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On this worthwhile volunteer programme, you’ll help care for exotic animals such as leopards, tigers, bears, cougars and wolves! These animals have been abused, neglected or orphaned. The Wildlife Sanctuary is dependent on volunteers to support the centre.
During your time at the sanctuary, you will be involved with a variety of activities from animal care (such as food preparation and feeding) to grounds maintenance. If you have a certain skill such as mechanics, landscaping, carpentry or maintenance you will have the opportunity to work using these skills during your time at the sanctuary. Whatever you do, you’ll be helping to maintain a safe haven for these neglected animals, and in addition making a positive difference towards preserving Florida wildlife.
|Dates of Departures||Duration||Price (Land Only)||Trip Status|
|4 January 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|4 January 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
|18 January 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|18 January 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
|1 February 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|1 February 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
|15 February 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|15 February 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
|1 March 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|1 March 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
|15 March 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|15 March 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
|5 April 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|5 April 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
|19 April 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|19 April 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
|3 May 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|3 May 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
|17 May 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|17 May 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
|7 June 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|7 June 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
|21 June 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|21 June 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
|5 July 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|5 July 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
|19 July 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|19 July 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
|2 August 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|2 August 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
|16 August 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|16 August 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
|20 September 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|20 September 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
|4 October 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|4 October 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
|18 October 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|18 October 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
|1 November 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|1 November 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
|15 November 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|15 November 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
|6 December 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|6 December 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
|20 December 2015||4 weeks||£1,079||Available||Book now|
|20 December 2015||6 weeks||£1,499||Available||Book now|
You're in Florida so make the most of it! There's so much to see and do in your free time. The sanctuary is located in the Ocala National Forest and along its edge is the Silver Springs State Park about 10 minutes away. This is definitely worth a visit and there are loads of activities on offer such as horse riding, canoeing, kayaking and hiking. For any adrenaline junkies out there, you can also go zip lining nearby!
There are plenty of local beaches at the lakes and springs, all on the doorstep, but of course if these aren't enough the sanctuary is only an hour away from the ocean, with Ormond and Daytona Beaches to the east. The same distance in the opposite direction there are lots of places to see Manatees as well as other springs and parks to visit.
If you want to venture further afield then Orlando is only 90 minutes away and a trip to Florida would not be complete without visiting Disneyworld!
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Minimum 21 years, maximum decided on potential participants’ health.
There are no minimum numbers on the trip.
Please note: you may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact us
You will be staying in shared living quarters in a small house near the sanctuary . The accommodation is basic but comfortable - private bathrooms with hot showers, electricity, air conditioning, TV with DVD player, laundry facilities, full kitchen and a wireless internet connection at your lodging for you to bring your laptop or wireless device.
Male and female volunteers stay in separate house. It is the responsibility of volunteers to keep accommodation clean and tidy.
Food and groceries for regular meals are provided for volunteers. You will prepare your own meals in your quarters. Volunteers are required to clean up after themselves.
Animals at the sanctuary are often rescued from conditions that do not make them accustomed to human interaction and therefore require special handling by experienced individuals. Interaction with animals is in a safe manner; feeding or enrichment and does not involve physical contact with the animals.
You may be the only volunteer working with staff at your chosen project at any one time. However, you will still have the full support of your in-country team and those at the project. If you are looking for a group volunteering experience we have plenty of options for you to consider.
Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.
You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.
In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.
No. As long as you are enthusiastic, fit and happy to get work hard and get involved, you will really enjoy the experience!
The accommodation is basic but comfortable with air conditioning and TV with DVD.
You do need to be fit & healthy as you will be working 9-10 hours per day.
The resident animals range from big cats, such as cougars, leopards and tigers to wolves, primates, bears and native American animals.
To be accepted onto the programme, you will require proof of a TB vaccine or a current negative TB test within the past 12 months. If you wish to work with bats you will also require rabies vaccinations.
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You will not go "empty handed" from there. You will have whit you new knowledge and experiences to fill in your "baggage"!
One of my highlights was actually right after when they from the rescue center came and pick mi up after the airport. Just a few minutes after, we saw an alligator beside the highway, on the grass that’s between the roads. So we stop the car, because they who own the rescue center are the people you call when this sort of things happens. They didn’t have their equipment whit them so they call the police and two other people that they know for help to move the alligator. The police came and a few minutes after, the other came and then they started to move the alligator. It was really interesting! The others highlights was also that I got to work whit wild animals and they who own the rescue center really invited mi in, I defiantly felt welcome and appreciated!
1, Be prepared to work hard in really hot temperatures in long pants and boots. 2, Bring sunscreen whit you. 3, Bring ha hat whit you.
Brilliant to get so close and help these beautiful wild animals.
Being close to beautiful animals and able to help them directly. Experienceing living in Florida, so different to UK.
Insect repelant! Suncream Old/cheap clothing
Turned into GI Jane after 6 weeks, never gonna forget everyone!
Feeding the animals Meeting new people Days off were appreciated & lots of fun
Bring all medical docs with you (not mentioned on Real Gap details) Be prepared for hours of food prep. Suck it up on the bad days & live for great days