Project: Different Monkeys in Chile
This project is a rescue centre for several species of monkeys including: different Woolly monkeys, Spider monkeys, Squirrel monkeys, Capuchins monkeys, Howler monkeys, Tamarinds en Common Marmosets. Currently the project gives a home to 127 monkeys from circuses, laboratories, ex pets, zoos, etc.
Volunteer work with monkeys in Chile; The project was founded in 1994 as a refuge for ex pets and ex zoo monkeys (woolly monkeys), which they now form a stable group with natural kinship bonds and a dominance hiëerarchy based on responsible leadership.
The project’s goals are: to provide a more natural lifestyle, given space, to the animals, often socially disturbed and humanized individuals. They want these animals to be treated with respect; To rehabilitate physically and psychologically monkeys and try to reintroduce monkeys to their natural habitat those who can.; Fighting the illegal exotic pet industry.; Briefing current and future generations of the protection and conservation of primates.
- Volunteers are welcome all year round.
- You are free to choose your own arrival date.
- The duration of your stay must be, minimum 2 weeks or longer.
- Minimum age is 18 years old.
- You must be very motivated.
- Able to work in a team.
- Spanish isn’t required, but is desirable.
|Period||Price per person|
|2 weeks||€ 635,00|
|every extra week||€ 280,00|
|prices are valid for the said periods in the year 2017|
- 3 meals a day
- A donation to the project
- Training en supervision
- Airport pick up to the project
- Administrative costs
You will stay in 1 of the 3 private homes of the family who founded this Primate Centre. Normally spoken you’ll share your bedroom with 1 or more volunteers. You will share the other facilities, like bathroom and kitchen, with the other occupants and family.
- Preparing monkey food and feed them;
- Cleaning monkey territory;
- Helping with building, repairing, painting and general maintenance of the monkeys territory and environment;
- Gardening and general maintenance.
You’ll work 5,5 days a week (about 9 hours a day) and have 1,5 day off each week (Saturday afternoon and Sundays).
The project is situated about 45 minutes from Santiago, the capital city of Chile. In Santiago there is much to see and to do. The coast (Vina del Mar (‘The garden city’) and Valparaiso (‘Jewel of the pacific’) are about 1 hour and 40 minutes from the project. Here you can do diving, horseback riding, sky diving, relax at the beach, etc.
You will be responsible for arranging your own transport to Santiago, Chile. Detailed travel information will be provided after you’ve booked.
De project staff
The centre employs five persons. They are all very enthusiastic and hospitable, and they enjoy working with volunteers. The language spoken mainly is Spanish. Not everybody speaks English, so it’s very useful when you are able to speak basic Spanish.