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Vervet Monkeys Project

Volunteering Program in South Africa

Give Orphaned Monkeys a Second Chance at Love. The sanctuary is home to over 500 monkeys, many rescued as orphans, injured, or abused. We provide them with a loving environment where they can heal and thrive. During baby season (November to February), volunteers have a unique opportunity to Bond with adorable baby monkeys as they adjust to their new home. Make a real difference in the lives of primates.

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Project overview

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Important information

  • Trip duration: 2 – 12 weeks
  • Minimum age requirement: 18
  • Arrival days: Mondays
  • Tour add-ons available: Yes

Price information

  • Starting from: 650€ | 559£ | $695
  • Included: Transfers, accommodation, meals (vegan), and all volunteer-related activities.
  • Excluded: Flights and insurance

What you should know

Change Lives (and Maybe Get a Little Dirty) by Volunteering with Adorable Monkeys!

Calling all animal lovers! This South African project needs your help to rehabilitate orphaned and injured vervet monkeys, ultimately releasing them back into the wild. Whether you’re a seasoned volunteer or a complete beginner, they’ll provide all the training you need – just bring your enthusiasm and a passion for conservation!

Make a Monkey’s Day (Every Day):

  • Full Immersion: Prepare to get hands-on! Expect hot, dirty, and rewarding work as you contribute to the monkeys’ well-being.
  • Monkey Meals: Collect, chop, and deliver food for the monkeys.
  • Baby Care: (Nov-Feb) Assist with the delicate task of bottle-feeding and caring for orphaned baby monkeys.
  • Monkey Medical Marvels: Help monitor monkey health, administer food supplements, and assist in the sickbay.
  • Habitat Heroes: Clear vegetation for firebreaks to protect the monkeys and their habitat.
  • Monkey Matchmakers: (Mar-Oct) Observe orphan integrations with foster mothers and participate in troop introductions.
  • Monkey Media Moguls: Assist with creating videos for YouTube and social media to raise awareness.
  • Education Enrichment: Participate in outreach programs to educate the public about vervet monkeys.
  • Fundraising Force: Lend a hand with fundraising efforts and newsletter creation (if you have graphic design skills).
  • Kitchen Capers: Help prepare meals and assist the kitchen staff.

Building a Brighter Future for Monkeys:

  • Volunteer Heartbeat: You’re an essential part of the project’s success! Your contributions will directly help monkeys in need.
  • Construction Crew: Assist with building new enclosures and facilities to provide a safe haven for more monkeys.

This is more than just volunteering; it’s a chance to make a lasting difference in the lives of adorable primates! Are you ready for the adventure?

Relax and recharge after a fulfilling day caring for monkeys! The project provides comfortable cabin-style accommodation for volunteers:

  • Shared Cabins: Bond with fellow volunteers in shared cabins, each accommodating two people.
  • Basic Amenities: Mattresses, tables, pillows, and sheets are provided. Bring a sleeping bag or additional bedding for extra comfort.
  • Sustainable Power: Solar-powered lights illuminate your cabin, and a charging socket keeps your devices powered.
  • Stay Connected: Enjoy Wi-Fi access in the village to stay connected with loved ones back home. (Plugs are type D or USB)
  • Cool Down: Beat the heat with a handy fan in your cabin.
  • Nighttime Navigation: Consider bringing a small flashlight for nighttime walks on the paths.

Shared Village Amenities:

  • Warm Showers: Relax after a long day with a refreshing hot shower, powered by gas.
  • Eco-Friendly Toilets: The village utilizes eco-friendly composting toilets.
  • Washing Up: A convenient washing sink is available for personal hygiene.
  • Campfire Gatherings: Bond with fellow volunteers under the stars around a crackling campfire.
  • Traditional Delights: Enjoy a traditional South African braai (barbecue) with fellow volunteers.
  • Laundry Service: Free laundry services are provided Monday through Friday (bring your own detergent for hand-washing small items, or purchase a natural laundry soap bar from the gift shop).

Private Cabin Option (Additional Fee):

  • Upgrade your experience with a private cabin (limited availability, additional weekly fee applies).
  • Enhanced Comfort: Enjoy the luxury of a private cabin with solar-powered electricity and Wi-Fi access.
  • Bedding Provided: No need to pack extra – bedding and mosquito nets are provided in private cabins.
  • Convenient Amenities: Showers and sinks are conveniently located near the private cabins.

This comfortable and eco-friendly accommodation allows you to fully immerse yourself in your monkey volunteer experience.

How our booking process works:

Ready to start planning your adventure? We’re thrilled to have you on board as a travel partner! To get started with booking your trip, simply complete our free, no-obligation application form. You can exit the process at any point before signing our final agreement.

1. Complete application form and confirm booking details

  • You complete our free application form below.
  • One of our representatives will contact you within 24 hours and confirm the details of your desired booking
  • Once all details are confirmed, we process your application and provide provisional booking confirmation.

2. Provisional confirmation, invoice, and contract

  • Once your placement is provisionally confirmed, we send your invoice and contractual agreement.
  • A deposit payment is required and the completed contractual agreement needs to be sent back to us before we can confirm your booking.

3. Booking confirmation

  • Once we receive your booking deposit and completed contractual agremeent, we’ll provide an updated invoice (reflecting your deposit payment), confirmation letter confirming your trip details, and volunteering handbook.
  • We’ll also provide guidelines on how you should book your flights and, if required, any additional transport required during your stay.

4. Balance payment, flights, and insurance

  • The balance of your invoice is payable once month prior to your arrival.
  • You also send us a copy of your flight details and insurance before you start your trip.
  • You’ll also have access to Claim Victory’s support team WhatsApp number before you depart.

Need more information? Get in touch!

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Vervet monkey staring in South Africa
Two baby vervet monkeys cuddling together.
Male vervet monkey relaxing in the wild.
Vervet monkey eating.

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