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Monkey rescue supporter

Feed the monkeys, help building, repairing and painting their cages and with general maintenance of the center.

The project

The project started in the year 1994 with the arrival of Cristobal, a male wooly monkey of 8 months old. During the year 1996 the project requested the Agricultural and Livestock Service of the Chilean government (SAG), authorization to create a centre to shelter primates seized by the authorities.


At the beginning the idea was to recover the monkeys, to rehabilitate them and, when possible, to return them to their natural habitat. Rapidly the centre realized that it was a fantasy, because the majority of the monkeys entered with severe sequels left by the traffic, when they were hunted or for the life that they have taken in captivity. Some of the monkeys have arrived to the Chilean Centre blind, mutilated, with such chronic diseases as hepatic cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis, and cardiac diseases; also the project has monkeys that have been alcoholic, drug addicts, etc. Obviously, they will never return to their habitat. Other primates like “Eusebio” and “Toto” (chimpanzees) have had better luck. “Eusebio” was moved to the Sanctuary for chimpanzees in Zambia, Africa in December 2000 and Toto in September 2003. Both nowadays are free in a protected jungle.


From the year 1996 up to the date, the project has received 175 primates of 12 different species. The majority of them have been recovered physically and behaviorally and they will remain mainly in the Centre for the rest of their lives. The centre is not open for the public / tourists. This is to let the primates live in an environment with as less humans as possible. This develops a colony of primates with a successful and a highly social way of life. In terms of being useful for current and future generations, the project is also involved in community education on primate and rainforest conservation and protection. They regularly visit primary- , and high schools, colleges and universities. The project hopes to give the next generation of Chilean school children a better understanding of the natural environment, to stop the pet trade and learning about deforestation.


Objectives of the project of Primates:

   To rescue primates that are being kept in circuses, houses, and other isolated and depriving captivity conditions, so they can live together with others of their kind
   To rehabilitate physically and psychologically all the primates confiscated
   To try to reintroduce to their natural habitat those who can
   To fight the illegal trade of exotic animals, specially primates;
   To educate present and future generations regarding the care and conservation of primates
   To make contact with international organizations that share the centre’s targets
   To promote animal wellbeing and the modernization of the laws for animal protection.


The project consists of a permanent staff of 5 to 8 people. The languages spoken at this project are English and Spanish.


Your Work Tasks

The project offers an opportunity for volunteers to take part in the care of a colony of monkeys. All the work performed here, is directly or indirectly, benefiting the monkeys. The Centre hopes to influence visitors to take a more direct role in the conservation of the Amazon Rainforest, and their local environment too. Additionally, it is hoped volunteers will also gain an awareness of the constraints of captivity for such an intelligent and sensitive being as a primate. By volunteering here, you help this work to continue. A 1 month stay can be long enough to start recognizing individual monkeys and understanding some of their social structure.


There is a variety of work at the monkey project at any one time. On arrival you will first get an orientation. After that volunteers will join the centre team in:

  Preparing monkey food
  Cleaning monkey territory
  Helping with building, repairing and painting monkey’s territory structures
  General maintenance of the house and grounds


Volunteers will not work directly with the monkeys. (This means that you will not interact very close with the monkeys or try to put in braces with them). Keepers spend many months learning to recognize not only each individual monkey, but also their personalities and the group dynamics. The keepers aim to keep interference to a discreet and respectful minimum, to encourage the monkeys in their care and territory to be as wild as possible. This approach has assisted the colony with the successful development of a highly social way of life.

Suitable for


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).
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level) and English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:30 - 18:00

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Free-time activities

Peñaflor is a district of Santiago, where you can find a lot of free-time activities.

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Consultation of our experienced staff | Translation your documents | Orientation session on arrival | Orientation kit | Local support | 24h-Emergency Number | Accommodation in host family | Full Board | Advisery concerning adequate travel insurance | Flight booking service (optional and for free) | Certificate of participation | Application fee


You stay in one of the three family houses on project site so you can be part of chilean family life during your stay. You will share the room with one or more volunteers. Sheets and blankets, etc. are provided at the centre. You share the bathroom, kitchen and other facilities with the family. All houses have internet, hot water, cable TV, telephone, washing machine etc. There is a swimming pool available for all volunteers at one of the houses.

Dorm Room Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Full-board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) is provided for you at the project site.

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.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Santiago de Chile/Chile between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside 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 South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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What's next?

The nearest airport is Arturo Merino Benitez (SCL) in Santiago. We assist you to find cheap flights to Chile.
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