General Volunteers Needed:
Daktari needs volunteers to help take care of the animals and to teach lessons to the children. Daktari does charge a fee to volunteer but there are no special qualifications needed and length of volunteer time is flexible.
Marketing, Fundraising & Managers:
Daktari is always looking for volunteers to help with marketing, fundraising and volunteer management. There is a minimum commitment of 12 months for these positions with no fees and food and accommodation provided.
Volunteer fees at Daktari vary based on the amount of time you stay. Your fees cover food, accommodation and a donation to the project to help with running costs, including welcoming new children and taking care of the animals. Please visit their WEBSITE for a complete list of volunteer details and fees.
Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage
Hoedspruit, South Africa
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- Who to contact:
- Michele Merrifield
- +27 826562969
- PO Box 1599
- Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
About this Organization
Daktari educates and inspires underprivileged children to care for their environment through the medium of a wildlife orphanage. Every Monday they welcome a new group of 8-10 local underprivileged children for a week and give them the opportunity to discover, learn and become passionate about wildlife, conservation and their heritage. Daktari also supplements the children's school curriculum in English, maths, life skills and social issues. Their goal is to enable today's local underprivileged children to eventually be able to secure good employment in one of the countless nature reserves all over South Africa, as well as teaching them the value of their environment and the importance of keeping it clean.
Why They Need Your Help
Many Daktari children come from very large classes where one to one teacher interaction is impossible. The personal interaction of the international volunteers helps bring out the passion to learn and the knowledge passed on can be seen quite drastically by the end of the week. It is a sad fact that many of the underprivileged children have never had the opportunity to see indigenous wildlife, which is their heritage. Thanks to volunteers, this is possible.
How To Find Them
From HOEDSPRUIT: Take the road to Lydenburg, approx 25km from Hoedspruit there is the R36 to Tzaneen on your right. Turn right and travel approx 10km until you reach a dirt road on the right going to Gravelotte labeled D202. Follow this road for 10km until you see the signs for Daktari on your right and follow the signs.
Any items from Daktari's wish list can be delivered directly to the Wildlife Orphanage or you can contact them for other possible donation points.
Check out these fantastic Daktari VIDEOS!
- Pens & Pencils
- Sponges, Dish Clothes
- AA & AAA Batteries
- Insect Repellent
- Mosquito Nets
- A4 Printer Paper
- Educational Games (English)
- Small Kids' Prizes
- Easy Puzzles
- Card Games