Tenikwa believes that one of the core challenges facing conservation  is over-coming the high levels of unemployment in South Africa. Wildlife Volunteering programs should not take jobs away from the community. As such, Tenikwa does not offer wildlife volunteering programs in the traditional sense of the word, preferring to employ members of the community to take care of the basic needs of the animals and skilled staff to work in the rehabilitation hospital.

African Edu-Eco Wizard has been appointed to develop and operate a variety of Eco-Volunteer learning programs at Tenikwa.  Through utilising the facilities at Tenikwa, the courses are designed to create an understanding of and gain an insight into the daily life of the animal husbandry activities at Tenikwa as well as exposure to Wildlife Rehabilitation, Veterinary interventions and Conservation Research initiatives in the vicinity of Tenikwa. Programs range in intensity from 5-day programs through to a 2-week program and finally through to a flagship fully comprehensive 4-week course.

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Responsible Volunteering

Husbandry & Behaviour Program

A 2 week Animal Husbandry, Care, Welfare & Behavioural Monitoring eco-volunteer program where we hunt down revealing behaviour, pounce on learning opportunities and discover interesting aspects relating to African Predators and Cats ranging from the smallest to the largest.

Rehabilitation & Research Program

A 2-week eco-volunteer program learning innovative approaches to wildlife rehabilitation applying sound operational animal management, care, husbandry and welfare strategies. The program also ventures into the arena of conservation research

The programs are conducted along the Garden Route of South Africa, the core area between Mossel Bay and Addo. The bulk of the activities take place on-site at Tenikwa, and there may be some off-site fieldwork involved.

All accommodation is on a SHARING basis – 2 in a room. All accommodation is comfortable, up-to-date with necessary amenities.

Eco-Volunteers are expected to keep their rooms and personal belongings tidy at all times and participate in any chores as required for the cleanliness and operation of the shared facilities, vehicles and program presentation areas.

Participants may not bring non-program participants back to the program accommodations under any situation. Visitors can be met at any of the public areas nearby.

For safety reasons, participants are expected to return to the accommodation each night prior to the working day. If a participant does not follow this policy, they may be prohibited from joining the group/program. It is not safe to sleep in public areas such as beaches.

 

Meals

You will be provided three balanced meals per day. A basic breakfast, brunch or lunch or packed lunch and dinner daily.

Meal times are: Breakfast 7h30 – 8h00 am. Lunch 12h00 – 13h00 pm. Dinner 18h30 – 19h30 pm

Breakfast Format – Help yourself to breakfast; cereals, fruit, yoghurts, toast and spreads

Lunch Format – Lunch will be in the form of a packed lunch on excursion days or help yourself to lunch – with breads, fruits, cold meats, salad of the day and spreads.

Dinner Format – A hot meal will be served every night such as traditional BBQ (Braai), stews (Potjies), casseroles, fresh vegetables and meats being the order of the day. All dinners will include a meat, starch and vegetable.

Tea and coffee are available throughout the day.

All other drinks are for your own expense though the tap water is safe to drink.

A generous amount of wholesome food will always be given. If snacks are desired there are grocery stores nearby. There will be refrigeration available for personal foods and soft drinks.

Students are required to participate in the preparation of meals and to clean up after themselves after meals.

Important reminder – Participants must advise us on their enrolment form of their dietary needs (Vegetarian or have allergies) prior to their departure. Participants with very specific dietary needs may be required to supplement their meals at their own expense.

Programs generally have a minimum age of 18 Years old and a maximum age of 65 Years old. Fitness and the ability to get and be involved in all facets of the program inclusive of a physical requirement, is a pre-requisite.

You must have a reasonable command of the English language as the program is presented in English.

You will be required to provide us with a CV/Resume’

Contact African Edu-Eco Wizard for an Enrollment Pack giving an Overview of Who We Are and What We Do.

This includes an Enrollment form, Kit List for the duration of the Program, an Indemnity Form (Completed, Signed and Returned with the Enrolment form), Medical Release & Dietary Preference Form and the Payment Options Available to Prospective Experiential Eco-Learning Adventurers.

All participants should be aware of our operating terms and conditions as highlighted in the PLANNING YOUR TRIP document.

