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This project offers the opportunity to gain valuable experience in veterinary care at an animal shelter which aims to rescue, rehabilitate, and find homes for lost, abandoned, and abused dogs and cats. The pro-life, non-profit shelter provides both physical and emotional care for animals in need until a safe and loving home is found.

The shelter has both an on-site clinic that services nearby neighborhoods, as well as a mobile clinic to provide veterinary services to a wider range of communities throughout the region. These clinics provide primary care, such as vaccinations, sterilization, de-worming, and parasite control, while also carrying out community outreach initiatives to educate the public on proper care and ethical treatment of animals. 

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Location of the Project:  Cape Town, South Africa
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Project length:  Min 2 weeks – Max 12 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Cape Town International Airport
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Volunteer Work:  Walking, grooming, and feeding animals, community education, veterinary assistance
Age:  18-70
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 15 international volunteers

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared room in a fully furnished house in Observatory, South Africa
Food:  Three meals a day (excluding weekends)
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Airport Transfers:  Airport pickup upon arrival
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Insurance:  Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
Orientation:  Orientation is included upon arrival and includes introductions to staff members, fellow volunteers, Cape Town, and the local communities.
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Support:  Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support

What's not Included

Flights, personal expenses, meals on the weekend, visa (if required)

This project is located on the Southern Peninsula coastline of Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa is a fascinating country with a wide array of landscapes, as many as 11 official languages, and an equally diverse population.

Voted one of the world's top tourist destinations Cape Town boasts an incredibly wide range of attractions. In addition to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, which is within view of this project site, the area hosts several other unique cultural and heritage sites, such as Robben Island, Table Mountains, and the V&A Waterfront. As a city alive with creativity, color, sounds and tastes, Cape Town also offers an abundance of outdoor activites, from hiking, to surfing, to water skiiing.

The attention and care you are able to give the animals at the shelter substantially improves their quality of life, contributes to their recovery, and allows them to be adopted into a loving home. You will have the opportunity to make an impact by:

  • Feeding, grooming, walking, and socializing the animals
  • Helping rescue animals other than cats and dogs, including otters, porcupines, snakes, sea birds, and owls
  • Assisting veterinarians with clinical operations in either the on-site clinic or mobile clinic
  • Spreading awareness in local communities on how to responsibly care for animals
A typical day: Your day will begin at 7:00 am with a healthy breakfast before you head out to your morning project at 8:30 am. After lunch at 12:30 pm, it's time to resume your afternoon tasks. Your work day will end at 4:30 pm, at which point you will return to the volunteer house for a debriefing and to discuss the schedule for the next day. Dinner is served at 6:00 pm, followed by free time to relax, watch a movie, go to trivia nights, or head off to one of the local pubs, coffee shops, restaurants.

Internet
Internet:  WiFi available for a small fee.
Laundry
Laundry:  Weekly laundry service is provided.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  Volunteers will stay in a fully furnished, comfortable house in the charming, Bohemian suburb of Observatory, close to the Cape Town city center. Volunteers will share a room with 2-6 other volunteers and bathrooms are communal. The house is staffed with both a housekeeper and cook, and volunteers have access to a locked safe to store their valuables. Daily transportation between the accommodations and project site is provided.
Food:  Three meals a day are provided. Breakfast consists of hot or cold cereal, toast, coffee and tea, and is available on a serve-yourself basis. Lunch and dinner are prepared by the chef at the volunteer house. The chef has the weekends off, and therefore during these days the volunteers will need to purchase and prepare their own food.

Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Basic English
  • Compassion for animals
  • Desire to make an impact on local communities and animals
  • Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)

Most volunteers spend their free time out and about exploring the assortment of exciting opportunities in Cape Town and the surrounding areas. The program provides optional trips for an additional cost to the world-famous Table Mountain, Boulders Beach, and the Cape Point Peninsula. For volunteers looking to try something new, the program organizes surfing lessons, sky diving and shark cage diving for an additional fee.

Project Orientation (Included):
On arrival at the Cape Town project, you will receive a comprehensive orientation, including:

  • Introduction to the beautiful Cape Peninsula
  • Overview of the Cape Town project and the communities in which you will be working
  • Introduction to all project staff
  • Familiarization of the surrounding neighbourhood where you will be living

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