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gegründet 2003
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Koordinator | Marion
Koordinator | Marion
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Learn more about the amazing local wildlife in Central America
Help to protect animals in danger of extinction
Explore a country that is famous for its rich biodiversity and dream beaches
Boost your CV with international volunteer experience
Open your horizon while making a life changing experience
Become a volunteer at the Animal Rescue Center in Panama that cares for animals that have fallen victim to the illegal animal trade. Get involved and help local wildlife. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 18+
While volunteering in Panama you will support a wildlife sanctuary in the middle of a green oasis just outside of Panama City. The animal rescue center cares for animals that have fallen victim to the illegal animal trade. In most of the cases, they have been confiscated from customs at the airport or on the black market. Some animals also have been rescued from other sort of captivity (e.g. private households, circus, hotels, etc.) and brought to the station. Sadly, most of the animals are in life-threatening and terrifying conditions.

The animal rescue center lovingly takes care of nursing the animals back to health. The best case scenario is their reintroduction back to the  wild. Unfortunately, this is only possible in rare cases, as many animals would no longer survive in their natrual habitat or would become victims of poaching again. So, about 300 animals have found a safe home in the animal rescue center. In addition to the extensive areas for the rescued animals, there is also a vet station and a visitors' center.

The animal sanctuary has its origins in 1923 when it was a small farm on which the settlement of certain animal species was sought. Back in 1985 is was run as a zoo under a new administration. Since then efforts have been made in order to change this business model and transform the center into what it is today: a safe habitat for wildlife. Today the animal sanctuary is managed by the local government and is considered a natural reserve.

This volunteer work allows you to learn a lot about local flora and fauna of Panama. You can experience the impressive biodiversity up close and help to protect it. The wildlife conservation center borders on a large area of evergreen rainforest. You can even see animals in their natural habitat that live free in the vicinity.


When arriving at the animal rescue center volunteers take part in a welcome talk in order to learn the most important facts about the mission of the center and the basic knowledge about the animals.

Volunteers normaly work Monday through Friday, and sometimes sign up for weekend feeding rounds. Work starts in the morning at about 7 am and ends in the early afternoon with a long lunch break (work schedule subject to change). This volunteer project gives you the chance to learn a lot about the breathtaking flora and fauna of Central America. You can experience wild animals up close while helping with the feeding and cleaning as well as the maintenance of the cages and enclosures. You will learn about the eating habits of the individual animal species as well as how they are handled and kept.

In the station you have the opportunity to see rare bird species such as the national bird the harpy eagle, beautiful macaws and other parrots, as well as big cats (e.g. jaguars, pumas, wild cats) and other mammals such as tapirs, wild boars, ocelots, anteaters, tayra (Central American madder species), monkeys, sloths and other exotic wildlife. Even reptiles such as crocodiles and iguanas find refuge in the animal sanctuary. 

The sanctuary is also open to visitors and welcomes guests at the visitor center. In workshops on topics such as environmental education, animal welfare, ecological footprint and recycling and other relevant ecological issues, visitors are made aware of the importance of wildlife conservation and nature protection. Here, too, volunteers have the opportunity to make a contribution to a more conscious use of our natural resources and inhabitants of our earth.

Please note that we do not have any influence on the types or number of animals at the center and that this information is subject to changes.

Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as the number of volunteers, time of year, weather, current needs of the project and self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.


The animal rescue center is located in Ancón just about 1 hour from Panama City downtown. In the immediate vicinity you can find the amazing Soberanía National Park, which has breathtaking flora and fauna.

A very popular destination is the Cerro Ancón surrounded by evergreen nature and with fantastic views of the city, the skyline and the world-famous Panama Canal. Here you will also find the impressive species-rich flora and fauna of Panama right on the doorstep of the capital.

In Panama City itself, volunteers will find an abundance of leisure activities, be it museums, historical sites, a visit to the interesting old town (Casco Antiguo), the many shopping malls, the causeway and, last but not least, a visit to the world-famous Panama Canal.


Um an diesem Programm teilzunehmen, musst du zu Programmbeginn mindestens 18 Jahre alt sein. Es kann Ausnahmen geben, wenn du die Erlaubnis deines/r Erziehungsberechtigten vorlegen kannst oder wenn du von deinen Eltern begleitet wirst
Du brauchst folgende Sprachkenntnisse: Englisch (Fortgeschritten)
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag und Freitag


Dienstleistungen von South America Inside
The volunteer work at the animal rescue center includes:

  • Shared room in Volunteer House
  • Breakfast
  • Airport pick-up Panama City*
  • Professional English-speaking advice
  • Translation of your application documents
  • Volunteer Work Placement in Panama
  • English-speaking in-country support
  • Handbook Panama
  • 24/7 emergency number
  • Information about suitable travel insurance
  • Certificate of participation
*Note: Arrival should be on a Saturday or Sunday between 8 am and 8 pm. Otherwise a surcharge may be required (to be paid on site).
Abholung vom Flughafen Tocumen International Airport

*Note: Arrival should be on a Saturday or Sunday between 8 am and 8 pm. Otherwise a surcharge may be required (to be paid on site).

Volunteers stay in a guest house in the center of Panama City. Shared rooms and shared bathrooms are available. In the hostel your breakfast is included. There are also common rooms, as well as a kitchen with a fridge.
Breakfast is included.
Gute Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten.
Der nächstgelegene Flughafen ist Tocumen International Airport (PTY) in Panama City. Wir helfen dir günstige Flüge nach Panama zu finden.
Ins Ausland zu gehen ist ein Abenteuer, auf das man sich stets gut vorbereiten sollte. Plötzliche Krankheit oder Verletzung, Stornierung oder Diebstahl - eine Reiseversicherung für Panama bietet die nötige Sicherheit.
Bevor du deine Freiwilligenarbeit in Panama antrittst, solltest du dich noch einmal von deinem Arzt beraten lassen und deine erforderlichen Impfungen für Panama überprüfen.

Termine & Preise


Informationen zur Anreise

The animal sanctuary receives volunteers year round. New volunteers always start on a monday. The arrival to Panama City should be the sunday or saturday before.

Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
2 - 12 Wochen


Kosten: Preise in USD
2 Wochen (Mindestaufenthalt)
3 Wochen
4 Wochen
5 Wochen
6 Wochen
7 Wochen
8 Wochen
12 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$299 /Woche

Bitte beachte, dass die oben angegebenen Gebühren geschätzt sind. South America Inside wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Anzahlung (15%)
Mit der Anzahlung reservierst du deinen Platz beim Freiwilligenprogramm. Zahlungen werden von PayPal abgewickelt, unserem vertrauenswürdigen globalen Zahlungsanbieter. Falls du keinen PayPal Account hast, kannst du die Anzahlung auch mit einer Kreditkarte bezahlen.
Restzahlung (85%)
Deine endgültige Zahlung vereinbarst du mit South America Inside während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.

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