Wildlife Caretaker

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founded in 2011
RAREC
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Coordinator | Kathya
Coordinator | Kathya
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High­lights

Volunteer and enjoy the close relationship between wildlife and their natural habitat
Express your true affection for animals by improving their lives
Work closely together with specialists and gain new knowledge about the animals
Take action and help preventing further loss of endangered species
Come with us for a boat ride on the Amazon River or float down in inner tubes on a lake in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest
We need people who love animals and want to support us in rescues, rehabilitation process and medical treatments, also implement enrichment programs for them!
This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Our volunteer program as a wildlife caretaker is very important in the project progress. We require people who mainly have a deep love for animals, no previous studies are required, people who have more experience will be designate to certain types of animals and those who do not have much experience will be responsible for other types of animals, the common quality should be to have a lot of patience and be very observant, the time the volunteer spend feeding and taking care of them is essential for the project because they can detect diseases, behaviors out of the ordinary, behavior patterns, attitudes, etc. Even before the veterinarians. The wildlife caretakers are the main and first source of information for monitoring the physical and emotional health of the animals in our care.

The project

The general problem that exists in this area of ​​the Amazon is the uncontrolled use of natural resources by unscrupulous people, which causes many losses of wildlife. All animals that come to our center were rescued from illegal traffic or hunting, as a result of this, they are orphans and very young, in some cases babies who require feeding by bottle and a lot of care and interaction to gain confidence and can adapt to a new group of the same species, this is the challenge that a volunteer is faced, cover not only food but emotional needs of animals arriving after suffering abuse and malnutrition.

Volunteer work

The volunteer program for wildlife caretaker includes the following activities in general:

  • Support in animal’s rescue process traveling with the staff, ecological police and authorities to the places where wild animals are confiscated for illegal traffic or because they have them as pets.
  • Support in animal’s rehabilitation, cleaning of each area, preparation of food and delivery of food, control of the growth and behavior of the animal to detect incidents. 
  • Implementation of enrichment and training programs for animals, monitor the behavior of a group of assigned animals, introducing external elements to observe their behavior, to implement improvements in their environment and quality of life.
  • Gathering of natural food for the rescued animals, such as fruit from the plantations and insects, development of the observation and feeding of crickets and achieve their reproduction in a controlled environment. 

The volunteers must be mainly responsible, the work we do is very delicate, since we work with the lives of vulnerable species; it is very important for us that the volunteers has passion for their work and they have to be very observant, and can contribute ideas and improvements in the care process. All ideas and improvements that can be implemented will be taken into account and welcome. What we want is forming a team in which all volunteers from different countries leave a positive mark on the project with ideas and improvements, they will see in the future through the social networks that they contributed to the growth of the project.

What you can expect

Volunteers can be sure that the facilities where they spend their days are comfortable and is a quiet environment, which allows them to work during the day and relax or do research at night. Our team is very united, we are a young organization that has grown little by little during the last 12 years, bringing together people who love what they do and contribute ideas, whose main objective is the welfare of the animals in custody. In this project your ideas will always be welcome.

The staff of RAREC speak English and Spanish. In our team we have specialists in rescues, rehabilitation and medical treatments, they live in RAREC and they will be in charge of designating the tasks and supporting volunteers in all the activities or doubts they may have. The project directors also live in RAREC and we are attentive to all the needs of the volunteers and we will collect all the information they can give us so that their work and findings will be part of the database and protocols of the project. On the other hand volunteers will work with veterinarians and biologists in charge of primates, manatees, and others, they make their follow-up visits once a week or come in emergencies. 

We give to each volunteer RAREC t-shirts and rain boots. It is important that they bring comfortable and fresh clothes, sneakers, sandals, hats and also long-sleeved shirts and pants to avoid bugs at night.

IMPORTANT: 

As a rescue and rehabilitation center, the species that are found at the time you choose to come will not always be the same as they were at other times, nor can we promise that you will find a specific species in rehabilitation.

We provide help to other rescue centers where there are other species, carrying out environmental enrichment for these animals in other projects.

Typical day

A typical day for a volunteer begins at 7 am with breakfast. The first task of all, is the preparation of food for the animals assigned and then take them to their respective areas, this task is usually done in pairs to also clean the area where the food is left. 

Subsequently, the environmental enrichment exercise is carried out in the designated area, or the administration of medications in the case adult animals need them. 

