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Coastal Birds Encounter Cape Town Volunteer Programme

Learn English in Cape Town and volunteer at a birdlife conservation project.

This conservation project was established in 1968. It is a non-profit organisation whose primary objective is to reverse the decline of seabird populations. This is done through the rescue, rehabilitation and release of ill, injured, abandoned and oiled seabirds – especially endangered seabirds, such as the African penguin. In the course of more than over 50 years, the project has treated more than 95 000 seabirds. Independent research confirms that their oil spill response actions alone have increased the African penguin population by 19%. In a non-spill year, up to 2 500 seabirds are treated, of which approximately 1 500 are African penguins.

The project is situated on the banks of a natural wetland reserve in a residential neighbourhood that is approximately 20km from Cape Town.

Coastal Birds Encounter

MINIMUM AGE: 18

MINIMUM ENGLISH LEVEL: Intermediate

ENGLISH COURSE: Minimum 2 weeks 

COST: 6 weeks: €500.00 / extra week: €45.00 / €200 non-refundable deposit will be collected immediately upon booking

EC's standard terms and conditions apply

PROGRAMME INFORMATION

  • WHAT TO WEAR

    • Walking shoes/boots or trainers for working outside

    • Working clothes that will get dirty

    • A free volunteer t-shirt is provided

    • Personal protective gear depending on the task (provided at the project)

  • ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

    You can book accommodation with EC Cape Town or arrange your own accommodation close to the project.

  • WHAT TO BRING

    • Comfortable clothes that can get can get dirty

    • A sleeved shirt (like a t-shirt) is required while working

    • We advise that you wear quick drying long trousers, ¾ trousers or leggings under your oilskins, especially if you are going to be here over the summer

    • Protective clothing like oilskins, boots and gloves will be provided, unless you prefer to work with your own gear

    • Some volunteers prefer to wear Crocs rather than boots while working in some areas around the centre. You are welcome tobring your own Crocs if you prefer, as long as they are a dark colour like black, navy or dark grey

    • Pairs of socks (for when wearing boots)

    • For the winter months, you are advised to bring some warm clothes as the early mornings and late evenings can be very cold

    • Sunscreen is an absolute must at any time of the year, along with a hat when working outside

    • Make sure to pack a long sleeve sweater/ fleece and waterproof jacket regardless of the season

    • Bring a lunch box

    • If you are bringing your mobile phone and would like to take advantage of cheaper local call rates in South Africa, you can purchase a South African SIM card and airtime vouchers here. Please remember to unlock your phone before your leave home and do not forget your SIM unblocking PIN code

  • VACCINATIONS

    • Have an up to date tetanus vaccination.

    • Consult your local doctor/travel clinic.

  • WORKING DAYS AND HOURS

    • Minimum duration: 6 weeks

    • Maximum duration: None

    • A normal working day is from 08:00 to 17:30*

    • This project is open all year round

    * Some days may require volunteers to assist until 18:30 pm, so your willingness to go the extra mile during the busy times will be crucial.

  • WHAT IS INCLUDED

    • Project placement and all correspondence with the project

    • Arrival orientation

    • Support services from both the project and EC Cape Town

    • 24/7 assistance on EC Cape Town’s emergency phone for the duration of your stay

  • WHAT IS EXCLUDED

    • Accommodation and meals

    • Visa application fees

    • Travel insurance (available at €15 per week if booked with EC)

    • Flights

    • Spending money

    • Local transport

    • Arrival and departure transfer

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

For more information on our volunteer Coastal Birds Encounter Programme in Cape Town or to book your place, please get in touch.

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