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Take Care of Exotic Animals

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This amazing volunteer project is your chance to experience the unique nature of the Bolivian rainforest while supporting an animal welfare center in Bolivia. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

The Project

Situated in the Amazon region, this project was founded in 1996. At the beginning, there were only two spider monkeys, one capuchin monkey, and one squirrel monkey. Today, the center is home to around 500 animals of 30 different species. You can also find some animals of endangered species at the center. The animal rescue center is open to tourists, but only at a distance, where the tourists can see rehabilitated animals in their natural habitat. The monkeys crowd together and they can be heard and seen jumping on the top of the trees. The main idea of the center is to protect and re-introduce the animals into the wild.

There is a team of veterinarians, scientists, and volunteers from all over the world who take care of the animals. Every species has a specified diet, medical supply if necessary, and own set of social behaviors. Some of the animals live semi-wild, which means that they can leave their cages to freely explore their natural surroundings.

During this project, you will experience unique and intense adventures every day! You will help maintain the local nature and be an active part of the conservation and protection of nature and wildlife in South America!

 

Your Tasks

As a volunteer, there are different tasks that you will do. Your main task is to feed the animals and to assure their safety and wellbeing. You will also make sure that the environment in the park is as natural as possible. During the day, a lot of the animals are dismissed from their enclosures and are accompanied into the wild or in so called runners where they have more space.

Another important area, which contributes to the successful existence of the animal welfare center, is the area of construction. It is important to maintain the facilities and equipment in a perfect condition. The enclosures and cages of the animals need to be regularly checked, improved and renewed.

Please keep in mind that some areas of work require minimum period of participation. This is especially important for the welfare of the animals. For example, a minimum of 21 days is required if you want to work with Marley or the spider monkeys.

The working hours as a volunteer depend on the working area, the current workload and the number of volunteers supporting the wildlife park. Generally, volunteers work from 7 am to 6 pm with a long siesta break.

The work areas for volunteers are well structured and organized to assure that all animals are taken care of, fed and healthy. The wildlife sanctuary can consider personal wishes from volunteers regarding the work area, nevertheless, we cannot guarantee that your expectations will be always met. But there is one thing we can guarantee you certainly: Your stay abroad in Bolivia, in the middle of the jungle, will be a unique experience!

Free-time activities

In your free time, you can go hiking, see wild animals on a safari, or do yoga! The Bolivian jungle is full of amazing adventures.

Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Yoga/Meditation

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 Spanish (intermediate level) and English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 09:00 - 16:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
South America Inside (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.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by South America Inside
  1. Consultation of our experienced staff
  2. Translation of application documents
  3. Placement in volunteer project
  4. Orientation upon arrival
  5. Orientation kit
  6. Local support
  7. 24/7 emergency number
  8. Certificate of participation

  9. I M P O R T A N T   N O T E:
    The costs for accommodation in the volunteer house (dormitories) and for lunch have to be paid ON SITE DIRECTLY TO THE VOLUNTEER PROJECT ONCE YOU CHECK-IN, IN LOCAL CURRENCY.

    Short-term stays:
    15 DAYS:  1,950 bolivianos (ca. 280 USD)
    ADDITIONAL DAY: 100 bolivianos (ca. 15 USD)

    Long-term stays:
    30 DAYS: 3,350 bolivianos (ca. 480 USD)
    ADDITIONAL DAY: 85 bolivianos (ca. 13 USD)

Accommodation

During this project, you will live in a volunteer house with shared rooms. The kitchen and bathrooms (warm water available) are shared. You will share your bedroom with 2-4 other volunteers. Each volunteer receives sheets, but pillows and mosquito nets are subject to availability. It is recommended that volunteers bring their own sleeping bag or blanket, as nights can get very cold. Furthermore, you should also bring a small lock to lock your room during work hours.   

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

During this project, volunteers will be provided daily with a vegetarian lunch. Breakfast or small snacks for the afternoon are available for purchase in the cafeteria. Dinner is not provided. You can either make your own food in the kitchen or eat in one of the many restaurants that are located in the nearby village. Vegans or people with allergies should bring some of their own ingredients, as there aren’t any opportunities in the village to buy these in the village. 

Internet Access
Limited 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 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.
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
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 440
3 weeks
$ 441
4 weeks
$ 442
5 weeks
$ 443
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 444
Average fees
$ 119 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Villa Tunari/Bolivia between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside 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 South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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