Baboon Orphan Care-Giver

Non-profit
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founded in 1989
C.A.R.E.
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Coordinator | Sam
Coordinator | Sam
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High­lights

Volunteer within a stunning Big Five Nature Reserve in The Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa
Experience this pioneering Rehabilitation Process of healing orphaned chacma baboons
Make a Difference in the Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release of orphaned chacma baboons giving them a second chance at being Free and Wild again.
Meet like-minded volunteers from all over the world and build life-long friendships
Go on an adventurous safari tour through Kruger National Park on your days-off, arranged and guided by our CARE Guide.
Help to hand-raise baby baboon orphans, assist with their bonding to baboon surrogate mothers, clean enclosures, food/bottle preparation, and much, much more! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

About the program

C.A.R.E. is located within a stunning Big Five Private Nature Reserve, in the Greater Kruger National Park. Our volunteer program provides a unique experience working with the beautiful chacma baboons of South Africa alongside other iconic African animals. You may wake up one morning, look towards the electric fence and see an elephant, grazing peacefully on an Acacia tree. You'll hear the rutting of the impala, the call of jackals, and even the low roar of lions. Located 45 minutes from the nearest town, C.A.R.E. is truly out in the bush and offers an escape from the bustle of everyday life. 

C.A.R.E. greatly needs volunteers to help hand-raise baby baboon orphans, assist with their bonding to baboon surrogate mothers, assist with the rehabilitation of baboons who have spent up to 13 years of their life in a lab-cage, and to help animals which have been rescued from all sorts of circumstances. To be part of the animals healing- to bond with the baboons in a way that is incomprehensible to most, to watch them grow in confidence, and to witness them becoming wild, sociable animals again, is an experience with unparalleled rewards that our volunteers will never forget.

Whilst the work is varied and involves caring for the orphan baby baboons, some ex-laboratory sanctuary baboons and the husbandry of the adult baboons, there are never any guarantees that orphans will have just arrived and be in the early hands-on care stage of rehabilitation during your stay with us, but with 430 baboons, all previously orphaned and awaiting release, there is so much essential work and additional experiences you'll partake in to ensure C.A.R.E. is achieving its broader goals of helping the communities and environment on a greater scale.  Here are some of the activities you may be involved in, depending on how many volunteers there are available at the centre and which staff are available. The volunteers are always assigned to the raising of the orphans, and if we have enough hands we enjoy getting our other projects off the ground too. Our Outreach and Education Program is a vital part of the project, working closely with other organizations locally to increase support of the baboons and educating children to respect and understand baboons, all of which you are welcome to help and take part in.

Volunteer tasks

  • Hand Rearing Orphan Baby Baboons
  • Being a Primate Keeper for Adult Baboons  
  • Enrichment Programme
  • Husbandry of adult baboons undergoing rehabilitation
  • Veterinary Experience
  • Behavioural Observations
  • Data collection
  • Enclosure Maintenance
  • Collecting natural vegetation for feeding
  • Collecting natural items for enrichment and feeding
  • Cleaning enclosures
  • Husbandry for the smaller animals including adorable rescued guinea pigs and rabbits
  • Cleaning and organising all areas of the centre
  • Tracking
  • Alien and Invasive Plant Removal
  • Education of School Children at the Centre in Baboon Super Hero Programme
  • Community Outreach with other projects including Rhino Conservation, Community dogs healthcare programme, spreading the awareness of baboons.
  • Opportunities to go on excursions; e.g. the Kruger National Park next door, the Panorama Route (Blyde Canyon, waterfalls etc.), horse riding safaris, nearby attractions all arranged and guided by our CARE Guide.

Typical day

Working with a large number of wild animals means that your day can change in an instance but generally your day will include the following:

06AM  Wake Up & Make Bottles for baby baboons
07AM  Breakfast
08AM  Enclosure Cleaning
10AM  Bottle/food preparation 
11AM  Nursery supervision of youngest orphans
12PM  Lunch
01PM  Enrichment 
02PM  Nursery supervision of youngest orphans
03PM  Bottle/food preparation
04PM  Cleaning of Milk Kitchen & Caring for Chickens
05PM  Playtime with the youngest orphans along the banks of the Olifants River
5/6PM Your day is done! Time to shower and hang out with other volunteers at the River 
06PM  Dinner! A great time to catch up with everyone and then get ready to start another day!

