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Veterinary internship in South Africa

Pays d’action: Afrique du Sud, Afrique
Type d’activité: Missions avec animaux et vétérinaires, Ecovolontariat
Join a mobile medical unit travelling around game reserves, farmsteads and veterinary clinics on this exciting veterinary internship. Work closely with the vet to help both wild and domestic animals in beautiful areas of South Africa.



Description du projet et du rôle des volontaires

Join a veterinary programme protecting and tending to animals across the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Work with a local vet caring for a wide range of of animals living in the area, from wild animals to farm animals to pets.

This internship is highly practical, offering a hands-on approach with background instruction. It is a great way to gain experience and put your knowledge into practice. Some prior experience is certainly beneficial, and most interns will at least be working towards their university studies.

There are three main aspects to this project:

  • Veterinary work with African wildlife in game reserves
  • Veterinary experience on farms
  • Veterinary care work in a village veterinary clinic

The mobile nature of this project means that no day is the same. Different issues may arise during your project time, however some of the animal issues in the past have included:

  • Immobilisation and tranquilisation
  • Game capture
  • Animal behaviour, care and management
  • Animal health and nutrition
  • Veterinary clinic work
  • Inoculations

Why do this project?
Veterinary medicine is a competitive discipline, and many people are keen to either build their experience or test the waters before embarking upon a veterinary career. This project is very beneficial in helping you to make decisions about your future in veterinary medicine, as well as helping to learn new things. The programme is incredibly diverse, from the volunteer groups to the type of work that is done.

Project highlights

  • Working in a variety of settings - game reserves, clinics, farms and in the community
  • Seeing and even working with a wide range of African animals
  • Exploring the area in the your free time

Accommodation and food
The volunteer accommodation is located in the seaside town of Chintsa. Volunteers share small dorm rooms and three meals per day are provided. Due to the mobile nature of this project, there may be times when you stay in alternative accommodation if you are attending a veterinary case which is further afield and requires several days of work.

Free time
The project runs Monday - Friday, with weekends free to explore and relax. There is loads to do in the local area, including surfing, horse riding and yoga. The beach is 32km long!

Useful information

  • You will be with other international volunteers from around the world
  • There is 24/7 emergency support
  • You will need travel insurance to be able to join this project - we can offer advice of what to look for in a travel insurance policy

L’organisation de volontariat se présente

This organisation specialises in arranging hand-picked ethical volunteering projects in 18 countries around the world. Projects mainly focus on animal welfare, conservation, and sustainability, with strong focus also on humanitarian and social care programmes. Their passionate and experienced team of travellers have been sending volunteers around the world since 2006.

We are able to accept bookings for all projects currently, however the situation is still evolving regarding when and where participants can travel. With this in mind, we are currently offering a fully refundable deposit and no further payment due until 21 days before departure.

In addition, we are offering free trip changes, free date changes and also free unspecified date changes. This gives travellers maximum flexibility, whilst also giving them something to look forward to.

If participants cannot travel, their money is financially protected by ATOL or IPP. The money paid can be used towards any of our other trips within 18 months.


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Fiche technique de la mission

Pays d’action :
Afrique du Sud, Afrique
Type d'activité :
Missions avec animaux et vétérinaires,Ecovolontariat
Durée de la mission :
Minimum: 2 semaines
Maximum: 3 mois
Frais de participation à la mission :
(contacter l’organisation pour une liste de prix complète)
2 semaines : 2216 €
4 semaines/1 mois : 3689 €
8 semaines/2 mois : 6637 €
3 mois : 9585 €
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 :
This project runs between March and November
Age minimum :
18 ans
Age maximum :
pas d'âge maximum
Placement individuelle ou en groupe ?
Individuelle / Groupe
Maîtrise de langues :
Participants must be able to speak and understand English
Qualifications particulières :
Most participants are studying veterinary medicine, although growing numbers are also using this internship to gain experience for university applications. It is important to have some experience of working with animals prior to joining this project.
Hébergement & repas :
You will be staying in a volunteer house in the seaside village of Chintsa. You should expect to share a room with up to 6 other volunteers. The accommodation has hot and cold running water, a lovely terrace to relax on and beautiful views out over the area. In addition to the volunteer accommodation as your main base, you will be moving around the local area depending on the needs of the project.

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  • 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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