Are you looking for a long term volunteering experience in South Africa?

Join DAKTARI for 6-12 months and volunteer for free!

  • You’ll get three delicious meals per day prepared for you
  • You will stay in your own room (when possible) with a bathroom shared with other long-term volunteers
  • You must speak, read, and write English fluently to be considered
  • We ask that you pay a deposit of R1000 per month and you’ll receive R1000 back each month you are here to use as spending money
  • We don’t have wifi but you will have access to DAKTARI’s computers which have internet. During your off times, you can use them
  • You will need to get a volunteer visa before you arrive in South Africa. We will provide you with an invitation letter from DAKTARI to support your application, but the rest is up to you!
  • You will work Monday - Friday from 8am until 5pm (lunch is 12:30 - 14:00). Saturday and Sunday are your days off.
  • Time off is mandatory! Every two months, you take a week off in order to explore what South Africa has to offer.

Here are the four long-term volunteer positions:

Volunteer Marketing Manager

Volunteer Fundraising Manager

Volunteer Office Assistant

Volunteer Outreach Manager

Ecoclub group

Feeding baby squirrels

Volunteer Marketing Manager - Applications Currently Open



DAKTARI is looking for someone who is eager to tell our story to the world, someone who loves to wordsmith, and someone with an eye for graphic design. The marketing manager is the voice of DAKTARI and we are looking for someone excited to take on the challenge of describing our work to a big and variable audience in a fun and engaging way.

Part of your role is tell everyone what is happening at DAKTARI every day. That means you have a front-row seat to all of the exciting things happening at the camp!


 DAKTARI photographer

Your job will include:

  • Managing DAKTARI’s accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, including posting content daily
  • Writing and sending DAKTARI’s monthly newsletter and other campaign emails
  • Managing DAKTARI’s partnership with GlobalGiving, including:
      • Updating project pages when necessary
      • Completing quarterly project reports
      • Thanking donors by email
      • Strategically planning and executing fundraising campaigns
  • Creating media and marketing content for DAKTARI including brochures, merchandise, photos, and videos
  • Maintaining DAKTARI’s brand across all promotional materials and enforcing its use throughout the organisation
  • Updating and improving DAKTARI’s website


  • You must be comfortable working with Mac computers
  • You must be able to meet deadlines and manage your time well
  • You must have strong writing skills
  • Previous marketing or communications experience is strongly preferred
  • Experience with Adobe software is strongly preferred, specifically Photoshop and/or Fireworks
  • Photography experience and/or experience making videos a huge plus

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and cover letter to Michele at 

Volunteer Fundraising Manager - Applications Open November 2017



As a nonprofit organisation, DAKTARI is always looking for opportunities for funding, either to sustain our programs or grow them (like getting cleaning products from Ecologic!). We need someone who can assist our directors with applying for grants and reporting back on those we receive.

You will learn everything there is to know about DAKTARI and put them knowledge into proposals and reports. Fundraising is a competitive area with many challenges. This is a big job! 

 Ecologic sponsorship of DAKTARI

Your job will include: 

  • Working with directors to create and update proposals for potential funders
  • Researching and identifying possible funding opportunities
  • Working with the marketing manager to create promotional materials and maintain the DAKTARI brand
  • Preparing reports for our funders on use of funds
  • Compiling data about DAKTARI’s activities
  • Assisting the directors with monitoring and evaluation data to measure DAKTARI’s impact


  • You must be comfortable with Mac computers and Microsoft Office
  • You must be confident telephoning potential donors
  • Strong communications skills, especially in writing
  • Strong research skills
  • Previous experience in fundraising is a huge plus

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and cover letter to Michele at

Volunteer office Assistant - Applications Open November 2017

START February 2018


DAKTARI has a lot of moving parts and you will be helping us coordinate all of them! You will work closely with the director, office manager, and all other long-term volunteers to ensure the smooth operation of DAKTARI on a day-to-day basis. This can include anything from working with the short-term volunteers, to assisting our animal care manager, to working on data analysis with the office manager.


We're looking for someone who is flexible, willing to learn anything and everything, and works well with other people. You will get the full picture of how DAKTARI runs and be integral in maintaining and improving our operations. 


 office assistant photo

Your job will include: 

  • Working closely with the Office Manager to maintain our relationships with volunteer agents
  • Fill-in for our volunteer coordinator and animal care manager when they take time off
  • Reporting back to DAKTARI sponsors on the animals they support
  • Analysing survey feedback from our volunteers
  • Assisting the animal care manager when we have new animals 


  • You must be able to work well with other people
  • You must be adaptable - your day-to-day tasks will change often
  • You must manage your time and priorities well
  • You must be confident with Mac computers and Microsoft Office
  • Previous experience working in an office environment is strongly preferred
  • Experience working for a nonprofit is a definite plus

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and cover letter to Michele at

Volunteer Outreach Manager - Applications Open November 2017



The DAKTARI Outreach Program is an integral part of our work. This program reinforces the impact we have on the children that come to DAKTARI. We also expand our impact by empowering the local community members to lift themselves out of poverty. Your job will be to maximise this impact in ways that excite the students and community members.


This position allows you to get fully immersed in the local culture and help the communities tackle poverty. You will be working closely with members of the community and get to know them very well.  


 Young entrepreneurs with the Outreach Manager

Your job will include:

  • Traveling to two of the local secondary schools and teaching the weekly Eco-Club, after school lessons on conservation
  • Creating and updating lesson plans for the Eco-Clubs – they will need to be engaging and fun for the students
  • Coordinating the career guidance week with local youth to come to DAKTARI to learn skills to get a job
  • Following up with the youth to help them find employment and, sometimes, do outreach on their behalf
  • Community empowerment activities, including job training workshops or supporting budding entrepreneurs
  • Looking for ways to measure and analyse your impact in the community


  • You must hold an international driving license and be prepared to drive out to schools by yourself
  • You must have good time management skills and the ability to focus on several projects at once
  • You should be confident in preparing and teaching lessons to children who are not used to paying attention or having fun in class
  • Experience teaching individuals whose native language is not English is strongly preferred
  • Having previous intercultural experiences or having experienced an underprivileged African classroom is a huge plus

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and cover letter to Michele at