Local Dog Shelter Assistant

founded in 2013
Beyond South America
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Coordinator | Laurie
Coordinator | Laurie
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Become even more passionate about dogs and their welbeing
Gain Spanish fluency by living with a host family
Learn the locals way
Make memories with new friends and co-workers
Visit Bolivia's finest places
Are you a dog lover and would you like to contribute? Volunteer at this dog shelter, the biggest in the area with 140 dogs. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
This project arose after the floods in Bolivia in 2018, thanks to the initiative of people who saw many dogs being abandoned by their owners due to the disaster. Nowadays, also run away dogs or dogs that are rescued from the streets take residence at this shelter. Currently, they run a shelter for around 140 dogs, which makes it the largest dogshelter in the country. Sometimes a dog is getting adopted by a family where he/she can live happily ever after! We are always happy to see when a dog is adopted. 

A volunteer can help out by preparing the food and feeding the dogs, cleaning the areas, buying new toys, play with the dogs and also, when you are handy, help build new shelters for the dogs to sleep in!

Your direct co-workers are volunteers and social veterinarian workers.

Are you a dog lover, that likes physical work? Then please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Typical day

A typical day at the dog centre starts at 10 am with feeding the dogs.  After that it's time to do some dirty work (cleaning the fennels and the terrain). Then, it's time to play and get some exercise. Our dogs love to play and to be petted. And walking ofcours.

Hosting 140 dogs, naturally some things have to be repaired or new fennels have to be build. A handy volunteer can add major value by fixing things! 

Depending on the desired work hours, volunteers are also involved in activities to raise funds. All ideas are more than welcome. 
Volunteers can either to choose to work a whole or a halve day. 

Free-time activities

In addition to volunteer and internship opportunities, there is a lot to see and do in Bolivia. If you are in for some action you can descend a zipline in the middle of the jungle, ride a bicycle down the steep Yungas road or sail a boat on Lake Titicaca. Are you looking for something more relaxing or
cultural? You can submerge yourself in one of the country's many hot springs, take a break in the turquoise lagoon, admire the constructions of the Pre-Colombian Tiwanaku Empire or the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world.


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Education Requirements
no specific focus at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Experience with dogs; handy; hard worker
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Beyond South America

Our one-time mediation fee includes:

  • search and mediation for a suitable project
  • preparation via Skype calls
  • search and mediation for accommodation (host family and/or volunteer house)
  • airport pick up and city tour; SIM-card; donation to the project; support with visa
  • 24/7 contact to coordinator on site
  • emergency support and hospital transport;
  • evaluation of the project
  • transport to your project (one-time)

Note: We offer an upgrade package (comfort class) for volunteers that need more support. This package includes more contact time. We take you more often to your project/Spanish classes, we offer 'airport drop-off' and there is extra time to explore Cochabamba. Naturally, this upgrade comes with a small price increase. 

Which costs are not included? 

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Accommodation (we do offer accommodation in our volunteerhouse or host families for additional prices)
  • food/meals and daily needs
  • Spanish classes (possible)

We will send you detailed information about the costs of living you can expect in Bolivia.

Please note, that all the profit of Beyond South America goes to the foundation "Casa de la Alegría" providing therapeutic workshops for children and adolescence in social projects in and around Cochabamba/Bolivia

Airport Pickup at J Wilsterman Airport

Yes we provide airport pick up. 

If you chose the 'Comfort Class' package we also drop you off at the airport the day you leave. 

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Please arrange your own accommodation. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is J Wilsterman Airport (CBB) in Cochabamba. We assist you to find cheap flights to Bolivia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Bolivia provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Bolivia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Bolivia.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

There are no specific starting dates- a volunteer can start on request 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$124 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Beyond South America will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Beyond South America during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Local Dog Shelter Assistant

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