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Oyster Worldwide gold residential – care for monkeys and baboons in South Africa

Look after orphaned baby monkeys and baboons at a primate rehabilitation centre in South Africa. The centre is currently home to over 400 primates, all of which are destined to be returned to the wild. This inspiring rehabilitation programme is open to hardworking and passionate volunteers aged 17+.

You can volunteer for 10 days – 12 weeks throughout the year.

What’s it all about?
Volunteer in rural South Africa, helping to nurture and protect orphaned and injured monkeys and baboons. The primates will eventually be released back to the wild, and you will play a key role in this amazing journey. Tasks include food preparation, feeding, cleaning, bathing and much more. It is very hands-on with the little babies, so expect to get plenty of monkey hugs!

Live at the heart of the monkey rehabilitation centre in lovely log cabins. You will be sharing a room with several other volunteers – and sometimes some baby monkeys! There are shared toilet and shower facilities – with an outdoor shower for the real bush experience.

Breakfast and dinner are provided daily. Breakfast often includes cereal, toast, eggs, croissants and other continental breakfast items. Dinner usually involves some sort of meat, potatoes and veg, although you can also expect rice, pasta, and other western items. Lunch is DIY – you are provided with breads and spreads, but most people choose to supplement with other items. Dietary requirements can be catered for.

Free Time
This project exists almost entirely on the hard work of the volunteers. This means that there is no scheduled time off, as the monkeys need feeding and caring for each day. That being said, there are bi-weekly trips into town, and the opportunity to do some sightseeing once the work is done. The project is located in close proximity to the Kruger National Park, and we can arrange a one day safari to round off your residential on a very exciting note!

Project requirements
Volunteers must be 17+ to participate. The summer is very popular, so you are encouraged to book early to guarantee your space.

How much does it cost?
10 days £769, 2 weeks £907 and additional weeks are £240 per week.

How do I get involved?
If you would like to take part in this programme, you can find all the information on our website https://www.oysterworldwide.com/project/south-africa-volunteer-monkeys-baboons/

Alternatively, please contact Destination Manager, Anne, at [email protected] or on +44 (0) 1892 770771.

Course location:
South Africa
Course fee:
769 for 10 days