MAKING A BOOKING

  • A non-refundable deposit of 50% is required to confirm your place on a scheduled program. Prices are subject to change without notice and exchange rates are subject to fluctuations.
  • Fill in the application form and e-mail it to us. We will send you an e-mail to confirm availability of your chosen dates, price confirmation and payment details for your deposit.
  • Once you have received this confirmation from us and before you pay your deposit, you need to establish that you are able to get flights to and from George Airport (via Cape Town International or Oliver Tambo – Johannesburg International) a day prior to the start of your program and depart either late on the last day of your program or the following morning.
  • You will also need to check that your timeline works if Visa’s and Inoculations are required.
  • You will then need to pay the non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total fee to confirm your place, with the balance of payment due 30 days prior to your arrival date.
  • Once you have booked with us, your dates have been confirmed and you have paid your deposit we will send you all the necessary additional information to help you prepare for your trip and stay with us.
+ Program Venue

The programs are conducted along the Garden Route of South Africa, the core area between Mossel Bay and Addo. The bulk of the activities take place on-site at Tenikwa, and there may be some off-site fieldwork involved.

+ Accommodation and Meals

All accommodation is on a SHARING basis – 2 in a room. All accommodation is comfortable, up-to-date with necessary amenities.

Eco-Volunteers are expected to keep their rooms and personal belongings tidy at all times and participate in any chores as required for the cleanliness and operation of the shared facilities, vehicles and program presentation areas.

Participants may not bring non-program participants back to the program accommodations under any situation. Visitors can be met at any of the public areas nearby.

For safety reasons, participants are expected to return to the accommodation each night prior to the working day. If a participant does not follow this policy, they may be prohibited from joining the group/program. It is not safe to sleep in public areas such as beaches.

 

Meals

You will be provided three balanced meals per day. A basic breakfast, brunch or lunch or packed lunch and dinner daily.

Meal times are: Breakfast 7h30 – 8h00 am. Lunch 12h00 – 13h00 pm. Dinner 18h30 – 19h30 pm

Breakfast Format – Help yourself to breakfast; cereals, fruit, yoghurts, toast and spreads

Lunch Format – Lunch will be in the form of a packed lunch on excursion days or help yourself to lunch – with breads, fruits, cold meats, salad of the day and spreads.

Dinner Format – A hot meal will be served every night such as traditional BBQ (Braai), stews (Potjies), casseroles, fresh vegetables and meats being the order of the day. All dinners will include a meat, starch and vegetable.

Tea and coffee are available throughout the day.

All other drinks are for your own expense though the tap water is safe to drink.

A generous amount of wholesome food will always be given. If snacks are desired there are grocery stores nearby. There will be refrigeration available for personal foods and soft drinks.

Students are required to participate in the preparation of meals and to clean up after themselves after meals.

Important reminder – Participants must advise us on their enrolment form of their dietary needs (Vegetarian or have allergies) prior to their departure. Participants with very specific dietary needs may be required to supplement their meals at their own expense.

+ Qualifying and Fitness Levels

Programs generally have a minimum age of 18 Years old and a maximum age of 65 Years old. Fitness and the ability to get and be involved in all facets of the program inclusive of a physical requirement, is a pre-requisite.

You must have a reasonable command of the English language as the program is presented in English.

You will be required to provide us with a CV/Resume’

+ Registration Info

Contact African Edu-Eco Wizard for an Enrollment Pack giving an Overview of Who We Are and What We Do.

This includes an Enrollment form, Kit List for the duration of the Program, an Indemnity Form (Completed, Signed and Returned with the Enrolment form), Medical Release & Dietary Preference Form and the Payment Options Available to Prospective Experiential Eco-Learning Adventurers.

All participants should be aware of our operating terms and conditions as highlighted in the PLANNING YOUR TRIP document.

MAKING A BOOKING

  • A non-refundable deposit of 50% is required to confirm your place on a scheduled program. Prices are subject to change without notice and exchange rates are subject to fluctuations.
  • Fill in the application form and e-mail it to us. We will send you an e-mail to confirm availability of your chosen dates, price confirmation and payment details for your deposit.
  • Once you have received this confirmation from us and before you pay your deposit, you need to establish that you are able to get flights to and from George Airport (via Cape Town International or Oliver Tambo – Johannesburg International) a day prior to the start of your program and depart either late on the last day of your program or the following morning.
  • You will also need to check that your timeline works if Visa’s and Inoculations are required.
  • You will then need to pay the non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total fee to confirm your place, with the balance of payment due 30 days prior to your arrival date.
  • Once you have booked with us, your dates have been confirmed and you have paid your deposit we will send you all the necessary additional information to help you prepare for your trip and stay with us.

Frequently Asked Questions and General Info

Will I be met at the airport

You will be met at the airport by our representative on the day prior to the commencement date of the program. Alternative arrival modes are to be discussed with us prior to arrival.

