WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED OF ME?
Our volunteers normally care for our infant chimpanzees and monkeys which involves cleaning overnight sleeping cages, preparing food, making enrichment to keep them occupied, monitoring the groups and reporting any potential problems to our staff. But anything can happen and we expect our volunteers to have a flexible approach to life so that they are happy to do whatever needs doing from day to day.
HOW LONG CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR?
Minimum of 2 months, maximum of 3 months.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS, IF ANY, DO I REQUIRE?
No specific qualifications – the key criteria we look for in our volunteers are:
• Motivation towards primates/conservation
• Mature and resilient attitude
• Flexible/able to cope with changing requirements
• Ability to build & maintain excellent working relationships with people from various
cultures and backgrounds
• Ability to work as part of a team as well as on your own
• Proactive, demonstrating high levels of energy & enthusiasm
WHAT LANGUAGE WILL I NEED TO KNOW?
English and basic French
HOW DO I GET TO YOUR LOCATION?
Fly to Nsimalen airport, Yaoundé where we will collect you and take you straight to Mefou Primate Park
ARE THERE ANY COSTS INVOLVED TO VOLUNTEER?
Click HERE to find out up to date costs and requirements for volunteering with Ape Action.
WHAT TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND FACILITIES CAN I EXPECT TO BE AVAILABLE TO ME?
Food is vegetarian, vegan is possible, and the food is generally simple. 3 meals a day are prepared for volunteers and there is a volunteer kitchen if people want to add their own flair to meals! Volunteers live in the forest in purpose built accommodation. Electricity is available in the evenings when we turn on the generator. As we are in the middle of the forest, there is no running water.
WHAT WILDLIFE SPECIES ARE THERE?
Gorillas, chimpanzees, several species of monkey – these are not in the wild, they are orphans of the illegal bushmeat and pet trades now living in large enclosures with us in the forest at Mefou.
WHAT ATTRACTIONS CAN I EXPERIENCE DURING FREE-TIME?
Free time is in the evening which volunteers usually spend in the volunteer accommodation, reading, playing music, and writing before the lights go out at 9pm ish! There may be an opportunity at the end of a placement to spend some time in Yaounde but this will need to be agreed with the team in Cameroon and depends on the needs of the project at the time. We do what we can to help people see a bit of Cameroon before departure but time is usually limited.
We are passionate about primate conservation and we are looking for like-minded people to help us raise awareness, raise much needed funding and roll up their sleeves and help with whatever needs doing in Cameroon. If the primary motivation is to have direct contact with the animals, then we are the wrong project…..it’s not what we are about.
For more information on APE ACTION, please visit apeactionafrica.org
For important information on travelling overseas, please read ‘KNOW BEFORE YOU GO WILD!‘