YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.
Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.
THE REWARDS OF DOING THIS PROJECT:
This placement is definitely for wildlife and conservation enthusiasts who are willing
to work hard and aren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty, but the rewards are
well worth it:
- You'll get a wonderful and varied experience with many different species of animals.
- You'll have a memorable and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work closely with
an experienced and dedicated team of professional wildlife rehabilitators.
- You'll leave feeling very proud of yourself for having helped to give injured and
orphaned wildlife a second chance.
- You'll learn much more than you can imagine, particularly about different wildlife
species, the fascinating and complex field of wildlife rehabilitation and conservation
and hopefully you'll help to raise awareness by talking to friends and colleagues
on your return home.
- This project will be an excellent entry on your CV, demonstrating your initiative,
commitment, unique working experience and your concern for nature.
To give you a feel of the fulfilment that you can get from the project, here's an
excerpt from Mabel, our Volunteer Liaison at the Project, from her report about
what the volunteers have been doing recently:
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL RELEASE - LOLA THE NYALA RETURNS TO THE WILD!
Over the past month, the Centre has returned over 100 animals back into their natural habitats. A recent highlight was one of their antelope patients, Lola the Nyala that was released after a long haul of specialised rehabilitation.
Lola was admitted late last year after being found abandoned near St Lucia. For their first few months of life, baby antelope are entirely reliant on their mothers, leaving little Lola with a slim chance of survival. Once transferred to the centre, she was put in an intensive rehabilitation programme.
Over the next 11 months Lola was reared into a strong, young antelope capable of finding and foraging for food naturally in the wild. A few weeks ago, in an emotional whirlwind of a day, Estie and her team finally saw Lola take her first steps as a free animal. Initial feedback from the release has been hugely positive. Over the coming months, Lola will be closely monitored to ensure she adjusts well and will be able to sustain herself in the wild.
Everyone is sad to see Helen leave.
She really did an outstanding job here and was loved by all. Olivia went with Dr
Fitchat to set up the cage for the monkey release on the 7th January at Pakamisa
Private Game farm. She work very hard in the sun all day and never once complained
about the heat. Early on Monday morning all the clinic staff, assisted by the volunteers,
caught and packed the monkeys to be transported to Pongola. It was very wet but
all the volunteers did what they could to help make this go fast.
Rebecca went with Estie and Medi to Pongola to release the monkeys. They stayed
on the farm for 2 nights and the monkeys were released on the Wednesday morning
very early. Olivia and Rebecca had a wonderful time seeing the monkeys run for freedom.
When they returned, they couldn't stop talking about what they had seen and how
happy they were to see the little ones free and not in a cage.
We had a mother monkey with a baby come in that was bitten by dogs. Baby was
fine but mother had some very bad head and arm injuries. Rachel and Bethan took
it on themselves to make sure the baby got fed and was not too stressed because
the mother was not well at all. The girls really did a good job with the baby. Mother
and baby are doing well now and we hope that we could put them back with the troop
The girls are looking after the baby buck every day and do all the bottle feeds.
Rachel and Miranda are going with me today to take a young Blesbuck to a bigger
facility. Rachel, Beth and Miranda went on a tour to Sani Pass in Lesotho. They
said it was the best day ever. They had a lot of fun and enjoyed all the stuff they
did. They're also going on a 2-day safari to Hluhluwe Game Reserve on Saturday and
Sunday. Other than that, the volunteers are kept busy and they enjoy every day.
The Rehabilitation Centre itself is a lovely and a very safe environment. This is
truly a wonderful project that is both rewarding and unforgettable.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome
Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet
where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator
for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well
as while you're on your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide
and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching
Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all
we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome,
elegant and beautiful country.
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country:
When you arrive you will be met at the airport and driven to the project site. There
you'll be welcomed by a member of the Project Team who will take you to your accommodation
and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction
so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as
well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety
issues, tipping, and lots more.
LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:
The best advice you'll get from us is to try to see some of the country while you're
in South Africa. It's big (huge!) and each different region is exciting and very,
very beautiful. Cape Town is probably the most beautiful city in the world (I can
say that, I grew up there :-) KwaZulu-Natal comes a very close second, albeit very
different. Knysna is where South Africans go on holiday, which gives you some idea
of how lovely the region is. When you lie on the beach and watch dolphins jumping
the waves, you'll think you're in Paradise.
LOCATION: Yellowwood Park, Durban, South Africa:
The Rehabilitation Centre is located on the east coast in a suburb of Durban, called
Yellowwood Park. It lies close to a small protected reserve of 253 hectares which
offers coastal forest and grassland habitats and includes species such as zebra,
bushbuck, reedbuck, impala, blue, red and grey duiker, vervet monkeys, rock hyrax,
slender mongoose, bushbaby, Egyptian mongoose, banded mongoose, water monitor and
genet. The reserve also has an interesting variety of indigenous flora and over
200 bird species.
Because the Centre is close to the Reserve and the fact that food is always available
at the Centre, you'll see lots of birdlife scavenging food from the enclosures -
and wild Monkeys are also regular visitors.
The Bluff is a gigantic headland that forms the southeastern 'arm' of Durban Harbour
and has a string of safe and protected beaches. Brighton Beach, Cave Rock Beach,
Anstey's Beach and Garvies Beach are all very popular, with interesting walks through
coastal bush that end almost at the water's edge.
EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
KwaZulu Natal (KZN) is renowned for its Game Reserves and traditional Zulu Culture
: The attractions in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) range from vibrant cities to the gorgeous
Land of a Thousand Hills, from tranquil beaches to outstanding Game Parks and Nature
Reserves. These are just some of the sites you shouldn't miss:
- Big Five Game Reserves (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino - and lots more,
of course) and Travellers volunteers are able to work in many of them, including
Tembe and Mkhuze.
- Beautiful St Lucia Wetlands with its Crocodile Centre and Wetlands
- Numerous nature parks,
- Fantastic beaches for swimming and diving. The beaches are truly golden.
- Lively Durban where South Africans go to have fun,
- The San Art Park for a collection of astounding rock paintings,
- ... And much, much more!
DURBAN (Tekweni in Zulu) is the ancestral home of the Nguni people.
Africa's bewitching seaside playground in the sun with radiant golden sands and
lush sub-tropical greenery. The city has balmy weather all year round, making it
a perfect holiday paradise. Durban International Airport is only a 10 minute drive
from the City. Sophisticated and cosmopolitan, Durban Metro after dark buzzes with
elegant lounges, funky taverns and cozy inns, distinctive local theatre and live
music, and trendy clubs, pubs and discos. This is nightlife in a modern, authentic