Support Rescued Wildlife in the Amazon

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Volunteer with rescued wildlife at one of our 3 Wildlife Sanctuaries in the Bolivian Amazon. Machía specialises in monkeys amongst other animals. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Âge 18+
Seul voyageur

We accept volunteers all year round: 

We welcome volunteers from around the world to assist us in caring for the animals in our refuges. You will be involved in activities such as exercise, providing enrichment, cleaning, and feeding. You might also be asked to assist with maintenance projects and construction. Over 7,000 international individuals have volunteered with us in the past 20 years. 

The minimum time commitment required to volunteer is: 

  • 15-nights to work with small animals
  • 30-nights (or sometimes longer) to work in certain animal areas (e.g. all felines, certain monkey groups etc.) 
  • The day you arrive you do not start work, you will commence the following morning 
  • Please allow time for travel to and from the centre


  • Machia Sanctuary - in Villa Tunari, between Cochabamba and Santa Cruz 

Some of the highlights of volunteering with us are: 

  • A unique, worthwhile and memorable experience 
  • Gain hands-on experience of caring for a wide variety of animals 
  • Get up close and personal with orphaned monkeys, felines, tapirs etc. 
  • Incredibly rewarding 
  • Community living - share this experience with many like-minded volunteers
Why to volunteer with us?

Today CIWY is a leader in the management of wild animals within the country. Since the rescue of a spider monkey (Ateles chamek) during the very beginnings of CIWY, we have come a long way in the care of wildlife. More than 20 years later, we now manage three Wildlife Sanctuaries with more than 500 animals of different species. Governmental bodies often consult us about the proper treatment of various species, as well as zoos and other organisations. We are especially experienced in the management of primates, species such as capuchin monkeys (Sapajus apella) and spider monkeys (Ateles chamek), and large felines. Furthermore, we also have many more different species housed in our Centres.

Many animals arrive at our Centres with various problems, such as poor nutrition, malnourishment, health problems, loss of identity, psychological traumas or physical ailments due to the conditions in which they were kept previously. The majority of these animals cannot be re-released due to the irreversible damage caused by humans since they were taken from their natural habitats. Therefore we work to offer each and every one of these animals the best possible quality of life, including a proper diet, as large an enclosure as we are able to build them, exercise and stimulation.

Work areas

Machía cares for a variety of animals, which are separated into specific areas. Volunteers are assigned to one of these work areas. While volunteer preferences are taken into consideration, we ultimately must assign volunteering duties based on the need at the time. Therefore we cannot guarantee that you will be able to work in a particular area.

All volunteers working with animals assist in cleaning, preparing food and providing enrichment. In addition to this some areas have further responsibilities/duties - these are detailed below. The minimum number of days required to work in each area is also specified below - this minimum is a policy put in place for the benefit and stability of our animals.


Machía has one basic volunteer house. The house has a kitchen with a stove and refrigerator that volunteers are welcome to use.

Bedsheets are provided. Pillows and mosquito nets are given out upon request and depending on availability. You may wish to bring a sleeping bag or blanket for colder nights, and you will need a padlock to lock your room during the day.

Rooms are generally shared between three to four people and all volunteers share the two bathrooms in the volunteer house. The bathrooms have hot showers.

While there is electricity and hot showers, power cuts are common (especially during the rainy season) and consequently, there may be periods of time when we are without hot water and running water.

Volunteers are allocated the beds available at the time of their arrival. If you wish to change rooms, we do take requests to switch to other rooms as they become available.

Should you wish a little more comfort and privacy, there are several hotels and hostels in town. 

Journée Typique

Each day you will meet at the office at 7 am,  the first task is to prepare the animals food for the day.

You will have time to have breakfast either before or after preparing the animals food, it will depend on which area you are working in, and then you will need to go to your animal manage area.
You will be back at 12:30 to have lunch and rest, to start again at 2:00 pm
You will have different tasks through the day: Make enrichment, cleaning, go for a walk with the animals, some construction projects, etc
The day will finish around 5.30 - 6.00 pm

Activités de Loisir

Volunteers usually work 6 days a week. With this time they are free to visit the nearest town, which for Machia is Villa Tunari or Cochabamba. 

