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Chintsa is a small town on the outskirts of the Wild Coast region of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The Wild Coast is a fascinating part of South Africa, boasting some of the most beautiful scenery and wildlife. In addition, Chintsa’s rich culture that stems from its roots as the traditional home to the Xhosa people, give this region a depth and intrigue that most visitors can’t get enough of.
This internship is designed for volunteers to receive maximum exposure working with agricultural livestock, domesticated animals, and African wildlife. However, the time devoted to each depends on demand. You will perform daily tasks together with the general staff, and sometimes in the presence of a qualified veterinary nurse. The project also works with a qualified veterinarian for certain special procedures, such as game captures and medical emergencies.
Agricultural Livestock: Volunteers will visit several local farms, which typically house animals such as chickens, cattle, goats and pigs. This segment of the internship will focus on the following topics:
Domestic Animals: In many rural communities and townships throughout South Africa, animal rights are not a top priority and many domestic animals live in very poor conditions and are often abused. You will make a significant impact by learning about and contributing to:
African Wildlife: At commercial and private game reserves, you will take part in both lecture-based learning and practical interactions. Activities/lectures may focus on:
*Wildlife activities in the area can be unpredictable, and our volunteers will adjust as necessary. We strive to offer our volunteers two animal captures each season, but this activity depends on demand and other seasonal elements. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that it will be successful or that volunteers will get the chance to work with wildlife each week. For this reason, we recommend interns join the project for a minimum of four weeks to increase their chances of working with the wildlife.
*Please note that veterinarians are not on site at all times. They are called in when needed and for medical procedures.
Internet: There is Wi-Fi available for use at the volunteer house.
Laundry: Volunteers can do laundry at the volunteer house but must supply your own detergent.
Accommodations: During your internship, you will stay at the volunteer house in Chintsa, located just a few minutes from the beach. Each room houses 2-3 volunteers. Depending on what segment of the internship you are on, your accommodations may vary and can include bush cottages, farmhouses, tented camps and lodges. All accommodations, regardless of the location, will always be safe.
Food: You will have three simple and nutritious meals per day. Breakfast and lunch are self-catered and dinners will be hot, home-cooked meals.
Please note this project’s minimum requirements:
Chintsa Beach is a beautiful area with plenty of activities for volunteers to engage in. Relaxing on the beach after a challenging week is a great option and just steps away from the volunteer house. Often from the shores, dolphins and whales can be spotted. For volunteers interested in water activities, the area offers surfing, kite surfing and canoeing. If you prefer to stick to the land, join a safari trip, hike through the indigenous forests or go bird watching.