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Penguin and Seabird Project in South Africa

Pays d’action: Afrique du Sud, Afrique
Type d’activité: Missions avec animaux et vétérinaires
As you volunteer at the rescue centre for seabirds in South Africa, you work side by side with wildlife specialists. The help of volunteers is essential for the successful rescue, rehabilitation and release of seabird species. You support the capture, feeding and animal care as well as the maintenance of the enclosures.

Description du projet et du rôle des volontaires

Due to their population decreasing by 90% in the last 60 years, the African penguin is now one of the world’s endangered species. Commercial fishing is a major cause, due to the penguins being left with very little food to find, oil pollution is a contributor and lack of protected breeding grounds results in penguin parents struggling to protect their eggs and hatchlings from big cats, birds of prey and fur seals.

The penguin and seabird project in Cape Town is in a lagoon area, about 15 minutes from the city centre. The rehabilitation centre is an important sanctuary for various species of seabirds, including the extremely endangered African penguins, albatrosses, petrels and skuas. You’ll work closely with other volunteers from around the world, as well as local veterinarians and rehabilitation workers, to find animals, treat them and release them back into the wild. The centre is split into different areas, so you may find yourself working indoors helping the animals who are being treated, or you may be outside working along the seashore.

Your program will start with an introduction day, and then you will get straight to work. You will be given a plan by your contact, and then you will be sent off to explore the site. In your first few days of service you will likely be working inside the centre, with the injured or sick animals. You may be preparing food, cleaning the animal housing, pools and other areas. After you have found your feet and completed your training you will start working on the sea, to help capture animals in need of care. You’ll also start adding beach and marine projects to your repertoire, such as securing penguin breeding grounds or releasing recovered animals into the wild.

A normal working day starts around 8 am and ends at around 17:30 pm across five days, whether that is weekdays, weekends or public holidays. A lot of our volunteers find that renting a car together for the duration of their program is a good idea, as the commute via public transport can be long and complicated. You don’t want to eat into your free time sitting on the bus! Speaking of free time, you may wish to spend it relaxing on one of the many beaches in the area, exploring Table Mountain National Park, or shopping in Cape Town.

L’organisation de volontariat se présente

Our Organisation has been on an exciting journey, since our founder, Steffen, first coined the idea 1999. It has gone from being a local project in Ghana to help spur development in the region, to the grown volunteer and internship provider that it is today. With projects in 14 countries around Africa and Asia, we are grown to make a positive impact, providing meaningful projects.
En savoir plus sur nos critères de sélection pour choisir nos organisations partenaires.

Fiche technique de la mission

Pays d’action :
Afrique du Sud, Afrique
Type d'activité :
Missions avec animaux et vétérinaires
Durée de la mission :
Minimum: 4 semaines / 1 Mois
Frais de participation à la mission :
(contacter l’organisation pour une liste de prix complète)
4 semaines/1 mois : 1249 €
Pourquoi payer pour faire du volontariat ?

* Toutes les indications de prix sont fournies par l’organisation de volontariat sans garantie. Si l’organisation ne facture pas en Euros, les prix réels peuvent varier en fonction du cours de change.
Disponibilité de la mission :
A tout moment
Age minimum :
18 ans
Age maximum :
pas d'âge maximum
Placement individuelle ou en groupe ?
Individuelle / Groupe
Maîtrise de langues :
Qualifications particulières :
Pas nécessaire
Hébergement & repas :
In our volunteer houses, you live together with up to 24 other participants in shared rooms. In addition to our large volunteer house, we also have two smaller houses with up to 12 residents. Two of the houses are solely for female volunteers.

Obtenir plus d’informations gratuitement

  • Recevez immédiatement un e-mail avec le site web et le n° de téléphone de l’organisation de volontariat
  • Recevez gratuitement notre guide avec une check-list à imprimer
  • Un guide de conversation en cadeau, si vous vous inscrivez plus tard
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