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Animal Charity

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Duration
18
Starts in
Cape Town
Ends in
Cape Town
Help give animals the healthcare that they deserve. This project provides healthcare to animals belonging to people who are too overwhelmed with poverty to pay for their animal`s care.
The project has a clinic where complicated surgery,sterilisations and vaccinations are done, and mobile-clinic vans that go out to the townships. The community is informed that the mobile-clinic van will be in their township on a particular day, and then anyone with an animal needing medical attention will queue up to be seen by the para-veterinary workers in the mobile clinic. Volunteers can get involved with everything, even assisting with surgery preparations after a bit of training. Volunteers at this project will be contributing both to the lives of animals and `their' people. This is a welfare veterinary service provider to the owners of animal who are not able to afford private veterinary services. Volunteer for Animals in Africa!

Our work is structured in the following ways: a hospital that attends to animals whose owners are able to bring in to the hospital; a clinic that is
an area that is too busy to be attended to by mobile units,and three mobile units that travel to townships to attend to the needs of animals. Without these services hundreds of animals would not receive any veterinary care. A big part of the services offered is sterilising female dogs and cats to prevent more unwanted puppies and kittens from being born and neglected. Our work ranges from primary veterinary healthcare provision to performing complicated orthopaedic surgery. Furthermore, our work can no longer only be viewed in terms of veterinary care but is also a public health issue - we play an important role in ensuring the transmission of diseases from animals to people is minimized. We play an important role in promoting the vaccination of animals.
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Animal Charity

Project Highlights

Helping animals get proper healthcare and aiding them in there recovery.

As a welfare service provider, we see a vast range of cases that provides good work experience for veterinarians/vet nurses. They volunteers receive exposure that they would not normally receive in private practice.

Weekly Schedule & Activities

Helping animals get proper healthcare and aiding them in there recovery. As a welfare service provider, we see a vast range of cases that provides good work experience for veterinarians/vet nurses. The volunteers receive exposure that they would not normally receive in private practice.

- Assist animal welfare officers in clinics at the hospital
- Assist vets at the clinic in prepping animals for surgery
- Assist animal welfare officers on mobile units (males only)
- Caring for animals in recovery and ensuring their environment is hygienic
- Marketing, fundraising and public relations assistance
- Website development and electronic newsletters
- Helping with day to day running of the clinic/hospital
- General maintenance, such as gardening, building andpainting

Please take note that volunteers may not perform any surgical procedures or diagnose animals.

Inclusions

- Airport transfers
- Cape Town Orientation package: 3 nights' accommodation, orientation that covers everything the volunteers need to know about staying in South Africa (from social skills to transport and safety), two meals per day, bus trip into town, lunch (on the Friday), walking tour of the city, a train ride back to there accommodation and day trip (on the Saturday)
- All paperwork, placement and liaising with your volunteer program
- Appointed supervisor for the duration of program
- Accommodation
- Two meals a day (breakfast and dinner)
- Donation per month to the volunteer project to assist in their funding
- A South African SIM card that works on a pay-as-you-go top up system
- Monthly socials for volunteers to get together and meet other volunteers (cost depends on social)
- Certificate & report on volunteer`s program should this be required for studies or other purposes
- FREE 2-hour surf lesson

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

- Minimum age of 18
- Intermediate English. You need to be able to communicate with members of staff and animal owners, as this is not just about the animals but equally about the people.
- Volunteer application form with your reason for choosing this project

Special Skills Required

Volunteers will only work with trained animal welfare officers or veterinary staff, who will ensure that the volunteer can cope with any machinery used. We would welcome volunteers with the following experience:
- ANYONE who loves animals
- Veterinary qualification
- Marketing and public relations
- Website development and electronic newsletters
- Building, painting and project management

Difficulty Level

Easy to medium physical work

Is There a Potential Risk?

The work itself is not dangerous, but a rabies injection is advised. Worm tablets should be taken before arrival. Generally, HIV/AIDS is extremely prevalent in South Africa, so it is your personal responsibility to take care with regards to health and safety, as well as sexual relationships.

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in a Volunteer House OR with a South African Host Family in local community (own room or shared room with another volunteer (same gender)).

Here is some additional info about your accommodation in the case of a Volunteer House:
- Shared rooms between 4-6 volunteers
- Communal lounge and kitchen

Local transport

- Your airport transfers are included in the price.
- A You2Africa shuttle (door to door from host family/volunteer house direct to project) is included in the price.
- Volunteers can also hire a car (at their own cost; only with valid a driver's license).

Arrive Thursday for orientation, start volunteering Monday.

Meals

Breakfast is self service and provided by the volunteer house host/host family. Lunch at the volunteers' own cost. Dinner is a cooked meal provided by the volunteer house host/host family. We can cater for vegetarians, vegans and those with lactose or gluten intolerance, please just inform us at the time of booking. If you have more special dietary requirements, please be prepared to provide this for yourself.

Animal Charity

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