Volunteer Work, Animal Welfare
flexible start and end dates, year-round
Peru is home to many exotic animal species; the Andean region in particular is the natural habitat of many wild animals and bird species. On the other side of the country in the Amazonas Region, Peru hosts an impressive number of exotic species and very diverse wildlife. The animal sanctuary in the Cusco region specialize in taking in wild animals that can no longer live independently in the wild. This is mostly due to injury, malnutrition, or because of poaching.
About 120 live in this shelter (numbers subject to changes), including sloths, monkeys, bears, parrots, lamas, vicuñas, pumas, and other mammals, birds, and reptiles from the Andes or Amazon region.
The staff at the shelter does their best to rehabilitate and prepare the animals so that they can be released back to their natural environment as quickly as possible. For some animals, release back into the wild is not possible, and they stay at the wildlife sanctuary for the rest of their lives.
Since programs like these depend strongly on private funding and help from volunteers, international and national volunteers are vital to the ongoing efforts of the animal refuge center.
Note: The animal population and species cannot be guaranteed and are subject to change.
At the wildlife sanctuary, you will assist with various tasks. First and foremost, you will help with treatment and rehabilitation of the animals. You will support the staff as much as possible to make sure that each animal has the best possible living environment. This is not an easy undertaking, considering these animals live in captivity. Furthermore, you will help keep the cages and enclosures clean and feed the animals on a regular basis.
1. Check all cages and inspect the animals.
2. Check ventilation
3. Clean and disinfect the cages
4. Clean and disinfect feeding utensils
5. Receive, clean, classify and store animal food
6. Prepare food and feed animals
7. Build and repair cages
8. Help with daily animal records
9. Help with sick or animals which are in quarantine
10. Welcome visitors, guide them and explain the life of each animal in the shelter
11. Plant native trees and plants
12. Collect solid waste from the stream and the road close to the animal refuge
Working hours can be half-day or full day. This volunteer work can be combined with a Spanish course in Cusco.
Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.
It is very important for the success of your volunteer work that you feel comfortable during your stay in Peru. We therefore offer you two different accommodation options to choose from. All our accommodations are carefully selected.
Accommodation in a single room in a Peruvian homestay with half board allows you to get to know the local cuisine and immerse yourself in everyday life. In addition, living together with the hosts gives you the opportunity to get to know the warmth of the Peruvian people, their habits and their culture. You can also share your experiences with them and continuously improve your language skills.
For volunteers who prefer to live with other volunteers or Spanish students from all over the world, we offer single rooms in a residence. The bathrooms are always shared. No meals are included, but there is a kitchen for self-catering. Internet is available.
The city is known worldwide as a starting point for adventurous hikes on the Inca Trail and for the trip to the famous Inca city and World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu.
As the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco is itself a World Heritage Site and in the 13th century it had already reached a size much larger than all other Inca settlements. The history of the city is very eventful and legendary - traces of it can be found everywhere in the streets and alleys: today's very pretty cityscape is shaped by the colonial architecture, but there also are impressive remains from the Inca period, such as the legendary seamless walls that can be found everywhere. You can get a deep insight into the city's history in several museums.
Today Cusco is a lot in one: tourist magnet, starting point for adventures to Machu Picchu and surroundings, as well as a beautiful modern city in a spectacular scenery - you will be amazed!
In our Wildlife & Nature projects, our volunteers get along well with English language skills.
For optimal program preparation and cultural integration in the destination country, we recommend participating in a Spanish course in Peru (optional).
Pre-departure and in-country support
Before arrival, our experienced team will be at your disposal to assist you throughout the booking process and travel planning. With the booking confirmation you will receive our 24-hour emergency number, so that you can reach us 24/7 in case of emergency.
In addition to the assistance given by our office staff you will be supported by our partner organization in Peru located in Cusco.
Costs & Services
Our volunteer project in the Wildlife Reserve in Peru includes:
- Single room in Homestay (half board) / in Residence (self-catering)
- Professional English-speaking advice
- Translation of your application documents
- Volunteer Work Placement in Peru
- English-speaking in-country support
- Orientation session in Cusco
- Escort to the volunteer place on the first day
- Handbook Peru
- Intercultural guideline
- 24/7 emergency number
- Information regarding suitable travel insurance
- Certificate of participation
Costs when living in a homestay
(single room, half board)
Application fee: US$ 150
Program fee: US$ 800 (minimum stay 2 weeks)
Each additional week: US$ 200
Costs when living in the residence
(single room, no meals)
Application fee: US$ 150
Program fee: US$ 715 (minimum stay 2 weeks)
Each additional week: US$ 160
There is a donation of US$ 150 / month that has to be paid on site to the project.
Additionally, you can book:
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