In the afternoon, after lunch, the feeding for the animals and the exercise of environmental enrichment are repeated. Only in the case of calves, recently introduced in the adults area, the feeding is repeated more times a day.

Apart from this, volunteers can have other tasks that arise from observing the behavior of animals, or perform manual tasks implementing new ways to improve the areas of animals with swings, platforms, houses, etc.

On the days that we have rescues, the tasks will be reassigned so that a group can go out to the rescue area, always led by our staff.

Some days we also go to nearby communities to carry out environmental education, until our Education Center is ready in a few months. After the inauguration we will also be able to provide environmental education, English classes, dance, computers, etc. to the children and young people of the communities, with the help of our volunteers.

For now, if you like, you can also support us with the painting of various animal and nature designs in our next education center.

The schedule is from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the volunteers wish, they can take days off for tours, they should only tell us to schedule the tasks in advance.

Free-time activities

We have a recreation room with  wifi, board games and hammocks to relax. Also, another recreation room with satelital TV, billiards and videogames, that room also works for dance lessons. Within RAREC you can hike to the creek at the end of the land or to a big lagoon where the amazonian manatees live, where you can swim, in the whole way you can observe wildlife in freedom. You can also do sport fishing.

We include one boat ride on the Amazon River to see pink dolphins in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest, this activity is usually done on Sundays.

Also, you can float down in inner tubes on the lake in RAREC, this lake is the habitat of rehabilitated amazonian manatees and arapaima gigas.

Our road connection allows us to reach any tourist place in the Region, for example the Pacaya Samiria reserve is 4 hours from RAREC by road and by river.

Hiking
Safari/
Zoo
Sightseeing
Swimming
Water Sports

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)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Love for animals
Responsible
Punctual
Hard working
We need your cooperation to understand that the internet capabilities, as remote in the Amazon, are not as good as a normal city.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 07:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by RAREC

Accommodation Includes:

  • Full meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). You must confirm if you have any special diet such as vegan, vegetarian, or food allergies. Fruits and drinks available anytime.
  • Volunteer bedrooms made of noble material and wood (2 or 4 volunteers per room) with fan and mosquito nets
  • Electricity all day in all the facilities
  • Exterior dining room
  • Wi-Fi available in common areas (You must take into account that being an area within the jungle, the internet signal received does not allow us to navigate on internet sites that require a high data consumption, this generates that the Wi-Fi work slowly. This situation is not very different from the city of Iquitos where you can’t access to a very strong or fast internet signal, unlike modern cities. But the internet signal accomplishes the basic objectives of communication and search on the internet).
  • Shared bathrooms with running water.
  • Exterior recreational room with board games and hammocks.
  • Second recreational room with billiards, satelital tv, bar and other games, plus dance lessons some weekends.
  • Laundry machine for free use. No dry machine.
  • Pick up and drop off in Iquitos Airport. 
  • Equipment (RAREC t-shirts and rain boots)
UPGRADED ROOMS (DIFFERENT RATE)
We have shared rooms with private bathroom, the rooms have air conditioning, minibar and microwave oven. These rooms have their own terrace with a view of the manatee lagoon, if you are interested in information you can request the rates once you have made your application to the regular rooms.

Airport Pickup at C.F. Secada Vignetta International Airport

Pick up and drop off in Iquitos airport included. 

Before making the purchase of your air tickets, please review the following recommendations:

RAREC's private transportation picks up the Volunteers on Mondays and Fridays, only at the times indicated in the chart, so we give you the flights that we recommend to take from Lima to Iquitos.

If you prefer to take a later flight than we suggest, the other option is to arrive one day before, stay in the city of Iquitos and we will pick you up on Monday or Friday at 8 a.m. We can send you recommendations of hotels.


MONDAY AND FRIDAY ARRIVALS – VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS:

- SKY AIRLINES - LIMA - 4:20 AM - IQUITOS - 6:15 AM

- LATAM - LIMA - 4:25 AM - IQUITOS 6:15 AM

- JETSMART - LIMA - 5:15 AM - IQUITOS - 7:00 AM

FIRST PICK UP IN IQUITOS AIRPORT - 7:15 AM

SHOPPING AT GROCERY STORE FROM 8 AM TO 9 AM

OTHER RECOMMEND FLIGHTS:

