Volunteer at Inverdoorn

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Volunteer at Inverdoorn

The Western Cape Cheetah Conservation Volunteer Program

Since 2001 the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation (WCCC) has been rescuing and rehabilitating cheetahs at a special facility at Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge.

The WCCC is at the forefront of cheetah conservation in South Africa and is a globally recognised initiative. Through dedication, passion and the expertise of leading specialists in veterinary science, conservation dynamics and predator behaviour studies, the WCCC has rescued 14 cheetahs and released two into the wild. The WCCC is a sanctuary for cheetahs as well as a centre for knowledge and research in cheetah conservation, aiming to educate the public and promote awareness for the cheetah.

Cheetah conservation is a highly specialised field, because these big cats present peculiar challenges. While human conflict and loss of habitat are some of the chief causes of decline in wild cheetah populations throughout Africa, genetic defects are an added concern. Years of interbreeding have weakened the species, leaving them susceptible to genetic diseases, often related to the skin and bones.

As a result, trained and knowledgeable caregivers ensure that the cheetahs receive the best care possible. The cheetahs benefit from a unique wildlife management programme that ensures they receive adequate amounts of physical training and psychological stimulation every day by means of nursing, feeding, long walks, running exercises and interactions with visitors.

As part of our ongoing commitment to raising awareness we invite those with experience in animal handling or those completing studies in wildlife conservation or veterinary sciences, to apply for the volunteer program at the WCCC.

 

How to Become a Volunteer

To enter into the WCCC's volunteer program, you must be available for a period ranging from three to six months and have a solid grasp of the English language. The minmum age requirement for volunteers is 18; and as there are a limited number of places available, preference will be given to volunteers between the ages of 20 and 30 who possess experience in animal care.

Should you be accepted into the programme, there will be a two-week probationary period, upon your arrival; thereafter you will undergo an evaluation by management. During this time you will be immersed in building a relationship with a cheetah in order to gain its trust. You are carefully monitored throughout to ensure your safety and that of the animal. You will be placed with an experienced handler who will offer guidance as you accompany the cheetahs during feeds, walks, exercise routines and guest interactions. Volunteer work includes cleaning the cheetah camps, cleaning the cheetah kitchen and meat work, amongst other tasks.

 

Please note: in order to qualify for a volunteer position a R 3 000.00 deposit is payable. After your stay, and if you have adhered to the volunteer chart, your deposit will be refunded.

 

The Volunteer Package

Should you be selected, the volunteer package will include the following:
  • Shared accommodation
  • Three meals a day
  • Uniforms and equipment
  • 500MB data per month
  • A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with cheetahs

 

Working Hours

A typical work week will consist of six days, with one day off per week and three consecutive days leave every fifth week. The day begins at 08:00AM and finishes at 05:00PM, with one hour for lunch each day.
As cheetahs are very sensitive creatures this schedule will change to accommodate their needs and is dependent on factors such as weather conditions, the cheetahs' moods, guest interactions and exercise booked for the cheetahs.

 

Some Rules

1. For your safety, that of the guests and the cheetahs it is important that a volunteer is always with a handler when in contact with the cheetahs.
2. Lunch breaks will not be at regular times but depends on work priority and guests' requests.
3. Management reserves the right to organise when your off days will fall as this is dependent on guests' bookings.
4. No photographs or videos of the lodge or the cheetahs may be sold or published for a commercial purpose. Uploading to social networks may only be done with the permission of the lodge owner.
5. The volunteer programme is not a holiday. It entails hard work and commitment.

If you have been selected to volunteer at Inverdoorn, please be aware that other applications have been declined in favour of yours. You will soon embark on a life-changing, once-in-a-lifetime adventure – working side by side with the fastest living land animal on the planet. It is a privilege to work with these magnificent big cats and at Inverdoorn they are the heart and soul of all that we do. We expect you to bring enthusiasm, a desire to learn and a real love of nature to your work and hope you will take away many wonderful memories.

Donation To Inverdoorn / Capecheetah

Save Cheetahs and Rhinos

All donations go directly to Inverdoorn Game Reserve to assist in the conservation work undertaken by the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation and RhinoProtect.


Your contribution goes a long way in assisting the efforts of these initiatives, including the rescue and rehabilitation of cheetahs and increasing security measures for the rhinos, in an effort to deter poaching.

