ECOVOLUNTEER

The Chimpanzee Conservation Center (CCC) is a Guinean sanctuary that works closely with the authorities to confiscate and rehabilitate orphaned chimpanzees after their confiscation, with the ultimate goal of reintroducing them to the wild when possible.

The CCC continuously welcomes enthusiastic and motivated volunteers to gain unique experience in an in-situ conservation sanctuary / project while bringing their skills to the project in support of our local team.

Our keepers are professionals and the volunteers come to help them. Contacts with chimpanzees are limited to a minimum, meals, care, contacts with chimpanzees are provided by our keepers.

We are also open to concrete proposals for internships, scientific research (on chimpanzees, non-invasive research only) around our direct activities (eg ethological research) or in connection with our conservation activities. Do not hesitate to contact us for any specific request.

VOLUNTEER MISSIONS

Rehabilitation of chimpanzees

  • Providing enrichment  for chimpanzees
  • Bush walks with keepers for the youngest chimpanzees’ groups. (Contacts with chimpanzees are limited to the strict minimum)
  • Occasionally helps to clean  cages
  • Help in the care of newly arrived babies, if necessary

Daily life of the project

  • When the “camp helper” is on leave, preparing meals for the volunteer team, cleaning communal areas, camp maintenance, etc.
  • Assistance in cleaning the infrastructure of the center
  • Accompany the driver to the villages for food supplies for chimpanzees
  • Participation in any other particular on-going project in progress according to the skills (maintenance of structures)

Activities at the release site

  • Telemetric tracking of released chimpanzees and other conservation missions around the release site in support of the tracker team
  • Life at the camp (preparation of meals, camp maintenance, care of animals on site

PROFILE

  • Ideally between 21 and 50 years
  • Being in excellent physical and mental shape
  • Have a minimum of French spoken (and read) in order to work with the team safely
  • Being adventurous and not scared by a life in the middle of the bush and far from civilization, without contact with the world, within a micro-society
  • Being open to a new culture, patient, curious, but respectful of local habits and project

Les plus : 

  • A multi-month travel and / or work experience in Africa is a big plus
  • Diploma and / or experience in the following fields :
    * Working with primates, in captivity or in the wild
    * Working with wildlife, in captivity or in the wild
    * Nature management, conservation
    * Ethology
    * Telemetry tracking
    * Censuses, follow-ups and biological studies
    * Specific manual skills masonry, electricity, welding, electrified enclosure knowledge, constructions …

TERMS OF VOLUNTEER MISSION

  • Mission of 3 months (or different duration if specific mission)
  • Accommodations in Conakry , Faranah and CCC are provided
  • At the CCC, Faranah, or during missions, 3 local meals / day provided (mostly local rice-based food, limited in variety at the CCC due to isolation)
  • Transportation from Faranah to CCC
  • Participation in transport between Conakry and Faranah

At the volunteer’s expenses :

  • Contribution of 600 € or 700 $ for 3 months payable to our partner organizations PPF or PPI
  • Travel from the airport to our accommodation in Conakry (round trip)
  • Journey from our accommodation in Conakry to the train station (round trip)
  • Accommodation expenses in Conakry from 30 €
  • Any extra personal during the stay (drinks, cigarettes, extra food, communication)

If your are interested, please complete the formulary and return this form to projetprimates.france@yahoo.fr