Originally designed as a home for orphaned, poisoned or injured wildlife, this center’s main aim is to rehabilitate wildlife that can be reintroduced to their natural environment. Unfortunately, some of the animals in their care, due to their injuries, will never be able to return, and now live out their days in peace at the centre.
|Location||Closest town: Hoedspruit, South Africa|
|Duration||From 2 weeks|
|Dates||All year round|
|Documents required||Enrolment form, curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, passport copy, proof of medical insurance|
|Day of arrival||Monday|
|Day of departure||Monday|
The Lowveld Rehabilitation Centre was established in 1991 on a farm run by Brian Jones. Beginning with a crowned eagle and a baby zebra called Zebbie, Brian’s reputation for animal rehabilitation work spread. Soon, orphaned or injured animals needing help were being brought to him. After a couple of years, it became apparent that the centre could not run without funds, so the time came to charge visitors to the centre to meet the costs of feeding, medical attention and building cages. The centre has grown tremendously over the years, and representatives now give talks all over the country and in the U.S.A.
The centre works with orphaned, poisoned or injured wildlife. Where possible, wild animals are rehabilitated and reintroduced to their natural environment. Where this is not possible, and a poisoned or injured animal can’t be returned to its natural environment, the centre provides a life-long home for it.
The plight of Africa’s animals and our natural system have always been at the centre of the Rehabilitation Centre. Spreading awareness helps save animals, and public educational tours of the centre are now run by a group of dedicated guides.
The experience of working as a volunteer for the centre will hopefully create a passion and understanding of African wild life that can help preserve this unique aspect of our country for future generations. However, it is not for the faint hearted, and the centre cannot guarantee what each day will hold or what animals they will have in rehab at the time of your visit. But they do hope that you will make the most of your time there, that you get involved in all the activities and work that goes on at the centre, and that you go away with memories which will last a lifetime!
Your day-to-day tasks are most important whilst at the Rehab Centre. No previous experience is needed in order for you to fulfil your daily duties - all you will need is a love for animals and nature, and be prepared to do the dirty work.
Dedication and teamwork is the ‘key’ to a successful day of work. The project requires that everyone works together and the tasks given be done with enthusiasm and care.
The priority of the day will be the feeding and cleaning of all the animals and their enclosures in the morning and afternoon. During the rest of the day there are general rehab tasks that need to be done.
There is no typical day at the Lowveld Rehabilitation Centre… ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN! Working with animals can scramble up the day and schedule, it can delay meals and rob you of your sleep, so be prepared for the unexpected. Everything that happens just adds to your experience here in South Africa.
Other activities you may get the chance to take part in: game capture and animal rescue.
It is important to note that this description serves as an example only. The daily tasks and challenges depend on the volunteer, the time of the year and the work that needs to be done. The final job description can therefore vary substantially from the above.
The accommodation is situated within walking distance of the project. You will stay in brick and reed buildings. Separate male and female accommodation is provided, 2 to 4 to a room. There are rooms available for married couples, but this is subject to bookings (We cannot guarantee there will always be a room available). The accommodation has a common room and a kitchen. Bedding will be provided, but no towels. Laundry service is provided except for your underwear, which you need to wash yourself. A machine and washing powder are available.
WiFi is available but not included – you will be asked to pay a nominal fee per hour.