Wildlife Veterinary Internship

founded in 2011
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Coordinator | Kathya
Coordinator | Kathya
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Volunteer and enjoy the close relationship between wildlife, communities and the rainforest.
Express your true affection for the endangered species by improving their lives.
Work closely together with specialists and gain new knowledge about Veterinary and Animal Care Sciences.
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 the Itaya River in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest.
Aimed to wildlife veterinary or animal care specialists and students. If you want to improve your professional skills this is the program for you. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Our Veterinary and Animal Care Internship program is very important in the project progress. We require people who mainly have a deep love for animals, people who want to gain more experience and improve their skills. This program is aimed to students and to professionals who want to know more about South American species and want to share experience with South American professionals who work with endemic species since many years, while they monitor 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.

Internship activities

    • Support Animal’s treatment, assistance in the administration of medicines and monitoring of animal health in the clinic.
    • Assist to the on-site Vet 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 Enrichment programs for animals, monitoring the behavior of a group of assigned animals.
    • Assist in Medical 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.
    • 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, threatened species.
    Note: In this program, interns will receive theoretical and practical classes scheduled throughout their stay, visits of local DVM and will assist in all the medical activities guided for our on-site vet.

    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 volunteers will work with veterinarians and caretakers 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.

    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.

    Subsequently, the medical training exercise is carried out in the designated area, or the administration of medications in the case animals are assigned in clinic or quarantine. 

    There are theoretical and practical classes scheduled throughout their stay, visits of local DVM and will assist in all the medical activities guided for our on-site vet. 

    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., when the interns 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 movie projector, wifi, board games and hammocks to relax. 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 boat ride on the Amazon River or float down in inner tubes on the Itaya River in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest, this activity is usually done on Sundays.

    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.

    Water Sports


    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
    Veterinary Medicine, Animal Care Sciences at level
    Nationality Restrictions
    No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
    Other Skills
    Follow instructions
    Work in humid weather
    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

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    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).
    • Exterior recreational room, with movie projector, board games and hammocks.
    • Shared bathrooms with running water and warm water in the showers
    • Laundry machine for free use
    • Pick up and drop off in Iquitos Airport 
    • Equipment (RAREC t-shirts and rain boots)

    Airport Pickup at C.F. Secada Vignetta International Airport

    Pick up and drop off in Iquitos airport included. It is only important that you confirm in advance the arrival flight information. It is preferable that you schedule the flight in the morning or in the afternoon.


    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. 

    Dorm Room
    Food & Beverages

    The fee includes:

    • Breakfast, 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 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
    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 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.
    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


    Details on arrival

    Interns can join the program throughout the year.

    They are welcome in any day of the year. 

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

    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    4 - 24 weeks

    Program fees

    Costs: Prices in USD
    4 weeks (min. stay)
    5 weeks
    6 weeks
    7 weeks
    8 weeks
    9 weeks
    10 weeks
    11 weeks
    12 weeks
    24 weeks (max. stay)
    Average fees
    $350 /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%)
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    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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