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Monkey Forest Animal Sanctuary

Volunteering
 
Dennis and Annette from the Netherlands operate a small park near the Kakum National Park in Ghana, where they keep wild animals that have been abused by their previous owners and take care of pups whose parents were killed by poachers. While the goal is to reintroduce the animals in the wild again, this is not always possible. You can help Dennis and Annette care for the animals and in the operation of the small zoo.
 
 

Project Details

 
Only three kilometers from the visitor center of the Kakum National Park, Dutch couple Dennis and Annette, have created a refuge for injured, abandoned and abused animals; here, they nurse animals from monkeys to crocodiles and if possible, rehabilitate them.

Currently, the small park that can be visited by tourists, houses various sea cat species, a dik-dik (dwarf antelope), mongoose, genet cats, crocodiles, a Viper, turtles and various species of tropical birds; they rescue more animals on a regular basis.
 
As a volunteer, you can participate in the care and feeding of the animals and help build the enclosures. You can also clean the enclosures, lead maintenance activities through the web, guide tourists through the park and prepare snacks and drinks for the visiting tourists. You will, in short, support Dennis and Annette in all activities that occur in the small, simple system.

In the park, animals that are injured in traps or mistreated are taken care of. Even young animals, whose mothers were killed, are reared. Monkeys, antelopes and other wild animals are considered delicacy in Ghana and are bushmeat offered for sale. Hunting is banned within the protected rainforest of Kakum National Park, but this does not keep many locals from poaching. The animals are treated in the Monkey Forest, fed and, when circumstances permit, also rehabilitated.
 
Volunteers live on the premises in a large comfortable tent on a hill, from where one has a unique stunning view of the rain forest of Kakum National Park. Dennis and Annette keep an extensive supply of good food, consisting of Dutch and Ghanaian cuisine. You will be supplied with breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks.
 
Dennis and Annette came twelve years ago to Ghana and has since not returned to their homes. The whole area was personally tapped by the two and they have built every building and enclosure themselves. Only since 2013 has there been electricity within the site. Dennis also speaks German.
 
A rabies vaccination is recommended for volunteers.
Info Box
General
Location: Kakum, Ghana
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 1 Week
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: German or English
Accommodation:
Tent on park grounds with all meals provided
Internship
Supervision Possible: No
Qualification Of Supervisor: -
Minimum Qualification Of Intern: None
Further Contribution To Project: -
Volunteering
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: None
Further Contribution To Project: -
Expectations:
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?
 

More Info

 
 

Accommodation

 
Volunteers live on the premises in a large comfortable tent on a hill, from where one has a unique stunning view of the rain forest of Kakum National Park. Dennis and Annette keep an extensive supply of good food, consisting of Dutch and Ghanaian cuisine. You will be supplied with breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks. The cost is 15 EUR per night (payable also in USD or Ghana-Cedis according to local exchange rate).
 

Rate

 

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The World Unite! Service Package includes:

 
  • Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
  • Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials including Intercultural Preparation, compiled particularly for your destination (PDFs, Videos)
  • Preparation Session via Skype, together with further participants
  • Arrangements of the Documents you need for your Visa Application and (if needed) assistance with extension of the visa in Ghana, but not the official government fees for it (See costs below)
  • Pick-up and Transfers from/to Accra (ACC) on arrival and departure
  • Personal support staff at your location and at our international office
  • Orientation and Introduction in Cape Coast
  • Accompanying you to your placement on your first day
  • 24 Hours emergency support by local support team
  • 50 USD Contribution to your project
  • Local SIM Card with 10,000 TSH air time
  • Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university
 

The Rates do NOT include:

 
  • Accommodation and Meals (see below)
  • Travel to/from Ghana (you book it on your own; we can assist you)
  • Official fees for Visa (see below)
  • Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Local Transport (Estimated amounts see below)
  • Please note that for supervised/mentored internships, some organizations charge further contributions. You find this information in the "Info Box" below the respective internship description.
 

II. Accommodation Costs

 
For special locations in Ghana, you will find the accommodation costs in the tab "Accommodation".
 

Overview of other costs:

 
  • If meals are not included: around 80-140 USD/Month for self-catering (eating out at affordable yet good restaurants and/or cooking by yourself; you are much more flexible in this way compared to if we would serve food at your accommodation)
  • Visa typically 100 EUR/110 USD for 30 days, which can be extended locally for around 10 EUR/13 USD per extra month (Visa needs to be applied for prior to your trip)
  • Small local expenses (e.g. Internet, local transport): around 30-50 USD/Month (Estimate)
  • Insurances around 30-50 USD/Month

 

How do I pay?

 
Once all your questions have been answered and you confirm that you want to participate, we will email you an invoice. You can pay it via bank transfer or via Paypal. You will pay a deposit of 200 EUR when the invoice is issued. One months prior to your arrival you will pay the remainder for your Service Package and for the first month of rent.
 
Rent from the 2nd month, possible further contributions to the NGO or for internship supervision (see info box of the respective project description), and costs for visa and possibly further official permits you pay directly at your destination (unless we inform you differently for certain placements). There are ATMs. 
 
 

Extras

 

Other Projects That Might Interest You:

 
 
These projects are suggestions for alternatives that may interest you or those that could be chosen as COMBINATIONS. The combination of projects in different organizations is often possible and usually cheaper than two individual bookings. Please contact us to know more! Check out our other listings in the areas of "World Learner" and "Active Travel" at your travel destination to make your stay even more interesting.
 
 

Travel Health Insurance

 
We recommend the following travel insurance that is meant specifically for participants of internships, volunteering, language study, working holiday, and courses abroad. It is available for travelers of all nationalities and usable for all countries, except your home country. You can also add a journey liability insurance.
 
