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Cheetah project in Cape Town

ID: V06-01

Project:

Our partner runs an educational and environmental project which was established in 1997 to raise awareness of cheetahs in South Africa.

The organization provides guests with knowledge about the plight of endangered animals and  arouse the interest of visitors for the protection of wild animals and their habitat.

In the first year, the program began with two cheetahs, which were able attract guests. Over the years, more and more animals were added and the number of visitors increased enormously.

Today, there are 7 Cheetahs and several other wild cats,  jackals etc

The program is also actively involved in the rearing of Anatolian shepherd dogs.

Job description:
Your daily work includes the maintenance of equipment and facilities of the cheetah. Volunteers will also be involved in the following duties; the cleaning of the outlets of the animals, feeding the Cheetahs, the Anatolian shepherd dogs and other animals  in the reserve.

In addition, you will be involved in the maintenance of the facilities like fence construction and repairs.

The top priority are the animals in the park, therefore visitors are cared for during their walks by you and other members. You will go with the guests in the enclosure and this can take pictures of the cheetah and caress them. Note in this regard that one of your most important tasks is in the care of the guests. You will inform visitors about the cheetah and explain the Cheetah Conservation Program to the guests. This means that you will spend about 80% of your working time to the care of the guests. Finally, you will help out at the front desk and in the Cheetah shop.

The first 2-3 weeks you will be introduced to the work. During this period you will work with the Anatolian shepherd dogs to slowly get used to working with animals.

The project has always between 5-20 international volunteers and local volunteers. 

Working time:

Your work day starts at 9:00 and ends around 17:15 clock, with a half hour lunch break and two short tea / coffee breaks. You will work 5 days a week, this can also be over the weekend. The project tries to always give you consecutive off days, but can not guarantee this.


Your daily work routine can be as follows:

9:00 clock - cleaning of equipment, feeding the animals

9:30 clock - Cheetah park opens, welcoming guests

10:00 clock - Cheetah guides to 16:00 clock

13-14 Clock - ½ hour lunch break

16:00 clock - Feeding the Cheetahs

17:00 clock - Closing the park for visitors

17:15 clock - Dismiss from work

 

In addition, it is also possible if interested to assist in other activities, such as:

  • Events with animals outside the park (films, holding events, etc.)
  • Walks on the beach with the cheetahs and guests (maximum of 4)
  •  Group Manager of several volunteers



Requirements:

  • Flexibility
  • Adaptability
  • Commitment and enthusiasm
  • Sociability and self-confidence in the care of the guests
  • Very good knowledge of English
  • Clothing (pants, jacket, etc) in safari colors be (khaki, brown, beige) T-Shirt 
  • Sturdy shoes
  • When working with a cheetahs rabies vaccination is required (3 months in advance

Accommodation:

Volunteers can stay as desired  either in a shared apartment, a host family, work from home (local applicants) or in a backpackers.

Shared Self Catering:

These are mostly houses with 4-8 rooms that are rented individually by local and international students, interns, volunteers, young professionals or other young people. It is easy to quickly find quickly contacts and friends. As often several roommates are new, so you can conquer the environment.
 

All rooms are furnished. Bed linen is provided and only towels are not provided. Wireless Internet is also usually present (some houses with extra charge). All shared apartments are equipped for self-catering, there are fully equipped kitchens with refrigerator, stove, etc. Here you can alone or together quickly cook something.

Host family:

Staying with a host family is a very special opportunity to learn about other people's daily life.
Volunteers will live with a host family living in a in a middle class neighborhood/ residential location.This is a private furnished accommodation available, three meals will be provided per day (on working days, there is a lunch box) and most families also wash your laundry for free. Linen and towels are provided.

During your stay you will integrate with the family members and make some friends friends of each family.

Our families are spread throughout the region. We visit all our host families personally before we add them to our program.

We can not guarantee to find a family in walking distance. You may have to pay additional transportation costs (about R8- 20 Rand per day either by bus, taxi or train.

Backpacker:

Backpacker hostels are the ideal accommodation for short and long  term stays. The young local volunteers get to other people and do things together with other international guests. Tour options are available at the backpackers offered at fair prices.

Our services are based on a bed in the dormitory. Usually sleep in dorms between 6 to 8 people in bunk beds. There is the possibility of personal belongings locked away in safes. Breakfast and other meals are not included in the price. Bed linen is provided and only towels are not provided.
On request, we can also organise guest houses and hotels.

Notes:
Availability must be checked prior to booking dates.

If you stay in a shared apartment landlords require a refundable deposit usually between 1800 to 3000 Rands. Please note that prices are subject to change.

Type: Wildlife

Location: Somerset West near Cape Town

Start: any time

Duration: Minimum of  4 weeks (ideally 6 weeks up to 24 weeks)

Working time: 8 hours / day

Minimum age: 18 years

The price is available upon request.

The price includes:

  • Accommodation
  • T-Shirt of the project
  • Comprehensive information packet during the preparation
  •  Welcome pack
  •  Weekly meetings
  • Weekly newsletter
  • Regular meetings 
  • Donation (price to be advised)

What is not included?

  • Flight/ bus fare
  •  Daily transport allowance to work
  •  Personal expenses