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This rehabilitation center was established to accommodate and provide a temporary sanctuary for wildlife casualties, rehabilitate them to a point of self-sufficiency, and ultimately reintroduce them into nature. This center has been operating from its current premises since 1995. At first, the rehabilitation center only worked with monkeys and two indigenous species of bush babies; however, they have expanded to accommodate baboons as well as various other animal and bird species.

Many of these primates have been injured or orphaned, and therefore must fully mature before they can be released. The center aims to make at least 2 releases each year. This involves quite a bit of organization, research, and monitoring making volunteers a valuable resource in the rehabilitation process.

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Location of the Project:  Near Tzaneen, Limpopo Province
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Project length:  Min 2 weeks - Max 12 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Phalaborwa Airport
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Volunteer Work:  Handling of the animals, food preparation, feeding and maintenance work
Age:  18 - 80. Age Exceptions: this project may accept volunteers who are younger than 18 years old with the appropriate documentation.
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Number of Volunteers:  5 - 24 international volunteers
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Important Note:  Family Option: this project accepts families with children as young as 6 years old.

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Dormitory-style
Food:  Three meals a day
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Airport Transfers:  Included from Phalaborwa airport on both arrival and departure days
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Insurance:  Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
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Support:  Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support

What's not Included

Flights, personal expenses and visa (if required)

This project is located in the Limpopo province of South Africa. This province borders three of South Africa's neighboring countries: Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. Limpopo is rich with national parks and wildlife; it is a spectacular part of the country.

You will be involved in many tasks at the project, such as maintenance and construction of the center, feeding animals, cleaning their enclosures, and handling animals. You will work alongside the full time staff to rehabilitate the monkeys which can be released and provide ongoing care for those that cannot. You will be able to learn about the behaviors of the monkeys, how the monkeys function as a troop and more. Seasonally, you can expect to take part in the planting or harvesting of food which is used to feed the monkeys.  

A typical day: At 6:30 am, before having breakfast, you will start the day with cleaning out the cages and feeding the animals.  After breakfast and lunch, your main tasks will be to care for the animals, repair enclosures or work on special projects. After dinner, you will feed the nocturnal animals.
Weekends are free after the animals have been fed and cleaned, but please be aware that during the week free time is limited.

Please note that volunteer activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project.

Internet
Internet:  There is WiFi for an additional fee of ZAR25.00 per week. You will be asked to use the internet between 16:00 & 18:00 in the afternoon, except in the case of an emergency or upon your arrival (to let family know you have arrived safely). During weekends you will have more time to use the internet.
Laundry
Laundry:  Laundry services are available for a small additional fee. Sheets, duvets and pillows are provided. It's recommended to bring a sleeping bag as well.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  You will stay in dormitory-style rooms with shared showers and toilets. Dormitories can sleep between 2-9 people. Couples are able to receive private accommodations. The rooms are on-site and a mere 500 meters away from the animals.
Food:  You will be given three meals a day. You will also have the opportunity to buy snacks and drinks in town (30 km from the center) twice a week. *If you have a specialized diet (i.e. Gluten-Free), please let us know upon registration. Some diets are difficult to keep based on the availability of certain foods.

Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:

  • Basic level of English
  • Flexibility and open mindedness
  • Suggested minimum stay of one month
  • Full travel & medical insurance
  • Prepared to work hard
  • Immunizations (please consult your doctor)

There are plenty of activities and attractions in the area including visiting the biggest baobab in the world, visiting a local village and touring the area through tree top canopies. You can also take a trip to the famous Kruger Park or hop on a bus to tour Cape Town or Johannesburg. South Africa has a popular wine route that is great to travel as well as spectacular beaches and water sports all along the coast. There are also some fun games to take part in at the center after work. 

Please note, any excursions with the rehabilitation center are subject to availability and number of volunteers interested (6-8). 

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