Volunteer with cheetahs on the African savannah and take the safari through Kruger National Park!
This group is open to University of Findlay students referred by Findlay student and Loop alumna Hannah Nerlich. It is not sponsored by, affiliated with, or endorsed by University of Findlay.
Each group of up to 10 students will have its own US veterinarian and its own South African Volunteer Coordinator. Loop Abroad groups will have exclusive access to the Wildlife Centre at Feracare during the program.
“I love working with cheetahs. Feracare is the perfect place to experience big cats at an organization committed to conservation and to educating the public about this endangered species.” -Dr. Erica Ward, Loop Abroad’s Academic Director
• Feed and help provide medical care to cheetahs throughout the program
• Maintain and care for cheetah facility and enclosures
• Learn about all aspects of care and management of captive wildlife
• Go on safari through Kruger National Park, one of the largest national parks in the world and home to lions, leopards, rhino, elephants, and buffalo
• See a variety of wildlife each day that calls the African savanna home
* June 2 – June 18, 2018
Our South African program is a full adventure on its own, but it can also be combined with any of our Thailand two-week programs back-to-back. Combine two programs for an automatic 10% discount on your tuition. You will need to pay for additional airfare.
$3,275 USD not including international airfare. Airfare on the group flight from New York is estimated at $1,700 roundtrip including all taxes and fees.
This tuition represents a 15% discount on our regular program tuition for your group. No additional discounts or aid are available.
Your space is not held until your $1,000 deposit (credited toward tuition) is paid. Your deposit is due by November 30, 2017 to secure your private group booking. Balance of your tuition is due by February 1, 2018. Interest-free payment plans are available.
All housing, meals, and activities are included in your tuition. Tuition does not include medical insurance – if you don’t have medical insurance that covers you while abroad, you can purchase travel medical insurance. We can help you find a plan that meets our insurance requirements.
Travel off the group itinerary must be approved by Loop Abroad and carries fees. Please contact [email protected] before booking travel off the group itinerary.
This program was designed with pre-vet students in mind. For your application to vet school (VMCAS), this program provides the following hours:
Veterinary Hours: 80 hours
The AVMA says “If you have the opportunity to work… for veterinarians who work with different species, that’s a bonus that can make you more appealing to a veterinary school admissions committee.” We’re proud to offer you that opportunity!
You will get to know your vet during the program, and they will get to know you! If you participate to the best of your ability, you’ll be well-positioned to ask for a recommendation letter at the end of the program.
This program provides a total of 80 service hours. Loop Abroad is a certifying organization for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, for which those hours are eligible.
Loop Abroad can provide you with a pass/fail transcript for the academic component of this program “Anatomy, Behavior, and Conservation of African Big Cats”. If you are seeking credit from your college or university, please contact us for assistance.
During the week, you’ll split your time between volunteering at the cheetah facility and learning from our Loop Abroad vets. At the end of week one, the group will depart for a two-day safari through Kruger National Park.
Here are some of the activities you can expect to participate in:
Loop Abroad’s groups will be the only volunteers on the property at the time, and will assist the staff in all aspects of caring for the cheetahs and other animals. There will be ample opportunities to observe the animals during work time.
We've put together a list of books that might be interesting to students traveling to South Africa who want to learn more about the country's history and wildlife.
1. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
2. Soul of a Lion by Barbara Bennett
Check out our suggested reading lists and purchase the books through our Amazon link here.
"This program helped me come out of my shell and taught me a lot. The people and animals are amazing. By the end of it I didn’t want to leave!"
Kelynn N., Veterinary Service in South Africa
Virginia Tech, Leesburg, VA