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Wildlife Conservation/Animal Sciences Internship

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2 - 12 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

rating  Brilliant 4.7  · 
  Verified by Volunteer World
  Very high response rate

Highlights

  • Visit the Amazon River to track the rehabilitated amazonian manatees returned to the wild for 4 days stay in a lodge in the jungle!
  • Hands-on Wildlife care practice. Work closely together with specialists and gain new knowledge about Wildlife Conservation and Animal Care Sciences.
  • Participate directly in health assessments and wildlife welfare techniques. Take action and help preventing further loss of endangered species.
  • Express your true affection for the endangered species by improving their lives.
  • Learn and enjoy the close relationship between wildlife, communities and the rainforest, and come with us for a boat ride on the Amazon River

Especially suitable

Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

About the program

This special program is aimed to professionals or students of any career related with Animal Care, Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation.

A long term vision of conservation goals is necessary in order to protect endangered and threatened species in the Amazon Rainforest. As we work to save endangered wildlife in the present, we must also prepare for the challenges that future generations of conservationists will face in the Amazon of ...

About the program

A long term vision of conservation goals is necessary in order to protect endangered and threatened species in the Amazon Rainforest. As we work to save endangered wildlife in the present, we must also prepare for the challenges that future generations of conservationists will face in the Amazon of tomorrow.

This program is designed to provide participants with the practical knowledge and experience that they will need, to become conservationists in a rapidly changing world. A multi-layered approach to training that encompasses the many diverse and unique aspects of conservation programs focused in this extremely sensitive region of our planet.

The participants learn at an operating, fully licensed wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center. They work directly with rescued specimens that require specialized care, and help our animal residents recover with the ultimate goal of release back into the wild.

The program focus on protocols and techniques currently being applied in the care and rehabilitation of different wildlife species. 

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.

Internship activities

    • These activities are based on your professional or educational background and can be adapted to your professional profile
    • Support Animal’s health assessments and monitoring them.
    • Assist in rescues of manatees, primates, ocelots and other wildlife animals.
    • Assist in preparation of food, milk for the calves, feeding, and control of the growth and behavior of the animal to detect incidents. 
    • Assist in training programs for animals, monitoring the behavior of a group of assigned animals.
    • Implementation of adaptation programs for a possible release, the animals are taken to free areas, this activity is done in shifts and supervised by the staff.
    • Visits to other rescue center projects in order to support them with animal care.
    • Support in husbandry of different areas
    • Assist in animal welfare in all the areas
    • Implementation of enrichment programs for animals, monitoring the behavior of a group of assigned animals. The intern will take time with the animals under their care, observe them and make notes about their individual and group behavior. Interns will conduct research on the captive care of that species, contribute or test activities that can develop their skills and improve their quality of life
    • Introducing external elements to their enclosures
    • Observing behavioral changes
    • Forage for native foods of animals such as insects, plants, flowers
    • Support in the process of adaptation for a possible release, the animals are taken to free areas, this activity is done in shifts and under staff supervision.
    • Dart practice and other contention techniques.
    • Support in the free welfare campaigns in domestics and farm animal. 
    • Support in the camera traps project in order to complet the biological research in RAREC property.
    • Participation in the manatee post-release data collecting, manatees followed by VHF technology in the natural habitat.
    • Implementation of a research study or observation that you wish to carry out at the request of your study center.
    • Implement improvements in protocols, processes or monitoring formats in favor of animal welfare.
    • Conservation plans   for endangered species: support in the development of our conservation plan for spider monkeys and wooly monkeys, which are threatened species. RAREC has the   largest   number   of rescued endangered white bellied spider monkeys currently in captivity. The recovery of numerous wooly monkeys has enabled us to begin the formation of troops. Our current efforts are focused on creating natural islands for the survival of the species to later be reintroduced and repopulate declining areas of the Amazon where they once thrived.
    • Special guide to practice your knowledge and improve professional skills and to develop projects.
    Note: In this program, interns will receive theoretical and practical classes scheduled throughout their stay.

