Support Rescued Wildlife in the Amazon

Stel je vraag
Coördinator | Andrea
Coördinator | Andrea
Boek met de Flex-Optie! Kies nieuwe vertrekdata of wijzig je vrijwilligersproject zonder meerkost.
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:
Leeftijd 18+

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. 

Dagelijkse activiteiten

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


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



Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (gemiddeld niveau) ou Spaans (basis niveau)
Vereiste documenten
Yellow fever Vaccine
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
* 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
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag, vrijdag en zaterdag van 07:00 - 18:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door 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.

Eten & Drank

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. 

Internet toegang
Beperkte toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten. Afhaling van de luchthaven is ook niet inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is J Wilsterman Airport (CBB) in Cochabamba. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Bolivia.
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Bolivia biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Bolivia dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Bolivia.

Data & Kosten


Gegevens over jouw aankomst

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. 
jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
3 - 50 weken


Kosten: Prijs in USD
15 dagen (min. verblijf)
4 weken
5 weken
6 weken
10 weken
18 weken
50 weken (max. verblijf)
Gemiddelde kosten
$110 /week

Houd er rekening mee dat de hierboven getoonde kosten worden geschat. Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

Waarom Volunteer World

Bijkomende zekerheid geboden door Volunteer World
Volunteer World is 's werelds leidende vergelijkingsplatform voor internationale vrijwilligerswerk projecten. Wij begeleiden jou door een betrouwbare aanmeldingsprocedure - inclusief de nodige betalingen. Plan jouw zinvolle reis met Volunteer World en krijg gratis toegang tot:
Hoge ethische standaarden & transparantie in de sociale impact
Wijzig jouw reservatie zonder extra meerkost
Garantie op terugbetaling
We betalen je kosten terug als Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi jouw reis annuleert
Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
Onze diensten zijn gratis!
Alle programmakosten worden rechtstreeks gefactureerd door Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi

Wat vertellen de mensen over Volunteer World?

Support Rescued Wildlife in the Amazon

Volunteer with rescued wildlife at one of our 3 Wildlife Sanctuaries in the Bolivian Amazon. Machía specialises in monkeys amongst other animals.


Misschien ben je ook geïnteresseerd in

Local Animal Rescue Center Escazu, Costa Rica Volunteer Now Costa Rica
As part of our local animal shelter, you'll be responsible for a variety of activities such as feeding, maintenance and engaging with animals!
Sea Turtle Conservation Ambassador Quepos, Costa Rica Tortugas de Pacuare
Volunteer and save turtles, make a difference and meet one of the most beautiful beaches in the world! Join us in Pacific CR!
Conservation of Whale & Dolphin Populations Tenerife, Spanje GVI
Contribute to critical whale & dolphin conservation initiatives in the beautiful subtropical island archipelago - Canary Islands.
Migrants and Refugees Integration Support Napoli, Italië International Napoli Network
Help the refugee and migrant community to gain a foothold in Europe by supporting shelters, schools, health care and activities tailored to their long-term integration.
Support Rescued Wildlife Rurrenabaque, Bolivia Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi
Volunteer with rescued animals at one of our 3 Wildlife Sanctuaries in the Bolivian Amazon.
Care for Rescued Wildlife Santa Maria , Bolivia Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi
Ambue Ari is a Wildlife Sanctuary that cares for over 70 animals, of more than 20 different species, specialising in the care of large felines.

Waarom zie ik dit?

U heeft een pagina aangevraagd die niet meer bestaat op deze site. Dit kan worden veroorzaakt door een link die u hebt gevolgd en die verouderd was, door het intypen van een verkeerd adres in de adresbalk, of gewoon omdat de post is verwijderd.

Breng me naar de Hoofdpagina