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Monkey Rehabilitation

4.8(52 reviews)
Experience
Volunteer
Destination
South Africa
Duration
2 to 12 weeks
Ages
18 to 85

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Trip overview

South Africa is known for big animals in wide open spaces. But it’s often the smaller critters that will steal your heart. On this trip you'll be helping injured and orphaned vervet monkeys as you nurse them back to their best selves. While living in one of the wilder corners of South Africa surrounded by national parks and dramatic landscapes. 

Break out of your day-to-day routine and embark on an adventure that will make the world a better place and help you grow as a person. 

On this all-inclusive volunteer trip, not only do you get to live and volunteer with a trusted community empowerment organisation in South Africa. When you go with Global, you get:

  • Volunteer project placement – Guarantee your spot at our screened and vetted project partner in South Africa. Start your volunteer journey without spending months searching for a reputable organisation on the other side of the world. 
  • Comfortable accommodation – Relax in a twin-share wooden cabin on the project site. Or treat yourself and upgrade to private accommodation. 
  • Meals. Enjoy 3 vegan meals a day, prepared fresh by the on-site staff. 
  • Popular tours. Join other Global Travellers on a tour to the Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon, or God’s Window and the incredible waterfalls.
  • + way more

Can you picture it? You literally get to spend your days hanging out with vervet monkeys. You’re feeding them, repairing enclosures, and administering medication to over 500 monkeys in the sanctuary. 

But the best part, without a doubt, is getting to feed the cutest little baby monkeys. You arrived during baby season so you get to bottle feed the little ones as they grow. 

For most people, getting to visit Africa is a bucket-list experience. 

Although most people don’t get the chance to experience something like this. Contributing to a monkey sanctuary so they can be re-released into the wild is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

And when you book with Global, you book with the best. You get the full experience for a fraction of the hassle. Your volunteer placement and accommodation is sorted before you leave, so you know exactly what you’re getting into.

Inclusions

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Volunteer project placement
Dedicated Trip Coordinator
Pre-Departure Guide
Trip visa guidance
Personal Travel Concierge
Return airport transfer
Comfortable accommodation
Project supplies
Meals
‘Welcome to South Africa’ orientation
Certificate of completion
Ongoing local team support
Global Emergency Line
gWorld access
Global AcademyNEW
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Qualification

To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 18-85 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Our Monkey Rehabilitation Volunteer trip in South Africa is designed to get you volunteering overseas in a safe and fun environment and with a genuine and rewarding purpose.

Our expert team and local partners take care of everything you need to start making a positive impact, from volunteer placement and meals to accommodation and ongoing support throughout your entire journey.

Whether you’re doing gap year volunteering or taking a volunteering holiday from work, you’ll arrive in South Africa with the confidence that absolutely everything has been pre-arranged for you.

You’ll be able to jump straight into your volunteer duties, relax into the genuine lifestyle and start making new friends with all the logistical details sorted, from airport transfers to accommodation.

Channel all your energy into immersing yourself in your volunteer placement, as well as taking time to get to know the local area. Explore Africa’s wildlife, visit the nearby nature parks, get amongst the festivals and taste the local cuisines instead of sweating the logistical stuff - that’s exactly why we’re here.

Feel confident and proud you are contributing much-needed help to a meaningful cause and save yourself the time, money and even the risk of being stranded in a foreign country by having us on your side.

Make your time count on this life-changing opportunity to volunteer in South Africa and arrive home knowing you've made a lasting and positive impact on the lives of vervet monkeys.

Requirements 

To qualify for this trip, you must be able to undertake laborious duties.

What extra costs will I have? 

Flights, travel insurance, visa, vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs & spending money.

Purpose & impact

First thing’s first; vervet monkey’s are small, grey monkeys widespread in South Africa. These little guys are cute as anything. NOT big and intimidating like a silverback gorilla. 

The problem is, these little monkeys are smarter than they are cute. Which means they get themselves into all sorts of trouble when they get too close to humans. 

