Wildlife Sanctuary

opgericht in 2003
Stel je vraag
Coördinator | Marion
Coördinator | Marion
Boek met de Flex-Optie! Kies nieuwe vertrekdata of wijzig je vrijwilligersproject zonder meerkost.


Learn more about Bolivia's exotic wildlife
Get to know the Bolivian Amazon Jungle, a place of very rich biodiversity
Experience local culture while sharing with indigenous
Do meaningful volunteer work abroad supporting a good cause to protect endangered animals
Gain new intercultural skills
Protect our wildlife! Support this jungle sanctuary by preparing food for the animals, cleaning cages, and assisting with general maintenance. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+

This volunteer project takes place at a wildlife center located between Ascensión de Guarayos and Trinidad, near the village of Santa María. Some of the surrounding areas of the center have suffered from serious deforestation as a result of unsustainable “slash-and-burn” agricultural techniques practiced by local farmers. Due to the high risk of fires in the surrounding areas of the project, many wild animals are forced to seek refuge in the protected area of the wildlife center. Thanks to the early efforts of both Bolivian and foreign volunteers in 1996, the center now has more than 800 hectares of land and offers a home to dozens of animals. 

The center has a number of threatened species including tapirs, tortoises, and birds. The center also specializes in caring for howler monkeys, a variety of bird species, and wild felines, including ocelots, pumas, and jaguars. The majority of the felines are kept in large enclosures. Following strict safety regulations, the grounds can be explored alone throughout the day. 

Your Tasks

The center cares for a variety of animals and specializes in wild felines, which are separated into designated areas. Aside from general assignments, such as cleaning the enclosures and preparing food for the animals, volunteers are needed in other areas as well. These areas include the animal refugee center and the quarantine area, where volunteers help nurse sick animals back to health. Volunteers will also help with some construction work and work with wild felines, such as cougars and jaguars, and other exotic animals.

To ensure that you have a positive volunteer experience and to take into consideration the wellbeing of the animals at the center, some working areas require a minimum time of participation. If you would like to work with the wild felines or the howler monkeys, please make sure you stay at least 4 weeks so the animals can get used to you. Volunteering in any of the other areas require a minimum time of 2 weeks.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

We will gladly take any of your preferences concerning work areas into consideration while coordinating and planning your project. However, it is possible that duties will be changed upon arrival depending on season and the center’s current demand. Work areas include:

Animal Refugee Center

In this area, a maximum of two volunteers can make direct contact with the animals in the refuge station. You will be responsible to take care of tapirs, pekaris and exotic birds like toucans, macaws, nandus, and parrots.

Work in the Quarantine Area

3 to 4 volunteers are usually assigned to work in the quarantine area where they help nurture sick animals back to health. This area focuses especially on small animals that arrive to the center and need extra care and attention from the volunteers. Naturally, the species in this area of the center change constantly, as animals who have regained their health are released back into the wild. Most of the animals in this area include monkeys of different species, exotic birds, tortoises, and coatis.


Maintenance on the park grounds is also a very important task that volunteers can assist with at the wildlife center because it helps to ensure an optimal infrastructure throughout the area. Duties concerning construction work can include the restoration and expansion of cages, or the general maintenance of the centers facilities and pathways. There is always a lot of work to be done on the 800 hectares of grounds that are part of the center, and you will either be divided up into small work groups or asked to work on your own. Whether or not you work alone or with a group depends on the workload of the other areas of the wildlife center.

Caring for Howler Monkeys

Amongst other varieties of exotic animals, numerous howler monkeys live at the wildlife center. This monkey species can only be found in Central and South America, and their screams wake up the whole camp every morning.

Up to 4 volunteers can care for the monkeys at the same time. The duties include feeding and playing with them. There are no boundaries for your creativity, and new ideas for toys are always welcome. In this area, volunteers have even been spotted climbing the trees with the monkeys!

