Animal protection and care is often overlooked in impoverished communities, including those surrounding the iconic South African city of Cape Town. As a volunteer, you’ll join African Impact at a reputable animal rescue center and assist in rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing lost, abandoned, abused, and neglected domestic pets.
*No specific experience is needed for this project, but for those studying veterinary medicine (or those already qualified) there is an internship opportunity that includes assistance in surgeries.
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Gain valuable experience in veterinary care and animal welfare
- Take a hands-on role in the kennels, caring for dogs and being a part of their training
- Volunteer at two different animal welfare sites and gain an all-encompassing understanding of veterinary care in Cape Town
- Spend necessary ‘cuddle-time’ with cats at the Cattery
- Rehabilitate animals, enabling them to be adopted into a loving home
- Take dogs out of their kennels for walks and enrichment outings
- See for yourself why Cape Town has been named the ‘Most Beautiful City in the World’ for the past 5 years
- Live like a true ‘Capetonian’ by exploring the many diverse food markets, restaurants, live music events, and world-class beaches
- Take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime activities this city has to offer, including shark cage diving, whale watching, visiting Nelson Mandela’s prison cell, and snorkeling with seals
About the Destination
Cape Town is an internationally renowned destination and has something for everyone. The Mother City (as it’s known to locals) has been named the ‘Best Food City in the World’ and regularly makes the top lists for the ‘Most Beautiful City in the World’. It is also famous for its adventure activities, scenic drives, and friendly people.
What makes volunteering in Cape Town so unique is discovering the ‘unseen’ side to the city. The informal communities where we work are home to around two-thirds of the population, yet is hidden away from the eyes of tourists who rarely venture beyond the main tourist attractions. We will show you the real Cape Town!
You will be staying in a fully-furnished volunteer house in Muizenberg, just 3 minutes from the beach. This area is one of the major tourist attractions in Cape Town and a surfer’s paradise. Muizenberg has a number of vibey bars, cafes, and amazing restaurants. There is also a major grocery store nearby for you to do extra shopping.
The animal shelter we work with is a pro-life, non-profit organization, that aims to rescue, rehabilitate, re-unite, and re-home lost, abandoned, abused, and neglected animals, and educate disadvantaged communities. The shelter strives to uplift the lives of companion animals in underprivileged communities by providing free sterilizations, primary health care, veterinary treatment, food, and humane education to pet owners.
Fun & Travel
Hike up the magnificent Table Mountain or take a cable car to the top. Once you’ve soaked in the breath-taking view, you can choose to abseil your way down. Surfing lessons, shark cage diving, and sky-diving are also on many tourists’ “bucket lists”, and Cape Town’s mountain ranges make for great mountain-biking too.
Beach and Ocean Adventures
Although the water may be just a little cold, Cape Town has plenty of beautiful beaches to visit, each with its own unique atmosphere. If you are really keen to explore the waters, you can dive with sharks or take a tour to Cape Point Peninsula where you will have a chance to swim with penguins at Boulders Beach.
Cape Town has many iconic sites which make for great photograph opportunities. Take a boat trip to Seal Island, visit the celebrated Robben Island, and go paragliding off Lion’s Head. A convenient and fun way to see more of what the city has to offer is to take the Hop-on, Hop-off City Tour bus. You will also have a chance to do some shopping and enjoy fine dining at the V&A Waterfront or at one of the many local food markets.
Cape Town has something for everyone. If you’re not really a city slicker and prefer to discover what nature has to offer, you can experience an African Safari at Aquila Safari, a “Big 5” private game reserve with animals such as springboks, lions, Cape porcupines, olive baboons, leopards, and African elephants. Cape Point at the tip of the Cape Peninsula is a nature reserve that lies within the Table Mountain National Park, which is a World Heritage Site. Cape Point is a nature enthusiast’s paradise with many buck, baboons, Cape Mountain Zebras, birds, and a variety of flora and fauna unique to the area.
Dates & Rates
Our project fee includes:
- Accommodation throughout your stay
- 3 meals a day cooked by a local chef (weekdays only)
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Transport to and from project
- 24/7 support from experienced international and local staff
- Full orientation to ensure you contribute responsibly
- Project equipment and resources
Our project fee excludes:
- Flights (we can assist you with this)
- Medical or travel insurance (we can assist you with this)
- Visa-related costs
- Weekend trips or tours not on the itinerary
- Snacks, soft drinks, gifts, and souvenirs