Some of our previous volunteers 

Harriet (UK)

Ruud (Netherlands)
Enclosure Enrichment

Rosa (Spain)

Laia (Spain)

John (Scotland)

Johann (Canada)
Fundraising & admin

If you are interested in volunteering, please send your resume/CV, reference letters and a statement of intent (300 words maximum) to info@tacugama.com. Please include the following information:

What motivations, expectations & objectives do you have for your stay at Tacugama?
How will your contribution benefit Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary's projects?
Do you have bush experience in developing countries?
Do you have experience living alone in an isolated area?
Do you have any health conditions (allergies, disabilities, asthma, etc)?

The following applies to all volunteers at Tacugama
Most of our chimpanzees are in large forested enclosures, and during daytime you may not see them outside of feeding times. As Tacugama's aim is to prepare the resident chimpanzees for release to the wild, volunteers should not expect to have direct physical contact with them.

Also note that chimpanzees are potentially dangerous animals and we do receive chimpanzees from unknown backgrounds with some diseases infectious to humans. Although we take all possible precautions, volunteers are required to sign a release form before their volunteer work begins.

Volunteers must acknowledge and sign a Memorandum of Understanding that the sanctuary reserves the right to access and publish any information, data and images regarding the sanctuary, its staff and chimpanzees, compiled/taken by volunteers. The use of such information, data and images by volunteers for any purpose must be authorized by the sanctuary.

Tacugama reserves the right to terminate the services of any volunteer should it be considered that they are unsuitable for the task and/or that their attitude is detrimental to our operation.

Volunteer Requirements: Health issues
Volunteers must be both mentally and physically fit to work in a tropical climate, and capable of living in an isolated environment. Volunteers are required to submit a written proof of:
  • Health status
  • Negative TB test result or chest x-ray result
  • Vaccinations against Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, polio, rabies, and tetanus
  • Yellow fever vaccination (It is a requirement for entering Sierra Leone; certificate must be shown on entry to the country.)
Volunteers are advised to take malaria prophylaxis. Chloroquine resistant falciparum malaria is reported in Sierra Leone. Please consult with your doctor for advice.

All expenses (e.g. return airfares, food, living expenses, medical expenses, insurance, etc) must be covered by the volunteer. Tacugama provides basic accommodation on the site. We also provide one local midday meal, consisting of rice, fish and various leaves/vegetables. Imported food items are normally more expensive.


The volunteer living quarters are located at the sanctuary. The quarters can be shared by up to 3 volunteers at a time. Each volunteer has his/her own room with bathroom and shares the kitchen and dining room.

Power & Communications
There is no constant electricity, but solar power is available for the use of computer and to charge cellular phones etc. Local mobile phone companies have coverage for the sanctuary. You can bring your own phone, provided it is not locked by your current mobile service provider. (SIM cards are cheap ($3) easily obtainable). We also recommend you bring rechargeable batteries for your head lamps and other such devices.

As we are located in a forest reserve in the hills, it can be cool during the nights and when it is raining thus a sleeping bag is recommended. The climate can also be very hot and humid, even in the rainy season, so come prepared for both hot and cold. The rainy season is usually from May to October. It can rain for days and weeks. Volunteers coming during the rainy season are advised to bring good rain gear, including waterproof shoes.

Day off
Volunteers are entitled to have one day off each week, but must be able to adjust according the sanctuary's activities.

Location of the Sanctuary
The sanctuary is located a 30 minute drive from Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. Public transport is available from the nearby village (a 40 minute walk from the sanctuary) to the centre of the town.

English is the official language of Sierra Leone. Good spoken and written English is required. The most common language in the region is "Krio".

An entry permit/visa is required for all non-Sierra Leonean (except ECOWAS) citizens.

There are flights to Lungi International Airport. Several airlines also fly to Lungi from neighbouring West African countries.

It is a good idea to buy a travel guide of Sierra Leone before you come out. Bradt have a very good detailed guide of Sierra Leone published in 2009 and updated in 2013 which has lots of great information about our beautiful country.  Lots of useful information can also be found on Visit Sierra Leone.