- LATAM - LIMA - 7:00 AM - IQUITOS 8:50 AM

- STAR PERU - LIMA - 7:10 AM - IQUITOS - 9:55 AM

SECOND PICK UP IN IQUITOS AIRPORT - 10:00 AM

ARRIVAL TO RAREC - 11:00 AM

 

Regarding departures, RAREC's private transportation can take the volunteers any day of the week, but only at the 2 times indicated in the chart, so we give you the flights that we recommend to take from Iquitos to Lima, so you don't have to wait to much time at the airport. If you prefer to take a later flight than we suggest, the other option is that our transportation leaves you in the city of Iquitos, so you can spend the day in the city and then go to the Airport, we can contact you with a trustworthy taxi who can take you to the airport when you call him (direct payment to the taxi driver).


DEPARTURE FROM RAREC 6:15 AM - ARRIVAL TO AIRPORT 7:15 AM

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS

- LATAM - IQUITOS 9:25 AM - LIMA 11:10 AM

- STAR PERÚ - IQUITOS 10:30 AM - LIMA - 1:10 PM

- LATAM - IQUITOS 12:45 PM - LIMA 2:30 PM


DEPARTURE FROM RAREC 12:30 PM - ARRIVAL TO AIRPORT 1:30 PM

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS

- STAR PERU - IQUITOS - 3:00 PM - LIMA - 5:40 PM

- SKY - IQUITOS 4:05 PM - LIMA 5:50 PM

- LATAM - IQUITOS - 5:20 PM - LIMA - 7:00 PM

Accommodation

The volunteers are going to live in RAREC facilities. About our location, RAREC is one hour from the city by car, at Km. 47. The city of Iquitos is the largest population center in the area; RAREC is in a jungle area, connected to Iquitos by the only road that is here. We hire a point of electricity, so we have electricity all day in all the facilities, and you can receive internet through the wifi  (the internet signal is not like in the cities, it has an average speed and sometimes it is unstable due to the rains, but it works well for simple tasks such as chats, social media or internet searches).

Regarding the property, we have built approximately one fifth of the land, leaving the trees as they were and building in certain spaces the animal areas, the houses where we live and the structures made with wood and noble material where we have the kitchen, the dining room, and the recreation area, these are exterior structures where you can be very comfortable. All the rest of the land is still untouched jungle; there we hike to the creek that is at the end of the land.

Accommodation also includes free use of laundry machine. Each volunteer is assigned a room where there may be other volunteers as well. The rooms are made of noble material and wood, there are bunk beds, with fan. They are very fresh and have anti-bugs nets on windows and on the beds.

We have comfortable structures to stay and at the same time we are completely surrounded by the sounds of the jungle and trees, so we
guarantee the jungle experience. In addition, the days you decide to take free, you can go anywhere; the road connects us to all the
tourist places of Iquitos. Including the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, this 
is 4 hours by road and river. 

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

The fee includes:

  • Breakfast, we serve fruit juice and pancakes, apart of that you can make free use of the kitchen and ingredients to prepare or serve a complete breakfast.
  • Typical Peruvian lunch: main course, fruits and drink at 12:30 pm
  • Dinner: sandwiches, soups, salads or pasta, at 6:00 pm (also, free use of the kitchen and ingredients to prepare something additional if you want).
  • There are option for free use in the dinning room to take any time in the day: coffee, hot water, infusions, bread, jelly, butter and fruits.
  • Interns must confirm if they have any special diet such as vegan, vegetarian or have an allergy to any food, to take it into account in the preparation of their food. If you have a vegan diet or you are gluten allergic, it might be necessary you bring some protein supplements to complement your diet.
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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is C.F. Secada Vignetta International Airport (IQT) in Iquitos. We assist you to find cheap flights to Peru.
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 Peru provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Peru you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Peru.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

The volunteers can join the program throughout the year. The initial dates are Mondays and Fridays.

The rainy months are from December to February, the rest of the year is very hot.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$490
2 weeks
$980
3 weeks
$1,428
4 weeks
$1,848
5 weeks
$2,275
6 weeks
$2,646
7 weeks
$3,038
8 weeks
$3,360
9 weeks
$3,591
10 weeks
$3,850
11 weeks
$4,158
12 weeks
$4,368
24 weeks (max. stay)
$7,896
Average fees
$410 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. RAREC 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 RAREC during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Wildlife Caretaker

We need people who love animals and want to support us in rescues, rehabilitation process and medical treatments, also implement enrichment programs for them!

$410/week

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