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South Africa Primate Sanctuary

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South Africa Primate Sanctuary

Enjoy the spectacular backdrop of South Africa whilst working at a monkey sanctuary where a range of different species are rescued and rehabilitated, including marmosets, howlers and lemurs.

Prices from $2,295

Enjoy the spectacular backdrop of South Africa whilst working at a monkey sanctuary where a range of different species are rescued and rehabilitated. Nicknamed "the Rainbow Nation", South Africa has something to offer everyone: a colourful and enjoyable country full of history and culture that will make you never want to leave! If you have an interest and passion in primates then this project is perfect for you. From the moment you arrive on site you will be involved with a wide range of hands on activities working alongside the expert park rangers.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Work closely with rare & endangered primates
  • Discover the Rainbow Nation
  • Make lifelong friends

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location South Africa
Activities Feeding the primates
Helping clean the facilities
Giving tours to visitors
Educating visitors on the problems facing primates in South Africa
Helping out at reception & in the gift shop
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Shared volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country
Accommodation
Project orientation
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


 

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?

One of the sad consequences of population growth and industrial development in Africa is that animals have increasingly been under threat from habitat destruction and hunting. As a result many orphaned or injured animals can no longer live in the wild and need care and support. The demand for bush meat is the most significant threat to wildlife populations in South Africa, comprising an unsustainable over utilisation of the wildlife resources of this part of the world, as a result of which natural habitats are being denuded of their indigenous wildlife. Primates in particular are hunted for their meat, as pets and for medicine, and their habitats are being destroyed at an alarming rate.

Wildlife refuges and rehabilitation centres are a crucial means of providing the necessary support and, wherever possible, reintroducing animals into the wild. They’re also an important means of educating the public about human wildlife conflict.

You will be helping with all activities at the centre – maintaining the animal's living quarters, helping with game reserve maintenance, caring for the orphaned animals and helping maintain the reserve in general. The work will be hard but extremely rewarding and being so close to some of the world's most fascinating primates is sure to be an experience that you'll never forget.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Whilst working in the primate reserve you will be indispensable to the park rangers, helping them with all the daily tasks necessary to keep the monkeys healthy and happy. You will carry out tasks which may include feeding the primates, helping clean the facilities, giving tours to visitors and educating visitors on the problems facing primates in South Africa, such as the bush meat trade and other conservation issues. You may also be helping out at reception and in the gift shop. As you can see there are a great variety of activities to enjoy and get involved in and, in addition to this, you will be able to see a multitude of different types of monkeys interacting and living in their natural surroundings. These include common marmosets, black lemurs, white-handed gibbons, brown howlers and grey necked owl monkeys amongst many more.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will fly into Cape Town where you may like to spend a few days sightseeing before taking the 500 km bus journey to Plettenberg Bay. You will be met there by one of the friendly project representatives and taken to your project accommodation, which will be a short 1 km walk from work. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Whilst participating on this project you will be sharing accommodation with your fellow volunteers, which is a great opportunity to make friends and build a great team spirit. Volunteers stay in clean, comfortable houses and individual mobile housing units. There is also a cafe and post office 2 km from the project location.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

This project is self catered, giving you a great opportunity to enjoy communal cooking with your fellow volunteers. You will have access to cooking facilities which you will share with your housemates and there are plenty of farms, markets, restaurants and shops nearby to buy food. The local people's farms and supermarkets are very inexpensive and you should not expect to pay more than around $26 each week for food. You'll have great fun cooking with your new friends, as it is a great way to bond, so make sure you have a look at some cookbooks before you head out!

Ten Most Recent Reviews for This Project

A day in the life of a primate sanctuary volunteer  | 13 Aug 2018
As a volunteer I live around 10 minutes walk from the project. I live with two other volunteers i...

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You'll feel like a member of the family  | 25 Jul 2018
"This is a free-roaming sanctuary. Our primates are not in cages. Therefore there is some ru...

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Great Opportunity  | 11 Jul 2018
This was such a great opportunity for me to do something totally different after I finished schoo...

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Volunteering is a great way to get know a country and not just to be a tourist in it.  | 4 Jul 2018
This was a great volunteering experience; it was such a unique environment to work in, It will st...

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Fascinating monkey species  | 17 Jun 2018
The unique free roaming sanctuary is an interesting place to learn a lot about the South African ...

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You really experience the country as a local  | 3 Jun 2018
As a volunteer you have lots of possibilities and you get to know the country from another side. ...

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your spare time you can take advantage of your incredible surroundings and try out some adventurous activities that you've never tried before! The project is in Plettenberg Bay and the local area has a variety of activities which can be booked through local providers from horse riding to hiking. You'll have plenty of days off to try various sports, such as windsurfing, surfing, hang-gliding and many more.

COSTS

8 weeks $2,295

Extra month $1,195

DEPARTURE DATES

Please check availability for 2018 start dates. 

DURATION

2 month minimum stay. Shorter term placements may be available, please enquire beforehand.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Project orientation
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Cape Town (CPT)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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