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 to use as spending money
  • You will have access to DAKTARI's free wifi through your work computer as well as on your personal devices
  • You will need to get a volunteer visa before you arrive in South Africa and we will provide you with an invitation letter from DAKTARI to support your application.
  • 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 Communications & Media Manager

Volunteer Fundraising Manager

Volunteer Office Assistant

Volunteer Outreach Manager

Volunteer Animal Assistant

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Volunteer communications & media manager

Applications Currently Open - START june 2018
(6-12 months)


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 communications & media 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!




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 and be able to work independently 
  • 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 Corporate Fundraising Manager

Applications CURRENTLY OPEN - START as soon as possible
(9-12 months)


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 that knowledge into proposals and reports. Fundraising is a competitive area with many challenges. You will be using DAKTARI's proposal to apply for grants from corporate organizations and foundations. You will have to use specific software to manage DAKTARI's fundraising. This will help you set goals, reminders and deadlines. 

 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 january 2019 - START june 2019
(6-12 months)


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 the marketing manager, to working on data analysis with the office manager and fundraising for material and equipment. 


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. 


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
  • Driving short distances for shopping or transporting our staff


  • 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 fluent in English 
  • 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 february 2019 - START july 2019
(9-12 months)


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 and your local Outreach Assistant will be working closely with members of the community and get to know them very well.  



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 Job Hunting Program with local youths who come to DAKTARI to learn the skills required to get a job
  • Following up with the youth to help them find employment 
  • Community empowerment activities, including job training workshops 
  • Looking for ways to measure and analyse your impact in the community
  • Follow up our community impact statistics and analysis 
  • Manage the workload alongside our local Outreach Assistant


  • You must hold an international driving license and be prepared to drive out to schools by yourself
  • You must have good time and staff 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

VOLUNTEER animal assistant

APPLICATIONS open august 2018 - START January 2019


At DAKTARI we have over 80 animals in our wildlife orphanage. These animals play an integral part in our education program as they act as ambassadors to teach the children. The primary role of this position is to assist DAKTARI's Animal Manager in his daily tasks. This will include feeding and caring for the animals, cleaning the animal camps and updating their enclosures. 


We're looking for someone who has a passion for wildlife and is happy to work outside, particularly in the heat! You will need to be flexible, take initiative and work well with others as you and the Animal Manager will be a team! 


Your job will include:

  • Cleaning the animal camps
  • Feeding and caring for the animals
  • Keeping record of the daily happenings 
  • Coordinating and guiding the short term volunteers during their daily tasks with the children
  • Taking occasional visitors/sponsor on a tour around the camp 
  • Interacting and updating the donors on the animals they sponsor


  • Gentle quiet and patient with animals 
  • Physically fit and no animal allergies 
  • Good observational and written communication skills 
  • Ability to cope with upsetting situations like working with injured or badly treated animals
  • Willingness to do dirty or unpleasant tasks 
  • Ability to take responsibility for the care of the animals
  • Work well as part of a team
  • Driving license and previous animal experience is a huge plus

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


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