Support Rescued Wildlife in the Amazon

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Koordinator | Andrea
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Buche mit der Flex-Option! Wähle ein neues Abreisedatum oder wechsel zu einem anderen Freiwilligenprogramm ohne zusätzliche Kosten.
Volunteer with rescued wildlife at one of our 3 Wildlife Sanctuaries in the Bolivian Amazon. Machía specialises in monkeys amongst other animals. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 18+

We accept volunteers all year round: 

We welcome volunteers from around the world to assist us in caring for the animals in our refuges. You will be involved in activities such as exercise, providing enrichment, cleaning, and feeding. You might also be asked to assist with maintenance projects and construction. Over 7,000 international individuals have volunteered with us in the past 20 years. 

The minimum time commitment required to volunteer is: 

  • 15-nights to work with small animals
  • 30-nights (or sometimes longer) to work in certain animal areas (e.g. all felines, certain monkey groups etc.) 
  • The day you arrive you do not start work, you will commence the following morning 
  • Please allow time for travel to and from the centre


  • Machia Sanctuary - in Villa Tunari, between Cochabamba and Santa Cruz 

Some of the highlights of volunteering with us are: 

  • A unique, worthwhile and memorable experience 
  • Gain hands-on experience of caring for a wide variety of animals 
  • Get up close and personal with orphaned monkeys, felines, tapirs etc. 
  • Incredibly rewarding 
  • Community living - share this experience with many like-minded volunteers
Why to volunteer with us?

Today CIWY is a leader in the management of wild animals within the country. Since the rescue of a spider monkey (Ateles chamek) during the very beginnings of CIWY, we have come a long way in the care of wildlife. More than 20 years later, we now manage three Wildlife Sanctuaries with more than 500 animals of different species. Governmental bodies often consult us about the proper treatment of various species, as well as zoos and other organisations. We are especially experienced in the management of primates, species such as capuchin monkeys (Sapajus apella) and spider monkeys (Ateles chamek), and large felines. Furthermore, we also have many more different species housed in our Centres.

Many animals arrive at our Centres with various problems, such as poor nutrition, malnourishment, health problems, loss of identity, psychological traumas or physical ailments due to the conditions in which they were kept previously. The majority of these animals cannot be re-released due to the irreversible damage caused by humans since they were taken from their natural habitats. Therefore we work to offer each and every one of these animals the best possible quality of life, including a proper diet, as large an enclosure as we are able to build them, exercise and stimulation.

Work areas

Machía cares for a variety of animals, which are separated into specific areas. Volunteers are assigned to one of these work areas. While volunteer preferences are taken into consideration, we ultimately must assign volunteering duties based on the need at the time. Therefore we cannot guarantee that you will be able to work in a particular area.

All volunteers working with animals assist in cleaning, preparing food and providing enrichment. In addition to this some areas have further responsibilities/duties - these are detailed below. The minimum number of days required to work in each area is also specified below - this minimum is a policy put in place for the benefit and stability of our animals.


Machía has one basic volunteer house. The house has a kitchen with a stove and refrigerator that volunteers are welcome to use.

Bedsheets are provided. Pillows and mosquito nets are given out upon request and depending on availability. You may wish to bring a sleeping bag or blanket for colder nights, and you will need a padlock to lock your room during the day.

Rooms are generally shared between three to four people and all volunteers share the two bathrooms in the volunteer house. The bathrooms have hot showers.

While there is electricity and hot showers, power cuts are common (especially during the rainy season) and consequently, there may be periods of time when we are without hot water and running water.

Volunteers are allocated the beds available at the time of their arrival. If you wish to change rooms, we do take requests to switch to other rooms as they become available.

Should you wish a little more comfort and privacy, there are several hotels and hostels in town. 


Each day you will meet at the office at 7 am,  the first task is to prepare the animals food for the day.

You will have time to have breakfast either before or after preparing the animals food, it will depend on which area you are working in, and then you will need to go to your animal manage area.
You will be back at 12:30 to have lunch and rest, to start again at 2:00 pm
You will have different tasks through the day: Make enrichment, cleaning, go for a walk with the animals, some construction projects, etc
The day will finish around 5.30 - 6.00 pm


Volunteers usually work 6 days a week. With this time they are free to visit the nearest town, which for Machia is Villa Tunari or Cochabamba. 

