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Penguin and seabird project in South Africa

Du möchtest eine besondere Reise erleben und dich dabei sozial engagieren?

Über das Projekt

Jump into a unique adventure in South Africa where you can discover and actively support the fascinating world of shorebirds. Your tasks include the care and rehabilitation of these birds and the preservation of their habitats. The picturesque rescue center in Cape Town offers the ideal environment for your commitment. You will be part of an international team of volunteers who are committed to nature conservation. Your contribution will be invaluable in preserving endangered species and conserving wildlife. Experience South African culture, make new friends and leave a positive footprint in this fascinating country.

  • Rescue and rehabilitation of coastal birds, especially the endangered African penguin
  • Accommodation in a breathtaking setting at the Cape of Good Hope
  • Make international contacts and friends with positive people and explore South Africa together on your days off
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From 790.00

Pay a deposit of 150.00


You are supporting a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick, injured, abandoned and oil-polluted seabirds for over 50 years. Its main focus is on the protection of the endangered African penguin and the conservation of seabird populations. The organization has provided care for over 95,000 seabirds over the years and has contributed to a remarkable 19% increase in the African penguin population through its oil spill response.

As a volunteer in this exciting project in South Africa, you will work in a coastal bird sanctuary. Your tasks are of great importance for the protection of these fascinating birds and their habitat. You will clean the birds’ enclosures and swimming pools, maintain the equipment for food preparation and feeding and help prepare fish for different bird species.
In addition you will assist with catching, feeding, hydrating and giving medication to various bird species. Your help with the preparation of bird releases as well as the general maintenance of the center is vital. Your commitment will allow the sanctuary to continue its important work and give shorebirds a second chance. You will be part of an international team passionate about conservation, learning about South Africa’s rich culture and making new friends along the way.

However, please note that you will only be entrusted with most tasks involving direct contact with rescued birds if you stay for 6 weeks or longer, as this requires more detailed instruction and intensive involvement over a longer period of time.

Dein Engagement ermöglicht es der Auffangstation, ihre wichtige Arbeit fortzusetzen und den Küstenvögeln eine zweite Chance zu geben. Du wirst Teil eines internationalen Teams sein, das sich leidenschaftlich für den Naturschutz einsetzt, und dabei die reiche Kultur Südafrikas kennenlernen und neue Freundschaften schließen.

Bitte beachte jedoch, dass du mit den meisten Aufgaben, die den direkten Kontakt zu geretteten Vögeln beinhalten nur dann betraut wirst, wenn du 6 Wochen oder länger bleibst, da dies genauere Einweisung und eine intensive Beschäftigung über einen längeren Zeitraum hinweg erfordert.


  • Placement in a selected project
  • Airport transfer from Cape Town
  • Local accommodation in a volunteer accommodation incl. three meals
  • English-speaking support on site with orientation day
  • Donation to the NPO
  • Help with flights
  • Provision of information material about the project and South Africa
  • Advice for the language school in Cape Town
  • Support also during the project period
  • Information and help with choosing a travel insurance
  • Certificate

Living arrangements

Volunteers are accommodated in our volunteer house, which has bedrooms for 2 to 5 people. You have electricity, WLAN, hot water, a kitchen, a bathroom with shower and beds with bed linen. Private single or double rooms can be booked for an extra charge. The bathroom and kitchen are cleaned daily by cleaning staff and the bed linen is changed weekly. You will also receive 3 meals during the week, including a delicious breakfast, snacks for lunch and a typical African dinner. Drinks are also available at all times. At the weekend, you can cook with the others in the evening or go out to one of the many restaurants. The volunteer house is within walking distance of many stores, restaurants, entertainment options, bus stops and the beach. So the possibilities are almost endless in your free time. You can look forward to enjoying all the benefits that Cape Town has to offer.

Typical day in a project

The volunteer coordinator creates a monthly schedule that assigns volunteers to a maximum of five working days per week, including weekends and holidays.

A typical working day lasts from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. You will always have breaks in between. These times may vary slightly depending on the capacity requirements of the center and the number of birds in care.

