Volunteer Donation Costs

C.A.R.E. baboon sanctuary is run by volunteers and the volunteer program has been running for over 20 years; helping to fund the running costs of the Centre. 

 

Whilst we employ 9-14 local dedicated, permanent Africans from nearby villages the main bulk of the Management and Supervisory team are at C.A.R.E. on a voluntary basis.  The running costs of the centre are vast and therefore volunteers are vital. 

We ask all volunteers to make a minimum donation to C.A.R.E. which covers food, accommodation, training time, education (all volunteers are provided with an extensive education and training program) and also funds some of the day-to-day running costs; to feed and care for the animals you will be coming to help.

As the animals at C.A.R.E. are not classified as an Endangered Species, it is very difficult for our team to raise enough funds to run the centre; the volunteer donation and help is essential.  

Don't be put off by money though; through crowd-funding, bake sales or taking on an additional job and paying over a time period making your African Dream a reality can be easier than you imagine.  We are also on hand to offer fundraising ideas, materials and advice.

Orphans at the River
Orphans at the River

If there are orphans at the time of your stay, you can help them through supervising them, feeding them, giving them bottles, grooming them & generally loving them back to life!

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Volunteer Village Accomodation
Volunteer Village Accomodation

The Volunteer Village is nestled under knob-thorn trees within a protective electric fence to keep volunteers safe from the reserves elephants, lions & other wild animals.

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Caring for Orphans
Caring for Orphans

If there are orphans at the time of your stay, you can help them through supervising them, feeding them, giving them bottles, grooming them & generally loving them back to life!

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Orphans at the River
Orphans at the River

If there are orphans at the time of your stay, you can help them through supervising them, feeding them, giving them bottles, grooming them & generally loving them back to life!

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2 weeks

$599

3 weeks

$899

4 weeks

$1199

Each week thereafter

$250 

Quoted in US dollar, does not include transfers which are charged at +/- R300 (ZAR) cash upon arrival for pick up and drop off between CARE & =/-Phalaborwa airport or bus station.  Volunteers are responsible for flights/visas/insurance - see pre-requisites

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

Animals arrive at C.A.R.E. all the time, & with 450 already at the centre being rehabilitated for release it is very costly.  From fuel to pick up food, the two trucks of food each day needed to feed everyone, deworming medicines, life-saving vaccinations, the salaries of the local animal-keeping staff, electricity needed to charge the electric fences & pump vital water to clean enclosures & replenish thirst... & so many more costs of caring for animals.  Your donation payment helps to fund this - the volunteer program has been part-funding C.A.R.E. for over 20 years.  There are no Government grants available for the work we do with baboons.

Additionally, the donation helps to cover the costs incurred with having you at the centre; electricity for lights / TV / wifi & to pump water for you to drink & shower.  Also, we provide you with 3 basic meals each day; which costs money to buy ingredients, cook & prepare.  

You can rest assured the funds you pay will be used to make a difference & help care for the animals you are coming to work with.

Chacma baboon mother & baby

RAISING FUNDS

We can help you every step of the way of getting you to C.A.R.E. & if the donation is a stumbling block we can provide supporting materials to help you fundraise.

Past volunteers have successfully done Curry Night fundraisers, coffee mornings, cake sales, table top sales, run marathons, done crowd fundraisers & more!  Email us info@primatecare.org.za for help!

Fundraisig monkey coffee morning

WHY DOES C.A.R.E. NEED VOLUNTEERS

C.A.R.E. has been utilising volunteers for over 20 years.  The management & vet team are also primarily volunteers.  Without volunteers C.A.R.E. couldn't function.  Volunteers bring with them fresh energy & excitement, which is absolutely priceless.  Volunteers also come with a diverse skill set which is very valuable to us, & volunteers can help in all areas.

We ask all volunteers to make a minimum donation to C.A.R.E. which covers food, accommodation, training time, education (all volunteers are provided with an extensive education and training program) and also funds some of the day-to-day running costs; to feed and care for the animals you will be coming to help.

As the animals at C.A.R.E. are not classified as an Endangered Species, it is very difficult for our team to raise enough funds to run the centre; the volunteer donation and help is essential.  

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EXTRA COSTS ONCE AT C.A.R.E.

Extra costs once at C.A.R.E. can be as minimal or as much as you like; it depends on your budget and personal preferences. 

 

Onsite we have a tuck-shop & curious shop, with a can of soda or packet of chips costing +/- R15, we also have WIFI vouchers available.

We offer a weekly shop where you can buy any personal items in town; you know how much you eat so can budget accordingly; most people might buy a pack of beer, soda, chocolate, shampoo.

Excursion prices change dependable on the safari companies but a typical cost to the Kruger National Park might be R1500 for a day trip.

Elephant in Grietie Nature Reserve, CARE