Close to Machia you have different options such as the river, excursions, rafting and other places like La Jungla, Parque Carrasco, el Velo de la Novia, 3 Arroyos



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) oder Spanisch (Grundkenntnisse)
Benötigte Unterlagen
Yellow fever Vaccine
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Andere Fähigkeiten
* Be in a good physical condition, with a flexible attitude towards work
* Be able to work in humid weather conditions
* Have a basic understanding of English or Spanish
* A passion to help animals
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag und Samstag von 07:00 - 18:00


Dienstleistungen von Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi

The price includes food and accommodation, at Machia one meal per day a vegetarian lunch (plus tea and coffee) is included, although volunteers have access to kitchen facilities and to the cafe where you can purchase sandwiches, bread, cookies and other items. 

To reserve your place, there is a one-off fee of $100 USD paid via Volunteer World. The remaining volunteer fees are paid in cash in Bolivianos upon arrival to the Sanctuary. 

*The is a 300 Bs security deposit paid in cash upon arrival, this is returned to you at the end of your stay

**The volunteer needs to make a deposit for 200 Bs at the Cafe at Machia. If the volunteer does not spend it all, the change will be returned once the volunteer finishes his/her time


Volunteer house with kitchen (rooms of 3-4 people), stove and refrigerator and 2 shared bathrooms with hot showers, sheets and mosquito nets provided but volunteers may want to bring own sleeping bags. Electricity and hot water. Mobile phone reception with Tigo and Entel, access to wifi at the office from 6:00pm to 7:00am.


Volunteers with special dietary requirements should bring some food with them. Most food supplied is vegetarian. 

1. Machia.

Breakfast: Not covered. However coffee or tea are offered. 

Lunch: Vegetarian

Dinner: Not covered

Lunch is served at the cafe. The cafe also offers breakfast and snacks for purchase, it is open from 7:00am to 8:00pm. 

Limitierte Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten. Das Abholen vom Flughafen ist auch nicht in den Programmgebühren enthalten.
Der nächstgelegene Flughafen ist J Wilsterman Airport (CBB) in Cochabamba. Wir helfen dir günstige Flüge nach Bolivien 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 Bolivien bietet die nötige Sicherheit.
Bevor du deine Freiwilligenarbeit in Bolivien antrittst, solltest du dich noch einmal von deinem Arzt beraten lassen und deine erforderlichen Impfungen für Bolivien überprüfen.

Termine & Preise


Informationen zur Anreise

Volunteers are accepted all year round. 

You may, however, wish to bear in mind the following trends in volunteer numbers in choosing when to come:

  • April - August: volunteer numbers tend to reach higher levels, this is our high season.
  • October - February: volunteer numbers tend to be lower, this is when we have a greater need for help. 
Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
3 - 50 Wochen


Kosten: Preise in USD
15 Tage (Mindestaufenthalt)
4 Wochen
5 Wochen
6 Wochen
10 Wochen
18 Wochen
50 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$110 /Woche

Bitte beachte, dass die oben angegebenen Gebühren geschätzt sind. Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi 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 Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.

Warum sollte ich über Volunteer World buchen

Zusätzliche Sicherheit und kostenloser Service
Volunteer World ist die weltweit führende Vergleichsplattform für internationale Freiwilligenarbeit. Wir führen dich durch einen sicheren und einfachen Bewerbungsprozess. Plane deine nächste sinnvolle Reise mit Volunteer World und erhalte freien Zugang zu:
Hohe ethische Mindeststandards
Flex Option
Ändere deine Reservierung ohne zusätzliche Kosten
Wir erstatten deine Gebühren, falls deine Reise von Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi storniert wird
Unterstzützung & Vermittlung
Wir helfen dir und unterstützen dich in jeder Situation
Für dich ist unser Service kostenlos!
Die Programmgebühren werden unmittelbar durch Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi erhoben.

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