Animal care and rescue
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.
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
What is the name of the nearest airport to the project site?
Cape Town International Airport
Who will pick the volunteers from the airport? Their names, address, phone numbers, WhatsApp numbers.?
Airport Pick-up- We arrange for a shuttle service for all participants from the airport to the South Africa Volunteer House. A representative from The Backpacker Shuttle Service will be at the airport to meet all participants and they will have a signboard with Aii Group Stay Africa on it, so please look out for them. If you cannot find the representative because your flight is early or delayed, first look for Aii Group Stay Africa and then if you can’t see Aii Group Stay Africa, please report to the information desk in the main terminal as the driver will go and page for you if he can’t find you. Backpacker Bus contact details are as follows+27 828099185.
In case the volunteers don’t find anyone at the airport for pick-up, to whom we/they can call for assistance? Name, number and what is the role of the person in the organization?
Should they experience any problems, please do not hesitate to contact Aii Group StayAfrica Emergency number on +27 82776 7544 – Noel is the House Manager
How they will go from the airport to the accommodation the same day?
Participants will be transported via shuttle from the airport to the Aii Group Stay Africa Volunteer House
How far is the accommodation from the airport?
The accommodation is approximately 13km from the Airport
What is the description of accommodation?
The area- The Aii Group Stay Africa 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:- The Aii Group Stay Africa 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)
Who else lives there to take care of the volunteers?
There is an onsite live-in House Manager – Noel to take care of all participants.
Where the volunteers will sleep at night?
The volunteers will sleep in dormitory style accommodation bunk beds that sleeps between 4-8 participants per room.
What the volunteers will eat in breakfast, lunch and dinner?
At the Volunteer House, Breakfast and Dinner will be included Monday to Friday. Lunches and weekends meals the volunteers have to cater for themselves. There is a nearby supermarket where participants can purchase lunches/ weekendor supplies to supplement their diet. Breakfast is self-serve and usually consist of cereal, toast, fruit, tea and coffee between 6.30 – 8am.
Dinner is a set menu served at a nearby restaurant between 6.30-7.30pm and include dishes such as pasta, pizza, burgers, etc.
What will be schedule on the first day of arrival?
Arrival Day is always on a Sunday - Arrival Dates will be every Sunday of the year from 12 January until 29 November 2020, programme ends on a Saturday. School holidays to be considered for Teaching and Sport placements. This will be the day participants fly into Cape Town International Airport. They will be collected via the Shuttle service and transferred to the Volunteer house. They have the rest of the day to rest and settle in.
Do you conduct orientation session for the volunteers? Who does that and what do you tell the volunteers in to the orientation?
The Second day after arrival on the Monday, participants will be collected at 8.30am to be transferred to our office for their orientation day. Orientation will include an information session where all volunteers that arrived on the Sunday will get together and meet at orientation. At orientation we cover important programme information such as safety, transportation, how to get around, project rules and regulations, volunteer conduct/dress at projects, accommodation information and information on travelling in and around the country as well as booking some touristy trips/tours. After the information session, participants will have a lunch break followed by a City Walking Tour of Cape Town. Orientation is done by a Staff member and a local South African who is well informed on local laws and our projects.
How the volunteers will go from accommodation to the project site? If they have to take a public/private vehicle what would be cost of that and who will pay that?
Participants first day at the project will be on the Tuesday. We usually place at least 2 participants together at a project, however there could be more than two per project as well. Participants usually travel to their project via Uber, where they can share the cost or use local public transport. The cost to the project will depend on the location of the project and which transport service they decide to use. It will however cost on average between R30-R90/$3-$8 approximately per day.
Do you send somebody with the volunteers to the project? Who helps them in communicating the beneficiaries?
Each project has a Project Supervisor who is in charge of the Volunteers. Participants will therefore communicate with their project supervisor should they have any questions.
What kind of activities the volunteers do there?
Duties at the project varies and depends on which project they are allocated to. Please refer to our project listing attached.
How many hours a day they work in the project?
Participants will volunteer on average between 5-8 hours per day.
How many days they work in a week?
The Volunteer programme is a full-time programme and we request committed volunteers. They will volunteer daily - Monday to Friday.
What they can do on weekends?
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.
What are the travel options nearby the project or accommodation? What are the prices for that if you arrange a sightseeing or excursions?
Participants can use local transport service to get to local tourist spots, which will cost on average R100/$8 per trip. Local trips such as the Red Site seeing bus will cost R200/$17 or a day tour such as Cape Point or Winelands will cost R1300/$100
What happens if a volunteer feels sick? Where you will take them for medical treatment?
Should a participants feel sick or not well to go their project on a particular day, they will have to inform their project supervisor accordingly and that they will not be in on the day. We have many good local doctors/hospitals participants can visit. We will be able to assist with getting them to the doctor/hospital.
What happens if a volunteer feels unsafe? What do you do about this and how do you manage it?
At orientation, we cover safety in details and which areas to avoid, what time etc. We advise participants always travelling with at least on extra person. Our House Manager as well as local in country staff is available to address any concerns participants may have during their stay. We are available for them should they require any assistance or reassurance on anything. We have been successfully hosting participants on our Programme for over 15 years and have the relevant experience to manage all concerns participants may have.
What is the fee to join the project?
Please fill out the "quotation form' to receive the updated fee.
What are the services included in the prices?
• 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 Aii Group Stay Africa house
• Dormitory accommodation for duration of stay
• Transfer to Aii Group Stay Africa 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 Aii Group Stay Africa – at a fee
• Bookings for tours and activities
What's not included?
• 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)
How long before we have to submit the applications to you of our volunteers?
We can receive applications up to 6 months before their intended arrival day in country or latest 2 weeks before arrival. On average, about 1-2 months before arrival is preferred.
What other countries volunteers do you receive?
We receive volunteers mainly from Europe – Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, USA, Canada, UK etc.
What the schedule of the last day of the project? Do you arrange any farewell? How do you organize it?
The last day on the programme is on a Saturday. As participants arrive all year round, every Sunday – there are volunteers leaving the programme every Saturday. Farewells are usually arranged between the volunteers themselves/ or with the house Manager whilst in country. Farewells are usually a local Braai/BBQ or the sorts.
What is your policy about the alcohol drinking and drugs consumption? What do you do if you find some volunteer does it?
Drugs are strictly prohibited and we do condone it at all. Should participants be found in possession, they will be dismissed from the programme. Alcohol will be at the discretion of the House Manager and should this be allowed – this will be in moderation only over weekends.
How the volunteers go to the Airport at the end of the program? Is it included in the prices? Who goes with them?
Airport drop off at the end of the programme is not included on the programme. Participants will therefore have to arrange their own transfer to the airport. The average transfer to the airport will cost R250/$20 – we would be able to assist with booking a shuttle or arrange a local/Uber/taxi service.Aii Group