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ANIMAL CARE: CARE FOR ANIMALS IN A WILDLIFE SANCTUARY IN PORT ELIZABETH IN SOUTH AFRICA

SOUTH AFRICA

ANIMAL CARE: CARE FOR ANIMALS IN A WILDLIFE SANCTUARY IN PORT ELIZABETH IN SOUTH AFRICA

Care for animals in this very caring Sanctuary set in a small private game reserve in the Eastern Cape. It's a very popular and worthwhile placement where your work and help is desperately needed.

You'll assist in feeding and generally looking after many different animal species, including over 250 different species of birds.

The sanctuary receives many abandoned, abused, injured or orphaned animals that all need love and attention to help prepare them for life back in the wild, if possible, or a safe life in the Sanctuary.

You'll thoroughly enjoy this very hands-on experience and you'll be  immensely satisfied with your achievement. It really will be a life changing experience.

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates. This project is not available between mid December and mid January.
Duration From 2 weeks to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
Requirements No qualifications or experience required, just a passion for animals.
Minimum age 16, if unaccompanied by parent.
Minimum age 14 if accompanied by parent.
Price From £995
Full Price List / Other Currencies
What's included Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation

Food 
Meeting you at the nearest airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
Free T-Shirt.
Free coaching Manuals.

Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 16.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in conservation and caring for animals and working with wildlife overseas.
This is an excellent placement if you want to learn about rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife and doing animal-related voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement in South Africa or a short break activity.

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 animals and knowing that you made a difference to them.

  • 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!

"I spend a great time here. It's a great Sanctuary and everybody tries to care for you as good as possible. I feel a bit like at home now and I'm really glad that I have chosen this project. Thank you for the perfect organisation, it enabled me to start my project without any problems in a foreign country." Julia Liebmann

ANIMAL CARE: CARE FOR ANIMALS IN A WILDLIFE SANCTUARY IN PORT ELIZABETH IN SOUTH AFRICA

ANIMAL CARE: CARE FOR ANIMALS IN A WILDLIFE SANCTUARY IN PORT ELIZABETH IN SOUTH AFRICA


One baby duiker (buck) had an unusual foster parent - a friendly pigeon who took a shine to him and wasted no time in becoming his guardian! Even now, aged 7 months, the duiker and pigeon remain best friends.

WORK CONTENT
As the Park is rather large, there is always a very wide variety of activities that you will be involved in. All volunteers are expected to “muck in” together, making the work fun and rewarding. Work ranges from hands-on with the animals, to helping and guiding the tourists or assisting in the restaurant and bar. Some of your work will also include general chores in the Park itself. Briefly, your responsibilities will include some or all of the following:

  • Food preparation for all the animals and birds. You'll learn which animals eat what food, how to prepare it and how much to give them.
  • Nearly all the baby animals in the sanctuary are orphans that have been rescued from elsewhere and brought to the sanctuary for safety and, where possible, to be released back into their natural habitat in the wild. These animals need lots of care and attention.
  • Mucking out and tidying enclosures, and, when necessary, helping to expand existing enclosures or constructing new ones.
  • Collecting data on wildlife within the game reserve section of the park. This will include, for example, monitoring the movements of wildlife and occasionally doing game counts.

Besides spending time with the animals and birds, there are other areas of the Sanctuary and Wildlife Park needing attention as well:

  • Helping with tours around the sanctuary. You'll learn a lot about the animals so that you can convey this information to tourists or school groups that visit the Sanctuary.
  • Assisting with general duties in the restaurant, bar and kitchen, possibly even helping with the preparation of meals.
  • Helping unload supplies when they arrive.
  • Some admin work may be required while you're there.
  • General clearing of the Park to eliminate alien vegetation, for example. This makes a more "user-friendly" and safer environment for the free-roaming animals (and is in line with government policy of limiting alien vegetation wherever possible).
  • Also checking for and clearing any rubbish on the property, because litter can cause serious injuries to the animals
  • Bush clearing and road construction (with tractors)
  • Assisting the small permanent staff with any project or maintenance work (i.e. painting fences, repairing etc) that may be needed while you're there. (See photos of volunteers helping in the construction of enclosures.)

Hours of duty and Work Schedule
The average working hours are from 07h30 until 16h00 and you'll work 5 days a week.

Two days can be taken off in a weekly rotation system. Some volunteers utilize this time to stay out overnight to enjoy the nightlife in Port Elizabeth or Jeffrey’s Bay, or they stay on the grounds and relax with a good book, or go for walks and explore the enormous park.

The Rewards:
This placement is definitely for nature loving enthusiasts who are willing to work hard and aren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty, but the rewards are well worth it. There are usually some small scrapes and scratches that go with the job, but nothing serious. The park itself is a lovely and a very safe place to go walking after work - it has beautiful indigenous forests of yellowwoods and milkwoods, and small savannah grassland.

"I got lots of different experiences and so many different impressions about life and work in an organisation which works with people and cares for animals ... I can recommend this project to all people who love nature and animals and who enjoy working with people. ... I promise you, you'll have a great time!"

