2020   Rates (in South African Rand)

Umkhondo volunteering programme:

1 Week cost - R9180

Vet training programme:

1 Week cost - R16 200 (Normal course duration is 3 weeks)

2020  Arrival Dates

Umkhondo volunteering programme:

Open throughout the year (will be closed from 15 December 2020 till 15 January 2021)

Vet training programme:

17 January - 27 January 2020 (Fully booked)

23 February - 13 March 2020 (Availability + SPECIAL PRICE for bookings made in 2020)

12 April - 25 April 2020 (Fully booked)

26 April - 8 May 2020 (Fully booked)

10 May - 31 May 2020 (Fully booked)

21 June - 4 July 2020 (Availability)

5 July - 18 July 2020 (Fully booked)

19 July - 26 July 2020 (Fully booked)

9 August - 28 August 2020 (Availability)

30 August - 18 September 2020 (Availability)

27 September - 16 October 2020 (Availability)

What is included:
  • Safe and comfortable accommodation

  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week)

  • Airport transfers to and from project

  • Project-related transportation

  • Limited wi-fi access

  • Laundry facilities

  • Pre-departure support from our Program Director

  • Assistance with optional activities and tours

  • 24/7 emergency support

What is excluded:
  • Flights

  • Visa fees (if applicable)

  • Travel Insurance

  • Weekend activities and trips

  • Optional excursions and activities

  • Transport on weekends to and from activities

  • Post placement transport

  • Day to day expenditure

  • Spending money

Fundraising Tips...


Where does the money go?

Umkhondo is an independent organization that does not receive outside funding. The veterinary program (including community project and non-profit clinic) is financed entirely through our volunteers. Funds are used to attract bright, enthusiastic applicants with an interest in animal welfare, to provide them with a unique and unforgettable experience, and to provide veterinary care to disadvantaged communities. The chart below represents an approximate summary of our expenditures:

Administrative Costs (40%)

  • Pre-departure support

  • On-site Program Coordinators

  • Program Vets

  • Licensing & registration

  • Website development & maintenance

  • Marketing

  • Bank charges & conversion fees

Direct Expenses (40%)

  • Accommodation

  • Food

  • Permits & entry fees

  • Airport transfers

  • Project-related transportation

  • Funding invested in conservation initiatives

  • Funding invested in charity initiatives

Supplies & Medication (20%)

  • Clinic support

  • Basic first-aid supplies

  • Vaccines & medication

  • Game capture supplies

Crown Funding...

Fundraising websites such as FundMyTravel have proven to be a very useful tool- some of our students have even raised enough to fund their whole trip! 

Click here to access their huge suite of fundraising information.

FundMyTravel has a team of dedicated staff that will help you reach your fundraising goals. They can provide tips and insights on the best ways to spread the word and offer sharing tools to get your campaign greater exposure through social media and email. Click the button below to learn more and get started!

Raise funds with
Company Sponsorships...

Many companies are willing to sponsor people, but they usually want something in return (nothing is free!). The best thing that you can offer them is free advertising, especially if the company is related to travel, animals, wildlife, conservation, etc.

Consider including them on your fundraising website and email blasts. If you’re traveling with a group, you can offer to make t-shirts with their logo and thank them in your social media posts. When constructing a sponsorship letter, make sure you cover the following points:

  • Make your statement personal and address it to the correct person. Find this out by calling the company before posting your letter and asking whom to contact. ‘Dear Sir/Madam’ is likely to be pushed to the bottom of the pile.

  • Give some concise background information including who you are, what the program offers, how the funds are used, and what you hope to gain. There is no need for pages and pages of description, as this will lose their interest. Remember, they may get hundreds of requests all the time.

  • You may wish to follow up the letter with a phone call a week later. Prepare a brief statement of what you want to say prior to calling so you feel confident, as you will have approximately one minute to capture their interest.

Companies are not the only places you can obtain sponsorship. Local councils, religious centers, community groups, Lion Clubs and youth or sports groups which you belong to can also help.

Credits & Scholarships...

Some universities give credits or scholarships for internships like this- we recommend talking to a university advisor about your options.

The first step to getting part or even all of your trip funded is to decide why you want to participate in this program and how it will benefit you. Do you love to travel? Do you want to work with wildlife? Are you looking for a unique experience to add to your resume? Do you want to help animals in disadvantaged communities? Friends, family, and businesses that you request sponsorship from will want to know why they should fund you and where their money is going.

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