International Primate Rescue

Long-Term Primate Carer

Pretoria, South Africa show on map

This is a long-term volunteering opportunity at our primate sanctuary with a minimum stay of one year, previous experience is helpful but not required.

At International Primate Rescue have over 100 primates. Most of our primates are ex-pet or ex-lab animals that have behavioural problems and are not indigenous to South Africa. Because of this the care for these animals is very hands on. At IPR, we also strive to discourage, provide help, awareness and educate people that wish to, or already own a primate.


We currently care for the following monkeys: Capuchins (brown tufted and Weeper); Squirrel Monkeys; Macaques (Crab eating, Barbary and Rhesus); Common Marmosets; Tamarins; Mona monkeys; Patas Monkey and Grey Mouse lemurs.


Long term volunteers are required to stay for a minimum of one year and do not pay the fee required by short termers. This is not a paid position but your board and lodging is included for free in exchange for your work. Long term volunteers will receive a food allowance so that they can buy their preferred food themselves. Long term volunteer positions are very sought after and we cannot guarantee that there will be space for you. You are very much more likely to be accepted as a long term volunteer if you have visited our sanctuary as a short term volunteer, so this is something to bear in mind. Long term volunteers have specific roles and more responsibilities than the short term volunteers. Some of our previous long term volunteers have found their dream positions working with primates, or gone on to qualify as vets, etc. The experience you gain working with our primates for the duration of your year-long visit is a great CV booster.

Typical day

You will be responsible for all aspects of primate care as outlined below:


• Food preparation and feeding

• Distributing supplements, primate pellets and conducting health checks on the primates

• Cleaning and maintaining the enclosures

• Enrichment

• Observations and monitoring

• Recording behaviours and concerns in the daily observation book


Free-time activities

Bosveld tours can organise group trips to places such as Kruger National Park, Horseback Safaris, lion and Rhino park, Wonder Caves, Apartheid museum and many more.

You have use of the pool next door on selected days. There is a local bar, supermarket and pizza take away.

Swimming
Sightseeing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Riding

Program 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)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Good work ethic and awareness of physical work that will get you dirty.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 - 17:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

Included Services

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All program fees are charged directly by International Primate Rescue.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
International Primate Rescue (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Airport Pickup at O.R. Tambo International Airport
If you have asked us to arrange an airport pick up, our driver will meet you at Johannesburg airport. The trip to the sanctuary takes about 45 min to an hour. If you arrive during the day, our driver will take you food shopping on the way.

When you arrive you will see that your accommodation is right in the middle of the sanctuary, so we can give you a tour straight away and introduce you to all the monkeys. Or if you are too tired you can relax and shower and we will show you around later. The rest of the day you can relax and unpack or get to know the monkeys.

The airport pick-up will be paid seperately.
Accommodation

Long Term volunteers may be asked to share a room with another long term volunteer.

There are 2 indoor toilets and 1 shower, with a further (enclosed) shower and toilet on the grounds outside, we also provide towels for your use. 

We have a volunteer kitchen for your use and groups tend to go on shopping trips every week or so to buy food. During peak periods we open a small shop on site for you to buy your essentials.

Dorm Room
Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. 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.
  Africa Southern Africa South Africa  Pretoria, 20 Boundary Road

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