Animal care in South Africa

Volunteer in a animal rescue center in Cape town

Cape town

Program Location

2 Weeks

Program Duration

300 $

Starting Rupee Cost

Animal Care in Capetown


Project length: Minimum of 1 week to maximum of 12 weeks.

Project dates: Year round. (We will let you know the summer vacations) Saturdays are preferred for arrivals but you can choose any date.

Arrival airport: Cape Town Airport (Cape Town International Airport).

Accommodation: Volunteer house

Meals: 02 major meals (Breakfast & Dinner) from Monday to Friday. (Lunch and weekend meals not provided)

Airlines: Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Alitalia, KLM, SWISS, EL AL Israel Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Air Mauritius, Lufthansa, Ethiopian

 Airlines, Qantas, Turkish Airlines, Delta, Air China, Check for cheap flights.

Vaccinations: All volunteers are recommended to have vaccinations against these childhood diseases; Tetanus, Diphtheria and Poliomyelitis,

 Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Make sure to have vaccinations against; Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

Project Background

Volunteer at a facility that rescues abandoned and abused domestic animals, and helps rehabilitate them in the hope of finding them a new loving home.

This facility works towards the rescue and rehabilitation of animals in need, within a local community located just outside Cape Town city centre. The residents of this community live in extreme poverty, well below the poverty line, and this has resulted in a huge problem with stray animals/pets in the area! Due to the tough economic and social situation in this area, these animals are often neglected and left to fend for themselves, often resulting in starvation and/or sickness.

Because of this ever-growing problem in the area, this animal rescue centre was established. The centre is a pro-life (everything is done to cure the animals instead of putting them down), non-profit organisation that rescues, cares for, and sterilizes stray dogs and cats, with the hope of eventually finding new loving homes for them. Due to financial constraints, the centre is only able to employ a handful of staff – they are therefore heavily dependent on volunteer help and donations. 

Working hours

08:00 – 15:00 (Mon-Fri)

As a volunteer, your duties are as follows:

  • Feed and play with the animals
  •  Assist with rehabilitation techniques (getting them used to loving/caring people again)
  •  Cleaning animal houses and kennels
  •  Walk the dogs that are close to full recovery
  •  Work on fundraising initiatives and events
  •  *Time spent with the adorable puppies is always a firm favourite with volunteers

Cape Town is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations for a reason. Its beaches, such as Camp’s Bay, are world renown, and Cape Town’s beachfront and downtown areas are lively at any time. During the day it is easy to find artisans selling their crafts or outdoor cafes to enjoy the Mediterranean climate. At night, there are many excellent bars, clubs and restaurants where locals and foreigners can relax and socialize.

There are numerous cultural sites to visit, including the Bo-Kaap neighborhood and the Castle of Good Hope. They reflect Cape Town’s long history and help explain why the city is one of the most multicultural in the word. Robben Island, the infamous prison where political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, were held during apartheid is a difficult but necessary stop. For outdoor lovers, Cape Town has a wide mix of opportunities. Table Mountain is a breathtaking spot to visit, and there are many nearby hills, mountains and trails that make for great biking, climbing and hiking. Many, like Lion’s Head Mountain, also offer stunning views over the city and ocean below. Join in on tours down the Garden Route and a Game Drive to spot the Big 5.

  • Program starts and ends in Cape Town
  • Airport meet and greet in Cape Town International Airport.
  • Monday to Friday volunteering, 25-30 hours per week.
  • Weekends are free for surfing, beaches, sightseeing, adventure etc.
  • A typical work shift can be from 8:30am to 1:30pm and 2:30pm to 5:30pm in the evening. Subject to change.
  • Support: Local NV coordinator support 24/7 during placement.
  • Departure: From Cape Town International airport.

Namaste Volunteer consists of a dedicated team, whose mission is to empower our youth by providing sustainable projects that bring about real change in local communities. Working in social development enables our youth world-wide to successfully face upcoming challenges in their personal and professional lives. We do not charge for volunteering for these causes. The fee covers services you will receive while working on the projects. The fee is as follows: 

Full Board Services Weekly Fee

If you would like to opt for full board services, provided by Namaste Volunteer, the fee is as follow with the services in the fee are mentioned in the list below.

Application fee: US $99
One time application fee for all Jaipur volunteer program is US $99. The application fee is payable only when we find your application suitable and your skills compatible with the project objectives.

Note: After 12 weeks , every week charge will be USD 150

$ 150

As your application is approved, you will be required to pay the deposit (Application Fee) USD 250 in order to secure your place on orphanage work program.
No extra charges or hidden fees.
  • Placement in a suitable project and at our Volunteer House
  • Placement inventory information prior to arrival in South Africa
  • Transfer from the airport to the Stay Africa house
  • Dormitory accommodation for duration of stay
  • Transfer to local Namaste Volunteer office for Orientation
  • Orientation Programme, including Welcome Session and Orientation Session
  • Meals – Breakfast and Dinner, Monday to Friday
  • Access to email, internet and mail holding facility at the local Namaste Volunteer office – at a fee   
  • Bookings for tours and activities

The following services and components are not included in the application fee and full board weekly fee;

  • Flights
  • Meals during Orientation days
  • Lunch during the week and Meals over weekends
  • Evening activities
  • Transport to and from the City
  • Transport to and from Projects
  • Airport shuttle back to the airport after completion of Programme
  • Additional cost for special dietary requirements
  • Visa (if applicable)

The Namaste Volunteer House is located in Cape Town’s most bohemian suburb, Observatory! Affectionately called “Obz” by the locals, this suburb is the home of the oldest South African Astronomical Observatory, hence the name. 

It’s an arty district that is home to a huge melting pot of various people, sights, sounds, tastes and cultures! The area is also located very close to the University of Cape Town and therefore is also home to many local and international students. The main entertainment area is centered around Lower Main Road – during the day, you’ll easily find yourself in one of the amazing little boutique shops, restaurants, coffee shops or cafes, meeting and chatting with the locals. As the sun goes down, Obz really comes alive! The music and lights of the various bars, clubs, pubs, pool halls, restaurants, etc. provide an awesome nightlife!

The Volunteer House provides a clean, comfortable, safe and secure living-environment for all our volunteers – the house is strictly used for our program participants and not open to members of the public. 

Our house boasts the following amenities for your comfort and safety:

  • Backpacker-style dorm rooms sleeping between 4 – 8 per room
  • Lockers are provided to keep valuables safe (please provide your own padlock)
  • Strictly controlled access (all gates fitted with electronic keypad access)
  • 2 TV Rooms / Lounges with full cable TV (various movie, sport & music channels)
  • 2 fully-equipped kitchens (fridge, stove, microwave, kettle, cutlery, crockery, etc.)
  • Communal Showers and Toilets
  • Indoor and Outdoor braai/barbecue facilities
  • Pool Table, Table-Tennis table and dart-board.
  • Hi-Speed Wi-Fi (vouchers can be purchased at R100 for 4GB of data)
  • On-site Hostel manager and daily cleaning staff
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner included from Mon-Fri (lunch and weekend meals not provided)

Important notes about project;

  1. Open for all to join.
  2. Round the year availability.