Program Rates


Vet  Experience Program

           2018      2019
2 weeks           $1,700     $1,800
3 weeks           $2,300     $2,450
4 weeks           $3,000     $3,200
5 weeks           $3,600     $3,800
6 weeks           $4,200     $4,350
8 weeks           $5,500     $5,750
10 weeks           $6,800     $7,100
12 weeks           $8,100     $8,500

Game Capture Program

$3,300 (2018) $3,000 (2019)

Vet  Student  Program

$3,300 (2018) $3,600 (2019)

Our 2019 rates reflect an increase in South African VAT (national tax).

2018 rates

Arrival Dates

Vet  Experience Program

Every Monday (March-November)

Vet  Student  Program


24 June – 15 July

15 July – 5 August

5 August – 26 August

Game Capture Program


31 August – 24 September

2019 TBA

What’s Included?

  • Safe and comfortable accommodation
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week)
  • Monday airport transfers
  • 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
  • Volunteer 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


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?

GVE 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 Wild Coast 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!



Returning Volunteers

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Crowd Funding

We’ve teamed up with FundMyTravel to help our volunteers raise funds! 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.