|Start dates||Flexible, any date throughout the year|
|Duration||1 - 12 weeks|
|Age requirement||18 +|
|Cost||From £475 / €615 / $755 - see fees table below|
Volunteers will be involved in caring for monkeys directly as well as helping to maintain their enclosures. This involves devising and helping to create stimulation and enrichment activities for the primates. Volunteers are involved in duties that may include:
There is also ‘monkey time’ which allows you to spend time with the primates and get to know them!
We also offer placements to construction volunteers who would like to help to maintain, improve and build enclosures for the primates as well as the centre and grounds.
There are usually around 8-15 volunteers at the project at any one time with a maximum of 30.
Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our South Africa Monkey Rescue volunteer reviews.
Established in 1996, the sanctuary is the first of its kind in South Africa and currently cares for over 100 primates of varying species including marmosets, tamarins, mona monkeys, squirrel monkeys, macaques, and lemurs.
The world renowned sanctuary receives a constant stream of requests to assist in the international rescue of primates and is now in a position to care for primates coming from many places around the world. Many of the primates that arrive at the projects have behavioural problems and the project helps to rehabilitate and provide the additional care these primates require.
The sanctuary soon hopes to be able to expand in order to cope with the high demand and with an aim to provide accommodation for apes.
By volunteering at the Monkey Rescue project you will be contributing to improving the quality of life for the primates by providing them with essential care and attention. The primates are often unable to be released into the wild so this is essential for their well-being and quality of life. Volunteers help to maintain the sanctuary, maintaining existing enclosures and building new ones so that the project can continue to provide a comfortable safe haven for primates.
As a volunteer you will play a major role, as the sanctuary survives almost entirely on the support that volunteers provide.
“Volunteers are the main support for our work, without volunteer’s onsite support we wouldn't be able to keep developing to be able to rescue more and more primates year on year. The work volunteers do directly enhance the lives of the primates on site and helps to create a better environment and forever home for these animals.”
Lucy, Volunteer Coordinator
The sanctuary is located in Pretoria, approximately 45 minutes north of Johannesburg.
The volunteer house is based within the centre so you are only a short walk away from the primates. You will be in a shared dorm style room in the house with access to a shower, washing and cooking facilities, which are also shared with other volunteers.
Due to the project's great location, volunteers also have the opportunity to visit Kruger National Park, Pretoria Zoo, museums, malls, or have dinner and drinks in Pretoria during their free time. Alternatively volunteers can use their free time to relax in the sun or visit the bar next door where you can use the pool table, dart board, swimming pool and sun loungers.
|Before you go||On your placement|
|On your return|
|Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa (if required), food, cost of transfers. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.|
Pod is run as a non-profit volunteer organisation. Fee levels are set to match costs and any surplus monies are distributed to the projects we work with via the Pod Charity - for more details click here.
Prices in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com
We look forward to receiving your application! There is no commitment by applying and we will send more information
Ellie in the Pod UK team has visited the project and is the placement manager for this project so if you apply you will hear from her soon!
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