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This opportunity to gain Public Relations, Events Management and Marketing work experience is truly unique because you'll work with an Animal Rehabilitation Centre, so your PR assistance will also benefit the animals! And, of course, conservationists are lovely people to work with!

You'll use lots of energy and your own initiative. You'll leave with with lots of hands-on experience, more skills than your arrived with, plus a great sense of achievement and satisfaction.

Location: KwaZulu-Natal, near Durban
Start dates: Available all year round, you choose your start date
From 2 weeks to 1 year, subject to visa requirements
Requirements: No qualifications required, but you should have enthusiasm, confidence and initiative. Minimum age 17.
Compensation: Unpaid
Price: From £995.
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Accommodation included  Food included  No qualifications required

What's included:
Arranging the internship,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Meeting you at the nearest airport/station
Transfer to your accommodation
In-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion.

What's not included: Flights, travel insurance, cost of visa, return transfer to the airport.

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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 the Centre!

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..

Well done Rachel, you have been a real star and we will surely miss you!
Samantha Terblanche, Executive Director

Who can do this Project?
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.

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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 the Centre.

A dictionary definition of Public Relations is:

  1. The art or science of establishing and promoting a favourable relationship with the public.
  2. The methods and activities employed to establish and promote a favourable relationship with the public.
  3. 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 role.

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 your placement:

  • Raising the profile of the Organisation and associating a "Brand" with it
  • Donor relations
  • Corporate PR relations
  • General PR
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Media Relations
  • Design and copy writing for marketing collateral and educational materials
  • 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.

The centre for rehabilitation of wildlife is situated in KwaZulu-Natal. It is a wildlife hospital that cares for the injured and orphaned wild animals and birds and the only centre of its kind in the Province.

VISION: To be an independent, pioneering force in the protection and rehabilitation of orphaned and injured wildlife, while promoting the preservation of their natural habitat.

MISSION STATEMENT: The centre is committed to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of orphaned and injured wildlife, and believes in action and education with regard to the protection of all natural resources

The centre has a few depots in and around the Province and is considered to be one of the leading rehabilitation Centres in South Africa. The centre is committed to conservation and strives to return all rescued and rehabilitated wildlife to their natural habitat.  Any wild animal, (not domestic or agricultural), that has been injured, rescued or abandoned, is admitted free of charge. Almost 90% of animals admitted to the centre, have sustained injuries due to human negligence. These animals are tended to by staff and volunteers whose love, care and dedication is unconditional, around the clock.

It takes time and dedication; and a lot of donor funding, to rehabilitate these animals and to prepare them to be re-introduced in their natural environment. Some animals' injuries are so severe that they cannot be rehabilitated and therefore become permanent residents at the centre.

As the Centre is a non-profit organisation with no financial aid from the government or any large concern, they are solely reliant on our fundraising initiatives and the generosity and goodwill of the public.  As the running costs are approximately £ 11 000 or more a month, there is very little funding that can be applied to appointing full time staff. The active volunteer programme is the lifeblood of this organisation, especially during the spring and summer months when lots of orphan baby animals are brought to the centre for care.


  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the many diverse cultures in South Africa

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • 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!

"The highlight of my placement was when I discovered that a press release that I had written made it onto the front page of a South African newspaper. This really made me feel like I had achieved something." Rachel Connor


  • 3-DAY, 5-DAY, 6-DAY OR 7-DAY SAFARIS from Cape Town up the renowned Garden Route: taking in Dolphin and Whale Spotting, visits to many tourist attractions, such as a visit to a brewery(!), the Bloukrantz Bungy Jump (reportedly the highest in the world), and a guided tour of the Cango Caves.
  • 1 WEEK WHALES, SHARKS AND DOLPHINS Project: This is an extraordinary and exciting project in a beautiful location, surrounded by white beaches and blue ocean. And two hours from the world's third favourite city - Cape Town. What more could anyone want?

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Reception at the Centre

School group on an educational visit to the Centre

We have 2 types of accommodation:

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.

Sufficient food is purchased for the house on a weekly basis to provide 3 meals per day. Volunteers advise Mabel, the volunteer coordinator, 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 meals.

A safe is available at the main office. Mobile phones do operate with full reception on-site and it is recommended that you bring one with you.

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