Protect Wild Animals in Bolivia

Volunteering Wildlife Sanctuary Bolivia
Program Facts
BO-WN101
Bolivia
Volunteer Work
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Booking No.

BO-WN101

Program Type

Volunteer Work, animal protection

Place

Villa Tunari, Bolivia

Volunteer Responsibilities

Prepare food for the animals, cleaning enclosures, general maintenance of the house and grounds, work at one specific area (see tasks for details)

Work Hours

7 days/week, after two weeks working one day off

Program Start Date

On any day of the week

Duration

Minimum 2 weeks

Minimum Age

18 years

Language

Elementary Spanish skills. Also book your Spanish course in Bolivia with us.

Skills

No special skills required

Accommodation

Shared dormitory in volunteer house

Food

Lunch (vegetarian) included

Location

Sandwiched between two national parks, between the cities of Cochabamba (ca. 2,5 hours) and Santa Cruz (ca. 5,5 hours)

Climate

Tropical, warm and humid with temperatures up to 35°C (95°F)

Vaccinations

Yellow fever required. Please also ask your doctor for additional advice.

Internet*

Available at project site from 6 pm – 7 am. Internet facilities in Villa Tunari.

In-country Support

Volunteer coordinator at project site

24/7 Emergency No.

With the booking confirmation, you will receive our 24/7 Emergency Number where you can reach us 24/7 in case of emergency.

Packing List

Rubber boots, long sleeved shirts and trousers, sleeping bag, mosquito net, head torch, cash (closest ATM in Cochabamba)

Application

Application possible at any time, with at least 4 weeks’ notice

Insurance

Travel Health Insurance for Bolivia obligatory!


*We would like to point out that in Latin America, especially in remote areas where many of our volunteer work projects take place, Internet and/or cellular radio systems do not always work reliably.

This amazing volunteer project is your chance to experience the unique nature of the Bolivian rainforest while supporting an animal welfare center in Bolivia. Here you support the first animal rescue center in Bolivia, devoted to the protection and re-introduction into the wild of animals in the region around the village of Villa Tunari.

The wild animal park which is situated right at the end of the Amazonas started its operation in 1996 with two spider monkeys, one capuchin monkey and one squirrel monkey. Today, the wildlife park cares for 300 animals of 30 different species, 5 of which are in danger of extinction or vulnerable. The wild animal park features a separate entrance for tourists into the refuge center. There, tourists can see rehabilitated animals in the wild. Many monkeys hoard together and can be perfectly seen and heard as they hang out on the treetops.

The animals are taken care of by vets, natural scientists, and volunteers from all over the world. Animals have special diets according to their species, and are provided with medical care and social rehabilitation if needed. Some animals can also leave their cages for a walk, exploring their natural surroundings.

Since the animal welfare center cares for diverse animals, they are separated into specific areas. Volunteers are assigned to one of these different responsibilities. The main task for volunteers is assisting in cleaning, preparing food and providing enrichment. Some animals are taken out of their cages and enclosures and brought to so called runnsers during the day. Others have to be accompanied into the wild (coatis, monkeys, puma, birds). Depending on what area you're going to support, you will be in touch with different animal types:

Capuchin Monkey area and Spider Monkey Park:
Here, you will take care of capuchin monkeys and a group of free spider monkeys.

Small Animals:
In this section, you can expect to work with small mammals as coatis, tayra, ferrets.

Birdhouse:
Brids like macaws and parrots need your attention and care.

Balú and Marley:
Balú is an Andean bear, and Marley a puma. Both of them require special care and Marley is regularly walked on a leash through the jungle.

Another important area, that contributes to the ongoing success of the animal welfare center, is the area of construction. It is important to maintain the facilities and keep the equipment in perfect condition. The enclosures and cages of the animals need to be checked regularly, improved, and renewed.

All work areas described above also include additional tasks that will be explained to you on-site. Please keep in mind that some work areas require a minimum period of participation. This is especially important for the welfare of the animals. For example, a minimum of 21 days is required if you want to work with Marley or the spider monkeys.

The work hours as a volunteer depend on the work area, current workload, and the number of volunteers supporting the wildlife park. Generally, volunteers work from 7 am to 6 pm with a long siesta break in between.

The work areas for volunteers are well structured and organized to assure that all animals are taken care of and fed. Although the wildlife sanctuary can take personal wishes from volunteers regarding their preferred area of work into consideration, we cannot guarantee that your desires will be always met. There is one thing we can guarantee you for certain: Your stay abroad in Bolivia, in the middle of the jungle, will be a unique and unforgettable experience!

Volunteers in Bolivia live in a two-story volunteer house that features shared dormitories, a kitchen with a fridge and bathrooms with warm water. You will share your room with a maximum of 3 other volunteers. Rooms are not usually separated by gender. Each volunteer receives bed linens while pillows and mosquito nets are subject to availability. It is recommended that you bring your own sleeping bag or blanket, as nights can get very cold. Furthermore, we also recommend bringing a small padlock to lock your personal belongings.

The wildlife sanctuary provides volunteers with a vegetarian lunch every day. Breakfast just includes coffee or tea. Other meals and snacks during the day can be purchased at the on-site cafeteria. Dinner is not included, but volunteers can use the kitchen or eat in one of the restaurants located in the nearby village. Vegans or those with special diet due to allergies should bring what they need, as many ingredients are unavailable in the village.

Volunteers have access to the Internet every day from 6 pm to 7 am. In the nearby village of Villa Tunari, you can also find Internet cafés.

Volunteer Work in animal welfare in Bolivia includes:
  Consultation of our experienced staff
  Translation of application documents
  Volunteer work placement
  Orientation session on arrival
  Orientation kit
  Local support
  24/7 Emergency Number
  Shared room in Volunteer House
  Daily lunch (vegetarian)
  Advisery concerning adequate travel insurance
  Flight booking service (optional and for free)
  Certificate of participation

What’s not included:
  International flight
  Travel health insurance
  Local travels

Prices:

Placement fee
Volunteer Work

270 USD

 

Program / Duration

15
days

additional day
until day 30

30 days

additional
day

Volunteer House
(incl. lunch)

1,950 Bs
(approx. 280 USD)

100 Bs
(approx. 15 USD)

3,350 Bs
(approx. 480 USD)

85 Bs
(approx. 13 USD)

 Note: the above mentioned costs have to be paid on site in local currency (Bs=Boliviano).
There is also a guarantee deposit of 300 bs (approx. 45 USD) to be paid on site. This deposit is returned once the booked volunteering time has been completed.

 

Optional:

Travel health    insurance 

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