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We need YOU! 

Monkey Helpline is run by a highly dedicated and experienced team.  Our Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Centre is responsible for the care of over a thousand displaced, sick, orphaned or injured monkeys each year.

Unfortunately we see this number rising steadily so it is up to us (yes that includes you, future volunteer) to make sure that we do everything in our power to help them get healthy and back to freedom again.  You will be able to help them escape a life of misery, torment or even death.


Volunteers at all levels of experience are welcome.

It is our mission to educate and provide you with the skills necessary to become a bona fide animal rescuer!

Volunteer accommodation is set under the beautiful African sky in a Dutch Colonial style house with lush green garden and a sparkling blue pool.

We aim to send you home with tons of knowledge and confidence in your ability to really make a difference in the world – as you would have already made during your stay here with us.

What are you waiting for? Let the adventure begin!

Get in touch and find out more




  • Comfortable clothes to work in (shorts and long pants, t-shirts, socks)

  • Raincoat, windbreaker/waterproof jacket, comfortable zip-up jacket and jersey

  • Working and walking shoes (trainers, sneakers, sandals/flip-flops)

  • Lounging around the house wear

  • Clothes and footwear for socialising during off time

  • All usual items required for acceptable standards of personal cleanliness, hygiene and comfort

  • Sleeping bag

  • International drivers licence if you plan to hire a vehicle at any stage of your visit

  • Sleeping bag, sun hat, sunglasses, 2 x towels, swimwear

  • 2 x certified copies of passport, visas if required, travel and medical insurance documents, flight tickets, medication prescriptions, or any other necessary documentation

  • Card for ATM withdrawals

  • Mobile phone (with Monkey Helpline phone numbers – Steve Smit (Co-founder) +27 82 659 4711, Carol Booth (Co-founder) +27 82 411 5444, Kiron Alistoun (Volunteer organiser) +27 82 446 4664.

  • Health supplements and medication/prescriptions, etc.


The following documentation must be emailed to

  • 2 x certified copies of passport

  • Visas if required

  • Driver’s licence (if you have one)

  • Travel insurance documents

  • Medical insurance documents

  • Flight tickets / Booking confirmation (We need to know when to pick you up from the airport)

  • Medication prescriptions if required

  • Vaccination certificate against tetanus and must also be certified free of Tuberculosis (Tb tested or chest X-ray)

  • Monkey Helpline Volunteer Agreement

  • Volunteer Indemnity Form

  • Any other important documents requested by Monkey Helpline


Please send ALL the above prior to your departure from home to South Africa to

Consult your travel doctor regarding any vaccinations or medical certificates you might need to enter South Africa from your home country or relating to any other country you might be travelling from or have visited recently.

NB. To confirm, ALL volunteers must be vaccinated against tetanus in sufficient time prior to arriving at Monkey Helpline and must also be certified free of Tuberculosis (Tb tested or chest X-ray) before being allowed to work with monkeys.

A volunteer who gets sick during her/his stay with Monkey Helpline will need to be fully recovered before being allowed to work directly with monkeys or monkey food.

VISA REQUIREMENTS to enter and stay in South Africa  

These may differ depending on your nationality.  Please visit or contact the South African Embassy or Consular office closest to you to get the required information.  When completing the required entry forms on arrival in South Africa, for ‘purpose of visit’ simply state “Tourist”.

For any additional information re. visas, contact us.

TO CONFIRM – You must book your own air ticket, sort out passport and visa requirements, take out travel and medical insurance, have necessary vaccinations timeously, send confirmation that all this has been done.


Joining instructions

Once the online application form is complete, we will email you with a joining pack. Which will include:

  • Monkey Helpline Volunteer Agreement Form (To be signed and returned).

  • Volunteer Indemnity Form (To be signed and returned).

  • Check list.

  • Map of the meeting point at King Shaka International Airport arrivals terminal.

  • Contact details of the Monkey Helpline team.

  • Packing list.

  • Information brochure.

  • Social media policy for volunteers

  • Letter from Steve Smit stating you will be residing at their residence.


What will I eat?


Being “vegan” is not just about what you don’t eat or wear or use.  Being “vegan” is about how you live – your respect for other beings, both individually and collectively, and your respect for planet earth generally. 

At MH we respect the fact that many, probably most, of those volunteering with us have no experience of what it means to be “vegan”.  We also respect the fact that most non-vegans do care about other beings and also about the planet we all share. 

Concerning our home, planet Earth, it is an indisputable fact that we humans are destroying much of what this planet needs to survive.  A rampant population growth that is becoming increasingly unsustainable by the day, massive habitat destruction in our quest for raw materials and food production, and lethal pollution of our life-giving ecosystems on land and in the oceans!

At MH we strive to be as animal and earth friendly as we can possibly be, and the part of this that will affect you, the volunteer most, is what you eat when with us.  All food and drinks provided by MH and consumed at the MH volunteer house or anywhere on MH property, including the MH vehicles, WILL be vegan.  This is one of the few “cast in stone” rules you will have to comply with.

Many volunteers will come to MH with preconceived ideas of, “If its vegan it must be boring and unpalatable, and also nutritionally deficient”!  Well, have we got a wonderful and exciting experience waiting for you!  In your ample free time, when you are off MH property, what you eat is your choice, but we are convinced that the vegan lifestyle you lead whilst at MH will come as a very pleasant surprise, one you will embrace and enjoy!