||All year round - you
choose your start and finish dates.
4 weeks to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
||No qualifications necessary, but if you are studying
or qualified, you'll be able to do more involved and
specialised work. Minimum age 17.
||Full Price List
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
►Meeting you at the nearest airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Local
transport to and from your project, Return
transfer to airport.
Who can do
is open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out,
grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in
gaining overseas work experience or an internship for
university credit or requirement.
Also suitable for anyone just wanting to study abroad
and learn about Veterinary practice and Animal Care
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the many
diverse cultures in South Africa
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding
of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional
An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head
and shoulders above most others in the job market.
And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
You'll work in
a general vet practice in Cape Town - small, but very friendly. It is
typical of a veterinary clinic in South Africa and in this particular
clinic, the lady vet who'll supervise you goes to extraordinary
lengths to ensure that you gain as much knowledge and practice as
The practice deals
mainly with domestic animals, but you may also get an occasional
opportunity to help out at the Blue Cross Animal/Veterinary Hospital,
which is much bigger. (The Blue Cross is a privately-owned veterinary
practice that deals with a wide range of veterinary procedures and if
you spend time here, you should get exposure to larger animals such as
cattle and horses.)
As this is a small practice,
your work responsibilities will differ according to what is required at
the time you're there.
The practice opens at 8.30 but you will be
expected to come in around 9:00 am. The practice has surgery in
the mornings between 09.00 and 12.00 and in the afternoons between 15.30
and 18.30. Lunchtime is usually between 12.20 and 15.00 depending
on how busy they are. You will be free to leave the surgery during this
You will have opportunities to shadow the
Vet with plenty of scope for observation and some hands-on work.
Depending on your experience and confidence, you may be able to
participate in basic and simple procedures under supervision, such as
making blood smears, analysing urine samples, learning to prep surgical
sites, etc. This will also depend on whether the Vet feels you have the
capabilities to take part in these activities.
"I've been very busy, LOVING working with Dr. Wahl at the
vet clinic. I couldn't be happier and love both her and her
staff. I've seen a variety of procedures so far and am already perfecting
my stitching technique. Cathy has been arranging for me to travel around to a few
other vet clinics too, which has been great. I've met loads of people here and am having a fabulous time!"
At times you may find the work to be slow
as it only becomes busy when animals are brought in. During these
periods, there will be a variety of different jobs that you’ll need to
assist with and some of these will not be directly related to working
with the animals, such as attending to the upkeep and cleaning of the
premises, or helping out with Reception.
In other words, you should be prepared to
anything and everything that needs to be done during the time you’re
Town is a lovely city with friendly people, and I’ve no doubt
you will make friends very quickly. The practice itself is close
to the center of
town, very conveniently located close to to Avenue, the Cape Town Museum, as well as shops, restaurants and the
renowned Botanical Gardens – a lovely place to meander during
ten minute walk from the center of the bustling Cape Town CBD is the quieter,
more chilled out area of Green Point. Here we use St Johns Waterfront Lodge, one
of the better known backpackers’ lodges for your accommodation. It is not only
close to the city, but also to the famous V&A Waterfront (5 min walk) and
literally a hop, skip and jump away from the ocean.
Among a host of other
activities, from here you can visit the world-famous Robben Island by boat,
where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner for 27 years!
Apart from other Travellers volunteers, this hostel mainly attracts
international travellers to Cape Town. It is uniquely built on two plots so
literally has two of everything, including two pools! They are very friendly and
will always help you where needed. They can answer any questions or can even
help when you need some TLC because you feel a bit homesick!
Main Lodge is the center of all the lodges and is a meeting point for everyone.
You can discuss your day in the living room, have a nice chat out on the
terrace, go for a swim, watch a movie, etc. Included in the placement cost is a
bed in one of the large 8-bed dormitories, so you will be sharing. However,
there is an option of choosing a single or double room if you are happy to pay
the difference, but we do find that volunteers staying in the larger dormitories
tend to make friends easier and be a bit more social.
lodge has a living room, lots of bathrooms and a two well-equipped kitchens. It
also has a lovely big (recently renovated) living area with satellite TV, a cosy
bar and very comfy couches.
In the main outdoor area, there are two pools, the
braai (South African for BBQ) area and lots of tables and benches in the
beautiful garden. There is a payphone inside the main lounge and a FREE internet
service. St John’s has also recently fitted a CCTV security system, so you can
live with peace of mind, knowing that you are safe and sound.
You will be given a food allowance to buy your own food from the
big supermarket up the road. The lodge is equipped with a kitchen with a fridge,
stove, oven and microwave, and all the necessities to cook a good meal
Got any questions? Please email us:
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll
contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on
details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have
access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your
Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you
throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on
your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country
Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on
your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment
Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we
can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.
As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is
different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the
most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in
Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in
all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our South African staff who
will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn
about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how
to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.
You will have weekends free and this will also allow some time for travelling
and sight seeing.
The Cecil John Rhodes monument
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
The best advice you'll get from us
is to try to see some of the country while you're in South
Africa. It's big (huge!) and each different region is exciting
and very, very beautiful. Cape Town is probably
the most beautiful city in the world (I can say that, I grew up
there :-) KwaZulu-Natal comes a very
close second, albeit very different. Knysna is
where South Africans go on vacation, which gives you some idea of
how lovely the region is.
ACTIVITIES IN CAPE TOWN
Enjoy exciting and “real” adventures with an adrenaline twist!
(insanely jumping off very high cliffs into pools of water!)
(just up the coast)
…..and a LOT,
Tours - A visit to one of the many townships surrounding the city is an
experience that will open your eyes to the way in which the biggest portion
of Cape Town's population are living. Take a township tour of Langa, the oldest township in
South Africa or Khayelitsha, the second largest township in South Africa.
Township tours will usually be co-led by a resident in the area, showcase
local industry and community projects and include a visit to a township bar
Two Oceans Aquarium - Located in the V&A Waterfront, the Two
Oceans Aquarium has lots of display tanks, interactive experiences, a
touch pool and the highly popular predators tank.
Winelands - Wine lover or not, a visit to the Cape Winelands is an absolute
must as the region is one of breathtaking beauty and majestic mountain
backdrops. Rolling vineyards
and quaint Cape Dutch homesteads ... as well as some of the country's best wines.
Drives are a very popular leisure activity in South Africa, because the
roads are generally wide, in good condition, relatively empty and a pleasure
to drive on. People often go for drives on a Sunday afternoon to a favourite
hotel or restaurant for afternoon tea and scones, or to the top of a pass
just to look at the view, or to a national park to watch the baboons -
there's always a good reason to go for a drive!
Cape Town has lots of
cafes and restaurants
seating areas overlooking the street or on the pavements, with colourful sun
umbrellas - a perfect place to sit with the sun on
your face, watching passers-by ambling along, sipping a steamy cappucino or
staving off the heat with a cold drink.
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Cape Town and its
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