Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi

Support Rescued Wildlife at Jacj Cuisi Sanctuary

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Milli
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Coordinator | Milli
Coordinator | Milli
Volunteer with rescued pumas at one of our 3 Wildlife Sanctuaries in the Bolivian Amazon. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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 25 years. 

The minimum time commitment required to volunteer is: 

  • 1 week to help with construction projects at Jacj Cuisi
  • 2 weeks to work with the caged puma Capitan at Jacj Cuisi
  • 4 weeks (or sometimes longer) to work with one of the two pumas that walk on trails

Location: 

  • Jacj Cuisi Sanctuary - near Rurrenabaque

Some of the highlights of volunteering with us are: 

  • A unique, worthwhile and memorable experience 
  • Gain hands-on experience of caring for wildlife
  • Get up close and personal with rescued pumas
  • Incredibly rewarding 
  • Community living - share this experience with many like-minded volunteers
Why to volunteer with us?

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

Jacj Cuisi cares for a three pumas, and always has construction or maintenance projects. 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. The minimum number of days required to work in each area is a policy put in place for the benefit and stability of our animals.

Accommodation

Jacj Cuisi has one basic volunteer dorm that sleeps up to 8 people. There is limited mobile phone signal at specific points in the sanctuary, however only with the provider Entel. There is no electricity and volunteers currently sleep in one large dorm with bunk beds on straw mattresses. 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.

There are two ecological toilets with attached showers. A nearby creek is used primarily for relaxing and bathing. Please try to bring biodegradable soaps with you as much of this water directly enters the water system.

There is an equipped kitchen where the staff cook three meals per day. 

Typical day

Each day you will meet at the kitchen at 7 am,  there is a list of rotating morning tasks that you will be assigned to. You will have time to have breakfast before preparing the animals food or starting construction, it will depend on which area you are working in, and then you will need to go to your management area for the morning.

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

Details on Arrival

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. 

Free-time activities

Volunteers usually work 6 days a week. With this time they are free to visit the nearest town, which for Jacj Cuisi is Rurrenabaque. 


In Rurrenabaque there are hikes with stunning views, waterfalls hanging bridges, etc. Plus lovely restaurants and hotels with pools to relax by after a long week of work. 

Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking

Program Requirements

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) and Spanish (basic level)
Required Documents
Yellow Fever Vaccination
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
* 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
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 07:00 - 18:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi

To reserve your place there is a one-off reservation fee of $100 USD, paid via Volunteer World.
The remainder is paid in Bolivianos in cash 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

Accommodation

Jacj Cuisi’s accommodation, included in the price of your stay, is basic. There is limited mobile phone signal at specific points in the sanctuary, however only with the provider Entel. There is no electricity and volunteers currently sleep in one large dorm with bunk beds. Each volunteer is given a mosquito net (when available) and a set of sheets, but we recommend that volunteers bring a sleeping bag or blanket in the dry season when nights can become cold.

There are two ecological toilets with attached showers. A nearby creek is used primarily for relaxing and bathing. Please try to bring biodegradable soaps with you as much of this water directly enters the water system.

Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Food is included in the cost. Volunteers and staff generally take turns cooking for everyone and most meals are vegetarian.

Breakfast includes bread, jam, fruit and coffee. You may wish to bring cereal or oatmeal with you to supplement this meal. Many grocery items can be purchased in Rurrenabaque.

If you have any special dietary requirements or want specific foods, you should bring them with you. Vegans are advised to bring protein-rich foods or supplements.

Water is treated from the creek and is safe to drink. However, if you are concerned about water purity you can bring water purification tablets or purchase bottled water in Rurrenabaque.

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Rurrenabaque (RBQ) in Rurrenabaque. 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.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Bolivia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Bolivia.
Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 238
2 weeks
$ 429
30 days
$ 618
50 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,139
Average fees
$ 160 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Rurrenabaque/Bolivia between 1 week and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Bolivia.
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 Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas South America Bolivia  Rurrenabaque, Jacj Cuisi Sanctuary

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