Volunteering at the EPRC provides a unique opportunity to experience first hand the rescue and care of Vietnams endangered primates.
WHY VOLUNTEER AT THE EPRC?
Volunteers play an important role at the EPRC and we welcome your involvement in our program. Volunteers generally come to the EPRC because they wish to:
- Gain an insight into Vietnams endangered primates
- Experience what it is like to be a wildlife keeper
- Challenge themselves by trying some thing new and unique
- Incorporate volunteer work into travel, creating a unique travel experience
- Make a difference by assisting in a conservation program with direct outcomes for endangered species
- Learn first hand about Vietnamese culture and wildlife, and the issues facing conservation in Vietnam
A volunteer placement at the EPRC can be an incredibly rewarding experience that at the same time supports a well-established and active primate conservation program.
WHAT WILL YOU DOING AS A VOLUNTEER?
As a volunteer at the EPRC, the work you will be doing varies all the time and there is no such thing as a typical day. Generally you will be assisting our local keepers to prepare animal food and feed and clean enclosures. Other work could include repair and construction of cages, building and installing enrichment items, giving tours to visitors. Depending on your skills volunteers can also help in fields such as gardening, research, project management and media. Long term volunteers will be trained to undertake these duties independently.
If you are working directly with our animal keepers you will start work at 6:30 am. Keepers have a break for breakfast from 8:00-9:00 am, lunch from 11:30-1:30 pm and the workday concludes at 4:45 pm. Staff work a rota system so we have staff to cover work on weekends. As a volunteer you will have weekends free, and additional time can be made available after discussion with the head keeper.
WHO CAN VOLUNTEER AT THE EPRC?
Volunteers do not need animal experience, only enthusiasm, compassion for animals, a willingness to pitch in and a good team spirit. If you have other skills, such as construction, graphic design, education or horticulture we will try to utilize these skills during your volunteer placement. Students of biology, primatology, zoology and conservation science are encouraged to volunteer at the EPRC, and we are happy to cater for academic needs.
For more details about our volunteer program please download the VOLUNTEER BOOKLET (PDF, 600 KB)
"As a biologist, I am always intrigued by how wildlife in other corners of the world are taken care of, especially the mammals and the primates. So I assisted the staff with their daily keeping tasks, went into the forest at night to track down released lorises, and did leaf-cutting to collect food for langurs. My most memorable experience in the EPRC must be the communication with their Vietnamese keepers, who spoke little English. It was so much fun when body language was the more frequently used language at work.
"I quit my job in Online Marketing back home and volunteered at the EPRC for three months. During my stay I worked most of the time office jobs, helping the EPRC to build a website, taking charge of merchandise design and print materials. But my highlight was the time I got to spend with the keepers and together, we carried out different duties in the center. Working for the EPRC has opened me up to the world of conservation and I have learned a lot about how important it is to protect animals and their habitat."
"Being a researcher and a primate enthusiast has led me to stay with the EPRC for two weeks. Due to limited amount of time I had with the EPRC, I thought I would want to contribute something different from other volunteers. I managed to create three ethograms for gibbon, douc langur and loris, aiming to assess the best candidates for release by observing their behaviours. After I leave, EPRC's keepers and skilled volunteers will continue my research. Cuc Phuong is one of the most beautiful National Parks I've ever been to. It's no doubt that I'll come back here someday.