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Penguin and Seabird Project in South Africa

Penguin and Seabird Project in South Africa
From £1249
Duration 42 Days
From £1249
Duration 42 Days
As you volunteer at the rescue centre for seabirds in South Africa, you work side by side with wildlife specialists.
The Issue

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 Rehabilitation Centre

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 Tasks

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.

The Hours

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.

What's Included

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pickup
  • In-Country Orientation
  • 24 Hour In-Country Support
  • Personal Contact Person at Rainbow Garden Village UK
  • Assistance with Travel Preparation
  • Rainbow Garden Village T-Shirt
  • Recognised Participation Certificate
  • Extensive Volunteer/Travel Guide
Experience Volunteering
Region Africa
Country South Africa

Rainbow Garden Village

Rainbow Garden Village has been on an exciting journey since 1999. It has gone from being a local project to help spur development in Ghana, to the huge volunteer provider that it is today. RGV work hand-in-hand with local communities in numerous countries around Africa and Asia to offer sustainable voluntary projects enabling it's volunteers to make an impact where there is genuine need.
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