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Veterinary Assistance & Abused Animal Shelter
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Veterinary Assistance & Abused Animal Shelter

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    1

TEARS veterinary experience

I have experienced what feels like a whole new field of veterinary practice. The team at TEARS made me feel like family instantly and I never felt out of place. I have learnt invaluable tips and seen new procedures, all of which I will take forward with me in my future studies. I am heartbroken to leave, however also know that I will be back one day, maybe as a qualified vet myself where I would love to make more of a difference for the animals here.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

My stay at TEARS - the vet project

It is hard to sum up every I feel in a short review, when I get home and have reflected on everything I want to write a blog. I got so much more out of this experience than I ever thought was possible. I have learnt so much more about the African culture than if I had come as a tourist. TEARS animal shelter were so welcoming and made me feel like one of the team. They treated us as one of the staff and we were given so much responsibility. It was really emotional leaving and I realised how much I had learnt. I am a dog person and the dogs are amazing. Seeing them every day, getting to know them and helping them was a fantastic experience. You knew how important our work was to the animals and how much they appreciated it.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    10

TEARS

The time that I have spent with African Impact has been absolutely incredible. All of the staff have been so welcoming and made me feel at home from the word go. Being at TEARS has by far been the best thing I have ever done, all of the staff and other volunteers were so friendly and made sure you got what you wanted out of your time volunteering. Being able to see the dogs improving everyday due to your time and patience is the best feeling in the world.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    5

General review, or is it? ;)

House and stuff to do:
The people in the Lionhouse are amazing, you get to know them and get to bond with them. A very clean house, good food. nothing bad to say about it. There are a lot of things to do here in Cape Town, to much if you only go two weeks (like i did). The things you can do are crazy stuff like: paragliding, skydiving, safari, hiking table mountain and so on.

Project:
You work with a lot of dogs or cats (whatever you want, you can choose everyday different).

Dogs:
You bond with the dogs and you are able to take care of them. The volunteers will spend most likely a lot of time with the puppies, they are so adorable... you want to take them all home. You walk the dogs, feed the dogs and socialize with them.

Cats:
On the Thursday the Cattery gets around 50 cats that all need to be sterilized. If you are interested in this. GO THERE. Like for real, i wanted to become a vet and i have been there two days.... will never forget it. You will be able to help them, shaving the cats, disinfecting them and maybe more if you got experience ;)

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    8

Tears animal rescue project

It was a amazing experience. I find it amazing to spend a hole day working with the dogs because I love dogs. I also have had the received confirmation that I made the right study choice. I gonna miss my sweeties.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Tina's adventure

i had a fantastic experience at tears animal shelter , really you need to go to work and see the awesome work that the staff do to help these unfortunate animals ... with out of the fantastic support of african impact my experince would not of been complete

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Would come back

This has truly been an amazing experience and I am very happy i decided to go. Because of some other people who didn't have a great volunteering experience (with other companies), I thought volunteering with children was a silly thing because I've heard about so many people not doing anything, but going out drinking everyday and sit behind in the classroom/even staying home from project for no reason. It did not go long before African Impact changed my thoughts about this. African Impact is a very professional company who truly cares about their projects and all the children they work with. If i were to come back to volunteer I would definitely try out some more projects, because they truly do many an impact. If you want to make a change, African Impact is a great company to travel/stay with if you're looking to volunteer!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Engagement

    6

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Tears of joy

Volunteering at TEARS is all about giving and receiving loads of love. When you get to feed and walk the dogs, take them for their first trip to the beach or just cuddle all day with the puppies, they will be so grateful, and you`ll become too! Do not hesitate to ask questions to the crew, and maybe, you`ll even consider rehoming one of your new best friends.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

Veterinary assistance project

My time at TEARS animal rescue has been the month of a life time. Caring for all of the animals and getting to know the staff has been an amazing experience. I have learnt so much while being here and cannot think of anything that was bad about my experience, I loved every second and cant wait to return in a few years! Thank you to everyone who made the month what it has been and made me feel like I'm part of a family.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    8

TEARS // Best experience of my life

Starting at about 9 a.m my day was structured very individually. I got the freedom of working alone, because they trusted me. They have been noticing that I love what I do and soon I got more and more activities that require trust from their side. I loved being trusted. I loved and still love the people and animals. Never in my life have I been happier. I basically never wanted to leave work. I will definitely be coming back privately and work for TEARS again!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Puppy heaven

My second time volunteering in Cape Town with African Impact has been just as amazing as the first time. Working with TEARS animal rescue everyday was a continuous highlight and African Impact have assisted in making the experience an incredible one.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Exceptional volunteering experience

African Impact provided me with the tools to volunteer in a way where I truly felt that my contribution mattered. I loved the experience of living in the volunteer house, sharing ideas, meals and support. I signed up to spend my time at TEARS, a rescue and low cost vet option for residents in Capetown. The staff at TEARS went above and beyond to care for their animals and provide for the local community.

The combination of the support in the volunteer house and the experience at TEARS has truly left a valuable impact on me and the direction that I will take in my life after leaving the project. I will be eternally grateful for the way that I was able to experience South Africa and attribute my positive experience to the staff members at African Impact. Thank you!!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Day to Day Life

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

great impact

It has been an amazing experience. Being able to have an impact on the lives of the cats and doggs who are so desperately in need pf help. Both the staff of african impact and the staff of "tears" where verry helpfull in suportive througout this whole project. I would love to come back some day!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    8

South African Adventures

I travelled alone to Capetown after years of raising family and work to see how much I could achieve solo and how far I could push myself .
With the help of the house and project staff I feel I exceeded my own expectations . It has been an amazing experience , and the other volunteers in the house were great company ,and although they were mostly the age of my Grand children I felt accepted and welcome !

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Doggie heaven

I spent 2 of the most challenging and emotionally rewarding weeks of my life here in Cape Town on the Vet Assistance Project. Beautiful city, wonderful volunteers, dedicated staff and the most lovable dogs and cats.

Overall Rating

6/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    4

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Community Engagement

    6

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    8

Vet assistant review

I absolutely loved the African Impact staff and volunteers. Most of the volunteers I met in the house were genial, and the staff members were so kind, friendly, and willing to do extra to help you feel at home. However, my experience at tears was not great. I loved working with the puppies and Ros, however, as a vet student I was more eager to do things such as watch or assist in surgeries, which I did not feel comfortable doing, due to such a hectic atmosphere. Also, some of the staff members at tears were not friendly, and my days mainly centered around walking and feeding dogs. Overall, I loved my experience with African Impact, and if I could go back the only thing I would change is my project.

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World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confederation