Saving Cross River Gorillas and Chimpanzees
Volunteer in the Highland Rainforests of South West Cameroon. Spend two or more weeks volunteering on conservation projects saving these great apes from extinction.
Students receive 20% discount!
Due to the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon, this programme has been temporarily suspended. We will send an announcement as soon as volunteers can join again.
Volunteer in the Highland Rainforests of South West Cameroon. Spend two or more weeks volunteering on conservation projects saving these great apes from extinction. Students receive 20% discount!
The Cross River gorilla could become extinct within 10 years, unless we act now. Volunteering on this conservation project in Cameroon will take you to work on the frontline of conservation, taking part in surveys of the montane rainforests – some of which have never been surveyed before – and in community education and awareness-raising activities.
South West Cameroon harbours two of the most threatened African great apes: the critically endangered Cross River gorilla – the rarest of the gorilla sub-species with 250-300 individuals left in the wild – and the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee – also the most endangered chimpanzee subspecies in Africa. They are both keystone species in the montane forest ecosystems of the border region of Nigeria and Cameroon.
Join a 2 or 4-week expedition that gives volunteers the chance to work as part of an award-winning team, protecting Africa’s most endangered great apes through direct action.
Helping to conserve Cross River Gorillas and chimpanzees; working with local staff; participating in great apes surveys; checking camera traps; environmental education activities at primary and secondary schools; being immersed in the indigenous communities of the highland rainforest; meeting with local kings, chiefs, teachers and children; visiting Limbe Wildlife Centre; and experiencing this unique, authentic African rainforest expedition.
You will stay in local hostels while in town and in bush camps in the field. The local conditions are very basic and the terrain is very though, with steep slopes. Temperatures and humidity are high. The expedition will involve camping in two man tents. There will be no electricity and no toilets (only bush toilets). Meals will be prepared on an open fire and provided two times a day while in the field.
Age range: 18-75 year
Group size: 2-10 volunteers
Languages: English, French
Dates and Costs
Costs 2 Weeks: US$1,650 4 Weeks: US$2,350 6 Weeks: US$3,150 8 Weeks: US$3,950 3 Months: US$5,350 Students receive 20% discount! Are you interested in staying longer? Please send us an email for more information.Dates 2018 2 WEEKS
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JUNE. NO BOOKING
|Heavy rainy season|
JULY. NO BOOKING
AUGUST. NO BOOKING
SEPTEMBER. NO BOOKING
|AE2W1810||Saturday||6th October||Sunday||21st October||Rainy-Dry season|
|AE2W1811||Saturday||13th October||Sunday||28th October|
|AE2W1812||Saturday||3rd November||Sunday||18th November||Dry Season|
|AE2W1813||Saturday||10th November||Sunday||25th November|
|AE2W1814||Saturday||1st December||Sunday||16th December||Dry Season|
2018 – 4 WEEKS
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|AE1M1808||December||Saturday||8th||January||Sunday||6th||On Special Request|
- Transport to and from the airport
- 2 nights accommodation in a hotel in Buea (1 night at arrival/1 night at dept)
- Transport to and from field base
- Local transportation
- Food and water
- Guides and Porters
What’s not Included
- International Flights
- Medical and Travel Insurance
- Personal Kit
- Inoculations and Medication
- Visa (can range in price from $100-$120 US).
- Departure tax at the airport – approx $20
- Occasional meal out in town (ranging from $5-12)
Which qualifications are required?
Expedition Members must be highly motivated and physically fit. Some trekking and climbing experience would be an advantage. The local climate is hot and humid; temperatures are ranging from 20-35°C. It is important that expedition members can work as a team and assist the local staff in the daily tasks.
Which skills will you gain?
Volunteers should expect to gain exposure to current fieldwork and processes and the working methods of small independent NGOs. The focus is to provide volunteers with the opportunity to assist in research projects, great apes surveys and attend workshops and meetings with local communities and schools. Training will be provided in great apes surveys and biodiversity monitoring, use of GPS and navigation tools, data collection, and environmental education.
Why should I have to pay to volunteer?
Volunteers are a key part of the project. Your hard work and enthusiasm are very much needed and appreciated by the local team and communities. However, we don’t have the funds to subsidise volunteers, so we need your contributions to cover the costs of the programme activities. This includes meals, equipment, local staff and transport, program materials, the services of a trained expedition leader, on-site coordination and development of the programme and administrative costs. Your volunteer contribution also helps to create local jobs in an area where there are virtually no paid jobs available – and to create and maintain new reserves to protect the great apes populations.
Will someone meet me at the airport?
Yes, please send your flight itinerary to ACF at least two weeks in advance of the expedition start date. An ACF or ERUDeF staff person or representative will meet you in the public area outside Customs and bring you to your hotel.
What should I do if my flight is delayed?
Please notify ACF as soon as possible and confirm your new arrival times so the expedition leader can arrange your transportation. What should I do if I arrive before the scheduled arrival date? If you choose to spend time in-country before the expedition begins, please plan to meet your team at the designated airport or hotel within the specified arrival window on the first day of the program in order to be transported to the local office and the field sites.
How do volunteers stay involved once back home?
In the last few years, volunteers have expressed a strong desire to stay connected with the project and continue to support local activities once they return home. Sharing the excitement of new insights and perspectives is an important part of your experience. Raising local and international awareness raising for the plight of endangered species is very helpful and we need your help to recruit others to join future expeditions. Volunteers and other interested persons can link to the online Facebook Cross River Gorilla community: http://www.facebook.com/crossrivergorillas