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Florida Animal Rescue

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 $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.
 

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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 $2,195

6 weeks $3,095

8 weeks $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

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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