Fees & Accommodations

Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary operates dynamic volunteer, internship and research programs to national and international volunteers and students. Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of 4 weeks and have a passion for wildlife conservation and aspects related to running a wildlife sanctuary. Interns and researchers are required to commit to a minimum of 4 weeks but will preferably stay for 3 to 6 months at a time.

Please email your CV with references and a letter of interest to info@tacugama.com. Students interested in research are required to write a research proposal. Please contact us for more information on research opportunities.

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Volunteer House
Facilities & Accommodations

On-site Volunteer House: The volunteer house has 4 single rooms and 2 bathrooms (with flushing toilets and cold showers), a living room, kitchen with cooker and fridge, and balcony overlooking the forest with a hammock and eating area. The house provides electricity by generator during office hours (8AM-12PM and 2PM-5PM), after which we switch to solar power energy limited to lights and charging phones only. If used carefully it can last all night.

On-site Research Housing: The research housing has 4 rooms (single or double occupancy if shared) with ensuite bathrooms (flushing toilets and cold showers) and balconies overlooking the forest. There is a common outdoor kitchen area with gas stove. The housing is solar powered at night for charging small items only, with main electricity provided by generator during office hours (8AM-12PM and 2PM-5PM).

Volunteer/Intern/Researcher Fees


4 wks


8 wks


12 wks


All fees in USD. Fees include accommodation, cooked lunch and dinner, breakfast provisions, use of the laboratory (where appropriate), moderate internet usage during office hours (internet service can be intermittent here) and weekly transport to the supermarket.

All volunteers, interns and researchers must pay for their own flights, visas, transfers to/from sanctuary, vaccinations and health insurance. Depending on the research being conducted, equipment may be provided.

For researchers, (PhD or professional researchers) there is an additional flat research fee of $2000 USD.


Tacugama will provide information on how to arrange your ferry transfer from the airport to Aberdeen. From Aberdeen, a sanctuary driver will collect you and take you directly to the sanctuary. All volunteers/researchers/interns will begin their stay and orientation at the sanctuary.

For researchers, Tacugama can help organize research logistics and field assistants or rangers/guides (depending on researcher needs).