Animal protection, rescue and care

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founded in 2017
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Coordinator | Sergio
Coordinator | Sergio
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High­lights

Help some of Panama's endangered and vulnerable animal and plant species recover and return to nature
Learn and put into practice many valuable scientific skills
Practise your Spanish and learn more about Panama's culture by being all the time around locals
Understand better how ecosystems work.
Enjoy some of the interesting and beautiful things Panama has to offer: tropical beaches, beautiful landscapes, a very rich and unique culture...
Rescue place and wildlife refuge, where the volunteer can support and develop specific projects. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
Como voluntario, estarás ayudando en el Refugio de Animales, un refugio para animales que necesitan recuperarse de la caza furtiva u otras acciones humanas. 

Muchos de estos animales están en peligro de extinción y realmente necesitan la ayuda brindada en el Refugio para poder regresar a la naturaleza y perpetuar su especie. El Refugio también tiene muchas especies de plantas raras e importantes, muchas de las cuales tienen un gran valor medicinal, ornamental o nutricional. Muchas de estas plantas también son plantas nativas panameñas en peligro de extinción y también plantas que han vivido durante siglos, lo que hace que esta sea un área extremadamente importante tanto para la flora como para la fauna local. 

El centro consta de un jardín botánico donde se encuentran estas plantas, un refugio de vida silvestre donde se ayuda a los animales, y también lugares que pueden ser visitados por familias, amigos y amantes de la naturaleza que quieran conocer y ayudar a las especies del centro. 
Algunos de los animales que se pueden encontrar en el centro son jaguares, ocelotes, pumas, zorros rojos, águilas arpías, venado cola blanca, pecaríes, mapaches, guacamayos, garcetas blancas, tapires, osos hormigueros, gatos negros, capuchinos cariblancos. , titíes, monos araña, monos nocturnos, monos aulladores, cocodrilos americanos, iguanas, patos y loros

Como voluntario, hay cuatro áreas en las que puede contribuir directamente. La implicación del voluntario en cada una de estas áreas dependerá de sus habilidades y conocimientos.

Fauna

Esta área consiste en el cuidado directo de los animales en sus múltiples necesidades:
Algunas de las tareas que los voluntarios pueden esperar realizar son:
  • Preparar y distribuir alimentos a todos los animales.
  • Limpieza de los recintos de los animales
  • Controlar a los animales con regularidad
  • Apoyando en la clínica veterinaria, asistiendo a los profesionales que allí laboran.

Flora

Las actividades dentro de esta área giran en torno al cuidado de la vida vegetal en el parque, lo cual es extremadamente importante para el funcionamiento general del Refugio.
Algunas de las tareas que los voluntarios pueden esperar realizar son:
  • Plantar árboles nuevos
  • Identificar plagas y ayudar a eliminarlas
  • Identificación de especies de plantas
  • Regando el parque
  • Poda sanitaria
  • Traslado de especies de germinadores a bolsas
  • Fertilización 

Educación ambiental

El enfoque principal de esta área es crear conciencia sobre la preservación de la naturaleza y la reducción de riesgos para la flora y fauna local, como la caza furtiva o la destrucción del hábitat. 
Algunas de las tareas que los voluntarios pueden esperar realizar son:
  • Gestión de visitantes
  • Impartir talleres a las comunidades locales sobre reciclaje y conservación de la naturaleza.
  • Impartición de talleres educativos en escuelas locales y centros públicos.
  • Crear y enseñar actividades didácticas a los niños para que aprendan más sobre la flora y la fauna.

Mantenimiento

Aquí están todas las actividades relacionadas con el mantenimiento del refugio y sus terrenos en buen estado. 
El mantenimiento inorgánico requiere que los voluntarios hagan cosas como:
  • Recolectando residuos inorgánicos
  • Limpieza de postes y zanjas de hormigón
  • Fregado de tanques de basura

El mantenimiento orgánico requiere que los voluntarios hagan cosas como:
  • Recolectar desechos orgánicos y eliminarlos
  • Recoger hojas y ponerlas en la base de los árboles.
  • Limpieza de caminos y senderos
  • Eliminando plantas invasoras

Typical day

Volunteers work on weekdays (Monday through Friday) from 7:00 to 15:00. Weekends are free for volunteers to go explore and discover all the beautiful places Panama has to offer.  If a volunteer has to be absent from the Shelter on a weekday, they have to inform their project coordinator beforehand. 

