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Florida Animal Rescue

Help to provide the day to day care for a range of rescued wild animals at this beautiful sanctuary in the heart of Florida.

Prices from US$2,195

Florida, nicknamed the sunshine state, is one of the world’s most beautiful destinations, bustling with friendly people and exotic wildlife. There is a wide variety of things to do and see, with its white sandy beaches, subtropical wilderness, and of course, the home of some of the world’s most famous theme parks. Millions of people visit Florida each year to experience the Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Here visitors have the chance to see the diverse and exotic wildlife that resides there, including over 30 of the world’s endangered or threatened species like the West Indian Manatee, American Alligator and the Everglades Snail Kite.

Join this extraordinary project and help to provide a better life for the many rescued animals including big cats, wolves, bears, primates, and bats. The centre rescues wild animals that are held in inappropriate captive situations and greatly mistreated. This sanctuary provides a safe haven for these animals where they are given an enriching and secure environment. Additionally you may also get the amazing opportunity to work alongside the State of Florida in the rehabilitation and release of orphaned wild black bear cubs. The centre releases all black bears that come into their care back into the wild as soon as they are strong enough.

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Help to rescue and rehabilitate wild animals
  • Make lifelong friends

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 21 years
  • Must be able to converse in English
  • Will need to provide proof of negative TB test or proof of TB vaccine

FAST FACTS

Location Florida
Activities

Prepare food & feed the animals
Clean, build & maintain enclosures
Environmental education work
Monitor and record progress of rehabilitation
Observe captive and wild animals
Build and implement animal enrichments

Transport Please make your own way to the project
Airport pick up can be arranged at an additional cost
Accommodation

 Shared volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Food
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The Florida Animal Rescue Sanctuary is a refuge for animals that have been saved from a lifetime of mistreatment and neglect. Without this refuge, these animals would lead miserable lives. This fantastic project aims to provide them with the best possible care in an environment as close to their natural habitat as possible. Your participation on this project will be a tremendous help and will greatly improve the efforts of the sanctuary in reaching its goals of improving the lives of many animals.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Working alongside local staff, volunteers help with the day to day care of the animals and the education of the sanctuary’s visitors. You will be involved in every aspect of the running of the centre, including feeding the animals and preparing the food, cleaning, building and repairing the enclosures, and also making enrichments and feeding platforms. Volunteer contact with the animals is carefully monitored as the safety of both animals and the volunteers is paramount.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon arrival at Orlando International Airport you will need to make your own way to the project location. The easiest option for this is by car. Alternatively, an airport pick up and drop off service can be arranged for you at an additional cost of $100.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During your programme you will be staying in a volunteer house in single sex, shared rooms close to the sanctuary. You will have full use of a fully fitted kitchen with all of the basic amenities, and also have access to wifi, a telephone to make domestic calls and a tv/dvd player.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will have to prepare your own meals from the array of fresh ingredients that will be available to you. These generally consist of fresh meat, vegetables and fruit, dairy products and common dietary staples such as rice and pasta. If you enjoy cooking, this will provide you with a great opportunity to share your culinary talents and prepare meals for you and your fellow volunteers.

Please be aware that you will have to let your Volunteer Advisor know if you have any special diet needs when booking your placement.
 

Ten Most Recent Reviews for This Project

I LEARNED SO MUCH  | 17 Jun 2018
I did an internship at this sanctuary and learned so much about the welfare and wellbeing of wild...

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AWESOME PLACE TO VOLUNTEER  | 3 Jun 2018
This is an awesome place to volunteer. The staff are really great at what they do with the animal...

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

There are many places to visit and things to do but public transport can be hard to come by in the area. If you are able to drive this gives you a chance to explore even further than the local area.

Why not take a trip before or after your time at the Rescue Sanctuary to explore the largest Subtropical wilderness in the United States – The Everglades National Park? Encompassing 1.5 million acres of important habitat for rare and threatened wildlife, you will have the choice of a range of different activities and ways to explore this amazing area (e.g. hiking, canoeing, biking, tram and boat tours). Alternatively, you might like to take a trip to the serene city of Crystal River, located on the West coast and known to many as the ‘Home of the manatee’. Here you can choose to go on an Eco boat ride to see the manatees in their natural habitat or get up close and personal with these tranquil creatures by kayaking or snorkelling with them. 
 

COSTS

4 weeks US$2,195

6 weeks US$3,095

8 weeks US$3,945

Longer duration costs available at request.

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly. Project starts and ends on Saturdays.

DURATION

Your time on the project can be from a minimum of 4 weeks, and up to 1 year.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up and drop off is available for an additional cost of $100
  • Ground transfers
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Orlando International Apt (FL) (MCO)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

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