Monkey Helpline Volunteer Program

So, you’re thinking of volunteering in Africa, and you’re particularly keen to work with monkeys but also want to have some time off to sightsee, get into the social scene and, of course, also enjoy our world-famous beaches and just generally have exciting, unforgettable volunteering experience.  Well, the fact that you are reading this page means you’ve already taken the first step towards reaching your goal, and it is called “Monkey Helpline”!!! Wait until you hear what we have in store for each one of the volunteers who make her or his way over to Monkey Helpline in Durban, South Africa.

Keep reading to find out just what Monkey Helpline is all about and see how you could be well on your way to enjoying a truly life-changing experience as you make a much appreciated contribution towards a really worthy cause!

What happens to the monkeys after they have been rescued?

Once a monkey has been rescued, he/she will be taken directly to the Monkey Helpline Primate Rehabilitation and Sanctuary Centre (MHPRSC) or, if sick or injured, to one of our trusted and supportive veterinary clinics. More often than not monkeys will be taken to the vet immediately in order to fully assess the health and wellbeing of the animal, and then transported to a high care “clinic” on our property where she/he will settle into the beginning stages of rehabilitation.

We are by far the largest and most well-known dedicated monkey rescue project in KwaZulu-Natal. Monkey Helpline is available to carry out rescues 24 hours a day, every day, including every public holiday and weekends! But, in order to be able to do this, Monkey Helpline needs YOU, THE VOLUNTEER’S, SUPPORT.  We rely on YOUR support, compassion and generosity to help us continue being able to help the monkeys and other animals who are struggling so hard to survive in an increasingly animal-unfriendly world !

Volunteer Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Willing to adhere to the centre’s policies, rules and regulations
  • Comfortable working in a fast paced and ever-changing environment
  • Able-bodied and willing to perform physical tasks
  • Friendly and truly caring people who have a passion for life and for animals
  • A willingness to learn and to follow instructions carefully
  • Hard workers who are reliable and able to use their own initiative
  • Team players, who must also able to perform independently when required
  • The ability to stay calm around wild animals and in stressful situations

What we look for in volunteers:

Run by a highly dedicated and experienced team, our rehabilitation and sanctuary centre takes responsibility for the care of over a thousand displaced, sick, orphaned or injured monkeys each year.

Unfortunately we see this number rising steadily each year, so it is therefore up to us (yes that includes you, future volunteer!), to make sure that we do everything in our power to help them onto their feet and back to freedom again, and to help as many as we can to escape a life of misery, torment or even death.

Volunteers at all levels of experience are welcome, as it is our mission to educate and provide you with the skills necessary to become a bona fide animal rescuer! We aim to send you home with tonnes of knowledge and confidence in your ability to really make a difference in the world – as you will have already made during your stay here with us.

Work Content and description

Run by a highly dedicated and experienced team, our rehabilitation centre takes responsibility for the care of over a thousand displaced, orphaned and or injured animals each year.

Unfortunately we see this number rise steadily each year, so it is therefore up to us (yes that includes you, future volunteer!), to make sure we do everything in our power to help the injured get back on their feet and into the wild again, and to help as many as we can to escape a life of misery, torment or even death.

Volunteers of all levels of experience are welcome, as it is our mission to educate and provide you with the skills necessary to become a bonified animal rescuer! We aim to send you home with tonnes of knowledge and confidence in your ability to really make a difference in the world – as you will have already made a huge one here with us.

Under proper supervision and as a “hands-on” member of our organisation, you will be responsible for assisting us with:

  • Rescues, research and releases
  • Preparation of food and clean water for animals living in the rehabilitation and sanctuary enclosures
  • Preparing milk bottles and helping us feed the injured, orphaned and baby animals
  • Regular inspections, maintenance, building and cleaning of enclosures and rehabilitation cages
  • Performing daily enrichment and stimulation activities
  • Administrative and record keeping duties of both our monkeys and the various wild troops that we’re acquainted with
  • A number of other tasks Monkey Helpline performs on a regular basis, such as community education, talks at schools and to a variety of other audiences, and generally spreading awareness about these fascinating animals we see and work with every day.

Expected work hours

On your time off:

Due to the nature of our work, all working hours and times are estimates as we cannot predict when or where an animal may need our help. Volunteers are expected to start working from 8am and to finish sometime around 4pm. However, we may require extra help after hours on some days, but even if we don’t you’re welcome to stay on and help out.  On occasion we might need your help with late night rescues and these can lead to lots of the other exciting wildlife experiences.

Volunteers are guaranteed a fair bit of time off work as we really want you to enjoy being in this beautiful country of ours and to experience everything it has to offer.   For example, those of you who are keen to get out and see the stunning wildlife our country is known for, there are experiences such as visiting game reserves in which the famous big five can be found, helping our friends out at the Husky and Wolf rescue sanctuary, going on night walks to observe chameleons, frogs and other nocturnal critters, joining a fellow rescuer on snake rescues (if you’re brave enough!) and whale and dolphin watching, to name a few.

You might be keen to get out and experience everyday living in a vibrant South African city, visit weekend flea, craft and country markets, historical and cultural sites, sport events, and even our many popular local night-life venues!

To go along with these, our wonderful city of Durban boasts loads of its own unique attractions which we will help you organize and get to experience.

Do you want to be a part of something special! volunteer@monkeyhelpline.co.za


Volunteer accommodation

We have a very nice, safe, secure and comfortable volunteer house situated in Westville, Durban from which volunteers will be collected and transferred to their work stations on a daily basis.  A cleaning lady comes in at least once a week to make sure the house is kept clean and tidy, but it is the volunteers’ responsibility to wash their dishes and make their beds and to keep the house in an acceptable state of cleanliness/tidiness.

The house has 2 medium-sized bedrooms that share a bathroom, with each of these rooms having one bed.  There is a large bedroom which has two beds plus an en suite bathroom. Currently we can comfortably accommodate four volunteers at a time.

Set in a large, lush garden with green lawns, this Cape Dutch-style volunteer house also has a beautiful swimming pool that volunteers will relish relaxing and playing in after a hard day’s work.

All bed linen will be provided. Volunteers will also camp out by spending some exciting, random nights in tented accommodation in the “bush”, actually on the Monkey Helpline Primate Rehabilitation and Sanctuary Centre (MHPRSC), where, during evenings, we will sit around the campfire in relaxed conversation and enjoying good food off the “braai” (South African BBQ). 

Meals

NB. All food strictly vegan, and delicious!

Breakfast:

Toast, cereals, fruit, etc

Lunch

Sandwiches, fruit or salads, etc

Dinner

Vegan meals will be prepared for the volunteers to enjoy!


Volunteer Costs:

Volunteer costs contribution include accommodation and all meals eaten at the volunteer accommodation. If volunteers go on outings, they must pay their own food costs. Outings booked with tour companies are paid for by the volunteer and will not be covered by your contribution.  Normal workdays that you choose to be away from Monkey Helpline to go on tours, etc will not be reimbursed to you


Duration
Per week stated
1 Week stay R6,500
2 Weeks stay R11,000
3 Week stay R13,500
4 Week stay R14,000
Each week thereafter.
*Should a volunteer wish to extend His / Her stay it will be subject to availability.
R3,500

Click HERE to go to the Volunteer Application form.

**50% Deposit must be made to secure your booking.

*** Full and final payment for the full duration of your stay must be received in the Monkey Helpline bank or PayPal account two weeks prior to your date of arrival and proof of payment must be emailed to volunteer@monkeyhelpline.co.za

*** Cancelations must be made in a timely manner (30 days or more full refund, 29 days or less 50 % refund)