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Volunteer at Chimpanzee Rescue Center

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

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Position Description:
Position Description:

Located on the edge of the forest in Cameroon, Africa, Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue provides sanctuary for 72 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.
*NOTE: this fall only, we are also accepting volunteers for a shorter period of 3 months.

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 on-site 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 US$300 due 2 weeks after acceptance, 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. SPECIAL: for Fall 2017, 3 month minimum stays are available

Application Deadline:
Open all year

Email for an application:

Contact Information:
Karin Cereghino
4522 SW Water Avenue
Portland, OR 97239

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