This position will fulfill the needs of the Vervet Monkey Foundation by ensuring our ever increasing numbers of volunteers, interns and staff are provided with nutritionally complete, varied and tasty vegan meals throughout their stay and by participating in our vegan outreach initiatives.
Reporting directly to – Sanctuary Manager & Josie Du Toit
Full time voluntary position with occasional on call duties
Length of period: Long term, min 6 months (preferably longer)
Working hours – anytime between 6am - 7pm (some overnight baby shifts possible in babyseason Nov – Feb). The co-ordinator will be responsible for their own working hours with a 7am start depending on what tasks need completing.
Visa requirements – 1-3 year volunteer visa, please check with your local embassy for updated information. You will usually need to apply within your home country.
This list is not exhausted and may vary depending on season or changes to the foundation.
Attributes required for the position:
Qualifications / Experience:
Min 4 GCSE’s with further education or equivalent
Experience in supervising / managing people (preferred but not essential)
Previous volunteer experience / experience with animals
Min of 2 years in the working environment
Accommodation provided & living conditions:
Basic accommodation includes - staying in a wooden cabin which includes 1 pillow, 1 bed & mattress, 1 sheet, 1 pillowcase, shelves.
There is no electricity at the village but a few solar lights.
Electricity is provided at the main cottage to recharge items such as cell phones etc.
Eco-toilets and bush showers with hot and cold water
Main meals are eaten at the cottage & are all vegan, no meat, fish, cheese, dairy or eggs to be brought on to the premises. We ask you to adopt a vegan diet whilst here.
Cottage area comprises of – kitchen area with fridge, dining tables, internet computer, electricity. Patio area.
Location – Tzaneen:
Climate is tropical being hot and humid in the rainy season, summer Nov – Feb and dry and cooler in winter May – October.
Tzaneen is not a malaria area but Kruger park and other local attractions are, prophylactics can be used and obtained via the doctor in Tzaneen if necessary
Tzaneen town is 25km from the centre with a shopping mall.
Approx situated 1 hour from Kruger National Park
The foundation is 25 hectares in size with over 570 vervet monkeys.
Working partly outdoors, supervising and introducing volunteers to some areas involves walking up a slight hill. Applicants must be physically fit.
Carry a radio to communicate with others on site, carry a cellphone at all times. Please note there will be times when volunteers will ask questions outside of working hours, this is part of communal living and so we ask people to see it as enjoyable getting to know people rather than a hindrance.
Admin – using a computer
You are entitled to one and a half days off per week and 15 days holiday per year to go touring at quiet times and providing we have enough cover. The number of days will increase by one per year until you reach max of 20 days per year. Please note it’s not always possible to have days off, it’s essential to ensure that everything is looked after before having a day off. Longer working hours are also possible for this position.
Public holidays – you will normally be asked to work whole days on public holidays unless there is sufficient cover whereby it may be possible on occasions to have a half day.
Rehabilitation, Education, Sanctuary - The Vervet Monkey Foundation is a non-profit organization (#020 694 NPO) established in 1993. Our centre is based in Tzaneen in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. We rehabilitate and provide sanctuary to over 500 primates, orphaned, injured, abused, ex-laboratory or unwanted pets. In addition to these, the foundation provides: