Volunteer with an Animal Rescue Center in South Africa

Philippi, South Africa

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Love Volunteers

(55 Reviews)
  • From $748 USD for 2 Weeks

  • 2 - 12 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 18 And Older



On this volunteer trip, you will have the opportunity to work with stray dogs and cats at a nonprofit rescue organization that cares for and sterilizes these animals with the hopes of finding a new home for them. The Philippi farming area in Cape Town is heavily impoverished, with many stray animals left to fend for themselves and too often succumbing to starvation on sickness. The rescue center that you will work with only has a few staff members and relies heavily on volunteers to help out with day-to-day tasks and to provide hands-on assistance for the animals. The goals of this project dark to care for neglected and abandoned animals in the area, find new homes for the animals, sterilize the animals as a response to over-breeding, and engage in intercultural exchange.

This program is best for those volunteers pursuing a career in animal conservation or zoological studies, or who just have an interest in the field. You do not need background experience to sign up, but you must be flexible and willing to take on a variety of tasks as a volunteer.

Arrival and Orientation

Once you arrive to Cape Town, local staff will pick you up at the airport and take you to your accommodations, where you’ll have a short welcome session. On Monday, you’ll have an orientation to help you learn more about the program and your role in it, as well as local customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, your role in the volunteer program, and more.


During your stay in South Africa, you will live with a local, experienced host family with a shared room. This is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the local culture and learn about the different customs of the area. You’ll have breakfast and dinner provided each day at your homestay, and you can purchase lunch at a local shop.

Field Conditions

Located in Philippi, this farming area is a 30-minute drive from Cape Town, and is sparsely populated compared to the surrounding city. You’ll have the opportunity to contribute in a variety of ways in this hands-on program, with a few of your tasks including:

- Feeding and playing with the animals

- Cleaning animal houses and kennels

- Walking the dogs

- Working on fundraising initiatives

Each day, you can expect to work between four and six hours, and while your schedule may change, it generally will follow this format:

7:00am Breakfast

7:30am Your host family will transport you to your placement

7:45am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor

8:00am Volunteering duties start – you’ll have a tea break and lunch break during the day

5:00pm Volunteering duties end

5:15pm Debrief with project supervisor

5:30pm Your host family will collect you

During the evening, you’re free to explore the area, check out different restaurants and cafes, or relax with your fellow volunteers.

Your Impact

As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to take on a variety of hands-on tasks to help care for dogs and cats in the rescue center. This program is very important to maintaining the animals’ health and curbing overpopulation of stray animals by spaying and neutering them, caring for them if they are sick or injured, and providing homes for them with loving families.


Philippi, South Africa
  • Where you will be volunteering
    Philippi, Cape Town, South Africa

    Volunteers will be working with stray cats and dogs in a rescue center.

  • Where you'll be staying
    Philippi, Cape Town, South Africa

    Volunteers will be staying with a host family.

  • Nearest Airport
    Cape Town International Airport (CPT), Cape Town, South Africa


<p>The program fees listed includes the $299 registration fee.</p>

2 Weeks
12 Weeks
2 Weeks

$748 USD

What’s Included

  • Certificate of completion (on request)

  • Dedicated pre-departure support

  • Project placement & onsite supervision

  • 24/7 local support network

  • Food & meals (as specified above)

  • Accommodation (as specified above)

  • Orientation & full safety briefing

  • Airport pick-up on arrival

What’s Not Included

  • Return airport transfer (unless mentioned above)

  • In-country trips and excursions

  • Local transport

  • Spending money

  • Additional foods and snacks

  • Travel insurance

  • Vaccinations

  • Visas

  • Airfare

Project Start Dates

This project is available year-round and programs start Sunday. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.


A top volunteering organization recognized worldwide, Love Volunteers (LV) has been placing volunteers across several countries since 2009. At Love Volunteers, there is deep commitment towards making a lasting difference in developing communities and offering hope to both human and animal life.

Ever since launching this venture, Love Volunteers remains committed to providing transparent and cost-effective volunteering. LV has over 120 projects in 34 countries worldwide, placing over 20,000 volunteers since inception. Based in New Zealand, LV’s team has people who love and live for adventure. This team takes much pride and joy in working hard to deliver top-level assistance, as well as delivering life-altering volunteer experiences.

The name says it all, but the people ensure there’s much more behind that name. Love Volunteers ensure volunteers get top treatment from locals while making sure they get invaluable experiences that last a lifetime. Join LV’s cause, and you can have those moments you can tell your children and grandchildren about!

Reviews (55)


Jun 10, 2018

I am inclined to believe that these perfect 5 star reviews are fake. I recently returned from a trip organized by this agency and it was a mess. Not only was I taken advantage of financially but when I reached out to love volunteers they could care less and in ... +more

Mikela Kring

Apr 27, 2018

I was a medical volunteer in Fewa City Hospital in Pokhara, Nepal.
I am a pre-med graduate from Denmark meaning that I had no previous hands-on experience.
But I still got to observe, participate and help so many people. It was wonderful, challenging, educational and eye-opening. I learned so much ...

Lisa Sloan

Apr 05, 2018

This year was my third placement through Love Volunteers and they are just the best! All of the arrangements they have made have been perfect. They check in frequently to make sure their volunteers are safe and happy, and they take time to ask for feedback regarding the placement. I ... +more


Apr 01, 2018

I had a fantastic time volunteering for an NGO in Cambodia working to support rural communities in adopting sustainable farming practices. I felt like I was helping to make a genuine difference in the lives of disadvantaged families and had great opportunities to have some experiences I would never have ... +more

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