Work with the only licensed
and permitted close encounter whale-watching
organisation in Knysna. You'll collect research material,
including daily sightings of the various species of whales
and dolphins, recurring visits and the migratory habits of
the whales and dolphins in the area.
This Marine Research programme
will expose you to all parts of this exciting industry, from
conservation and research to all other aspects of the
day-to-day running, including marketing, liaising with
clients, crewing and guiding on the boats, doing land to sea
whale spotting, assisting with community projects and
educating the local children about the sea and lagoon.
Up close and personal with Vervet
Monkeys and many other wildlife and birds, most of whom have
been injured or abandoned.
Work with over 400 different
animals and birds, and lots of monkeys! This excellent
project is based in a beautiful Rehabilitation Centre in
Much of the work usually
involves hands-on caring and nursing of injured or baby
animals, e.g. bottle-feeding them or cleaning wounds. You'll
mother it and care for it until it is recovered or old
enough. Then you'll teach it to survive on its own so that
it can be released back into the wild.
Sharks, Whales, Penguins,
Seals, Dolphins... this is an extraordinary project in a
beautiful location, two hours from
with sharks, whales, penguins, tourism, research and community
development. You’ll be taught, guided and lectured by skilled
Go on whale watching
trips that are magical
See penguins dancing on the sand. Laugh at the
antics of hundreds of seals in their colonies on
Dyer Island. And of course the Great White
Shark, the greatest predatory force of the seas that
remains a mystery to man.
Hands-on work with injured or
abandoned animals of all types. This is a very
popular project and can be combined with any other project
in South Africa.
You'll assist in a
Sanctuary set in a small private game reserve in the Eastern
Cape. You'll help in hand-rearing, 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 prepare them for life back in the
wild, if possible, or a safe life in the Sanctuary. Many
animals breed there, so there are often young animals to
care for that need regular feeding and attention.
Get involved with
exciting, endangered and priority species conservation work
in the heart of Africa. You'll work across different Game
Reserves, each unique in their own way.
You'll work with a
professional team (who are supported by WWF amongst others), with
Cheetah, African Wild Dog and Black Rhino, as well
as priority species like Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard and
Buffalo. Experience genuine conservation work and find out
what Africa is really about.
Care for children at a crèche in
Knysna. Help prepare the children for primary school. Many of the
children come from underprivileged homes so any help they
get is greatly appreciated. You'll use fun
activities and educational programmes to greatly benefit their
social and mental development.
You'll have a lot of freedom to set up
your own day's activities, if you would like to, and also to paint
murals to brighten up the class rooms. Activities include singing,
painting, reading, educational classes (like learning the alphabet)
and playing with educational toys.
Assist the trained Carers in a
children’s Safe-House in the local township by helping to care for
children from abusive backgrounds. You'll work with a variety of
ages, from assisting in the soup kitchen, general caring for the
youngsters, and observing counselling to HIV sufferers.
You'll help with basic
Reading, Writing, Maths, play games with the children, help them
with their homework and generally keep them stimulated and
entertained by providing educational activities.
Work at a Youth Development Centre in
a township on the outskirts of the beach resort of Knysna, helping
out with basic schooling, such as reading or writing,
to community projects, job skills and life skills lessons.
The purpose is to get the youngsters
ready to be taken back into the mainstream schooling and domestic
home life again again and to give them the skills that will enable
them to become a fully functioning employable member of society Many
have been away from schooling for too many years. A very
Teach disadvantaged children in township schools in the beautiful
coastal resort town of Knysna. You can choose to work with primary
or secondary schools.
Generally you'll teach conversational English but you can teach a
variety of other academic subjects if you'd like to, as well as
Sports, Drama, Arts and Music. The choice is yours.
Any and all assistance from volunteers is greatly appreciated and
benefits the children tremendously.
Work with children from
very poor townships,
giving them exposure to cultural activities and enabling their
creativity to shine through. This project is based in the beautiful
beach resort of Knysna. Some of things you could do include:
Organising and putting on drama workshops, organising an
after-school drama club, helping the local school children to put on a
small-scale productions, in
Drama, Dance and/or Music, giving Dance lessons and
lessons, helping out with conversational English classes
Combine sports coaching
with some teaching in poor township schools in the coastal resort of
Knysna. Sport classes are run in conjunction with the Life
Orientation classes, which develop Team
work, Confidence, Self-esteem, Communication Skills and Leadership.
You can coach a variety of sports,
such as Cricket, Football, Netball and Rugby.
Although facilities are basic, there is a lot that you can do.
The schools cater for many children
from the poorer township community The average class size is between
15 and 40.
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