What does the program cost exclude

  • International flights to and from Oliver Tambo (Johannesburg) International or Cape Town International airports.
  • Domestic internal flights to and from George airport.
  • Visas – Visa applications and Visa requirements.
  • Personal, medical and travel insurance that must cover you for the duration of your Learning program stay with us and should include cover for repatriation and any additional activities which you may wish to undertake including working with wild animals.
  • Items of a personal nature: drinks, refreshments, gifts, curios and additional food and snacks not supplied.
  • Stationary requirements for the duration of your program specified in your Kit List which forms part of your Enrolment Pack.
  • Personal entertainment and excursions into Plettenberg Bay or surrounding Towns.
  • Medical expenses and Personal medication.
  • Additional spending money for the duration of the program. Most VISA and Mastercards are accepted.

What does the program cost include

  • All arrival and departure transport components for your program. This is for arrival at George airport and departure from George.
  • Complimentary transport on Wednesday afternoon and a Saturday morning to town to stock up on supplies you may need and general retail therapy.
  • All accommodation for the duration of the program. Please NOTE that this is SHARED accommodation – 2 in a room. The accommodation varies from facility to facility and location to location. Single supplements are available.
  • You will be provided three balanced meals per day. Basic breakfast, Brunch/Lunch or packed lunch and Dinner supplied daily. Students will be required to assist with meal preparations when requested.
  • Tea and Coffee will be available throughout the day at the respective bases.
  • Fresh linen is given weekly – Includes bedding and towels.
  • A washing machine is available as is an iron. Students are required to do their own personal washing and ironing.
  • A Workbook, Tuition, Professional Instructors, Facilitation and outcome based experiential learning components.
  • Comprehensive Public Liability, Professional and Passenger Liability cover for each participant for the duration of the program.
  • The full-time service of a qualified Professional Instructor/Facilitator who is your Program Leader.
  • A Certificate of Attendance with Certifiable aspects highlighted.

When is the best time to volunteer

Our projects are active year round and you are welcome to make a booking on any of our scheduled dates relating to the program you are interested in and have selected

How many participants in the program

A minimum of 6 participants and a maximum of 12 participants are accepted onto this program. Personalized attention is KEY.

Group bookings are welcomed with special scheduled dates being allocated to such group bookings of no more than 12 participants. We welcome individual and group enquiries. We are able to tailor-make specific programs to meet group objectives

What do I need to bring with

When you make a booking and your booking is confirmed, you will be provided a comprehensive KIT List of what is required and what is necessary for you to be comfortable on the program.

Water

Water is safe to drink however scarce in many areas. Please use water sparingly and have short showers or baths.

Electrical Power

South African electrical power is 240 volts AC. Appliances from North America will burn out if they are not switched over or have a properly-rated power transformer (not just a plug converter) attached. Think twice about that hairdryer. South Africa is also prone to electricity cuts due to short supply and load shedding is a reasonable common occurrence. Please turn off lights and heaters when not in your room. We suggest that the plug adapter needed for South Africa is purchased in South Africa.

Insurance

All program participants must have medical, travel and trip cancellation insurance for the duration of the program. We must receive proof of this insurance no later than 65 days prior to departure.

Drugs

African Edu-Eco Wizard and their associated partners have a ZERO-TOLERANCE for illegal drugs. Offenders will be removed from the program immediately without refund.

Smoking

No smoking is permitted in close proximity to the animals on the program and inside any buildings. There are key designated areas to smoke and there will be regular intervals during the day where volunteers can smoke. Smoking in the vicinity of non-smokers is to please be done in a sensitive and non-invasive manner.

Alcohol

A responsible level of drinking (for Eco-Volunteers of a legal age) during free time in the evening and on weekends is permitted.

However in these limited situations:

Alcohol is never to be consumed during the work day;

Participants are never to be intoxicated;

Eco-Volunteers are never to be under the influence of alcohol at work or during group feedback sessions or discussions; and

No hangovers will be tolerated on the program so keep drinking to off days.

 

Failure to comply will be treated as a serious matter. African Edu-Eco Wizard and their associates reserve the right to remove any participant from the program without refund if non compliant and in complete disregard for this policy. Participants who endanger their safety and the safety of others through irresponsible drinking of alcohol or negligence may be removed from the program without refund.

Sticking to a timetable

Each program asks its volunteers to stick to a timetable which it arranges to help the program run and grow. Please follow the instructions from the program facilitators. However, please note that volunteer programs are dynamic especially when working with animals which can lead to multiple changes in the program timetable. Volunteer work needs to be flexible for various reasons and should not be seen as a nine to five office job even if some changes do nit make sense to you, the volunteer. Flexibility and an ‘expect the unexpected attitude’ are needed – however never forget that by volunteering you are learning and contributing immensely to the program success and evolvement.

