Wildlife Veterinary Internship

founded in 2011
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Coordinator | Kathya
Coordinator | Kathya
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Puntos Salientes

Hands-on Wildlife Veterinary practice.
Work closely together with specialists and gain new knowledge about Veterinary and Animal Care Sciences.
Participate directly in the medical review of new rescues, animals in quarantine and animals in breeding. 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
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+
Solteros y solteras

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.
    • Visits to other rescue center projects in order to support them with medical reviews to their animals.
    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 interns will work with veterinarians and caretakers in charge of primates, manatees, and other animals. We visit once per week other animal rescue projects in order to make medical check-ups of the 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 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.

    As part of the veterinary program, 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.

    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., normally interns take one day off per week for tours or know the city of Iquitos. 

    All tours or visits outside of RAREC are completely at the expense of the intern or volunteer. The RAREC staff has no accompanying obligations except in the following cases: A visit throughout each stay to the Amazon River for dolphin watching in charge of RAREC and visits to other rescue centers for veterinary 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 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.

    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
    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

    Servicios incluidos

    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)

    We have shared rooms with private bathroom with hot water in the shower, the rooms have air conditioning, and minibar. 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 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.



    - 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




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

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




    Regarding departures, RAREC's private transportation can take the interns 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).



    - 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



    - 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


    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, 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 Perú.
    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 Perú provides security and is a plus to have.
    If you are intending to volunteer in Perú you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Perú.

    Fechas y Costos


    Details on arrival

    Vet Program Initial dates:

    VET PROGRAM ARRIVALS INITIAL DAY DAY OF THE WEEK MONTH YEAR 16-Ene Monday jan 2023 30-Ene Monday jan 2023 13-Feb Monday feb 2023 6-Mar Monday mar 2023 20-Mar Monday mar 2023 10-Abr Monday apr 2023 24-Abr Monday apr 2023 15-May Monday may 2023 22-May Monday may 2023 5-Jun Monday jun 2023 12-Jun Monday jun 2023 19-Jun Monday jun 2023 26-Jun Monday jun 2023 3-Jul Monday jul 2023 10-Jul Monday jul 2023 17-Jul Monday jul 2023 24-Jul Monday jul 2023 31-Jul Monday jul 2023 7-Ago Monday aug 2023 14-Ago Monday aug 2023 21-Ago Monday aug 2023 28-Ago Monday aug 2023 4-Set Monday sep 2023 18-Set Monday sep 2023 9-Oct Monday oct 2023 16-Oct Monday oct 2023 30-Oct Monday oct 2023 13-Nov Monday nov 2023 27-Nov Monday nov 2023 11-Dic Monday dec 2023 8-Ene Monday jan 2024 22-Ene Monday jan 2024 5-Feb Monday feb 2024 19-Feb Monday feb 2024 4-Mar Monday mar 2024 18-Mar Monday mar 2024 1-Abr Monday apr 2024 15-Abr Monday apr 2024 29-Abr Monday apr 2024 13-May Monday may 2024 27-May Monday may 2024 10-Jun Monday jun 2024 17-Jun Monday jun 2024 24-Jun Monday jun 2024 1-Jul Monday jul 2024 8-Jul Monday jul 2024 15-Jul Monday jul 2024 22-Jul Monday jul 2024 5-Ago Monday aug 2024 12-Ago Monday aug 2024 19-Ago Monday aug 2024 26-Ago Monday aug 2024 2-Set Monday sep 2024 16-Set Monday sep 2024 30-Set Monday sep 2024 14-Oct Monday oct 2024 28-Oct Monday oct 2024 11-Nov Monday nov 2024 25-Nov Monday nov 2024 9-Dic Monday dec 2024

    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
    2 - 24 weeks

    Program fees

    Costs: Prices in USD
    2 weeks (min. stay)
    3 weeks
    4 weeks
    5 weeks
    6 weeks
    7 weeks
    8 weeks
    9 weeks
    10 weeks
    11 weeks
    12 weeks
    24 weeks (max. stay)
    Average fees
    $438 /week

    Tenga en cuenta que los honorarios arriba indicados son estimados. RAREC le hará saber el precio final durante el proceso de solicitud.
    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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