"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
- Winston Churchill
The volunteer program has been running for over 20 years and volunteers have been the back-bone of the organisation. Whilst we employ 12-14 local Africans from nearby villages, the main bulk of the Management and Supervisory team are at C.A.R.E. on a voluntary basis. The running costs of the centre are vast and therefore volunteers are vital.
We ask all volunteers to make a minimum donation to C.A.R.E. which covers food, accommodation, training time, education (all volunteers are provided with an extensive education and training program) and also funds some of the day-to-day running costs; to feed and care for the animals you will be coming to help.
As the animals at C.A.R.E. are not classified as an Endangered Species, it is very difficult for our team to raise enough funds to run the centre; the volunteer donation and help is essential.
Don't be put off by money though; through crowd-funding, bake sales or taking on an additional job and paying over a time period making your African Dream a reality can be easier than you imagine. We are also on hand to offer fundraising ideas, materials and advice.
Typical Costs Involved with Volunteering at C.A.R.E.:
Volunteers must have valid travel insurance/medical cover for the duration of their stay, cover all visa costs and transport to and from the centre.
Internet: We sell internet vouchers which can be accessed from the Volunteer Village (therefore your bedroom) and Education Centre.
Long-term Volunteers (more than 3 month) are given 1GB of internet for free per month (more is purchasable from the office).
Minimum Donation: Volunteers are asked to raise the following minimum donation for 2017-18 volunteering (let us know if we can help with fundraising ideas/letters):
Up to 4 weeks: $350 (USD) per week
$300 (USD) per week for the following 8 weeks
After 12 weeks: $250 per week
After 6 months: $200 per week
We charge R300 (ZAR) to cover transfers to/from the centre to/from the Phalaborwa airport or bus station payable in cash upon arrival.
We charge R500 (ZAR) to cover transfers to/from the centre to/from the Hoedspruit airport or Samey’s Garage payable in cash upon arrival.
Reserve Conservation / Entrance Fee:
There is a R50 for a Grietjie Nature Reserve entrance fee (once off) payable in cash upon arrival which is paid to the Nature Reserve for maintenance of the reserve (includes anti-poaching/security/road maintenance etc.)
“We, the C.A.R.E. team, would love to welcome you to join us as an important volunteer.
Please come and help us on our mission to rescue, rehabilitate, provide sanctuary and release animals. Give yourself the opportunity to get to know such a misunderstood species. Prepare for the baboons to get under your skin and Africa to get into your blood.
Your life will be changed forever; many suddenly find their horizons boundless, priorities shifted and not only can Africa make a positive impact on your life; you can be the positive difference to the lives of so many too.”
Read the Volunteer Guide and Pre-requisites then don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions. Use the form on the left and it will come directly to us, or if you prefer write to us; firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are more interested in a longer-term role (+3 months) please visit the Longterm C.A.R.E. Volunteer page.