Volunteer Work in a Monkey Rescue Center
- Quick facts
- Program Details
- Costs and services
Rescue and Rehabilitation Center for Monkeys
Peñaflor, outer district of Santiago de Chile.
- Preparing food
- Feeding the monkeys
- Cleaning the enclosures, cages and facilities
- Constructing, repairing, painting and maintaining monkey enclosures
- Assisting in the preparation and execution of lectures at schools
(We would like to point out that the tasks may vary and depend on factors such as the number of volunteers, weather, season, current needs of the project, and self-motivation. Volunteers may not be fully involved in all the tasks mentioned above.)
Between 30 and 40 hours / week
All year round, start and end dates are flexible
Minimum 2 weeks, maximum 3 months
Single / shared rooms (subject to availability) with a local host family directly at the project site. Swimming pool on the ground of the project can be used.
Full-board (3 meals/day)
Internet (WIFI) is available at our host families.
Our English-speaking team in the Chile Inside office in Santiago de Chile is always there for you.
24/7 Emergency Number
With the booking confirmation you will receive our 24-hour emergency number, under which you can reach us 24/7 in case of emergency.
Please send us your detailed CV with photo and the completed registration form. For more information on the registration process, please see the instructions on the first page of the registration form or contact one of our experienced staff members.
There are no application deadlines. We recommend submitting the documents as early as possible, at least 12 weeks before the desired start of the program, so that there is sufficient time to assure a smooth placement process. For short-term applications please contact us.
- Volunteering in the only sanctuary for monkeys in Chile
- Living close to one of the most interesting cities in South America
- No application deadlines
- Flexible start and end dates
- Participation possible even without prior knowledge
- English-speaking in-country support through our office in Santiago de Chile
- Intercultural Orientation in our office in Santiago de Chile
Monkeys in Chile? - No, you have not read wrongly! It's true that Guanacos are native to Chile, condors, llamas, sea lions, pelicans, penguins and whales, but not monkeys. Nevertheless, there is actually a monkey sanctuary in Chile.
The monkeys, who are cared for in this project, were rescued by the center’s staff from different, bad situations: some found themselves at the customs in the hands of illegal animal dealers, others come from the circus and still others from private owners. Many are injured or ill and almost all disturbed because of the non-species-appropriate attitude.
If you are committed to animal welfare and want to help stopping the illegal pet trade, volunteering at the Primate Center is just the thing for you. The project has been working since 1994 to free monkeys from captivity and to return them to their natural environment, if that's possible at all. Unfortunately, over the years, this has often turned out to be utopian, as many of the animals suffer serious, incurable damage. In these cases, the monkeys remain in the center. Some years ago, however, some chimpanzees could be transferred back to Zambia (Africa) to the jungle and released to freedom.
Since the foundation of the center about 200 monkeys of 12 different species have been cared for. With the help of volunteers and donors, the monkey sanctuary will hopefully be able to continue this important work for a long time to come.
The animal rights activists in the center are working hard to make rehabilitation for the monkeys as comfortable as possible. To ensure this, the center is not accessible to the public, so the animals have as little contact with humans as possible.
The staff take care of the monkeys and nurse them back to health. When the physical needs are satisfied, they observe them, analyze personality and examine how the animals behave in the group.
The program includes:
- Single or shared room with local host family
- Airport pick-up in Santiago de Chile
- Competent English-speaking advice
- Translation of the application documents and your CV in Spanish
- Organization of your volunteer work in Chile
- Program confirmation for the visa application (if necessary)
- English-speaking in-country support
- Useful information about your stay in Chile
- Handbook Chile
- Our collection of "Insider Tips" for your stay in Chile
- Informative welcome talk in our office in Santiago
- You will be accompanied to your volunteer place on the first day (only possible in Santiago)
- Certificate of participation from Chile Inside
- 24/7 emergency number
minimum stay 2 weeks
each additional week
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