Volunteer

Want to Volunteer?

Here’s everything you need to know

Name of the project

TSITSIKAMMA WOLF SANCTUARY

Type of project

We are the first wolf sanctuary run as a not-for-profit private project and totally self-funded in Southern Africa. We do not breed. Socialising or our animals are done only in the event we receive pups from unscrupulous breeders that need to be bottle-fed. We have at present 38 animals in our care. We require the person wishing to volunteer to be a SME (subject matter expert) if possible in order to be able to carry out Behaviour Studies on wolves in captivity. Pictures of the sanctuary are available from our website. If the volunteer/s is/are not SME’s we require enthusiasm and the ability to do hard, dirty work.

Detailed address of the project

Street Lot 510, Elandshoogte, Witelsbos
ZIP-Code 6304
Town Tsitsikamma
Telephone +27 829564175
E-Mail: info@wolfsa.org.za
Homepage: www.wolfsa.org.za
Who is the contact at the project? Robin McDonald

Are there any special features to which the volunteer has to pay attention to when working at this project? (Religion, Illnesses, extra-vaccination, etc.)

There are special requirements health-wise. Due to accommodation, we would prefer “same-sex” volunteers if more than one person from the same group is volunteering. Rooms sleep pairs in bunk-beds.

When was the project found?

Sanctuary building began in May 2000.

How many volunteers can the project employ?

At present, a maximum of six – six males or six females; or three males and three females

How many other employees work there?

Six.

Has the project already had experience with volunteers?

2001 – With “Willing Workers in South Africa”
2002 –  With Claim Victory Tours

Will there be any time limits (minimum/maximum number of months) for a volunteer´s stay at this project?

Volunteers doing Behaviour Studies should stay for at LEAST one month in order to complete a comprehensive study. Volunteers doing general office work or manual/physical work/ animal work may stay as long as they wish. The time period should be a minimum of one day to a maximum of six months.

Will a stay only be possible at a certain time of year? If yes, during which months?

Astay is possible at any time of the year. Although you need to bear in mind the winter rainfall in the area can keep someone indoors for two or three days in a row. Note also Mid-Summer temperatures can be as high as 38ºC.

How far away is the next bigger city (km/time)? Please name it.

Plettenberg Bay – 45 minute drive, heading South; Kareedouw 15 minute drive (approx. 20km) heading North.

Please list possibilities of transport from the project to this city (Bus, train,... how often per day, costs).

Bus – intercity buses who run their own schedule. Sanctuary transport – the possibility exists that the sanctuary manager visits Kareedouw on an almost daily basis and volunteers can obtain a lift with him at that time. Due to costs, if volunteers need more frequent or unscheduled visits to this town, the volunteer will incur a small transport fee to cover vehicle costs. This fee is available from manager on request.

How far away from Cape Town (km/time)?

Six hours by car. Eight to Nine (plus) by Intercity Buses.

How is the surrounding of the project? (In the country, village, suburb, city)?

The sanctuary is situated in a tiny little farming community between the small town of Kareedouw and Plettenberg Bay or between Plettenberg Bay and the famous surfing town of Jeffreys Bay.

Where will the volunteer live? How is the accomodation? Are accomodation and meals included? If not, how much will the volunteer have to pay per week/month?

We have a very small rustic “cabins” with very basic bathroom and kitchen facilities. Accommodation is free – but additional food/snacks and other additional amenities are to be paid for by the volunteer.

The “volunteer fee” covers these costs which are:

  • light breakfast (cereal, toast, fruit, tea/coffee),
  • a light lunch (usually sandwiches and fruit, tea/coffee). a
  • light dinner (main dish – either pasta, stew, soups, salad, fruit tea/coffee).
  • Room cleaning and clothes washed and ironed twice a week (if more is required then this cost must be covered by the volunteer).
  • 1 lift to the nearest town (30km away) per week.
  • Additional trips will be charged to the volunteer PER trip.
  • There is electricity so the volunteer can bring a portable TV/radio.
  • We need to point out that the sanctuary caters for animals and not humans so the facilies are VERY basic.
  • Hot water, water, heating (in the cold months) and electricity are rationed.

Please give detailed description of tasks and duties of the volunteer? Please specify his/her work schedule and possible holidays.

All emergency / specialized work/tasks are allocated daily. General work schedules are posted at the main office on the notice board and with the sanctuary manager.
If the volunteers are/is SME’s they can carry out Wolf Behaviour Studies and other similar activities, but will still be required to assist

What are the costs per person

Rates:

One day

2 sleepovers – arrival time 16h00 the day before.

Sleepover and begin work from 08h00 – 17h00.  (Lunch break from 12h30 – 13h00)

Sleepover – depart by 09h00 the following day.

R150-00 of this fee is donated to the wolves the balance goes towards food and clean-up service

Daily rate – R600-00

 

One Week

8 sleepovers – arrival time 4 pm the Sunday.

Work from 08hoo – 17h00 daily. (Lunch break from 12h30 – 13h00)

Depart Monday morning by 09h00

R150-00 per day of this fee is donated to the wolves the balance goes towards food and clean-up services.

Weekly rate – R4000-00

 

Two Weeks

15 sleepovers – arrival time at 4 pm the Sunday.

Work from 08hoo – 17h00 daily. (Lunch break from 12h30 – 13h00)

Depart Monday morning by 09h00

R150-00 per day of this fee is donated to the wolves the balance goes towards food and clean-up services.

Weekly rate – R3800-00 (x2)

 

Three Weeks

22 sleepovers – arrival time 4 pm the Sunday

Work from 08hoo – 17h00 daily. (Lunch break from 12h30 – 13h00)

Depart Monday morning by 09h00

R150-00 per day of this fee is donated to the wolves the balance goes towards food and clean-up services.

Weekly rate – R3700-00 (x 3)

 

Four Weeks

29 sleepovers – arrival time 4 pm the Sunday.

Work from 08hoo – 17h00 daily. (Lunch break from 12h30 – 13h00)

Depart Monday morning by 09h00

R150-00 per day of this fee is donated to the wolves the balance goes towards food and clean-up services.

Weekly rate – R3600-00 (x 4)