Work in a cheetah center to help preserve South Africa’s wildlife and make an impact on your world!
International Student Volunteers (a non-profit organization) offers you the chance to volunteer with an organization that helps with the long term survival of endangered species such as cheetahs, African wild dogs, vultures, and brown hyena. After giving back, you will then reward yourself by participating in an incredible two week adventure tour, where you’ll take river cruises alongside hippos and crocs, go horseback riding through wildlife parks, snorkeling and so much more!
ISV works with a cheetah center in South Africa that is dedicated to ensuring the survival of endangered animals and is successfully breeding the king cheetah in captivity for the first time in the world. The main goals of the center are to breed rare and endangered species, support scientific research for all aspects of the species, promote public awareness of the pressing need for wildlife preservation, and to continue to play a role in conservation biology.
The center does not receive any government funding so volunteers take an important role in keeping their goals alive. ISV has been working with this organization since 2009, providing aid with the resources and human power that is lacking, and accomplishing the tasks that the center does not have the resources to do themselves. Since then, ISV has contributed over 2,000 hours of alien vegetation removal, 1,600 hours of enclosure maintenance, 1,500 meters of fence line checked for animal and human damage, and many other essential tasks.
What to Expect?
The daily volunteer tasks are of vital importance to ensure the health and care of the wildlife. There are local people working at the facility but extra hands are always needed. Be prepared to spend time on activities such as hand pulling of weeds, slashing grass for cheetah cub bedding, painting enclosures, maintaining educational trails, or checking for poaching/animal damage to fences. In addition, volunteers will be involved in improving the sanctuary.
The sanctuary staff will try to include volunteers where ever possible to help with feeding rounds, cleaning rounds, cheetah runs, ambassador care and any other special tasks that may be available. There will be three free days to relax and explore the area. There are several activities in the area that you can enjoy from local craft markets to hikes.
On the Adventure Tour, you will explore the natural and cultural wonders in South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique. ISV’s tour is like no other, and includes a host of activities that will leave you breathless. Swim with whale sharks and manta rays in the warm waters of Mozambique before exploring its culturally rich capital, Maputo. Experience the thrill of horseback riding or mountain biking through game reserves as you observe wild animals right next to you. Visit an elephant and monkey sanctuary and feel the rhythm of Africa with native drumming and dance lessons.
There is also an additional excursion available to extend your adventure to Botswana and Zambia.
About our organization:
International Student Volunteers is committed to impacting our world by providing life-changing volunteer experiences abroad. ISV has been operating student programs since 1983, but has focused on Volunteer and Adventure Travel since 2002. Since then, more than 20,000 participants have contributed to ISV’s global volunteer efforts, making a significant impact across six continents. ISV programs offer unparalleled opportunities to get involved in the front lines of sustainable community development and conservation initiatives internationally, in addition to exploration, adventure and cultural exchange, while traveling through one or more countries. This program is open to everyone, not just students. We are not a sending agent –we run our own programs with our own trained staff to ensure you have the most amazing experience possible. ISV sets the industry standards for best practices, safety, opportunities to learn, and of course fun!
International Student Volunteers, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation in the U.S. organized under the Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable and educational purposes.
- Program ID: # 1923
- duration: 2 Weeks to 1 Month
- location: De WildtSouth Africa25° 37' 13.7208" S, 27° 56' 51.0072" EZA
- Fitness level: Light Impact
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- Costs From: $1500 to $3000Over $3000
- Program Type: Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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