Volunteer with monkeys and baboons in South Africa

Project name:

Oyster Worldwide (4)

Project purpose:

Acting as surrogate parents to orphaned baby monkeys and baboons, volunteers help to raise the primates, guiding their journey back to the wild. Located in rural Africa, the rehabilitation centre cares for many orphans throughout the year.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction
  • animal rehabilitation
  • habitat restoration/management

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration
  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local community)
  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices


Shared accommodation within the centre.

When does the project run?

Throughout the year.


accommodation included, food included, electricity, local shops, refillable drinking water, shower (hot), wifi

How long can I stay?

10 days - 12 weeks.


  • general level of fitness is required
  • participants must be 17+.

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

10 days costs $1301, 3 weeks costs $1661 and each additional week costs $360.

For volunteers looking to stay for 12 weeks, there is currently an offer for 12 weeks for the price of 8 for departures between September 2019 and February 2020.

Reviews & ratings



Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday



It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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