Volunteering with Primates in Ghana

As the mammal most closely related to human beings, primates are essential in advancing our understanding of evolution and the natural world.  Human encroachment into the monkey’s natural habitat has lead to a significant reduction in their numbers.  Now, more than ever, primate conservation is needed to ensure the survival of the most affected species.  When volunteering with primates in Ghana, you’ll get to experience first-hand interaction with some of the most interesting creatures ever to walk the planet…and swing from trees!

When Volunteering with Primates in Ghana, you’ll have the chance to work with Roloway monkeys, White-naped Mangabeys, Miss Waldron’s red colobus, and Greater spot-nosed monkey.  Located at Ghana’s conservation and breeding center based at the Accra Zoo; you will work alongside a team of keepers who are a part of the European Conservation Action to assist in taking care of the primates.  These include monkeys who were rescued from the pet trade as well some that were injured/ or orphaned and hope to be re-released into the wild. Your duties will include feeding, cleaning enclosures, general maintenance, monitoring of behavior, providing enrichment activities, and box training for travel to Europe.

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Room & Board

Your project fee for projects in Ghana covers your room and full board in the NGO’s volunteer house.  Here, you’ll be living in a large, beautiful house located about a 30-45 minute taxi ride from your placement.

  • Shared, single-sex dorm rooms with en-suite bathrooms and ceiling fans
  • 3 meals per day (breakfast: self-service | lunch & dinner: local chef prepared in-house)
  • Filtered drinking water
  • Hot water & limited WiFi is available
  • NGO staff lives in the house with volunteers for 24/7 support



As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.

Ghana Projects

DurationProject Cost
1 week£300
2 weeks£500
4 weeks£1,000
Additional weeks (each)£250
Prices for projects in Ghana are in British Pound Sterling; please check the current exchange rate for costs in your local currency (www.xe.com).

There are additional fees for the medical internship (£100) and veterinary care (£200) projects.

Included: Airport arrival transport • Orientation on arrival • Shared accommodation in volunteer house • 3 meals per day and purified drinking water • 24/7 on-site staff support

NOT Included: Flights • Visas • Vaccinations • Travel insurance • Local transport • Return airport transfer • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees

Additional weeks cost a flat rate of £250 each.


All projects incur a $250 application fee.  Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.


Special Considerations | Volunteering with Primates in Ghana


For special considerations regarding all projects in Ghana, please visit the Ghana page.

Dangerous Animals

Primates may seem like cute, cuddly monkeys; but they’re also wild animals.  They’re much stronger than they appear and can cause serious injury if not approached with caution.  Volunteering with primates in Ghana requires vigilance and common sense when working with these amazing creatures.