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programme arrival dates are on the 1st and
15th of each month.
From 4 weeks to
12 weeks or longer (subject to visa requirements)
17, no qualifications needed, just a big
heart and a love of animals.
- Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection Insurance
local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
What's not included
Cost of Visas (if a visa is required)
Airport pickup and return (but we can arrange this for you)
Who can do this Project?
All projects are open to all nationalities.
Work in a
Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
that is also a wildlife
hospital that cares for injured and orphaned wild
animals and birds. Any
wild animal 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.
Much of your work involves understanding the principles of wildlife rehabilitation
and contributing towards giving animals that have been orphaned or injured, the
best chance of getting back out into the wild where they belong. You’ll contribute
to an extremely valuable conservation effort that provides medical care, rehabilitation
and also releases wild animals back into their natural environment.
This is a superb project. Your work with the animals has the direct result of improving
their quality of life, of "rescuing" them from death or a life of misery.
- Assisting with preparing the animals’ food and ensuring all their nutritional needs
are met during their rehabilitation through enrichment activities
- Assisting with the care, treatment and monitoring of each animal’s recovery and
- Assisting with the cleaning of the animals’ enclosures and ensuring their environment
meets all their physical needs.
- Assisting with the cleaning, repair and maintenance of the centre’s facilities and
- Assisting with centre’s trained staff with wildlife rescues and releases out in
- They also have a very busy Educational Program, so if education 'is your thing',
you may be able to assist with school tours and edutainment events at the Education
Centre, if available at the time that you’re there.
The longer you're on this project, the more you'll and the more you'll be able to
do more in-depth and responsible elements of the work required.
The Rehabilitation Centre strives to release all its wildlife patients back into
their natural habitat in the wild.
This is a particularly satisfying time!
The rehabilitation centre is never ending with volunteers needed all year round.
The focus of that work is closely related to meeting the needs of their wildlife
patients which do change from season to season depending where each animal is in
their individual recovery and rehabilitation. South Africa’s season are as follows:
- Spring: September – November
- Summer: December – February
- Autumn: March – May
- Winter: June - August
During spring and summer those animals that have suitably recovered and been rehabilitated
(weaned from their dependence on their human caregivers) are released back into
the wild.. In addition to caring for new arrivals and those animals that are not
suitably recovered yet, you are therefore likely to participate over this period
in the release and monitoring of animals that are being returned into the wild.
Spring and summer is KwaZulu-Natal’s rainy season and therefore releases are done
at this time to give the animals a chance to adapt to their new environment, establish
a territory, find the best food sources and water, etc before the cold winter months
set in and adequate access to food and shelter become essential to their survival.
Those animals that are not ready to be released during this period remain in the
Centre during autumn and require ongoing care throughout the winter. This is also
the time that the Centre readies itself for the next influx of injured and orphaned
babies that usually start coming into the centre from early spring.
Preparation of food, feeding and caring for those animals that
remained in the Centre is ongoing, but there is also a strong focus at this time
to repair and improve the clinic, enclosures, transport boxes and other equipment
used to rescue and release wildlife.
Rescues are ongoing throughout the year and you may go out with the staff to help
capture and secure injured animals that need to be brought back to the Centre for
medical attention and care.
Duties throughout the year may also include painting and construction, landscaping
and removal of alien vegetation, as well as enriching the enclosures with natural
structure and foliage to keep the animals stimulated and ensure they can recover
in as natural and stress-free environment as possible.
THE REWARDS OF DOING THIS
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:
You'll get a wonderful and varied experience with many
different species of animals.
You'll get to
experience the headiness of looking after
animals that are totally helpless and reliant on
you take care of them.
feeling very proud of yourself for having
contributed to the quality of life and
well-being of previously abused and battered
much more than you can imagine, particularly
about the importance of conserving wildlife, and
hopefully you'll help to raise awareness by
talking to friends and colleagues on your return
will be an excellent entry on your CV,
demonstrating your initiative, adaptability,
your unique working experience and your concern
Demonstrating to a
school group why conservation is so important
Returning a buck back
to its natural habitat. The buck doesn't know it
yet, but ....
Back to Nature! Being
released after having been nursed back to health.
There is a fully furnished volunteer house that accommodates up to 10 volunteers
at a time. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms, with volunteers sharing rooms
and communal living areas. The house is on the grounds of the rehabilitation centre
with the volunteer manager and other staff also living in separate accommodation
right next door to the volunteer house.
The house also has an outside patio area with a fire pit and braai facilities. Wherever
possible, couples or related volunteers who would like to stay together in the volunteer
house are given their own room, but this is obviously dependant on how many volunteers
there are in the house at the time.
The volunteer house is cleaned once a week, but volunteers are responsible for keeping
the house clean and tidy on a daily basis and a roster is in place for things like
cooking duties and washing dishes. Laundry facilities are available in the house
too so volunteers can do their own washing.
A safe is available in the centre’s clinic should you wish to lock away your passport,
money or any valuables. Mobile phones do operate with full reception on-site.
Food is provided on this project. Volunteers are encouraged to cook and eat their
meals together in the volunteer house as this is a great way to get to know your
fellow volunteers and learn a little about their nationalities and cultures. A weekly
grocery shop to provide volunteers with 3 meals per day is done by staff and volunteers.
Any special dietary requirements e.g. vegetarians are met within reason, however
luxury food items are at your own expense.
There is a small shopping centre with a grocery store and take away outlets located
within walking distance of the rehabilitation centre.
LOCATION | TRAVEL
| SIGHTSEEING & EXPLORING:
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.
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
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
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 Reserves.
These are just some of the sites you shouldn't miss:
- 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,
St Lucia Wetlands
with its Crocodile Centre and
beaches for swimming and diving. The beaches are
Durban where South Africans go to have fun,
Art Park for a collection of astounding rock
- ... And
much, much more!
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
has balmy weather all year
round, making it a perfect holiday paradise.
International Airport is only a 10 minute drive from
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
Vervet Monkey release - always a happy time