What is the difference between volunteering and regular tourism

In regular tourism the emphasis is on the tourist who expects to receive excellent service on their trip (great hotel, good food and all excursions working according to a timetable). The place and local community becomes less important with the tourist becoming the centre of attention.

 

In Volunteer Tourism (or “voluntourism”) the emphasis shifts to work contribution, goals and objectives of the program and focusing on the program outcomes. It is the success of the program and the atmosphere between the community and the volunteers that helps make the trip unforgettable – not the level of service or the quality of the hotel.

 

Many programs are underfunded and staffed so inevitably there will be some difficulties; however it is the overcoming of any challenges which creates a sense of achievement and satisfaction not found in regular tourism.

Will there be any surprises

Volunteer tourism can be unpredictable. While African Edu-Eco Wizard does the upmost to stick to timetables and examples of type of work needed by the volunteer, there are many factors that can impact these plans. For example, the weather and the seasons, local holidays, moods of the animal subjects and the immediate needs of the program.

 

The information you will receive from the program is important and extremely valuable however things can change and we urge you to use it as a guideline and expect the unexpected – this is what makes volunteer tourism so diverse and exciting.

 

It is important that you arrive with a flexible attitude and remember that just by being there at the project you will be contributing to its running, growth and success. Many of these programs are in cultures very different than yours and as such the type and length of work given may or may not seem important to you but it will be for the program.

The first few days

These are the most important and can be the most difficult ones. You have just arrived off a long flight in a strange location and are living with new people. Even if the first impression is not what you had expected PLEASE give yourself a couple of days to acclimatize and give the project a chance to change your life. Our experience has shown that within two / three days everything works out for the best.

The Eco-Volunteer Leader

All programs within the African Edu-Eco Wizard portfolio will have a program director and facilitator. This person is a highly qualified individual who loves teaching and ensures that there is outcome based learning which is measurable and quantifiable. This person is most likely to be a very highly qualified and professional field and/or marine guide. The leader can be of great assistance when a problem arises. Should a problem arise please approach them at a convenient tome outside of busy working hours. As in life there are better and worse leaders however it is important that you listen to the program leader and cooperate with them and where appropriate work with and help the leader.

Problems! Heres the solution

If there are any problems during the program please speak to the nominated leader. It is important to initially raise and discuss the issue in the program as most problems can be solved in this manner. If the problem is not resolved within 24 hours, please feel free to approach the African Edu-Eco Wizard Director of Operations. If, within a further 24 hours, you still feel the problem has not been dealt with, you should contact info@edu-eco.com or +27 79 753-8968 and we will do our best to sort the problem out.

 

PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE A PROGRAM UNHAPPY (OR MIDWAY) BEFORE SPEAKING TO US.

 

The organisation and the projects rely on each and every volunteer. If you leave the program in the middle (or leave unhappy and disgruntled) it could seriously damage the hard work being undertaken. Approaching us directly will help us resolve the issues for future Eco-Volunteers or for the sustainability of the project. We want to make it an unforgettable experience for you and all others. We also want our projects to continue receiving the much needed volunteers – we can only help if we know what the concerns are.

Volunteer Work

It is important to realise that not all the work will be easy or ‘romantic’. Many times you will need to roll your sleeves up and get down and be dirty. Keep a positive attitude and note that mundane tasks contribute and are also very important to the program. Also remember that mundane tasks are not given to you on purpose but forms part of the overall Eco-Volunteer experience as it takes care of the needs of the overall project.

Culture Shock

The Eco-Volunteers you may be working with come from all over the world and may be from different religious and ethnic backgrounds. Volunteering is also a cultural experience where you can learn a lot about different cultures but please be both tolerant and patient. Do not be shy in sharing your experiences, recipes, songs and traditions. It will add to the overall group cohesion. Youngsters may be raised in ways that are very different to what you are used to. If you are unsure about certain issues, please feel free to discuss it with your Volunteer group leader.

In Short

You can’t change the world, you can only change a small rock in a river – but it means a lot more than you know in the bigger picture.

Be prepared to learn a new culture, T.I.A (This Is Africa) – things change that is the awesome part of the experience. Patience can go a long way to making your trip unforgettable.

Please come with an open mind and positive attitude – you will have the most awesome time of your life.

This is not a hotel or holiday, you will have to look after yourself, do your own dishes and clean your own room, etc.

You will be expected to take initiative and add value to the project.

Don’t get fixated on the little discomforts. Focus on those things that you wish to remember later.