All volunteers with a love of nature and wildlife, and wanting to make a positive difference are welcome.
Volunteers will be expected to fulfill specific functions at the sanctuary, however the management will also ensure that volunteers are given an opportunity to explore the country, and have leisure time.
Volunteers must be 18 years or older, and will need to secure their own visas if applicable (usually not if duration of stay in South Africa is less than 90 days). Information is readily available online, or from travel agents.
All volunteers will need to sign an indemnity form, and supply personal details, including medical conditions, and contact details of people in case of an emergency – click here to download form.
All volunteers from overseas must have medical insurance, and supply these details prior to arrival.
A tetanus vaccination is recommended and any other vaccination based on your doctor’s recommendations.
The Western Cape is a very low risk malaria area, and it is not considered necessary to take malaria tablets.
Wild Rescue will collect volunteers from the closest town (Riversdale) which is on the major N2 road. There are a number of options to get from Cape Town to Riversdale (310 kms) which are relatively cheap including the Baz Bus (back packers bus), and other long distance buses. Please contact us if unsure of the transport option.
All volunteers are asked to make a non-refundable contribution towards meals and accommodation, and the animal food and other costs of the sanctuary. The contribution amount will vary depending on the duration of stay, and any veterinary or animal caring experience.
Cost per 1 Week (food and shared accommodation included)
The weekly donation fee for volunteering ranges from R3,500 (+- €206; £185 UK ; $235 USA) to R4,500 (+- €267; £240 UK ; $305 USA)
Please see Application Form for full details on costs.
Please complete the application form and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Further useful information will be e-mailed to you after acceptance as a volunteer
Most overseas countries’ citizens over 18 will be granted a 90 day visitor visa free-of-charge on arrival. Please check the website; www.vfsglobal.com/dha/southafrica/ or www.dha.gov.za/index.php/applying-for-sa-visa.
90+ Days Visa: Anyone staying longer than 90 days must apply for a Volunteer Visa in their host country. There is a process to be followed, and please contact us if you are having any problems, and also for a letter to confirm that you are volunteering for us.
90+ Days Visa Extension: You should be able to extend the visa further whilst you are within the country, but will have to travel to George or Cape Town to do so. You must initially apply via the website and you then book yourself an appointment at one of the nearest offices.
Volunteers cannot be accepted without good medical insurance that includes cover for emergency hospital treatment for medical and accidental risks and medical evacuation and repatriation costs.
We require that you notify your insurer that you will be volunteering at a wildlife sanctuary and staying in a wildlife area. (Please make a note on your policy of the date that you confirmed this with the insurer, and the contact person you spoke to.)
South Africans with medical aid must also inform their medical aid company about volunteering with wildlife and staying in a wildlife area, and supply details of the policy to Wild Rescue.
All volunteers will be required to sign an indemnity form prior to arrival, and to deliver the original on arrival.