Volunteer with children & animals in South Africa
From €590 (1 week) excluding flights to €2900 (8 weeks).
The minimum age to come volunteer with us is 18 unless you're accompanied by an adult.
Description of Volunteer with children & animals in South Africa
This is a unique volunteering project in South Africa in that this non profit organisation works both with orphaned or injured animals, providing a safe haven for them while they recover, but also with young people, using conservation and healing to aid education and empowerment. Conservation as a tool for education and inspiration has been proven to work, and we are delighted to host volunteers who are willing to contribute to this important community development work.
Staying in the heart of South Africa’s Limpopo Province, you can volunteer for anything between a week and twelve weeks, when every day will be different. You may be walking the dogs, doing bush walks, helping young people with vital swimming lessons, helping with basic maths, playing board games as a learning (and fun!) tool or feeding the wild animals in care. This project is aimed at adults, although under eighteens are welcome if accompanied by an adult. You will always have the support of our permanent volunteer team in whatever volunteering work you contribute to.
Our youth aged between 12 and 16 years old spend a week at our camp. We have a very formal safe guarding policy that exists to ensure the well being of both children, staff and volunteers alike.
Further to this our volunteers undergo detailed coaching sessions and are monitored and assisted by a staff member ( Volunteer co-ordinator ) throughout their stay.
Please note that during the year we also do outreach campaigning when the kids are busy with exams. We then go to schools we normally don't work with and have a fun afternoon with them where we play games and teach them more about the environment. We also welcome volunteers during this period.
If the idea of this unique learning and volunteering experience appeals, please get in touch with us for more details.
1 Reviews of Volunteer with children & animals in South Africa
Reviewed on 24 Apr 2014 by tracy ciotti
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Being able to go into the meercat enclosure and play with them. Getting to accompany the children to Makalali and guide them through the different areas of the game reserve to show them possible jobs they could have. Most terrifying- being chased by a porcupine (she was pretty tame, but I didn't know that at the time).
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Go through the teaching materials so that you are comfortable with the material. There WILL be other volunteers to help teach the stuff, but the more you have to contribute, the better. Everyone has a point of view, and it's good for the children to see yours. Also, if you can find an English-Sepedi dictionary, that would come in VERY handy. Sometimes you get stuck and you realize that the kids have NO IDEA what you are talking about. If you sign up to lead a lesson, ask someone about the props that might be available. You don't have to re-invent the wheel.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
It was AMAZING! Getting close to the animals, getting close to the kids and helping the kids understand their heritage and how awesome it is to live in South Africa!
PlanetWe are primarily a conservation education medium, using orphaned wildlife. This is spread to the local community, schools and the under-privileged through our sponsorship. We believe that responsible conservation comes from responsible education. It is all very well being taught about conservation, but to really make an impact there should be care and compassion, which is sadly lacking, particularly in the rural community who primarily see wild animals as a source of food and income, hence the large poaching problem.
Our animal orphanage is there to provide animals a safe haven to these creatures that more than likely cannot be released back into the wild for a number of reasons. Our staff, volunteers and children nurture and enrich the animals through a concept called stabling. In short it ensures the animals homes are clean and that they are disease free and very well fed. We thus operate well within the most ethical guidelines. In cases of attempts to rehabilitate we limited human-animal contact as much as possible.
The project doesn't have access to electricity and is mainly running with solar energy. This is also a way to show the local community about other clean source of energy.
By paying for your volunteer experience you will be supplying the means for us to support the orphaned wildlife and to sponsor the under-privileged. This in turn will increase education in conservation and give a better future to our underprivileged children and wildlife.