Working with Wild Felines

If you’ve always wanted to play with a wild feline, this is your chance of making your wish come true! The wildlife center is home to wild cougars, jaguars, Geoffrey’s cats, and ocelots. As a volunteer, you will be assigned to take care of these wonderful animals. Depending on the season, you may be responsible for up to three felines yourself (low season) or share your duty with other volunteers (peak season, 1-3 volunteers per feline).

Note: You need to stay minimum 30 days in the project to be able to work with the felines!

Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, weather, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.


In this volunteer project you will get to know how it is like to live in the jungle - an amazing and unique experience!
In your free time you have a wide range of free time activities to choose from, such as sports with co-workers, going on hikes through the jungle, admiring the breathtaking nature, bird-watching, visiting local communities.

There is also a town, about a 45-minute bus ride away, that has internet cafes and other amenities.



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)
op High School niveau
Vereiste documenten
CV, Volunteer Questionnaire en Yellow Fever Vaccination
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
Yellow Fever Vaccination is required.
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag, vrijdag en zondag van 08:00 - 16:30

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door South America Inside
  1. Shared room in Volunteer House
  2. Full board (except dinner on saturdays)
  3. Professional English-speaking advice
  4. Translation of your application documents
  5. Volunteer Work Placement in Bolivia
  6. English-speaking in-country support
  7. On-site introdction
  8. Handbook Bolivia
  9. Intercultural guideline
  10. 24/7 emergency number
  11. Information about suitable travel insurance
  12. Certificate of participation

I M P O R T A N T   N O T E:
There is a guarantee deposit of 300 bs (approx. US$ 45) to be paid on site. This deposit is returned once the booked volunteering time has been completed.

The center has basic dormitory accommodation for up to 20 volunteers. Rooms are usually not separated by gender. Sheets and mosquito nets (if available) are provided, but you should bring your own blanket or sleeping bag as it can get cold at night.

The center does not have electricity nor mobile phone signal. Showers are with cold water, what is not problem due to the hot temperature during the day. The toilets are ecological and do not use plumbing.

Internet is not available on the project site, but there are Internet cafés at the nearest town, which is located 45 minutes away by bus.

Slaapzaal Guesthouse
Eten & Drank

Food will be provided three times a day, except for dinner on Saturday (when volunteers go into town for a meal). Breakfast is served daily from 8-9 am and is basic - it consists of bread and tea/coffee. You may wish to bring your own cereal or oatmeal with you to supplement the meal. Lunch and dinner is mostly vegetarian, but meat options are available 2-3 times a week. If you have any specific dietary requirements, you should bring a supply of suitable food with you. Some food items can be purchased in a nearby village, and even more can be purchased in Ascensión de Guarayos, which is located about 45 minutes away by bus.

The drinking water comes from a well and most volunteers drink it without experiencing any side effects. However, if you are concerned about water purity, you can bring water purification tablets or purchase your own bottled water in town.

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 Viru Viru International Airport (VVI) in Santa Cruz. 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

The volunteer work can be joined throughout the year. The start and end date can be set flexible, according to your availability and travel plans. Ask our experienced staff to coordinate your participation in this meaningfull volunteer project.

jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
2 - 12 weken


Kosten: Prijs in USD
2 weken (min. verblijf)
3 weken
4 weken
5 weken
6 weken
7 weken
8 weken
9 weken
10 weken
11 weken
12 weken (max. verblijf)
Gemiddelde kosten
$267 /week

Houd er rekening mee dat de hierboven getoonde kosten worden geschat. South America Inside 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 South America Inside 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 South America Inside 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 South America Inside

Wat vertellen de mensen over Volunteer World?

Wildlife Sanctuary

Protect our wildlife! Support this jungle sanctuary by preparing food for the animals, cleaning cages, and assisting with general maintenance.


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.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Supporter Cabuya, Montezuma, Costa Rica South America Inside
Support wildlife protection in Costa Rica. Help provide care for exotic rescued animals in this meaningful wildlife sanctuary.
Eco Farm Worker Antigua, Guatemala South America Inside
In this wonderful project you work very close with the local as the farm operates as a community center where especially women and children can learn and persoanlly grow.

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