Whilst volunteering is rewarding in itself, time spent at a project such as this is an excellent springboard for travelling around South Africa. Meeting other volunteers from around the world, and listening to their stories and recommendations can give you the confidence to travel and experience more.

You'll also have the opportunity to visit the Addo Elephant Park plus other game parks in the region. A popular trip with our volunteers is to go in Jeffrey's Bay (a big surfing centre in South Africa) and visit the Billabong factory.

"I would definitely recommend this placement to anyone who has a passion for wildlife and caring for animals and who does not mind hard work and getting dirty. I would also recommend this placement to anyone who wishes to have a work experience that is very manual and has many opportunities to work outside." Timothy Fulfitt

ANIMAL CARE: CARE FOR ANIMALS IN A WILDLIFE SANCTUARY IN PORT ELIZABETH IN SOUTH AFRICA

ANIMAL CARE: CARE FOR ANIMALS IN A WILDLIFE SANCTUARY IN PORT ELIZABETH IN SOUTH AFRICA


A Volunteer looking after an orphaned animal that was rescued and brought to the Sanctuary

ACCOMMODATION
The accommodation is on the Game farm less than a 5 minute walk to the sanctuary itself. It is split into various sized rooms from single rooms to twin rooms and a 4 and 8 sleeper dorm. It has 2 bathrooms (one for the girls and one for the boys) with 2 toilets and 3 showers in each. A small kitchen with microwave, gas hob, kettle, fridge and washroom.

The restaurant is closed after work hours but a separate entertainment unit has just been completed in the Sanctuary rest room with DSTV, a dvd player and basic facilities for volunteers to make drinks and snacks.

FOOD:

Food is provided and consists of a home-cooked meal every evening - this is the time that the owners and volunteers all sit down together and discuss the day and their various experiences. Breakfast and lunch and dinner are prepared for you although sometimes volunteers do help with this.

You will also have plenty of real South African braais (barbeques) - and what a magic place to have them!.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travellersworldwide.com

ANIMALS IN THE SANCTUARY:
The sanctuary currently accommodates a variety of different animals here are just some of them - Over 250 species of Birds, Cheetahs, Servals, Variety Hawks, variety Owls, Black Eagle Cape Vulture, Blue and Crowned Cranes, Macaws, African Greys, Cockatoos, Amazons plus lots of other parrots, Ground squirrels, Squirrel monkeys, Marmoset monkeys, Meerkats, Grysbok, Blue and common Duiker, Bush buck, Kudus, Ostrich, Emus, Goats, Giraffe, Zebra, Blesbok, Impala, Nyala, Waterbuck, wallabies, crocodile.

The owner has seven dogs and 2 cats that have the run of the property.

The park has purchased cheetahs who have reached maturity. They are between 6 and 8. They had their first cheetah cubs born and are keeping 3 of the hand reared kittens, Bertha, Kiera and Indie.

Some animals are able to be returned to the wild, like some of the buck, raptors and birds, but unfortunately most will need to stay in the Sanctuary for the rest of their lives. When animals have been in the care of humans for too long, they are no longer able to survive in the wild. In the Sanctuary, though, they have a safe haven for the rest of their lives! Birds in particular are often put down if their injuries are such that they would have difficulty surviving in the wild. However, in the Park they're cared for and continue to live in safety.
(Information correct at time of writing)

Tourism and Education: Percy found that the cost of feeding and caring for such huge numbers was enormous. In order to financially support the animals, he opened the Sanctuary to the public as an education centre and tourism destination. All funds raised from the tourists go back into the Sanctuary to take care of the animals and expand the animals' natural living habitats.

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 mind.    Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

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.

"The area is beautiful and travelling is easy. The house we stay in is lovely and the Travellers workers are such kind, loving people which really makes it feel like a home away from home. What with all the other volunteers and the Travellers staff, it really does feel like our own little family ... well, our own very big family, I suppose!!" Luke Brennan

  

SOUTH AFRICA ON THE WEB

Feedback on Wildlife Conservation on Game Reserves in South Africa with Travellers Worldwide


Volunteers at the new animal clinic at the Wildlife Sanctuary


Photo Galleries
Knysna Diary
Wildlife Rehabilitation Diary
Wildlife Expedition News!


Educating a school trip on caring and conserving animals


Animal food preparation area

OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience. The most popular choices are the safari trips from Cape Town and many volunteers use these as their means of travel to arrive at their project in Knysna..

Tours and Safaris
Cage Dive with Sharks
Surfing Courses in Cape Town
Photography & Photoshop Courses
1-Week Wildlife Rehabilitation

1-Week Whales Sharks Dolphins
 

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Argentina, or you could even do a second project in a different region of the country, thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!

Volunteering in South Africa, and having fun!

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. When you lie on the beach and watch dolphins jumping the waves, you'll think you're in Paradise.

LOCATION:
The Sanctuary and Wildlife Park is situated 50 km south west of the city centre of Port Elizabeth, on the Eastern Cape’s sunshine coast, in a malaria-free area. It's set on 1,000 hectares of superb bush and grassland.

TRAVEL:
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your programme, please click here.




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