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Volunteer at Chimpanzee Rescue Center

Hiring Organization:
Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center (project of In Defense of Animals-Africa)

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Position Description:

Located on the edge of the forest in Cameroon, Africa (no Ebola!), the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center is home to 73 chimpanzees of varying ages. We have an ongoing need for 6-month volunteers throughout the year to assist with day-to-day operations at the sanctuary. Volunteers pitch in wherever needed most.
Tasks include:
- helping with chimpanzee feeding, care & cage cleaning
- washing, cutting & distributing fruit
- painting cages & maintaining camp equipment
- buying food & supplies in town
- working with Cameroonian staff (who speak French)

Note: limited contact with chimpanzees occurs during daily feedings but hands-on contact with baby chimps is limited and occurs only when babies are present and Cameroonian staff are not available.

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- Minimum 21 yrs and paid work experience
- Fluent in English or French: if fluent in English, conversational French strongly preferred (and vice versa)
- Good general health and physical stamina; able to lift up to 40 lbs.
- Able to adapt easily to changing tasks/ schedules and to basic living conditions with a small group in an isolated setting

- University degree
- Work experience as part of a group or project team
- Experience living, or spending extended time, in a developing country (preferably Africa)
- Prior experience working with chimpanzees or other great apes

For veterinarians, medical personnel, mechanics, and engineers, qualifications and length of stay are negotiable ...please inquire.

This is an unpaid position; no travel expenses, research grants or stipends are provided. If accepted as a volunteer, there is a one-time processing fee of U.S. $300 due prior to arrival, but no other fees are charged to participate.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Lodging and vegetarian meals at the site are provided at no cost to volunteers.

Term of Appointment:
6 months

Application Deadline:
Open all year

Email for an application:

Contact Information:
Karin Cereghino
310 SW 4th Ave #407
Portland, OR 97204

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