Closing the kitchen window isn’t enough. If they spot an exposed banana inside your house, they’ll find a way in and trash the place in the process. 

And if a troop of vervet monkeys come across a farmer’s crops around harvest time, the resulting damage can be devastating. 

This is an obvious problem as urban areas continue to expand into the wild spaces that these monkeys used to call home. 

Unfortunately, this has led to vervet monkeys being seen as pests or vermin to some people in South Africa. The result is injured or orphaned monkeys that need help regaining their health. 

Which is exactly what our partner organisation on this trip does. The monkey sanctuary is home to over 500 injured and recovering vervet monkeys that you get to help. 

Your duties will be varied, but may include: 

  • Preparing food and feeding the monkeys.
  • Cleaning enclosures and food bowls.
  • Repairing infrastructure.
  • Helping in the monkey sick bay. 
  • Administering medication.
  • Educational outreach.
  • Bottle feeding baby monkeys.

Accommodation & meals

When you arrive at O.R Tambo International Airport, your pre-arranged transfer will take you straight to your volunteer accommodation in Tzaneen. 

You’ll stay in a twin-share wooden cabin with a communal cottage on-site. Or you can treat yourself and upgrade to a private room instead. 

With your accommodation in South Africa sorted and your volunteer placement organised, what will you do about food? 

You’ll be given 3 vegan meals a day, prepared fresh by the on-site staff.

Trip itinerary

Before you leave

Your volunteer placement – including accommodation and 2 meals every week day – is confirmed and organised before you leave home.

Arrival

When you arrive at O.R Tambo International Airport, your pre-arranged transfer will take you straight to your volunteer accommodation in Tzaneen.  Take some time to relax, settle in, and meet your fellow volunteers.

Day 2

Today’s all about orientation. Meet the other volunteers and project staff and learn all about your responsibilities and expectations on this trip.

Ongoing

From Day 3 onwards you’ll dive headfirst into your volunteer duties. Your duties are varied and change according to the needs of the organisation. You can expect to spend most of your time caring for the monkeys and their enclosures or helping with education of the local community.  During your free time you’ll have the chance to explore your amazing location. Will you hop the border to practise your Portuguese in Mozambique? Will you go on a walking safari in Crook’s Corner? Or join up with other Global Travellers to explore the area together.  Once your placement is over, you can choose to stay on in South Africa to explore what else it and the surrounding areas have to offer.  Head off on a search for bucket-list safaris in the rest of Africa, hike through Rwanda in search of silverback gorillas, or hop over to Zanzibar to the island paradise nobody’s heard of.  Whatever you choose to do, we can help make it easy.  We’ll be in touch with you throughout your stay. If you ever need advice or support our team is available to answer your questions. And our 24/5 emergency support line will help with urgent matters.  Don’t go alone. Go with Global.

Why choose us

When you travel with the best we take care of pretty much everything so you don’t have to. You’ll arrive totally prepared with a plan of action and trusted people helping you along the way. 

Our volunteer trips are designed to help you make a real change in critical causes around the world. All while experiencing off-the-beaten-path locations with passionate locals. Our goal is to save you time, money, and stress while eliminating the risk of returning home early. Here’s how we do it: 

We’re on your side from the moment you get started. 

You’ll be assigned a dedicated Trip Coordinator. They’ll guide you through the next steps and answer all your questions. They’ll also help you with the pesky visa. No guesswork – only the right paperwork, approved the first time, in your hands before you leave. 

Your Personal Travel Concierge will help with flights, insurance, and any add-ons you’d like for your trip. These are real humans too – no robots here. 

We maintain relationships with a huge network of screened and vetted partner organisations all over the world. We know they’re trustworthy and that you’re in good hands because of all the successful trips Global Travellers keep having with our partners. 

Our team is well travelled so you can rely on our experience. We’re with you every step of the way. 

Join 75,000+ travellers – giving us 10,000+ 4 & 5 star reviews – by choosing Global to make your travel dreams come true. 

