Join Pod Volunteer to care for primates that have been orphaned or mistreated at a sanctuary providing them with a safe and loving home.
How can I help?
The centre aims to provide a safe and nurturing home to monkeys and other primates that are unable to return to the wild. Working with over 100 primates, you will provide care and enrichment for the rescued primates, whilst also learning about primate behaviour. The centre aims to provide a safe and nurturing home and rehabilitate primates that are unable to return to the wild.
Although each day is different, you will get involved in caring for the animals directly as well as helping to maintain their enclosures. Volunteer tasks may include food preparation, cleaning enclosures, building and maintaining enclosures, behavioural observation and monitoring and providing enrichments. There is also ‘monkey time’ which allows you to spend time with some of the primates in their enclosures.
When can I join?
Any day throughout the year for placements of 1-12 weeks.
Where will I be living?
The volunteer house is based within the centre so you are just a few steps away from the monkeys. Your accommodation is a very basic shared dorm-style room with bunk beds and shared bathrooms in the volunteer house.
The sanctuary is located outside of Pretoria, one of South Africa’s 3 capital cities. The city is home to a number of universities and museums, galleries and botanical gardens making it a fantastic place to explore during your time off. The sanctuary is based in a rural area just outside of the city and is in a perfect position to visit local game reserves, a water park, malls, a cultural village and an elephant sanctuary. Longer trips can also be taken to visit Kruger National Park.
Volunteer placements start from £545 for 1 week. This includes accommodation, your induction and training + planning your trip support from the Pod team.
To learn more about the Monkey Rescue project and the next steps on how to apply you can visit our website: https://www.podvolunteer.org/projects/monkey-sanctuary-south-africa
Pod Volunteer has a range of opportunities from 1-12 weeks at animal, conservation, child care support, education and teaching, building and community volunteering projects in Africa, Asia, Central and South America. You can see the full range projects that are available for your Gold Residential Award here.
You can get in touch with the Pod Volunteer team by email [email protected] or give them call on 01242 241 181.