Caretaker for exotic animals

Amazing volunteer project in the rainforest. Your chance to climb with capuchin monkeys, walk with feral cats and take care of exotic wild animals.

About the project

It is situated in the Amazonas region and was founded in 1996. At the beginning there were just two spider monkeys, 1 capuchin monkey and one squirrel monkey. Nowadays there are around 500 animals of 30 different species to take care for. You can also find some animals of endangered species in the zoo. The wild park is open to tourists but on a separated part, where the tourists can see rehabilitated animals in the wild. The monkeys horde together and is posible to listen and see them jumping on the top of the trees. The main idea of the zoo is the protection and re-introduction of animals into the wild.

There is a team of veterinaries, scientists  and volunteers from all over the world who take care of the animals. Every species gets his specified diet, medical supply if necesary and the socail behavior of each group is observed. Some animals life semi-wild, which means that they can leave their cages to explore freely their natural surroundings.

In this project you will experience unique and intense adventures every day! You will help to maintain the local nature and be an active part of the conservation and protection of nature and wildlife in South America!


Your work tasks

There are different work tasks to do as a volunteer in this project. Your main task will be to play with the animals and give them attention, and to make sure that the environment in the park is as natural as possible. During the day a lot of the animals are dismissed from their enclosures and are accompanied into the wild. 

There are four main working areas. Depending on your time and experience you will be allocated in one of the following areas:

  1. Construction: Its essential to maintain in perfect condition the cages, facilities and the equipment. The enclosures and cages need to be checked regularly, and to improve or renew the if necessary. This work is not directly with the animals, but you will get in contact with them every day to observe and watch their behavior.
  2. With monkeys: You will take care of the capuchin monkeys and spider monkeys. Play with them and you will see that its a lot of fun for both of you!
  3. With small animals: Badgers, wild turkeys, tayras, honey bears and turtles - they are all waiting for you and want your attention.
  4. In the birdhouse: Here you will work with many different species of parrots, they want to be entertained and you take care of them.

For the welfare of the animals some areas of work require minimum period for your participation. All working areas described above also include additional tasks that will be discussed on site with you.

Suitable for

Singles

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level) and English (intermediate level)
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 09:00 - 16:00

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Caretaker for exotic animals Jane Goodall at the rescue center Volunteer diner Monkey at animal rescue center Landscape arround the rescue center Ozelot at animal rescue center Volunteers at animal rescue center

Free-time activities

In your free time you can go hiking, see wild animals on safari or do yoga!

Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Yoga/Meditation

Services

What's included?
Translation of application documents | Tailor-made Programm Placement | Orientation session on arrival | Orientation kit | Local support | 24h-Emergency Number | Accommodation in Volunteer House (shared room) | Daily lunch (vegetarian) | Advisery concerning adequate travel insurance | Flight booking service (optional and for free) | Certificate of participation | Application fee
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Accommodation

As a volunteer in this project you are living a volunteer houses with shared dormitories. The kitchen and the bathrooms (warm water available) are shared. You will share your room with two, max. 4 other volunteers. Each volunteer receives bed clothes,while pillows and mosquito nets are subject to availability. It is recommended to arrive with an own sleeping bag or blanket, as nights can get very cold. Furthermore you also should take a little padlock to close your room during working hours.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

The Project provides daily vegetarian lunch. Breakfast or little snacks for the afternoon are available in the Cafeteria for sale. Dinner is self-catering. Either you make your own food in the kitchen or you eat in one of the many restaurants that are located in the nearby village. Vegans or people with allergies should bring some of their ingredients, as there aren’t that much possibilities in the village to buy these special supplies.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
Costs
2 weeks (min. stay)
$530
3 weeks
$645
4 weeks
$760
5 weeks
$875
10 weeks
$1450
18 weeks
$2370
25 weeks (max. stay)
$3175

You can volunteer at the project site in Villa Tunari/Bolivia between 2 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$196/week
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 South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Bolivia

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Bolivia. Please check the visa regulations for Bolivia.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Bolivia.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is J Wilsterman (CBB) in Cochabamba. We assist you to find cheap flights to Bolivia.
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 Bolivia provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Bolivia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Bolivia.
Packing List
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Villa Tunari, Villa Tunari, Bolivia