Collecting food, preparing and feeding animals, general maintenance, clearing and maintaining walking paths and hiking trails
This center is located in a protected rain forest, which is shelter to many different types of animals with some in danger of extinction. Sadly most of the animals arrive in poor condition. Approximately one in four animals die on their way to the center or in the first few days of being there, if the animal does recover only one in four is set free into the wild, the other animals have to live in enclosures to protect them from predators.
When releasing an animal back into the wild there are many different factors to consider such as will it be too stressful for the animal, will they be vulnerable to hunting if they are released, these are huge factors in deciding whether a animal is ready to be released into the wild or stay within the center.
The center lies on the edge of 7 miles of protected rainforest where hunting is prohibited, this area can be used to release animals. Unfortunately this center is effectively an island surrounded by unprotected areas which leads to problems for the released wildlife.
One major part of the volunteers role in the center is to give visitors guided tours, this finances the center through entrance fees and donations. This means that our volunteers should be very friendly and enthusiastic to be able to give a fun experience to the visitors, they should also be able to handle people from all over the world and answer questions they have on the place and animals.
On a typical day you will take vistors on guided tours, feed the animals, clean enclosures and prepare new ones for incoming animals, fix trails, harvest fruits.
You will be given 2 days off every week at the center. In this time there are many different activities to choose from with many volunteers hiking around and close to the reserve absorbing the great views. There is also a town around 1.5 hours away with internet cafes.
Volunteers live in houses that are connected by a bridge. There is space for 14 volunteers, bedrooms have 2 beds so you may be forced to share this. Running water, a shower and a toilet are provided in each house. Clothes have to be washed by hand. There is no electricity or telephone, and light is provided by candles. This experience gives you the chance to live with people from all over the world.
Full board is provided (3 meals per day). Food is provided by a truck which comes once a week, during the week local ladys prepare lunches, but breakfast and dinner must be cooked by the volunteers.