Help Orphaned and Injured Vervet Monkeys
Would you like to experience living in the African bush rehabilitating the indigenous vervet monkey?
The Vervet Monkey Foundation operates the largest centre for vervets in the world. In 2006 we became a member of PASA (Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance) and we are also a GFAS (Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries) verified sanctuary. We currently care for over 500 monkeys and we take in many orphans each year. You may be involved with hand-rearing orphans (in baby season) and be lucky enough to see them with their foster mums, watching them become real monkeys. We also have some ex-pets here that you may get a chance to spend some time with.
In addition, you will help the monkeys further with activities in general husbandry, feeding, building new enclosures, observations and maintaining the upkeep of the foundation. Longer term volunteers may become involved with integrations of monkeys into social groups which is very rewarding and where we learn a lot about their social behaviour.
No previous experience is necessary - although you must have an interest in conservation. This is an ideal project for anyone who has ever dreamed of working with monkeys. Be prepared to work hard and experience working under the African sun with this threatened, intelligent and indigenous primate of Africa, and to eat delicious vegan (cruelty free) meals.
Climate is tropical being hot and humid in the rainy season, summer Nov – Feb and dry and cooler in winter May – October.
Tzaneen is not a malaria area but Kruger park and other local attractions are, prophylactics can be used and obtained via the doctor in Tzaneen if necessary
Tzaneen town is 25km from the centre with a shopping mall.
Approx situated 1 hour from Kruger National Park
Flexible! You can choose your start and end dates based on availability. Working hours – anytime between 7am - 5pm (some overnight baby shifts and evening shifts possible in baby season Nov – Feb), with an optional number of days per week depending on the activities the volunteer chooses to participate in. Once a volunteer has registered, they will work out a schedule with one of our program coordinators that meets both the volunteer's and program's needs.
You will sleep in a wooden cabin, usually with 1 other volunteer. We provide a mattress, table, pillow and sheets, but please ensure you bring a sleeping bag. There is no electricity in the village, but accessories can be charged at the cottage. You may wish to bring a small battery-powered or re-chargeable camping light to light up your cabin at night for reading, etc.
The volunteer village houses a warm, gas-heated shower, eco-toilet (composting toilet), washing sink, and a campfire, which is great for an evening under the stars or a traditional braai (South African barbecue!).
Laundering is provided free of charge Mon - Fri. You can bring your own detergent for extra hand washing of small items if you wish.
This program may have a Reservation Fee, which is included in the total cost. Your Reservation Fee is due once you commit to the program, with the remaining Program Fee balance due 30 days before your arrival date.
|2 weeks: $715||Longer: +$234 per week|
Click here for full details about your program costs and how your Program Fee is used.
Note: All listed prices are in US Dollars.
How To Sign Up
Signing up is a three-step process:
- Fill out an Inquiry Form. Please note: submissions must be made at least 4 weeks prior to your prospective start date.
- A member of the Volunteer Global team will get in touch with you to confirm program availability for your chosen dates, and schedule an interview if needed.
- Once your interview is complete, you will be notified to submit your Reservation Fee to reserve your program and schedule. Your final Program Fee is due at least 4 weeks prior to in-country arrival in order to reserve your placement.
This is a pilot program. As part of our program development process, we ask our first groups of participating volunteers to provide additional feedback to assist us in ensuring the most rewarding experience possible in cooperation with Vervet Monkey Foundation for their associated programs.
Registration must be completed at least one month prior to your program start date, so...let's get started!