Most travellers book their trip 6-12 months in advance. Dates are flexible, but spaces are limited. So if you’re serious about volunteering in Tanzania, don’t delay. 

With our Book Now, Decide Later feature, you can get started with a small deposit today, and take a full year to choose your dates. 

We’ll take over from there, helping you with visas, flights, accommodation, and setting you up with our partner in Tanzania. 

This is the trip for you if you’re after the ultimate volunteering experience in Tanzania, complete with everything you need and 24/7 support.

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Reviews

Bernadett T
Excellent, honest, tailored, and comprehensive. Very friendly people who shared their personal experiences and I could clearly see that they have been there, and are passionate about what and why they are doing it! Many thanks! I cannot wait for my volunteering trip to Africa!
Sandra G
The easiest process to achieve one of the best experiences I know I will have, in my life. Ollie talked me through everything I needed to know and scheduled and approved my attendance to volunteer in Sth Africa. So excited Thank you Ollie and Global
Emily G
Global work and travel has changed my life in one week! I have always been way too nervous to take that step to travel, I barely knew where to start with flights/transportation/safety ect.. but thanks to their amazing, friendly and kind staff! I am now taking big steps confidently towards my travel goals!!!! Their business is a safe place to start your journey and discover the world!!! I definitely 100% recommend going with global work and travel ??
Jovica D
Everybody has been so great and helpful. Can’t wait for the experience. It’s so exciting to be able to do some volunteer work and give back to the wildlife. It has been one of my passions and dreams for a while so this opportunity could not have come at a better time for me in my life.
Rachel B
Amazing info. Very excited for my trip.

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As the world’s leading gap-year and "work & travel" company, we pride ourselves on providing a premium service for Global Travellers. Choose from a variety of awesome experiences worldwide, and let us assist you with visas, pre-departure preparations, flights, insurance, and tours. Throughout your journey, our cool tech features will support you every step of the way. As a Global Traveller, gain access to gWorld, our personalised app designed to enhance your travel experience. Keep important documents and trip details handy, and take advantage of exclusive Marketplace deals, a vibrant social network, language learning resources, side trips, meet-ups, and more. It's like having all your favorite travel apps merged into one, but even better! But our support doesn't end there. With four international offices, over 100 dedicated staff members, a 24/5 emergency team, and the backing of over 90,000 Global Travellers who have turned their travel dreams into reality with us, rest assured you're in good hands. We also proudly boast the most and best reviews in the biz, and maintain a massive following on our social channels including Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook. Embark on your next adventure with confidence and ease. Join us and discover the world in a meaningful way!

Are flights & insurance included?

While we would love to include flights and insurance in our trip packages, it is not feasible to have a fixed price due to the diverse destinations, trip durations, and individual coverage needs of our travellers from around the globe. However, once you register for the trip, we will assign you a dedicated Travel Concierge. They will work closely with you to arrange the ideal flights and insurance tailored to your specific adventure. Rest assured, our team is here to ensure you have a smooth and hassle-free travel experience from start to finish!

Why do I have to pay to volunteer?

The trip fee covers all the essential trip inclusions that ensure you have a meaningful and safe volunteering experience. It includes comprehensive pre-departure support to assist you throughout your journey. Once you arrive at your destination, the fee covers transportation, accommodation, and in most cases meals and some amazing excursions you'll do alongside other international volunteers. This comprehensive support is essential to provide you with a positive and secure volunteering experience, which is of utmost importance to us. Your trip fee allows us to ensure your well-being while making a meaningful impact, and it contributes to the sustainability and effectiveness of the volunteer projects we support.

Will I receive guidance and support before starting the volunteering trip?

Absolutely! Before starting your volunteer placement, you will receive comprehensive pre-departure support, which includes project-specific information, cultural orientation, and advice on preparing for your journey. Additionally, most trips include on-site training and an orientation to ensure you are well-prepared and confident in your volunteer role.

