VOLUNTEER AT CHIMP EDEN

VOLUNTEER AT CHIMP EDEN

Mpumalanga, South Africa
The world-famous Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimp Eden is home to 33 chimpanzees rescued from captivity as pets or zoo displays, or saved from becoming victims of the bush meat trade. It’s located in the northeast corner of South Africa about 210 miles east of Johannesburg and just a 10-minute drive from the nearest city, Nelspruit.

Volunteers have become a crucial part of operations at Chimp Eden. As a volunteer, you’ll work alongside a knowledgeable staff to prepare chimp diets, cleaning animal enclosures, doing maintenance, providing enrichment exercises and behavioral observation.

Chimp Eden offers volunteers a unique opportunity to see chimpanzees in semi-wild enclosures. The chimps show normal social interaction and behavioral patterns despite their traumatic backgrounds. The enclosures also have vantages for overlooking the forest and “foraging areas.” These areas provide safety, prevent human interaction and offer endless hours of fun for the chimps.

When you aren’t busy with chores, you can strike out on your own to see Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa, with large numbers of lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalo. Also nearby are Sudwala caves, Perry’s Bridge Reptile Park, Elephant Whispers Sanctuary, the Lowveld National Botanical Garden and Swaziland.

If you volunteer at Chimp Eden, you’ll stay in one of two simple twin cabins, each with the own rest room and shower, or two twin en suite cabins. The cabins are clean and situated within a garden fenced with bamboo for privacy. If you want, you can make your own meals in our on-site, communal kitchen. It offers a washing machine, refrigerator, microwave oven and a two-plate stove with a small oven. Braais – or barbecues – are also allowed. Or you can dine in the on-site restaurant; it’s open daily, as is the Chimp Eden gift shop.

Number of Volunteers
4/Week
Typical Length of Stay
2 Weeks
Minimum Stay
3 Days
Maximum Stay
14 Days
Age
18 – 55
Education/Experience
None
Cost
Registration – $125
First Week – $135/Day
Second Week – $125/Day
Language
English
Other Requirements
Vaccinations
Accommodations
At Sanctuary
Meals
At Sanctuary
Breakfast Included
Restaurant on site
Self-catering option
Gift Shop
On site
Contact
volunteers@janegoodall.co.za
Website
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