Just click on the link, fill in the form and you will get a confirmation email.
 
 
 

Cape Coast

 

Cape Coast

 
 
Cape Coast is a city of about 170,000 inhabitants, on the coast south of Ghana. It is relatively easy to find your way through the city and public transport is cheap and good; this makes the city an attractive location for volunteering and internships. There are tropical beaches and locations for excursions, such as Kakum National Park. Cape Coast has a humid-tropical climate with nearly identical temperatures all year around, of about 30 degrees. May and June see the rainy season.
 

Our coordinators in Cape Coast

 
Our coordinators in Cape Coast are Sampson and Paschal, who collaborate with other team employees.
 

Getting There

 

Getting To Ghana

 
Ghana
 
You book your flight to Accra (Kokota International Airport Accra, ACC) and share with us your flight details. At the airport, we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation in Cape Coast, Accra or Kakum.
 
The drive to Cape Coast takes about 2 hours and to Kakum, about 2.5 hours.
 

FAQs

 

Häufig gestellte Fragen (FAQs)

 
Are there fixed start dates for the project, which I must adhere to?
No, you can arrive at any date and you can hence, plan your trip according to your availability and the prices of flights. We can pick you up from the Accra airport at any time. In some projects, it is better to start at a specific time (e.g. beginning of the academic year in schools). This will be mentioned along with the project details.
Can I stay longer at my accommodation after my volunteering/internship or arrive earlier?
Yes, this is possible and we will give you our best rates. Just let us know when you arrive and leave and we will let you know the costs.
During my stay, can I travel around the country?
Of course, you can do this - most of our participants do so. However, when the travel destination is too far away (especially the norther region), it may not be possible over a weekend; these, we would recommend you keep for before the projects begins or after the completion, or during holidays.
Is it safe to travel in Ghana alone as a single female traveller?
Ghana is one of the safest countries in the African continent and women here enjoy great respect and are free to move anywhere. As long as you keep in mind certain safety rules that are applicable to almost any location, it is absolutely safe to travel around in Ghana as a single female traveller.
Will I be the only volunteer/intern in the project or in Ghana?
Ghana is a popular country for volunteering and internships. In Cape Coast and other places, there are other foreign volunteers and interns, with whom you can easily get in touch.
 
The total number of participants that participate simultaneously with an organization depends on the size and activity of the organization and responsibilities of volunteers/interns. We try to avoid too many volunteers/interns in an organization at the same time. It may be that you are alone in your work site, but usually there are, throughout the year, other participants at the location, who you can meet in your spare time, if you desire so.
What vaccinations do I need?
Our Info - PDF that you get as a participant, gives detailed information on health care. Recommended Vaccinations
Where will I live?
It is your choice, whether you want simple dormitory living or an apartment with other participants, with a host family or in a hotel room (only for certain projects). There are various categories like Adventurer, Most popular! and Comfort+ available.
 
The houses and apartments are located in safe and relatively upscale neighbourhoods, and are either fenced or guarded by a security guard. You can either share a room with other participants or stay alone. The host families are carefully selected and most have years of experience with hosting Western participants. They integrate you into the family and look forward to introducing you to the Ghanaian cuisine and language; but you can also have your space.
 
We can alternatively, offer you a room in a centrally located hotel in Cape Coast, for which we have negotiated a good price.
How free or bound am I in my accommodation with the host family?
Ghanaian families are very caring and interested in you and treat you like family. They will integrate you into their family and usually invite you to parties, excursions and church programs and ensure that you are always safe. However, it is perfectly fine if you choose to have your privacy. The families, in most cases, have a lot of experience with interns/volunteers and know that you will need privacy. However, it is expected that you give them prior notice, if you choose to travel and you seek their consent when you invite guests into the house. Due to the religiosity of Ghanaians, it is a taboo to bring home casual acquaintances overnight.
Does my accommodation have internet facilities?
Landline internet connections are common in Ghana. If you have a smartphone, you can buy prepaid credit and convert this into an internet data package. Alternatively, there are USB modem sticks for laptops on which to charge credit. The speed is satisfactory.
How can I do my laundry?
In Ghana, there are very few laundromats. In Cape Coast, you can, for example, bring your laundry to University Hospital, where they are washed in a washing machine, and you can pick them up after 1-3 days. More common, however, is to hire someone to wash your clothes. Everyone knows someone who does this and the women are happy about a little extra income. It is considered stingy when you wash your own laundry by hand and not leave it for someone who needs the money. Normally, you have washerwomen at very affordable prices.
Can I cook in the accommodation ?
In the apartments, housing communities and host families, there are kitchens that you can use. In the host families, meals will usually be cooked for you but, you are allowed to help (especially women, as in Ghana, there are classic gender roles) in the kitchen. In the apartments and shared accommodations, you cook yourself. If you live in a dormitory with other participants (e.g. in an orphanage), there is usually a covered simple outdoor burner that is available to you. In hotel accommodation, there is no possibility of cooking. Details are in the tab "Accommodation".
I am a vegetarian. Can I get vegetarian food?
Yes, this is possible. The Ghanaian cuisine is very diverse, and even more vegan than vegetarian, because dairy products are among luxury goods and it is very difficult to find milk, cream or cheese. While in Ghana, a lot of fish and meat is eaten, you can order at most restaurants and stalls, vegetarian/vegan diet dishes.
What language skills do I need?
The official language of Ghana is English. Most Ghanaians, at least in urban areas, speak very good English. You should be able to communicate in English.
 
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