    What you can expect

    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 interns will work directly with veterinarians and caretakers on-site in charge of primates, manatees, and other animals. 

    We give to each intern 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.

    As part of the Internship, other places will be visited where you will have the opportunity to treat other species that are not in RAREC, to offer the participant the opportunity to learn about greater diversity.

    Please note: 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.




    Typical day

    A typical day for an Intern begins at 7 am with breakfast. The first task of all, is the preparation of food for the animals in quarantine and food for animals in nursery and also the adults area.

    Subsequently, the training exercise is carried out in the designated area of background. 

    There are theor

    Typical day

    A typical day for an Intern begins at 7 am with breakfast. The first task of all, is the preparation of food for the animals in quarantine and food for animals in nursery and also the adults area.

    Subsequently, the training exercise is carried out in the designated area of background. 

    There are theoretical and practical classes scheduled throughout their stay and activities guided for our on-site veterinarian and caretakers. 

    On the days that we have new rescues, the interns have priority to go with our staff.

    The schedule is from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., normally interns take one day off per week for tours or know the city of Iquitos. 

    A visit throughout each stay to the Amazon River for dolphin watching is in charge of RAREC and visits to other rescue centers for internship practice purposes.


    Free-time activities

    We have a recreation room with wifi, board games and hammocks to relax. Also, another recreation room with billiards and video games, that room also works for dance lessons. 

    Study area with Starlink conection internet signal.

    Within RAREC you can hike to the creek at the end of the land or to a big ...

    Free-time activities

    We have a recreation room with wifi, board games and hammocks to relax. Also, another recreation room with billiards and video games, that room also works for dance lessons. 

    Study area with Starlink conection internet signal.

    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.



    Requirements

    Requirements

    Minimum Age: 18 years

    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

    Wildlife Animal Welfare, Animal Care Sciences at level

    Nationality Restrictions

    No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.

    Other Skills

    Punctual Follow instructions Work in humid weather 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

    What's Included

    Services by RAREC

    Program fee 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 with A/C and mosquito nets
    • Electricity all day in all the facilities
    • Exterior dining room
    • Wi-Fi available in common areas and Study area.
    • Shared bathrooms with running water, outside the bedrooms.
    • Exterior recreational room with board games and hammocks.
    • Laundry machine for free use. No dry machine.
    • Pick up and drop off in Iquitos Airport. 
    • Equipment (RAREC t-shirts and rain boots)
    • Ride to he Amazon River to watch dolphins.

    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 Vet interns on Mondays, 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 at 8 a.m. We can send you recommendations of hotels.


    MONDAY ARRIVALS – VET 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 interns on Sunday, Monday, Friday or Saturdays, 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 interns 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 interns or 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. 

    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).

      Breakfast: 

      Breakfast is self-service, you will have a stock of ingredients in the volunteer dining room that you can help yourself to.

      Eggs, tinned evaporated milk, tinned soy milk, bread  rolls, dairy yogurt, jam, margarine, oatmeal, roasted coffee, soda crackers, corn flakes cereal, sugar, selection of herbal teas.

      SEASON DEPENDANT: A tray of fruit such as apples, bananas, papaya or tangerines is placed on the dining room table, depending on availability

      A few days a week, around 7:30 am, our cook serves fruit juice and pancakes.

      Lunch and dinner: 

      Food is prepared by the RAREC kitchen, and served in the volunteer dining room. Most meals consist of rice, beans, lentils, chickpeas, split peas, pasta or quinoa, eggs, chicken and sometimes beef and pork or fish depending on their availability.

      In addition, if you want to prepare something else, there will usually be the following items in stock:

      Vegetable oil, salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, baking powder, soy sauce, white vinegar, red vinegar, garlic, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, rice, wheat flour, corn flour, popcorn, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard and chili sauce.

      We do not serve desserts. But there is usually jelly or rice pudding in the fridge to eat when desired. 

      For vegetarians, the menu includes soy meat or vegetable stews such as mushrooms, carrots, green beans, onions, tomatoes, broccoli, as well as eggs and cheese.

      Take into account our recommendations:

      We can serve:

      • People without dietary restrictions.

