Volunteer with Monkeys in South Africa

Location: South Africa: Phalaborwa

Program Duration: 2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks

Dates: Year Round


Hodore Farm Hartfield, East Sussex TN7 4AR England

Call Us

Phone: 0044(0)1892 770771


Monkeys are given the nickname ‘cheeky’ for a reason - they are playful, mischievous, and a lot of fun! They love interacting with humans and, while volunteering, you can expect lots of hugs. Run by a lovely couple, the center helps to care for and rehabilitate injured, abused, or orphaned monkeys. They have received special accreditation from the government for their amazing work.

As a volunteer, you will get to meet and interact with the animals. From feeding to taking them to the swimming pool to bathe and from cleaning out their enclosures to helping prepare their release, you will make a huge difference to the animals in your care.

Volunteers need to be prepared to get stuck in and help out. Your work allows the centre to help a greater number of monkeys and baboons. It is a thoroughly rewarding work and a lot of fun!

After a day's work, volunteers can return to their accommodation, set a few hundred meters away from the monkeys. It is a shared accommodation with a pool table and swimming pool - the perfect place to relax while gazing at the starry night.


1. Getting daily monkey cuddles!
2. Real hands-on experience with monkeys, from fun and feeding to helping out with veterinary procedures.
3. Become an important member of the extended family of 400 monkeys and baboons, welcomed by the lovely owners of the centre, Paul and Lynnette.
4. Make a big difference to the lives of these monkeys. The rehabilitation time for many of the monkey would be much longer without volunteers donating their time.
5. Based in a spectacular setting, you will get the chance to live in the northern area of South Africa, surrounded by wildlife and natural parks. You feel like you are experiencing real bush life and it is warm all year!

Travel Types
  • Vacation Packages
  • Ecology
  • English

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
  • English

Cost in US$:


Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

- Help and advice from our UK office before departure and whilst away
- Pre-arranged voluntary work at the rehabilitation centre with accommodation
- Met and greeted warmly at Phalaborwa airport or bus station and transfer to accommodation
- Oyster will prepare you thoroughly before you leave and support you while you are out there.

On your return:
- Welcome home pack
- Certificate of Recognition (on request)
- References (on request)

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Animal Welfare
  • Conservation
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Wildlife
  • Environment
Age Range
This Program is open to

American, Canadian, European, Australian, Asian, Worldwide, Kiwi, South African Participant. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Group living

Application Process Involves
  • In-Person Interview when Feasible
  • Online Application
  • Phone/Video Interview
Typically The Application Process Time is
1 day from recepit of form to booking interview
Year Founded