Rates & Dates

2018 Rates

(In US Dollars)

Vet  Experience Program

2 weeks     $1,700
3 weeks     $2,300
4 weeks     $3,000
5 weeks     $3,600
6 weeks     $4,200
8 weeks     $5,500
10 weeks     $6,800
12 weeks     $8,100

Vet  Student  Program

$3,300 / session

Game Capture Program

$3,300 / session

2018 rates

2018 Arrival Dates

Vet  Experience Program

March 5

March 12

March 19

March 26

April 2

April 9

April 16

April 23

April 30

May 7

May 14

May 21

May 28

June 4

June 11

June 18

June 25

July 2

July 9

2018 rates

July 16

July 23

July 30

August 6

August 13

August 20

August 27

September 3

September 10

September 17

September 24

October 1

October 8

October 15

October 22

October 29

November 5

November 12

Vet  Student  Program

14 May – 4 June

9 July – 30 July

13 August – 3 September

Game Capture Program

20 April – 7 May Fully Booked

11 May – 4 June

8 June – 2 July

6 July – 30 July Fully Booked

3 August – 27 August Fully Booked

31 August – 24 September

What’s Included?

  • Safe and comfortable accommodation
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week)
  • Monday airport transfers                                (unless otherwise arranged with Safari4u)
  • Project-related transportation
  • Wi-fi access
  • Washing facilities
  • Permits & entry fees
  • Pre-departure support from our Program Director
  • Welcome packet with coupons for local establishments
  • Safari4uVet t-shirt

The program fee also acts as the main support for our non-profit clinic.

Students enjoy free time after a long week of veterinary experience in the small beach town of Chintsa, South Africa
Volunteer vet students participating in a giraffe game capture for veterinary experience in South Africa

What’s Not Included?

  • Flights
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Weekend activities and trips

We now have a partnership with STA Travel for special student rates on flights, travel insurance, and excursions around South Africa!

Fundraising Tips

Introduction

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.

 

Where does the money go?

Safari4u 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 (60%)

Direct Expenses (20%)

Supplies & Medication (20%)

  • Pre-departure support
  • On-site Program Coordinators
  • Program Vets
  • Licensing & registration
  • Website development & maintenance
  • Marketing
  • Bank charges & conversion fees
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Permits & entry fees
  • Airport transfers
  • Project-related transportation
  • Clinic support
  • Basic first-aid supplies
  • Vaccines & medication
  • Game capture supplies

 

The Clinic

Part of the Program Fee is used to fund our non-profit small animal clinic. The Safari4u Community Veterinary Clinic is a non-profit institution that will service the animals of the Chintsa Village and surrounding area by treating various injuries and illnesses such as Mange, Biliary, Transmissible Venereal Tumors, open wounds and abscesses. Basic spay and neuter surgeries should decrease the prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, aggression, and malnourishment. Our goal is to create a smaller and healthier population of animals in our community!

 

Group Discounts

    Number of participants         Discount Percentage (%)       
5-8 5% off
9-12 10% off
13-18 15% off

*Prices are subject to availability.

Crowd 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!

Company Sponsorship

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.

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Safari4u Veterinary Program

106 Barracuda Street, Chintsa East, South Africa 5275

PO Box 422 Kwelera, Eastern Cape, South Africa 5259

+27 (0)81 814 9917

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