How do I choose the right volunteer trip for me?

With so many incredible options, we understand that selecting the perfect volunteer trip can be tricky. That's why we recommend booking your favourite one, and your dedicated Trip Coordinator will guide you through the project details. They will consider your interests, skills, desired location, and the impact you want to make. If we find another trip that better suits your preferences, we can easily swap you over to ensure you have the ideal volunteer experience. Rest assured, we're here to help you find the right fit!

How long should I volunteer for?

We offer flexibility in our volunteer trips, allowing you to choose the duration that best suits your schedule and desired experience. While most volunteers join us for 3 or 4 weeks, our trips accommodate durations as short as two weeks or as long as 12 weeks, and even extended stays. The choice is yours!

What ages are most volunteers?

The ages of our volunteers can vary depending on the project, but we have a wide age range. Our volunteers typically range from 18 years old to 85 years old! Our Trip Coordinators ensure that all volunteers are vetted before embarking on their journey. While age may differ, what unites our volunteers is their shared passion for travel and their dedication to making a positive impact in the community or wildlife conservation efforts they are involved in. Regardless of age, anyone with a passion to contribute and explore is welcome to join our volunteer trips.

Is it safe to volunteer overseas?

Safety is our utmost priority, and it drives our thorough trip planning process and comprehensive inclusions. With a successful track record of safely sending tens of thousands of travellers overseas since 2008, we prioritise your well-being throughout the journey. Before you depart, we provide full support, ensuring a smooth and secure experience. Upon arrival, we take care of every detail, including secure airport transfers, comfortable accommodations, usually meals, and dedicated project supervision. Additionally, our 24/5 emergency line ensures immediate assistance whenever needed, providing peace of mind throughout your entire volunteer experience.

Why should I book now?

After the last unexpected disruption to travel caused by the..c word..people are now more eager than ever to venture out and explore the world, determined not to miss out on any experiences. Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12+ months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free. As a Global Traveller you’ll get exclusive access to gWorld, our personalised app where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global. This is where you will find exclusive Marketplace Deals, a unique social network to connect you with other like-minded Global Travellers, access to our Academy with an ever-growing range of skills & languages, and so much more. Think all of your favourite apps merged into one, but like, better? Why not give yourself something to look forward to by booking that trip!

Can I travel with a friend or partner?

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips we should be able to have you and your friends placed together or nearby. Meaning that you can live, work, play & travel together! But wait there's more! Not only can you travel the world with your besties at your side, you can also earn some extra cash towards your own trip just by referring your friends to Global Work & Travel. You can learn more about the great referral rewards program inside your gWorld account once you join. And for those who decide to go-it-solo, we’ve made it easier to meet other Global Travellers in the same region as you. Just like any other social platform, you’ll be able to interact, share, chat and meet with some really cool people who are doing trips just like you!

Can I bring my pet along?

At Global Work & Travel, we share a deep love for animals and fully understand the special bond you have with your pet. We recognise the challenges of embarking on a trip without them. Due to travel restrictions, requirements, and limited pet-friendly accommodations among our host organisations, we regretfully cannot facilitate their inclusion in the journey. However, many of our customers choose to entrust their pets to a family member or friend, embark on their adventure, and return home to wagging tails and furry cuddles.

What happens if I need to cancel my trip?

We know that life can get in the way of travel, so all our trips come with a great deal of flexibility. In most cases, if you cannot travel on your selected date, you can place your trip on hold to deal with whatever is holding you back, and continue in the future without incurring any penalty. You may also have the option of transferring to an entirely different trip and destination as well, or even transferring your trip to a friend or family member. In the event that you need to outright cancel your trip, if you give us 84* days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Store Credit which you can put toward any other trip that we offer, including tours through third-party providers, as well as holidays through DealsAway.com, and is valid for 2 years from date of issue. As international travel can be complex, your options are based on the progress of your trip organisation and our support team can assist you in finding the best solution for your needs.

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