Volunteer Work, Animal Welfare
Peñaflor, suburb of Santiago de Chile
flexible start and end dates, year round
Monkeys in Chile? - No, you didn't misread! It is true that guanacos are native to Chile, condors, llamas, sea lions, pelicans, penguins and whales, not monkeys. Nevertheless, there is actually a monkey sanctuary.
The monkeys there were rescued from various, dire situations: some were found in the hands of illegal pet dealers at customs, others came from the circus and others from private owners. Many are injured or sick and almost all of them are disturbed because of the inappropriate keeping.
If you are committed to animal welfare and want to stop illegal animal trade, a volunteer service in this project is just the thing for you. The project has been working since 1994 to ensure that monkeys are released from captivity and can return to their natural environment, if this is still possible.
Unfortunately, this has often turned out to be wishful thinking, as many of the animals are strongly influenced by their time in captivity and have suffered serious, incurable damage. In these cases, the monkeys remain in the center. A few years ago, however, some chimpanzees were successfully transferred back to Zambia (Africa) in the jungle and released into the wild. Since the center was founded, around 200 monkeys of 12 different species have been cared for. With the help of volunteers and donors, the primate center will hopefully be able to continue this important work for a long time.
The animal rights activists at the center are working hard to make rehabilitation as pleasant as possible for the monkeys. To ensure this, the center is not open to the public, so the animals have as little contact with humans as possible.
When the physical needs are met, the staff observes the monkeys, carry out personality and behavior analyzes, and examine how the animals behave in the group.
Your tasks as a volunteer in the monkey sanctuary are of course about the well-being of the monkeys. Maintaining the facilities as beautiful and species-appropriate as possible is the most important thing here.
A second point is to inform the population, on the one hand for educational purposes and on the other hand, in order to win supporters and donors for the project.
Possible tasks can be:
- Food praparation
- Feeding the monkeys
- Cleaning the facilities
- Construction, repair, painting and maintenance of the monkey enclosures
- Help with the preparation and implementation of lectures at schools
Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, weather, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.
During your time in the volunteer project, you will live in a single or shared room in a local Peñaflor household. Your hosts will take care of your meals, so that you can try Chilean home cooking and also have the opportunity to immerse into the local everyday life and use your Spanish skills at mealtimes. You will be amazed, how quickly you will start speaking "Chilean"! Internet is available.
Peñaflor is an idyllic and quite quiet town, the hosts mostly live in well-equipped one-story houses with gardens. You have access to all common areas such as living room, kitchen, garden, etc. The bathroom is shared with the hosts.
There is a swimming pool on the project site that you can use in your free time on hot days.
The monkey sanctuary is located in Peñaflor, a tranquil town in the southwest of Santiago. The surroundings of Peñaflor itself are rural, with fields, picturesque hills and idyllic wineries all around, perfecto to take a wine tour. Several seaside resorts on the Pacific with beautiful beaches are about an hour and a half west. The center of Santiago is only approx. 30 km away and can be reached in half an hour by car.
The capital of Chile is an amazing city and one of the few metropolises in the world where you can actually ask yourself: "Going to the beach today and skiing tomorrow, or the other way around?", since world-class ski slopes (and trekking routes in summer) await you in the high Andes. Santiago divides Chile into the fertile south and the dry, mineral-rich north.
Santiago itself offers fun for everyone: There are beautiful places to relax, old colonial buildings and a lively urban culture with museums, street artists, theaters and more; small craft markets and green meadows, countless restaurants and pubs in beautiful nightlife areas. And above all, there is the flair of a metropolis, which combines the characteristics of a modern capital with those of a colonial city. Santiago is where the heart of Chile's economy and progress beats and whare about one third of the Chileans are at home.
The Santiaguinos are usually friendly and helpful people and as a foreigner, you can quickly connect to them. Santiago is also home to numerous universities, which has led to a lively international student life.
Spanish at communication level, so that you can communicate with the staff in you volunteer project, understand work instructions and get actively involved.
For optimal preparation for your volunteer work in Chile, we advise you to take a Spanish course before the program starts. This gives you the opportunity to slowly get used to the language, culture and mentality.
You can book your Spanish course in Chile directly with us!
Pre-departure and in-country support
Before arrival, our experienced team will be at your disposal to assist you throughout the booking process and travel planning. With the booking confirmation you will receive our 24-hour emergency number, so that you can reach us 24/7 in case of emergency.
In addition to the assistance given by our office in Santiago de Chile you will be supported by an on-site volunteer coordinator.
Costs & Services
Our volunteer project in a monkey sanctuary near Santiago de Chile includes:
- Single- or shared room in homestay
- Full board
- Professional English-speaking advice
- Translation of your application document
- Volunteer Work Placement in Chile
- English-speaking in-country support
- Country handbook Chile
- Intercultural guideline
- Insider tips Chile
- 24/7 Emergency number
- Information about suitable travel insurance
- Certificate of participation
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