      • Vegetarian (take into account that there is not much variety, for long stays).

      • Nut allergy (no airborne) 

      • Allergic to gluten or celiacs (take into account that we do not have a variety of gluten-free products, that is, we do not serve gluten-free bread, or if there is pasta, we do not serve gluten-free pasta, instead we serve rice).

      • Kosher and Halal (take into account that there is not much variety, for long stays).

      We can serve, but you need to bring your food supplements:

      • Vegan (you need to bring your own protein options, take into account that there is not much variety, for long stays).

      We cannot attend:

      • People with allergies to various foods, combinations of different allergies and preferences are often hard to accommodate.

      • Picky eaters

      • Nut allergy (airborne), we cannot guarantee that the sites that we work at will be nut-free.

      • Any reaction so severe that trace contaminants would cause reaction

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    Internet Access

    Good access at the project site

    What's NOT included?

    What's NOT included?

    Flight Tickets

    The nearest airport is C.F. Secada Vignetta International Airport (IQT) in Iquitos. We assist you to find cheap flights to Peru. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

    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. GET A QUOTE

    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. VACCINE CHECKER

    Details on arrival

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

    The arrivals are just mondays and fridays.

    RAREC’s transportation pick you up only at 7:30 am and 11:00 am maximum, so we recommend to take from Lima to Iquitos the flights that arrives before 11 am. 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. 

    Regarding departures, RAREC's private transportation can take the interns Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday but only at 6:00 am or at 12:00 pm, so we recommend to take from Iquitos to Lima flights from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, so you don't have to wait too much time at the airport. If you prefer to take a later flight than we suggest, we can contact you with a trustworthy taxi who can take you to the airport when you need (direct payment to the taxi driver).

    Availability
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

    Program fees

    2 weeks (min. stay) 1,222€
    3 weeks 1,793€
    4 weeks 2,336€
    5 weeks 2,852€
    6 weeks 3,341€
    7 weeks 3,850€
    8 weeks 4,346€
    9 weeks 4,828€
    10 weeks 5,296€
    11 weeks 5,751€
    12 weeks (max. stay) 6,192€
    Average fees 564€/week

    Program fees

    564€ per week 2 - 12 weeks Age 18 - 50+

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    Duration

    2 - 12 weeks

    Deposit

    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

    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.


    Meet your organization

    RAREC

    Brilliant 4.7 rating (44 reviews)

    Non-profit - founded in 2011

    Verified by Volunteer World

      Very high response rate

    Coordinated by

    Kathya

    Spoken languages: English, Spanish

    About the project

    Working together with the local community, we have built a center for wildlife rescue and environmental education, in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon.

    Meet your organization

    Presentation

    Around the world, many species are being threatened by illegal hunting and poaching -- and the threat grows more dire every day. The international demand for hides, skins, meat, and other products have caused an increase in depredation of wildlife, and too many species are being decimated to unsustainable levels. Many key species in the Amazon regions in Peru are currently in jeopardy, and along with them, the existence of the ecosystems they support. 
     
    This has inspired the creation of RAREC. RAREC is a wildlife rescue center, and our core program is the rescue and rehabilitation of confiscated or injured species for future release. Our center also serves as a research facility for amazonian wildlife, with the goal of protecting existing wildlife populations. 

    Ex situ conservation is not a viable permanent alternative to on-site programs. Our base for field operations is our rescue center, which serves as a protected sanctuary, with programs aimed to revitalize populations through rescue, rehabilitation, and reintroduction to the species' regular environment. We aim to replicate the success of similar programs abroad; build a strong support system ingrained into an ecosystem for conservation efforts is the best method for those species to regain a solid footing in their habitat of origin 
     
    Locally, there is little awareness about the plight of the species, its importance to the ecosystem, or its protected status. Thus, RAREC's rescue and rehabilitation program is complemented with our youth education program, our program for training in alternative sources of income, and our medical campaign programs. Our focus is the people living in the remote communities of the Amazon. By offering them viable alternatives to poaching, and by offering them an incentive to become involved in conservation, we will help protect the wildlife living in the vicinity of these communities. 
     