Every day looks different, depending on whether you receive an emergency call and go out on the coast or whether you take part in measures to preserve the penguins’ habitat – e.g. beach cleanings. However this is what a typical day might look like:

7:15 Breakfast at the volunteer house
7:45 Departure for the project
8:00 Briefing of the day, allocation of tasks
8:30 Preparation of the fish and subsequent feeding
11:00 Tea/coffee break
11:30 Administration of medication
13:00 Lunch break and lunch
14:00 Cleaning the rehabilitation enclosures
16:30 Checking the newly arrived injured birds and penguins
17:30 Return to the volunteer house
18:00 Dinner
18:30 Free time, e.g. watching the sunset on the beach or games/movie night


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Echte Geschichten, echte Erlebnisse

Wir sorgen dafür, dass wir unseren Reisenden die bestmögliche Unterstützung und einen guten Einblick in die neue Kultur bieten können. Projekte im Ausland bieten dir eine einmalige Gelegenheit, ein neues Land und deinen Traumjob kennenzulernen.

Soth Africa - country information

South Africa - the fascinating country at the southern tip of Africa. Whether it's a safari in the majestic Kruger National Park, exploring the vibrant metropolis of Cape Town, encounters with the fascinating Big Five or relaxing on the endless coasts - South Africa offers unforgettable adventures! Immerse yourself in the diverse cultures, breathtaking nature and warm hospitality of this country. South Africa will delight you with its diversity and beauty.

Official language

Afrikaans and English


Cape Town


1.220.000 km²


59,39 million (2021)


Rand (ZAR), you can also pay with US-Dollar in the most shops

Telephone code




All programs can be booked with friends. If you would like to book a program as a group, we recommend that you enquire in advance. Each person must book the project individually.

Ideal for all programs are at least three months in advance. In principle it is also possible for us to place short-term applicants (volunteering and language study travel) in South Africa.

South Africa is a safe country and the people are very friendly and warmhearted. In big cities, as in every big city in the world, there is petty crime. When travelling, the following things should be taken into account: always keep an eye on valuables, always keep your hand luggage on your lap in buses, and at night you should not travel by bus or withdraw money from ATMs. Up-to-date information on the situation can be found at the Embassy or Foreign Office.

Please note that in South Africa all electronic devices can only be used with an adapter. They are available in many electronics stores.

In principle, no language course is mandatory in advance. However, depending on the volunteering program, certain levels of the language of your destination country may be required to complete the project. We would be happy to advise you individually on your chosen project.

Depending on the program, we work with host families in the vicinity or there are volunteer houses at the project site.

For all programs you have to be covered by foreign health insurance. We will be happy to help you find a suitable insurance policy.

During the language school and in the volunteering projects, you will always have a direct contact person to help you with any problems. Of course you can also always contact us.

Application process for a volunteering program

Apply for a project on our website.

Make your deposit to secure a place for your project - you are welcome to contact us in advance to make sure there is still a place available for this period.

You will receive a separate booking confirmation from us by e-mail with further information.

For some programs we still need your resume.

You will receive an information package with the confirmation e-mail and have a fixed contact person for questions.

We plan your journey and help you with your travel arrangements.

Let´s start - be ready! we will contact you again and you will receive final information about 3 weeks before the start.


Before you set off for South Africa, you should always take out travel health insurance, accident insurance, emergency insurance, liability insurance and, if possible, luggage insurance.

over 3 months

International health insurance for long-term trips

When you book a trip, you can conveniently book your international insurance with our insurance partner here. The international health insurance for long-term trips is particularly popular with our interns. This is particularly interesting for stays of more than 3 months. For all information, individual calculation and quick and easy booking, please click on the button on the right. Recommendation: Book comfort cover at a reasonable price and enjoy even more security*.

less than 3 months

All-round carefree protection

For travelers going abroad for a shorter period, less than 90 days, our partner offers a very good all-round carefree protection. For all information, individual calculation and easy booking, click on the button on the right.

*All insurance information and liability can be found on the website of our insurance partner. Please note that Jamso Trainee cannot accept any liability for the completeness and accuracy of linked pages. This is the responsibility of the respective insurance provider.

Are you ready to start your adventure abroad?

Apply today!

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