SOUTH AFRICA: MAINTENANCE/HANDYMAN PROJECT AT AN ANIMAL REHABILITATION CENTRE

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activities: Hospitality Internships / Community Volunteer Projects / Animal Volunteer Projects / Conservation Volunteer Projects
Country: South Africa
Location : KWAZULU-NATAL
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 750 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

If you have any maintenance / handyman / DIY skills, this project would love to have you! A truly unique project assisting an Animal Rehabilitation Centre in need and benefiting the animals at the same time!

And, of course, the location is very unusual. And finally, conservationists are lovely people to work with! On this placement you'll use lots of energy and your own initiative to improve and expand the facilities in the Sanctuary. You'll leave with a great sense of achievement and satisfaction. Situated in the beautiful subtropical city of Durban, it’s an experience that you’ll never, ever forget.

• All year round - you choose your start and finish dates!
• 2 weeks and up to 1 year, subject to visa requirements
• You should have some maintenance, or handyman, or DIY skills and the enthusiasm and confidence to use your own initiative.

What’s included:

►Accommodation
►Food
►Meeting you at the Airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Full pre-departure support
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support

What’s not:
Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required, but we'll provide necessary documents and assistance), Return transfer to airport.
• All our projects are open to all nationalities. Unless otherwise stated, you need to be aged between 17 and 70+

PROJECT OVERVIEW:

This project is located in an Animal Rehabilitation Centre which does wonderful work with abandoned and abused animals. Where animals can be rehabilitated, they're released back into the wild, but where they are too vulnerable owing to injuries or other factors, they're given a home in the sanctuary for the rest of their lives. They also operate as an education centre for local children and others, to inform them of the need for conservation. The Centre does unbelievably good work.

The Centre has been very fortunate in receiving a grant from the National Lottery. This means that they are now able to embark on a schedule of much-needed improvements and expansion for the entire Sanctuary. This includes:

-> A total remake of the Education Centre,
-> Repairing, paving and improving the pathways to make them wheelchair-friendly,
-> Improving the reception area,
-> Building a tea garden facility (which will help to bring in income)
-> Building two staff houses
-> Upgrading the ablution facilities.
-> Two new offices need to be built
-> Repairs to the roofs of the Education Centre and staff houses (which really need it!)
-> A lot of fencing is also needed.
-> Upgrading the Clinic
-> Extending and electrifying the baboon enclosure
-> Extending the baby bird room.
-> Clearing of alien vegetation and creating a boundary around the electric fence which gets set off by overgrown vegetation.
-> Upgrading the Vervet monkey enclosure
-> Upgrading the aviaries and goose pans
-> Building two new volunteer cabins
-> Plumbing water to the new antelope enclosure and putting up a shelter

The Centre needs electricians, plumbers, builders, carpenters, welders, painters and general handymen/women who would like to get their hands dirty. This work is all in the pipeline for this year and will be available at various stages, but as their Director said, "You can send someone tomorrow and I can keep them busy!”

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

-> An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the many diverse cultures in South Africa
-> New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
-> An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market
-> And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

In a world of competition where an army of graduates are lining up for the top jobs, what would set you apart from the crowd and make employees look twice? Having had work experience in a foreign culture is an excellent entry on your CV or résumé and can make the difference to whether you get the job your want or not. Education establishments and employers are looking for that little bit extra today. Nothing shows as much motivation, initiative and passion as arranging your own cultural experience abroad and gaining real life work experience.

At this Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, every hand is a hand that directly or indirectly helps feed the tiny abandoned baby animals or injured wildlife and helps them on a road to recovery so that they may be released back into their natural environment.

ABOUT THE CENTRE:

The centre for rehabilitation of wildlife is situated KwaZulu-Natal. It is a wildlife hospital that cares for the injured and orphaned wild animals and birds and the only centre of its kind in the Province.

VISION: To be an independent, pioneering force in the protection and rehabilitation of orphaned and injured wildlife, while promoting the preservation of their natural habitat.

MISSION STATEMENT: The centre is committed to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of orphaned and injured wildlife, and believes in action and education with regard to the protection of all natural resources.

The centre has a few depots in and around the Province and is considered to be one of the leading rehabilitation Centres in South Africa. The centre is committed to conservation and strives to return all rescued and rehabilitated wildlife to their natural habitat. Any wild animal, (not domestic or agricultural), that has been injured, rescued or abandoned, is admitted free of charge. Almost 90% of animals admitted to the centre, have sustained injuries due to human negligence. These animals are tended to by staff and volunteers whose love, care and dedication is unconditional, around the clock.

It takes time and dedication; and a lot of donor funding, to rehabilitate these animals and to prepare them to be re-introduced in their natural environment. Some animals' injuries are so severe that they cannot be rehabilitated and therefore become permanent residents at the centre.

As the Centre is a non-profit organisation with no financial aid from the government or any large concern, they are solely reliant on our fundraising initiatives and the generosity and goodwill of the public. As the running costs are approximately £ 11 000 or more a month, there is very little funding that can be applied to appointing full time staff. The active volunteer programme is the lifeblood of this organisation, especially during the spring and summer months when lots of orphan baby animals are brought to the centre for care.

ACCOMMODATION & LIVING:

There is a fully furnished volunteer house that accommodates up to 8 volunteers at a time. It's surrounded by garden and lots of greenery. There are four bedrooms and two bathrooms and volunteers share rooms. The house is within the security of the Rehabilitation Centre and surrounded by an electric fence.

Your food and accommodation are included on this project. Sufficient food is purchased for the house on a weekly basis to provide 3 meals per day. We will ascertain whether you have any special dietary requirements, such as if you are a vegetarian, and these will be met by the volunteer co-ordinator within reason.

Volunteers cook their own meals out of the food provided. In addition to the stove in the house, there is also a braai (barbeque) area to cook outdoor meals. There is a Spar (general grocer) within 10 minutes walk of the house. The shopping complex also has a post office and internet café.

The house is serviced once a week by a cleaner but you will be expected to keep your accommodation clean and tidy during the course of their your stay. A washing machine is available and you can do your laundry on the premises.

A safe is available at the main office should you wish to lock away your passport, money or any valuables. Mobile phones do operate with full reception on-site and it is a requirement that you bring one with you.

WHAT TO DO NEXT:

If you’d like more information about this or any of our projects, please email or call us! If you’d like to apply for this project, please go to our website and complete the application form. As soon as we receive it, we’ll liaise with you and then start making your travel adventure happen. It’s as easy as that.

Start Dates

Flexible start and finish dates you choose. Our placements are flexible and can be tailored to match your preferences. For availability please contact the office.

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £945 for two weeks. You can participate for up to three months or longer, subject to visa requirements.

Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, homestay, apartment or flat).

You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.

Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.

Requirements

No qualifications are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm and some experience of any of the above handyman trades! Everyone is welcome on a Travellers programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities. This placement would suit anyone who wants to make a real difference, wants first-hand experience of a different culture and has initiative.

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