Eco-volunteer responsabilities at the CCC
Volunteers provide assistance to the staff and Guinean animal caretakers at the Centre de Conservation des Chimpanzés. Volunteers may come from various backgrounds and from all over the world. We also recruit volunteer veterinarians.
Volunteers (usually a group of ten) help the team of local workers with caretaking, general infrastructure, maintenance and various camp tasks (i.e., cleaning, cooking …). The typical work of the volunteer is:
– The Sanctuary, Somoria
- Preparation and distribution of meals to chimpanzees,
- Outings in the bush with various chimpanzee groups,
- Possible assistance in veterinary care
- General camp duties such as preparing meals for volunteers, cleaning and infrastructure maintenance etc.,
- Buying fruits in the villages,
- General shopping in town on the weekends (on rotation; every volunteer generally goes to town once or twice in 6 months).
– The Release Site, Bakaria
- Radio tracking the released chimpanzees. There is no physical contact with the released chimpanzees as the tracking is done from a distance. Sometimes, visual checks are needed and occur during feedings of the group by the Niger River
- General camp duties involve preparing meals for volunteers, cleaning and infrastructure maintenance etc.
Additional tasks may be added to the above tasks based on the skills of each volunteer. These tasks include:
- Environmental awareness in nearby villages
- Haut Niger National Park protection project
- Confiscations of orphaned chimpanzees
- Collecting scientific data for future research
- Various logistical missions…
Candidates must have a strong desire to help! Life in the bush is not the easiest and living conditions are precarious (no electricity, no continuous running water, cooking is done over a wood fire, shelter is provided in huts where you sleep on beds of straw…). The camps are far from villages and communication with the outside world is very difficult (no phone or internet). The bush environment includes many very friendly animals (biting insects, snakes, spiders …). Please be aware that there is no doctor on site. The volunteer must be motivated as the length of stay at the sanctuary is 6 months (shorter durations are rarely accepted); during this time the volunteer works from 6:30 am to 7:00 pm without a day off. Finally, it is necessary to be sociable and easily adaptable to life with all camp community members.
All eco-volunteer applications are considered. However, experiences in Africa as well as experience with animals are preferred. In addition, it is preferable to be over the age of 22-23 years and be able to speak French fluently. Volunteers should be in good health due to the remote location and lack of doctor on site.
Volunteer veterinarians are required to have at least 1 year of veterinary clinical experience and wild animal experience is preferred.
Before departure, the eco-volunteer is responsible for:
- Visa (about 100 € for 6 months)
- A voluntary contribution to the CCC (50 € / month or $65/month)
- Vaccines (yellow fever is compulsory, typhoid and hepatitis strongly recommended)
- Repatriation insurance
- Equipment (boots, headlamp, clothing solid sheets, duvet, malaria prophylaxis …)
- Spending money
- Cost of the taxi transfer (with a friend of the project) in Conakry to/from the airport ($15 each way) to the CCC apartment and to/from the bush-taxi station ($10 each). You may also use this taxi while in Conakry; it will cost $15 half a day.
The CCC provides lodging (in Conakry, Faranah and at the sanctuary) and food (in Faranah and at the sanctuary) as well as the bush-taxi cost between Conakry and Faranah (each way).