|Volunteer work at the MONA Sanctuary|
|Written by Dr. Lorraine Docherty|
|Saturday, 28 March 2009 00:00|
Volunteering At the Sanctuary in Spain
The Mona Foundation depends heavily on volunteer helpers to continue its work. Volunteers are responsible for many of the tasks involved in the day-to-day care of chimpanzees at our sanctuary. They can stay for a minimum period of six months. Other helpers who live locally give a day or more of their time each week to undertake tasks such as publicity, school visits, fundraising and maintenance.
We prefer volunteer carers to stay for a minimum of six months and take part in all aspects of caring for our primates. This includes, collecting and preparing food, cleaning indoor quarters, maintaining structures in the outdoor enclosure, organising enrichment activities, feeding primates and collecting data on the re-socialisation of primates. There will be a period of two or three months where the volunteer will be trained and introduced to the project before they will take the responsibility of the daily care of primates. Other duties undertaken by volunteers include gardening, attending to visitors and helping at fundraising events.
The working hours at Mona are long and the duties can be physically demanding. A full-time head carer is on duty each day to supervise volunteers and is assisted several days per week by the project director. Three to four people are involved in animal care duties each day. Local members of the Foundation assist with other duties such as maintenance and organising educational visits. The working languages at the Mona Foundation are Spanish, Catalan and English.
Working hoursVolunteers are required to work five days per week, which is organised on a rota system. On occasions volunteers may be asked to work six or seven days in a row. The hours are usually from 8.30am till 1.30pm and from 3.30pm till 7.00pm. These hours can be longer in the summer or when new primates are brought to the centre.
Experience neededPrevious experience in a primate centre or other type of animal care centre is desirable but not essential. Equally important is that volunteers can demonstrate that they are committed to the aims of the Mona Foundation, that they are available to work full-time for a period of six months.
AccommodationThere is no accommodation available on-site but we will help you find accommodation nearby through our local contacts (average cost is 150-300 euros per month).
Period of stayStaring dates are flexible and can be at any time of the year. Volunteer carers are requested to stay for at least six months.
Cost100 euros deposit before your arrival.
Getting to the Mona FoundationThe project is situated in the town of Riudellots de la Selva , 10 kilometres south of Girona in Catalonia, Spain. Barcelona is just over one hour south by train or car. Girona airport, which has excellent connections to the UK and elsewhere in Europe, is just ten minutes from the project.If you come by car you can take the N-II road or the AP-7 motorway -exit 8 .
How to applyIf you are interesting in volunteering at the Mona Foundation, please write, giving details of when and for how long you are available and what experience and qualifications you have that is relevant to Mona’s work. Please enclose a copy of your CV.
|Last Updated on Monday, 08 August 2011 18:30|