What does volunteering at Cheetah Experience Ashia involve?
• Cleaning enclosures and refilling water bowls.
• Preparing and feeding food to the animals – they are carnivores, so this involves handling raw meat!
• Educating the public by assisting with tours and taking guided tours once you have completed a mock tour with a staff member.
• Assisting with maintenance and other group activities.
• Planning and helping with animal enrichment (walks, treats, toys etc…)
• Babysitting the younger animals when required.
What are the working hours?
We usually start early in the mornings and finish in the late afternoons. Each morning, after a light breakfast, you will meet with your co-ordinator and the tasks for the day will be allocated to you. Your daily hours and break times will be discussed at the morning meeting. Our working hours are long, and you need to be flexible to accommodate the unexpected things. All volunteers will have the option to take two days off per week to explore all that Cape Town has to offer. For working holiday volunteers, you are welcome to have additional time off – should you wish.
Any extra activities must be arranged prior to your day off. All activities and transport fees are at your own expense.
What does a normal day volunteering look like?
A Typical day is outlined below;
|Summer (Nov – April)||Winter (May – Oct)||Activities|
|07:00 – 09:30||08:00 – 09:30||Daily cleaning and feeding|
|09:30 – 10:00||09:30 – 10:00||Staff and Volunteer meeting for daily planning|
|10:00 – 12:00||10:00 – 13:00||Group Activities, babysitting and/or tours|
|12:00 – 14:00||13:00 – 14:00||Lunch break|
|14:00 – 18:00||14:00 – 17:30||Tours, dishing & feeding and/or babysitting|
What can I expect on my first day?
Upon arrival, you will complete an indemnity form. This acts in the interest of the volunteer, the animals and the project. The project will always take care to protect you – in turn, we ask that you strive to ensure the well-being of our animals. It is important to uphold the good name that we have established over time. Volunteers arrive at different times of the day, so you will shadow a more experienced volunteer if you arrive during working hours on your first day.
Volunteers are required to undertake a full and comprehensive induction covering all aspects of working at Cheetah Experience Ashia. Induction will start at about 10am on your first full day. You will be assigned to a team and start at 7am or 8am (depending on the time of year), which means that you have a couple of hours to get a bit of hands-on experience before the induction. Each volunteer will be issued with a project manual, which must be returned to Cheetah Experience Ashia. Once the formal induction is completed, you will have lunch and then you will have a practical induction to all the animals on the farm. The following day, you will be given an induction to the curio shop and how it works. You will also be issued with your free t-shirt at this induction. You will be given further information about our tours and we will help you to start learning about how we educate the public.