2 – 12 Weeks volunteering

Introduction of the project:

It is situated in a valley of the malaria free Eastern Cape . It started out as a family interest in rehabilitating orphaned animals and birds and over the years grew into a larger operation. The sanctuary has grown steadily since it opened to the public in 1992. Since then several more animals and birds have been taken in and the sanctuary is now home to a large number of animals and over 300 species of birds. Most birds and animals are brought to the sanctuary by members of the public.

Working at the project usually involve some kind of maintenance work but may also include working on the game farm, collecting sand from the beach or checking and treating the cattle. This is your chance to contribute to conservation, to make a difference and to return to nature. When there are lots of volunteers you will be split into two working groups – feeding and projects. The feeding group is responsible for feeding each section of the park as well as any daily jobs such as raking, scrubbing waters and interacting with the hand-reared animals. The project group’s tasks vary from building and maintaining enclosures, planting or removing trees and painting sections of the lodge or shop. You should get the opportunity to be part of both groups.

Volunteers live on site in a lodge situated on the game reserve a 5-minute walk from the sanctuary. There is a TV lounge with a DVD player for volunteers to use. The rooms are usually twin or 3-sleeper with the biggest dorm room sleeping 4. Volunteers are usually accommodated with volunteers of the same sex and of similar ages/length of stays. The accommodation is basic, although there is hot water and electricity! Beds are provided with a sheet, pillow and summer duvet but volunteers are recommended to bring sleeping bags and this is a must for the cold nights through the winter months! (May –September). There is also have accommodation for older volunteers or couples requiring a bit more privacy.

  • Food Preparation (Twice daily)
  • Feeding
  • Maintaining & Cleaning of enclosures
  • Construction of new enclosures
  • Checking fences for holes and disabling and removing poachers traps.
  • Helping out at the restaurant (If needed during busy periods)
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