Africa Volunteer Services

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If you fancy something a little different this year, why not consider volunteering in Africa? You'll have an amazing travel experience, gain a unique insight into a foreign culture and make a positive contribution! Check out a few of our favourite volunteering travel projects available in Africa.

Here's your chance to make a successful contribution to the conservation of Africa’s wildlife while you travel. Africa Volunteer Services (AVS) works with leading conservationists and wild life specialists in South Africa to see how we can improve the lives of animal species that can generally not be released back into the wild. AVS welcomes everybody with a love animals and the outdoors to take part as a volunteer. Depending where the project is, accommodation is usually in a local shared housing. After a day’s work, you get to have dinner and relax amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in Africa. Transportation from a central point to the project site will be provided too.

You’ll experience a variety of projects, see some of South Africa’s most stunning locations, go behind the scenes where most people never get to see, learn about the Africa’s protected and endangered wildlife, develop new skills, make new friends, and at the same time have fun. So challenge yourself for an amazing wildlife experience! Just choose the number of weeks you would like to volunteer in, and we’ll organize a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 21 week wildlife experience for you. AVS will ensure that you experience a variety of tasks during your time as a volunteer, and at the same time you will learn about the conservation and preservation of the eco system.
What will I be doing?
Our Africa Volunteer Services program allows you to trek around Africa and make a significant contribution towards ensuring the animals are protected and managed to prevent extinction.

 Big 5 Project  Horse Rehabilitation Project
 Monkey Project  Private Game Farm Project
 SOW Project  Wildlife Care Centre
 Wildlife Sanctuary (Noah’s Ark)  GAP Year Program


Why should I do it?
If you fancy a little different trip for your next vacation, why not consider taking on our Africa Volunteer Services programs? Projects run in different parts of Africa and it ranges from taking care of animals to observing animals and taking care of their enclosures! It allows you to get meaningful and valued work experience and develop new skills along the way. Having done volunteer project also looks good on your resume and shows future employers your drive and dedication. Meet fellow volunteers from all over the world and make new friends!


What does it include?
  • All accommodation
  • All meals
  • All project related travel, including transfers
  • All project relevant training



Am I eligible?

You need to:

  • Be 18 – 35 years old
  • Have a genuine love for animals and an enthusiasm to help



Look what past participants have to say...
Christopher Kucich - "AVS was a very amazing experience that I will take and already have taken to the rest of my life. The actual work we did made a difference, as our coordinators would make sure that our hard effort was not wasted on trivial things. My coordinators were outstanding, 10/10 if you will, for all of their positive energy and willingness to help Africa, and the beautiful and amazing animals that are endangered! I am truly fortunate to have this experience with me to take to the rest of my life, I highly highly recommend working with AVS, because of its dedication to help and defend the beautiful nature of our world."

Jessica Dockery - "This was by far one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had. I had high expectations to begin with, but AVS exceeded those expectations. Not only were we able to work closely with some amazing animals, but the people that I met are some that I will never forget. I learned so much about the African culture and history of the country, and a great deal about many of the animals that we worked with. This was the trip of a lifetime and I really hope that I can go back and visit in the near future. I'd certainly recommend this program to anyone and I'd do it again in a heartbeat!"

How much does it cost?
The cost of the Africa Volunteer Services program would be the project fee, which includes all accommodation, meals, project related travel (including transfers) and relevant training. Travel insurance is compulsory to go on this program. Please also note that there is an additional visa fee of ZAR 700 for the Wildlife Sanctuary Project.

 Wild at Heart Program Fee  Prices (per week)
 Big 5 Project  ZAR 4830
 Monkey Project  ZAR 5175
 Horse Rehabilitation Project  ZAR 5635
 Private Game Farm Project  ZAR 5980
 Wildlife Care Center Project  ZAR 6798
 Wildlife Sanctuary (Noah’s Ark) Project  ZAR 7073
 SOW Project  ZAR 7073
 GAP Year Program  ZAR 93150 ( for 14 weeks)
 Others  Prices
 Deposit (non-refundable)  SGD 200
STA Travel is also able to help you with your flight booking and travel insurance to Africa! So speak to our travel advisors today!
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Conditions: Prices are correct as 16 November 2010 and are subject to currency fluctuation and change without notice.  Ask your STA Travel advisor for up to the minute pricing.  Prices advertised are for payment by cash or cheque, payment by any other method will attract a non-cash administration fee.

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