In addition to the activities above, other duties may include: assisting in our veterinary clinic, bark/browse collection for troop enrichment, taking care of our rescued guinea pigs/chickens, construction work including building large swings to install in enclosures, spending time with "Patats"- one of our sanctuary baboons who needs social enrichment, observations of the wild baboon troop, games drives, gardening, and much, much more!

Free-time activities

Looking after 430 baboons is a huge task and a 7 day a week job! However, we know that our volunteers need time off so we encourage it! The days at C.A.R.E. can be long and hot so it's essential that you rest and reboot so you can continue helping the baboons.

Many volunteers take a day off each week and head to the lodge next door to swim and relax. As we are located so close to the Kruger National Park, a safari is also a must! We can help arrange 1 or 2 day safaris in to the park. There are other excursions near by that our volunteers love to  visit including, A Rhino Rescue Centre & Orphanage, A Community Dog Care Project helping care for dogs in the Community, Nourish, a local project giving Education to local school children, a reptile park and a rehabilitation centre focusing on indigenous African animals, visits to the Blyde River Canyon (Panorama Tour) and curios shopping. We can schedule all of these activities for you- it's a great way to see more of South Africa and enjoy a much-deserved day off!

Volunteers will generally have at least one hour off each working day to relax, read, socialise with other volunteers, do laundry, or nap. That time is your own!

Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo
Riding

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Required Documents
CV for long term applicants, Enrollment form, Indemnity form and Proof of insurance
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Qualifications and previous experience isn’t something we necessarily look for; we are looking for people with a passion for nature, desire to want to make a positive difference, a love of animals, a strong work ethic and enthusiasm for new experiences.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 07:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by C.A.R.E.

The volunteer fee covers: accommodation in a 2-4 person room, food (except "luxury" items), electricity, water, and a donation to the animals you will be caring for. 

The fee does not cover: flights, visas, travel insurance, or vaccinations. It also does not cover a one-time conservation fee of R100 (about $7) due to our location on a private nature reserve. 

We do provide airport pickup from the local Phalaborwa airport (PHW) and Hoedspruit Airport. We can also pick up at the bus station in Phalaborwa. There is a one time fee of R300 (about $20) for your pick-up and drop-off from Phalaborwa, and R500 for Hoedspruit which is not included in the volunteer fees.

We are always interested in long-term volunteers so please contact us to discuss fees.

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in our "Volunteer Village". The village consists of 6 rooms, each sleeping 2-4 people. The rooms are situated around a communal garden space. There are new showers, toilets, and a small volunteer kitchen. We also have a games space, equipped with a pool table, ping-pong table, darts board, TV and DVDs. There is a braai area (South African BBQ) where we often cook and sit around a campfire as well. The Volunteer Village is located inside a secure electric fence.

We provide bedding. Please bring your own towel and mosquito net. 

Internet is available within the volunteer accommodation: 1GB for R60 (about $4- you can buy multiple vouchers).

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

We provide food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Volunteers prepare their own breakfast and lunch and dinner are cooked by our C.A.R.E. Chef. (with food provided by C.A.R.E.) The diet at C.A.R.E. is Vegetarian, almost Vegan, however, and we are able to cater for  gluten-free, and many other dietary requirements. Please let us know if you have any restrictions.

"Luxury" food items such as crisps, chocolate, soda, etc., are not provided by the Centre. We do have a C.A.R.E. shop where volunteers can purchase these items. There is also a weekly shopping trip to town where volunteers can purchase other luxury items. 

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) in Hoedspruit. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Our Arrival and departure day is a Monday to enable the co-ordination of Pick Ups and your Education Programme which will commence the day after you arrive. We give you time to settle in and a complete education programme so that you know exactly what you will be doing.

This program is paused due to COVID-19 and reopens November 2020. Apply Now!

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$700
3 weeks
$1,050
4 weeks
$1,400
5 weeks
$1,700
8 weeks
$2,600
12 weeks
$3,800
50 weeks (max. stay)
$8,000
Average fees
$255 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. C.A.R.E. will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with C.A.R.E. during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Baboon Orphan Care-Giver

Help to hand-raise baby baboon orphans, assist with their bonding to baboon surrogate mothers, clean enclosures, food/bottle preparation, and much, much more!

$255/week

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