Free-time activities

A rich cultural heritage, beautiful mountains, tropical beaches, historical monuments, and a bustling capital city —Panama has it all, directly within your reach to discover while you volunteer in this exciting country. Panama is a rather small country with a high density of remarkable and memorable locations, which is something you can completely take advantage of, through cheap and accessible transportation, ease of visiting, and a welcoming people. 

Some of the sites most enjoyed by our volunteers are: 
  • Panama city: a modern and bustling city, it's a city that may offer you both big malls and modern architecture, as well as the scenic old city (in Casco Viejo), old monuments (such as the Panamá Viejo colonial area), a natural park filled with sloths and ñeques in the middle of the city (Parque Metropolitano), plenty of museums and seaside spots (such as the Amador area). In the city you can also go visit and discover first-hand how the Panama Canal works.
  • Portobelo: a city in the Colón province, it has history that dates centuries back to the colonial era, some very picturesque traditions such as the yearly Cristo Negro festival, and it has direct access to beautiful Caribbean beaches and tropical islands (most famous is Isla Grande). 
  • Bocas del Toro: A province in the northwest of Panama, near Costa Rica; its archipelagos and beaches are very famous among tourists, as they provide near pristine sands, near transparent water, a lot of wildlife you can see in some of its islands, and activities such as partying, scuba, or just swimming in the beach.
  • Guna Yala: An indigenous region, it has 365 islands which all have a fair share of white sand and crystal clear water. The Guna people that inhabit this region have a culture that is very tied in to the Ocean and to life in these islands, so coming here will not only allow you to enjoy the beautiful and picturesque beaches on these islands (each island having something particular, such as Isla Estrella, an island filled with Sea Stars or Isla Perro, an island filled with corals and fish), but also to appreciate a unique culture tied to life in these islands.
  • Valle de Antón: A very famous valley with cool weather and lots of nature, you can go hike the famous mountain of La India Dormida (the sleeping indian woman, tied to a well-known local legend), see lots of native flora and fauna, and also enjoy the beautiful scenery.
  • Boquete: Located in the Chiriquí province and known as the "Switzerland of America", it's a small yet very beautiful city in the middle of the mountain, known for its tasty coffee, colourful yearly flower festival (although flowers are an important part of the city any time of year), scenic trekking routes, and all the nature around the city.

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera

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)
Education Requirements
at High school level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We ask our volunteers to be completely involved in the project and to be passionate about nature and helping plants and animals.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Adventure Volunteer

Sus tarifas pagadas cubrirán:

  • Recogida en el aeropuerto y traslado al domicilio del voluntario.
  • Accommodation during your volunteering in a hostel or house close to the project
  • Breakfast only in hostel
  • Soporte 24 horas al día, 7 días a la semana por parte del equipo de voluntarios de aventuras
  • Seguimiento y evaluación del programa
  • Orientación e inducción al programa
  • Certificado de semanas completadas en tu voluntariado
  • Seguro de accidentes durante su voluntariado
  • Responsabilidad civil por su actividad
  • Recibo de la ONG sobre la tarifa del programa
  • Orientación, asesoramiento y gestión en la elección del programa

Airport Pickup at Tocumen International Airport
Los voluntarios serán recogidos en el aeropuerto entre las 9:00 y las 20:00. Si el voluntario llega fuera de este horario, es posible que deba cubrir algunas tarifas adicionales.
Accommodation
  • Los voluntarios se hospedan en un albergue ubicado en el centro de la ciudad de Panamá o en un refugio cerca del centro de rescate de animales. Algunas de las áreas disponibles para voluntarios serán:
    • Una cama en una habitación compartida
    • Una cocina donde los voluntarios pueden preparar el breakfast, almuerzo y la cena.
    • Baños comunes
Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

El desayuno está incluido en las tarifas abonadas y es de autoservicio en el lugar de alojamiento (solo en albergue). Los voluntarios tendrán una cocina a su disposición para que puedan cocinar cualquier otra comida que deseen.

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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Tocumen International Airport (PTY) in Panama City. We assist you to find cheap flights to Panama.
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 Panama provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Panama you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Panama.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

El proyecto está abierto todo el año, excepto algunos días festivos como Navidad y Semana Santa. 

Dicho esto, los voluntarios deben llegar el fin de semana para unirse a nosotros el lunes.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$780
3 weeks
$929
4 weeks
$1,078
5 weeks
$1,226
6 weeks
$1,375
7 weeks
$1,524
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,268
Average fees
$290 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Adventure Volunteer 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 Adventure Volunteer during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Animal protection, rescue and care

Rescue place and wildlife refuge, where the volunteer can support and develop specific projects.

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