 

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Donations Sheet

Below is a guideline to how your donation will help:


€5 = A meal for our tame cheetahs
€10 = A meal for our pride of lions
€20 = Feed a baby rhino for a week
€50 = Rhino night patrol for one week


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Meet The Team

  • Meet the team: Alex Isaacs

    Meet the team: Alex Isaacs

    Tuesday, 02 September 2014

    Inverdoorn – Writing about going on a big 5 safari game drive in the Western Cape is a million times easier than writing about oneself. Because I suppose, you can do hours of research on the beautiful African animals that roam the Klein Karoo and muse on it for hours whereas turning that investigative gaze inward is a much more daunting task....
  • Meet the Team – Lauren Leonard

    Meet the Team – Lauren Leonard

    Monday, 25 August 2014

    Inverdoorn – In the past, when meeting a staff member the game reserve has done a question and answer session to get to know them better. But, this time, I thought ‘ let’s try something new’ because, of course, one of the best ways to get to know someone working here (specially) is to hear about their experiences and more while on...
  • Meet the team: Caroline

    Meet the team: Caroline

    Thursday, 14 August 2014

    Inverdoorn – What better way to get to know someone than in their own words?   Meet Caroline, happy, young and in love with Cheetahs.    Below, you can read about what’s it’s like to hang out with our baby Cheetahs and work with animals under the guidance of experts.    It’s not all cat kisses and...
  • Meet the Team: Mekka Pietersen

    Meet the Team: Mekka Pietersen

    Wednesday, 25 June 2014

    When you meet Mekka Pietersen, our Assistant Lodge Manager, you will be greeted with the biggest, warmest smile. She was born at Inverdoorn, where her family has lived for three generations, and she has worked at the lodge for 12 years. Full of laughter and smiles, she is an incredibly interesting person to talk to and one of the best...
  • Meeting the Interns: Victoria Paillusseau

    Meeting the Interns: Victoria Paillusseau

    Friday, 04 April 2014

    Leaving one paradise for another, Victoria Paillusseau has come from her home in Mauritius to work at Inverdoorn as a lodge volunteer. This is her first time in South Africa and she decided to come here because "I love Africa. I already lived in the north, like Morocco, and I wanted to see how it was in the south." It doesn't end there...
  • Meeting the Volunteers: John McIlvaine

    Meeting the Volunteers: John McIlvaine

    Thursday, 06 February 2014

    I mentioned previously that the cheetah team could no longer be referred to as the cheetah girls, and this is due to the presence of John McIlvaine. Coming from Seattle in the United States, this is his second time working with cheetahs in South Africa. “Everything about them is awesome,” he says when naming the cheetah as his...
  • Meeting the Volunteers: Annami Grabe

    Meeting the Volunteers: Annami Grabe

    Wednesday, 05 February 2014

    Something I loved about meeting the volunteers and talking to them was the way they carefully contemplated each question I put forward to them – and none more so than Annami, a local volunteer, hailing from Somerset West. She has found a perfect haven in Inverdoorn’s open spaces as she explains that she’s an outdoor person. “I...
  • Meeting the Volunteers: Cynthia Knuppe

    Meeting the Volunteers: Cynthia Knuppe

    Monday, 03 February 2014

    The lodge is abuzz with activity, and not only because it’s summer season. The other reason for all the energy coursing through the reserve is the interns and volunteers. I have never seen so many at one time, and considering the passion and enthusiasm they bring with, you can just imagine the spirit in the place. I caught up with...
  • Dutch Delight

    Dutch Delight

    Friday, 17 January 2014

    I am Cynthia Knuppe, a 28 year old woman with a Dutch nationality. In the Netherlands I used to work as a dental hygienist for about six years. In the beginning of 2012 I decided to take a sabbatical and that’s when I came to South Africa. I like to travel and have already seen a lot of this beautiful country. I have a passion for...

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You always wanted to make a difference and help with Rhino or cheetah Conservation?

Join our Capecheetah or Rhinoprotect team and live a unique wildlife experience.

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Close to Cape Town

Just two and a half hours from bustling metropolis of Cape Town, guests will encounter wildlife in all its natural splendour, including the Big 5. This term initially referred to the five most challenging animals to hunt in Africa, but have now become the most sought after animals on a safari.

Day and Overnight Packages

Inverdoorn offers day visits which entail a three-hour safari and lunch back at the safari lodge. Day visits are ideal for those limited on time and budget or even just for those looking for a quick escape from the city. Overnight guests encompass two safaris: one at sunset and one at sunrise the next day. All meals are included and are served at the boma under the stars for a real South African safari experience.

Contact Infos

Inverdoorn Game Reserve

PO BOX 304 SEA POINT 8060
CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA

Tel:  +27 (0)214 344 639
Fax: +27 (0)214 331 157

Mail: info@inverdoorn.com

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