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 carer
- 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 Information Booklet using the button below.
"As a volunteer, I spent 7 days working with the keepers at EPRC. At first, I had no idea how great this pleasure would be until the volunteer manager walked me around and told me how rare these primates are. The volunteer tasks were a little bit tiring but at the same time full of excitement. The staffs were very friendly and they taught me a lot about primates. Now, I can be so sure that I am a primate expert in my company. Moreover, the most interesting thing I could learn from the keepers was that every primate has their own personality, for example, Struppi – a red-shanked dour langur likes stranger a lot but Ronaldo – another dour langur, seems to be not so friendly with strange people."
"My Volunteer experience at the EPRC was an unforgettable opportunity for personal growth. I was able to consolidate my studies with practical hands on and immersive activities, we were treated with trust and respect as we worked as primate keepers. Working with primates during their rescue and rehabilitation was truely a humbling experience, allowing me to reevaluate my values on life and foster skills in compassion and perseverance. I left my volunteer placement a step closer to the person I aspire to become in the future, full of knowledge and passion for conservation, and a participant in inspiring work."
"I will definitely come back to CucPhuong National Park for many more times" was the first think I said to myself after one week at EPRC . At EPRC, I have learnt that how close primates are to us human. Among the primates at EPRC, I like gibbons the most since each of them has a very unique characteristic and it was so delightful hearing them "whistle" every morning. The most interesting task at EPRC, for me, was to hunt insects for lorises and it is not exaggerate to say that I am now a master stick insect hunter . Finally, this is my advice for the future volunteers: Always wear long clothes and watch out for caterpillars since they are everywhere and ready to "jump" from trees onto your body at anytime .