Close to Machia you have different options such as the river, excursions, rafting and other places like La Jungla, Parque Carrasco, el Velo de la Novia, 3 Arroyos

Sports Nautiques
Des sports


Pour participer à ce programme tu dois avoir au moins 18 ans quand le programme commence. Il peut y avoir des exceptions si tu peux montrer la permission de ton tuteur légal ou si tu es accompagné(e) par l'un de tes parents.
Compétences Linguistiques
Tu dois parler anglais (niveau moyen) et espagnol (niveau de base)
Documents Requis
Yellow fever Vaccine
Restrictions de Nationalité
Aucune restriction. De l'aide venant de tous les coins du monde est bienvenu.
Autres Compétences
* Be in a good physical condition, with a flexible attitude towards work
* Be able to work in humid weather conditions
* Have a basic understanding of English or Spanish
* A passion to help animals
Engagement de Temps
Nous avons besoin de ton aide le lundi, mardi, mercredi, jeudi, vendredi et samedi de 07:00 - 18:00

Services inclus

Services de Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi

The price includes food and accommodation, at Machia one meal per day a vegetarian lunch (plus tea and coffee) is included, although volunteers have access to kitchen facilities and to the cafe where you can purchase sandwiches, bread, cookies and other items. 

To reserve your place, there is a one-off fee of $100 USD paid via Volunteer World. The remaining volunteer fees are paid in cash in Bolivianos upon arrival to the Sanctuary. 

*The is a 300 Bs security deposit paid in cash upon arrival, this is returned to you at the end of your stay

**The volunteer needs to make a deposit for 200 Bs at the Cafe at Machia. If the volunteer does not spend it all, the change will be returned once the volunteer finishes his/her time


Volunteer house with kitchen (rooms of 3-4 people), stove and refrigerator and 2 shared bathrooms with hot showers, sheets and mosquito nets provided but volunteers may want to bring own sleeping bags. Electricity and hot water. Mobile phone reception with Tigo and Entel, access to wifi at the office from 6:00pm to 7:00am.

Maison des invités
Aliments & Boissons

Volunteers with special dietary requirements should bring some food with them. Most food supplied is vegetarian. 

1. Machia.

Breakfast: Not covered. However coffee or tea are offered. 

Lunch: Vegetarian

Dinner: Not covered

Lunch is served at the cafe. The cafe also offers breakfast and snacks for purchase, it is open from 7:00am to 8:00pm. 

Accès à Internet
Accès limité sur le site du projet
NE SONT inclus dans le prix:
Visa, billets d'avion, assurance voyage ne sont PAS inclus dans les frais de programme. Le transfert de l'aéroport n'est pas inclus dans les frais non plus.
Billets d'avion
L'aéroport le plus proche est J Wilsterman Airport (CBB) à Cochabamba. Nous t'aidons à trouver des vols pas chers pour aller en Bolivie.
Assurance Voyage
Partir à l'étranger est une aventure et c'est toujours mieux d'être bien préparé. Que ce soit une maladie soudaine, une blessure ou du vol - une assurance voyage pour Bolivie te protège en cas de situation imprévue.
Si tu envisages de faire du bénévolat en Bolivie, nous te conseillons de consulter un médecin avant le début de ton voyage. Renseigne-toi sur les vaccins nécessaires pour Bolivie.

Dates et Prix


Informations sur l'arrivée

Volunteers are accepted all year round. 

You may, however, wish to bear in mind the following trends in volunteer numbers in choosing when to come:

  • April - August: volunteer numbers tend to reach higher levels, this is our high season.
  • October - February: volunteer numbers tend to be lower, this is when we have a greater need for help. 
janv. févr. mars avril mai juin juil. août sept. oct. nov. déc.
3 - 50 sem

Frais de Programme

Frais: Prix en USD
15 jours (durée min.)
4 sem
5 sem
6 sem
10 sem
18 sem
$1 480
50 sem (durée max.)
$3 397
Coût moyen
$110 /sem

Merci de noter que les prix ci-dessus sont des prix estimés et qu'ils sont soumis aux fluctuations des taux de change. Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi t'informera du prix final au cours du processus de candidature.
Acompte (15%)
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Montant Restant (85%)
Le paiement du montant restant doit être organisé avec Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi durant le processus de candidature. Très souvent ce paiement est effectué par virement bancaire ou en espèces.

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Les frais de programme sont perçus directement par Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi.

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