A baby monkey at the Centro de Rescate y Rehabilitación de Primates in Chile.

A baby monkey at the Centro de Rescate y Rehabilitación de Primates in Chile. Photo © Robinson Esparza, licensed Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike.

The Primate Rescue and Rehabilitation Center began its work in 1994, when the Almazán-Muñoz family received an eight-month-old monkey. Since then, the family-run center has received over 175 monkeys that have been rescued from illegal trafficking. Some of the monkeys have arrived injured and/or diseased, and others have had addictions to alcohol or drugs.

The center works to rehabilitate the monkeys both physically and behaviorally, and when possible, release them to monkey sanctuaries.

Veterinary students can help with checkups, but it is important to note that other volunteers cannot work directly with the monkeys.Volunteers work 8:30am-6pm Monday-Friday and 8:30am-noon Saturday. Responsibilities include preparing the monkeys’ food, cleaning the monkey habitat and the grounds, helping out at the monkeys’ fruit and vegetable patch, and constructing and repairing the structures on-site. Veterinary students can help with checkups, but it is important to note that other volunteers cannot work directly with the monkeys.

Peñaflor is located 40 kilometers (25 mi) south of Santiago. In their free time, volunteers can head to Santiago, to the beach (for horseback riding, swimming, and surfing), or to the mountains.

Centro de Rescate y Rehabilitación de Primates

Peñaflor, Chile
tel. 56/2-2812-1020
http://www.macacos.cl

Application Process: Send an email. Volunteers must be 18 or older.

Cost: US$1,200 per month, including accommodations, meals, and transportation to and from the Santiago airport and the center. The fee also includes a donation to the project.

Placement Length: Minimum of two weeks.

Language Requirements: None.

Housing: Accommodations are homestays with the Almazán-Muñoz family, and volunteers usually share rooms. All homes have wireless Internet, washing machines, and dryers, and one of the homes has a swimming pool that volunteers can use. Meals are usually beef or chicken with rice or potatoes, fresh fruit, and vegetables; vegetarians can be accommodated without problem.

Operating Since: 1996; began accepting volunteers in 2007

Number of Volunteers: Five in 2012


Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Volunteer Vacations in Latin America.