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SOUTH AFRICA - ANIMAL BASED PROJECTS

ANIMAL CHARITY

This veterinary service assists the owners of animals who are not able to afford private veterinary services. Volunteer with a team of vets who give excellent service to animals in townships, enabling communities living way below the bread line to care for their animals. You will help out with receiving animals coming in from the 'townships', caring for the animals before and after operations, assisting with vaccinations, and helping with fundraising and normal office duties.  This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who loves animals or has an interest in veterinary science.  

  • Min: 1 week
  • Location: Cape Town – South Africa
  • Weekly arrival dates

BIRD SANCTUARY

Must love birds! Opportunity to volunteer at a bird sanctuary with previously caged pets, assisting in rehabilitation and their socialization with other birds. You will learn about the history of birds and their fight for survival, becoming a Birding Guide and helping educate tourists.

  • Min:  1 week
  • Location:  Plettenberg Bay - South Africa
  • Weekly arrival dates

MONKEY SANCTUARY

One of the top eco-tourism attractions on the Garden Route where volunteers help to rehabilitate and free previously caged primates.  Have greater understanding and help to educate tourists about primates and the threats they are facing.  

  • Min: 1 week
  • Location: Plettenberg Bay – South Africa
  • Weekly arrival dates.

PENGUIN RESCUE

Exciting nature conservation opportunity, ensuring the survival of endangered seabirds (including penguins) who are victims of oil spills. This project is responsible for the rehabilitation of sick, injured, oiled and abandoned Seabirds.  Volunteers will not only have the opportunity to learn about the life cycle and conservation of the endangered African Penguin, but will also work very 'hands-on' with these birds.

  • Min: 6 weeks
  • Location: Cape Town - South Africa
  • Weekly arrival dates

SAVE THE GREAT WHITE SHARK

If you have always dreamed about working with the most feared apex predator, are passionate about marine life, do not mind getting your hands dirty, have an adventurous attitude - this would be the program for you!  A unique opportunity to view and learn more about this fascinating predator in its natural environment, either from a boat or underwater cage. See other wildlife species, including Gannets, Whales, Seals, Dolphins and Penguins. Assist on boats and dives to view the Great White Shark while learning from the highly dedicated Shark Team about shark behavior and population dynamics.

  • Min: 1 week
  • Location: Gansbaai - South Africa
  • Weekly arrival dates

 NOTE:  There is a minimum number of weeks that a volunteer must do for each program.  These minimums vary depending on the program. Please keep this in mind when choosing a program. It is also possible to do two or more programs back to back.  Contact the CCUSA office for specific details.