Rates & Dates

2017 Program Rates

(In US Dollars)

2 weeks $1,850 $1,600
3 weeks $2,700 $2,200
4 weeks $3,500 $2,850
5 weeks $4,250 $3,500
6 weeks $4,950 $4,100
8 weeks $6,250 $5,400
10 weeks $7,450 $6,700
12 weeks $8,550 $8,000

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Exotic veterinary work in South Africa

2017 Arrival Dates

 27 February
6 March 8 May
13 March 15 May
20 March 22 May
27 March 29 May
3 April 5 June
10 April 12 June
17 April 19 June
24 April 26 June
1 May
4 September
3 July 11 September
10 July 18 September
17 July 25 September
 24 July 2 October
31 July 9 October
7 August 16 October
14 August 23 October
 21 August 30 October
 28 August  6 November
13 November

What’s Included?

  • Safe and comfortable accommodation
  • All meals
  • 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
  • Safari4uVet t-shirt
  • Supplies & medication for non-profit community work
Chintsa beach, South Africa
Exotic vet work in South Africa

What’s Not Included?

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

(For more information, please see our Terms & Conditions)

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 entirely independent organization that does not receive outside funding- the veterinary program is financed entirely by our participants. 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 Coordinator support
  • Welcome packets
  • 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
  • Ectoparasite disease control & vaccines
  • Game capture supplies

 

The Clinic

A portion of the Program Fee is used to fund our non-profit community veterinary 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 www.fundmytravel.com and www.gofundme.com have proven to be a very successful fundraising tool- many of our participants have raised funds to cover all or most of their costs this way. Include how you will benefit from this program and take the most current pictures of the program from our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/safari4uvet. Be sure to share your fundraising page with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, email blasts, newspaper articles, and any other media outlets you can get ahold of!

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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