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Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless,
but because they're priceless.



Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. All volunteers are required to attend our Orientation.

Volunteers work one shift of 4 or 5 hours once a week: 8.00am – 1.00pm or 1.00pm – 5.00pm: Monday – Sunday.

We are looking for dedicated people who are serious about making a commitment to our wildlife.

Working at our Centre is extremely rewarding.

“Volunters are not paid - not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.”


Friends of Free Wildlife’s Volunteer Orientations are regularly held on Saturdays at our new Centre, 1/193, Maple Road, KYALAMI. Please contact Beryl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details and an application form. Directions are on our Face Book page, “Friends of Free Wildlife”.



Volunteers have various options for involvement to choose from once the Orientation Course has been completed:






Centre Volunteer

If you choose to work at the centre and participate in shifts with our patients, you will need additional training

  • Every volunteer has to attend the Food Preparation & Cage enrichment course.
  • Volunteers start by working in the kitchen and on the site, preparing food for the animals, cleaning and enriching enclosures while observing the rehabilitation process.
  • If a volunteer is interested in clinic work, after 3-4 months, you will be invited to do the Clinic Assistant course.
  • After completing the Clinic Assistant course the volunteer will then start working in the clinic as an assistant.
  • After another 3-4 months the volunteer can proceed, if interested, to do the Clinic course and thereafter may work in the Clinic under supervision.
  • After six months of volunteering a person can apply to become a full member of FFW, up until then a volunteer is an associate member with no voting rights.
  • Once a member, a volunteer has to maintain his/her membership (according to the constitution) and join a portfolio.
  • Volunteers who work in the clinic are encouraged to do advanced courses which are organised by FFW and presented by experts. Courses may include bat course, swift/swallow course, advanced cage enrichment, animal care, tortoise course, bird courses, courier course, snake handling, etc.
  • FFW also organise IWRC (International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council) courses annually such as Basic Animal Rehabilitation, Wound Management and Parasitology

If volunteers have other skills e.g. web designers, graphic artist, excel experts, photographers etc., which are useful to our Centre, you may be asked to assist from time to time depending on projects.


At the end of a long day of foraging and swimming, its time for the little Egyptian goslings (Alopochen aegyptiaca) to go back to the safety of their stable where fresh food, clean water and dry bedding await them.
FFW Volunteer Sharon guides them in the right direction. Thank you Jackie Hayward for this lovely pic.



We have a fabulous NEW SIGN on our gate!
Thank you so much to volunteer Shayne for the organising and fitting…and
Big Thanks to BARK INNOVATIONS for the printing and sponsoring.


Orientation Course
A Fabulous FFW day... today we held our 4th Orientation Course attended by 14 outstanding prospective volunteers,:) Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of YOU who make this possible