Accommodation is provided in our research camp. There are three shared houses and a communal braai area. Houses have a kitchen (basic cutlery, crockery and appliances included), twin beds and a bathroom with flushing toilets and hot, gas showers. You will be sharing with 2-6 other people. Depending on the number of assistants on the project some rooms may be co-ed. If uncomfortable with this, let us know and we can try to accommodate your needs. Our research camp is also home to a number of friendly dogs.
The accommodation is self-catering, and you are responsible for buying and preparing your own food, as well as doing your own washing up and keeping the kitchen clean. Items such as toilet paper, washing up liquid and laundry detergent are not provided, so you will also need to shop for these. The tap water in the camp is clean and drinkable, and hot water is available. Fridge and freezer space is provided, but these are shared between house mates. Pillows, pillow cases, and a fitted sheet are provided but you need to bring a sleeping bag and towels. You are required to keep your own living and working space clean and tidy. This includes your house, office space and any communal areas you might use.
Volunteers are transported to Alldays once a week at no extra cost to draw cash, buy their groceries, and other necessary things. Only the necessities are stocked in Alldays shops.
Your laundry is also your own responsibility. We have a shared laundry machine in camp, or there is a laundromat in Alldays.
The research camp is powered by power lines and electricity is available. Each assistant receives a quota for the electricity. You may go above the quota should you wish, but this will be at your own cost. Currently, the rate of electricity is around R1.20 per unit. The power operates at 220 volts. It is possible to recharge mobile phones, batteries, laptops, etc. but you will need to bring your own adapters.
It is possible to access our Wi-Fi internet from anywhere in the research camp if you bring your own laptop. The internet is free of charge, paid for by the Primate and Predator Project. However, because internet bandwidth is limited, there are rules and limitations to usage which will be explained to you upon arrival.
There are no landlines at the camp, but you can make phone calls or send SMS’s if you bring your own mobile phone. Mobile reception is limited on the farm but there are a few ‘hot-spot’ areas if you know where to find them. Overseas mobile phone carriers with roaming activated generally work fine, although if your phone is unlocked it may be much more economical to purchase a SIM card from a local carrier upon arrival. We recommend MTN, which has the best coverage in this area, and their pre-paid SIM cards currently cost only about R1.
Family and friends can post letters and parcels addressed to you to P.O. Box 483, Alldays 0909, South Africa. Letters from Europe take 10 or more days to reach us. Packages usually take 6 weeks or longer and it may be necessary to pay an additional amount when collecting the parcel.
Code of Conduct
In order to make sure every one stays safe and enjoys their experience, we have a Code of Conduct that we ask research assistants to follow. Please note that the Primate and Predator Project and research centre staff reserve the right to terminate your position as a research assistant and ask you to leave if you are in breach of this code.