    Programs focused on environmental education and sustainable development are the most important aspect of our mission statement, and will become key to reaching an understanding with the local community, as we emphasize the important of conservation efforts, and how precious the commitment to conservation should be to all of us. 

    Target

    We hope that our efforts attract the attention of researchers (local and foreign) in the areas of biology, conservation, or environmental sciences for internships programs, and volunteers who wish to contribute to the preservation of Amazonian ecosystem, while providing a platform for the investigative research of the species, and a comfortable place to stay from where you can go sightseeing in different places of the Peruvian Amazon. 
     
    We also hope to attract tourists, the general public interested in interacting with nature and learning about the importance of rainforest flora and fauna in modern society. Our tourismrelated programs are for informative and educational purposes only. We seek to spread awareness of the plight of many of the local species, and of the importance that they have within our ecosystem. 
     
    Finally, we seek to reach out to the local population, especially school-age children. Campaigns will be targeted to educate the local people on the benefits of stable wildlife management practices, so that sustainability can be achieved. 
     
     
    Goals

    General Goal
    Create a rescue center for wildlife in the Loreto region, in which confiscated, injured, or abandoned wild animals can be treated and rehabilitated for reinstatement into the wild; a center that will become self-sustainable by functioning as an educational facility and a tourist attraction; and a center which can also serve as a base of research operations and lodging for academics, conservationists, and educators interested in our on-site programs. 
     
    Specific Goals
    Rescue and reintegrate at-risk fauna, and restore natural habitats for ex situ conservation. 
    Promote breeding of indigenous wildlife to repopulate declining communities. Raising awareness public about caring for wild animals in order to promote an understanding of the value of conservation of wildlife. 
    Promote skill-training for starting and experienced professionals of different disciplines in rainforest wildlife rescue, while promoting research on maintaining sustainable habitats, and healthy populations. 
    Offering the academic community a site of interest for the research and development of zoological, biological, and environmental theories and practices. We also provide training, related to the management and conservation of wildlife indigenous to the Amazon’s watershed. 
    Create educational programs for school-age children, youth, families, and senior citizens, focused on biodiversity, conservation, natural resource, and traditional medicine education. 
    Enable volunteer programs to help achieve the objectives of the center and allow direct learning and skill-training courses in management, caretaking and conservation of wildlife. 
     
     
     

    44 reviews · rating4.7

    I spent a month at RAREC working with the vet team and I had a great time. I was able to learn about and work with lots of animals including husbandry, feeding and health checks. The staff were very nice and it was great to meet other interns as well. Also, living on the jungle is definitely a ...
    Michelle MacPherson rating5

    2023 at Wildlife Conservation/Animal Sciences Internship

    I volunteered at RAREC for four weeks and it was such an incredible opportunity. I met so many people who made me feel included and taught me so much about the animals and the environment they inhabit. There were so many opportunities to learn and improve my veterinary skills. It was such an amazing ...
    I joined Rarec for four weeks as a vet intern and it was life altering. It has been a privilege to work alongside the RAREC team with these dedicated, knowledgeable and very welcoming people who made me feel at home. They have and are still creating a great centre with a fantastic community and an ...
    If you want to learn from the best this is the place you need to be. Since I went there rarec is home for me, there I had my first contact with wildlife and I always felt safe, protected but also encouraged to practice and learn 24/7. There’s no better way of learning than being surrounded by ...
    Paula Carolina Lobato Movellan rating5

    2021 at Wildlife Conservation/Animal Sciences Internship

    If you are looking to help animals, be surrounded by nature and incomparable beauty, this is the place you are looking for. I left with very high expectations and still RAREC surpassed it, the people are so beautiful; Rich, Kathya, John and their family made me feel at home. Each day was a gift, an ...
    Marion Lappat rating5

    2023 at Wildlife Caretaker Volunteer

    I was 3 weeks in April at RAREC and it was such a great experience. 100%worth it. I met a lot of interesting and friendly people, was able to work for and with wonderful animals and could make the experience to live in the Amazonas ...

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