centre has 12 depots in and around the Province and is
considered to be one of the leading rehabilitation Centres in South
As the Centre is a non-profit organisation with no financial aid from the
government or any large concern, they are solely reliant on fundraising
initiatives and the generosity and goodwill of the public. As the running
costs are approximately £8,000 ($14,500) or more a month, there is very
little funding that can be applied to appointing full time staff.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of this organization, especially during the
spring and summer months when lots of orphan baby animals are brought to
the centre for care.
During the late summer and autumn those animals that
have suitably recovered and been rehabilitated (weaned from their
dependence on their human caregivers) are reintroduced to the wild.
Those that are not ready to be released remain in the centre over the
winter and require ongoing care. This is also the time that the centre
readies itself for the next influx of patients.
“A small reebok that had been raised as a
pet and grown up with dogs, paddles through a pond and comes to stare at
you through the fence….it is being rehabilitated: taught not to think like
a canine, so that it can be returned to it natural habitat in the
Nearby a group of baboons are getting up to
monkey business, each of the individuals have carefully been identified
and chosen to fit into and play a role in this “unnatural” troop. They
will be weaned from a “fast food” diet to a natural one and dehumanised –
once they are ready, they too will be released into the wild."
A new-born baby springbok
It came to us with the umbilical cord still
Enclosures at the Centre
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
The best advice you'll get from us
is to try to see some of the country while you're in South
Africa. It's big (huge!) and each different region is exciting
and very, very beautiful. Cape Town is probably
the most beautiful city in the world (I can say that, I grew up
there :-) KwaZulu-Natal comes a very
close second, albeit very different. Knysna is
where South Africans go on holiday, which gives you some idea of
how lovely the region is.
LOCATION: Yellowwood Park, Durban, South Africa
The Rehabilitation Centre is located on the east coast in a suburb of Durban, called Yellowwood Park
(between The Bluff and Queensburg on the
It lies close to a small protected reserve of 253 hectares which offers
coastal forest and grassland habitats and includes species such as zebra,
bushbuck, reedbuck, impala, blue, red and grey duiker, vervet monkeys, rock
hyrax, slender mongoose, bushbaby, Egyptian mongoose, banded mongoose, water
monitor and genet. The reserve also has an interesting variety of
indigenous flora and over 200 bird species.
Because the Centre is
close to the Reserve and the fact that food is always
available at the Centre, you'll see lots of birdlife scavenging food
from the enclosures - and wild Monkeys are also regular visitors.
The Bluff is a gigantic headland that forms the southeastern 'arm' of
Durban Harbour and has a string of safe and protected beaches. Brighton
Beach, Cave Rock Beach, Anstey's Beach and Garvies Beach are all very
popular, with interesting walks through coastal bush that end almost at
the water's edge.
EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
KwaZulu Natal is renowned for its Game Reserves and
traditional Zulu Culture
The attractions in KwaZulu
Natal (KZN) range from vibrant cities to the gorgeous Land of a Thousand
Hills, from tranquil beaches to outstanding Game Parks and Nature
These are just some of the sites you
- Big Five Game Reserves (elephant,
lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino - and lots more, of course) and Travellers
volunteers are able to work in many of them, including Tembe
St Lucia Wetlands
with its Crocodile Centre and Wetlands
- Numerous nature parks,
- Fantastic beaches for swimming and
diving. The beaches are truly golden.
- Lively Durban where South Africans
go to have fun,
- The San Art Park for a collection
of astounding rock paintings,
- ... And much, much more!
Durban (Tekweni in Zulu) is the ancestral home of the Nguni people. Africa's
bewitching seaside playground in the sun with radiant golden sands and lush
sub-tropical greenery. The city
balmy weather all year round, making it a perfect holiday paradise.
Durban International Airport is only
a 10 minute drive from the City. Sophisticated and cosmopolitan, Durban Metro after dark
buzzes with elegant lounges, funky taverns and cozy inns, distinctive local
theatre and live music, and trendy clubs, pubs and discos. This is nightlife in
a modern, authentic African metropolis!
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