SA Animal care and conservation internship


The program can accommodate undergraduates as well as students in their final year of studies, with internships available from a wide variety of courses and backgrounds.

The areas of the internship include animal care/management, conservation, tourism, landscaping and sustainability.

All participants and students will be monitored by experienced staff members at the facility.

The project is offered in the Cape Town region. 

Important information

  • Arrive in Cape Town on Sundays
  • Minimum age requirement of 18
  • Internship runs  3 – 12 weeks
  • Airport transfers included
  • All project transport included
  • Accommodation + some meals provided
  • Internship price starting from: 1500€ (2020) 

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  • Applications are free
  • 24 Hour response time
  • 2-week period to accept service offer
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All participants who take part in the internship program receives the unique opportunity to engage and work with experienced staff members located at the facility. You will also get to work closesly with all the animals which can be found at the facility. This experience is something you will definitely cherish for the rest of your life! It is very important that all students share the common goal of the facility which is to put the needs of their animals first. There will be no flexibility in this regard.

Intakes: Every Sunday of the year
Availability: 12 interns at any given time (Subject to availability)

The internship program covers the following areas:

  • Animal management and husbandry
  • Work alongside staff and volunteers, to learn and contribute to the care of the animals
  • Cleaning of the enclosures, preparing food and feeding of the animals
  • Providing public education on the conservation of animals
  • Planning and implementing enrichment activities for the animals
  • Observation of animals and assisting researchers when needed
  • Completion of internship workbook and exit project
  • Leading volunteer groups to complete sanctuary activities as needed

What’s included:

  • Secure successful placement
  • Airport transfers (Pick up and drop off) in Cape Town
  • All project related transport
  • Shared accommodation (Same-gender rooms) with shared bathroom facilities
  • 2 Meals per day (Breakfast & lunch) excluding Sundays (No lunch)
  • Access to communal kitchen, living area, and outdoor BBQ (Braai) area
  • WiFi connection both at the accommodation and the project

What’s excluded:
• All flights
• Travel & Medical Insurance
• All items of a personal nature

Included in your internship program:

  • Shared accommodation (Same-gender) with shared bathroom facilities (Bedding provided)
  • 2 Meals daily (Breakfast and lunch) except for Sundays (No lunch)
  • Access to communal kitchen, living area, and outdoor BBQ (Braai) area
  • Wi-Fi available at your accommodation and project

Accommodation at the animal care and conservation internship in South Africa

living area at the animal care and conservation internship program in South Africa

Bedrooms at the animal care and conservation internship program in South Africa




The prices:
Weeks Price
3 1500€
4 1805€
5 2120€
6 2440€
7 2760€
8 3085€
9 3405€
10 3730€
11 4050€
12 4370€

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Before departure:

  • Placement at internship program visited & approved by a Claim Victory member.
  • Detailed information & service package with all needed information
  • Flight advice & checking of travel insurance
  • List of fellow travelers who will be joining you at the project


  • Airport transfers (Pick up & drop off) at Cape Town international airport
  • All project-related transport
  • All project-related costs (Accommodation, meals & activities as stipulated in the program)
  • Dedicated internship coordinator located on-site at the program
  • 24/7 Local emergency assist number of Claim Victory

After return:

  • Feedback/Debriefing (Optional)
  • Testimonial letter + certificate of completed internship


Want to get the most out of your visit to South Africa? Why not add a tour to your adventure!

  • 7 Day Cape Town experience (+349€)
  • 7 Day Garden route adventure (+649€)
  • 14 Day Cape Town & Garden route combo (+999€)

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