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Help Protect the Wildlife in Paraguay

Pilar, Neembucu, Paraguay show on map

Conduct scientific fieldwork, help protect local wildlife, and reach out to local communities in Paraguay! Choose from a variety of areas to work onsite.

The Project

This project is carried out by a non-profit organization that works to protect the inhabitants and species in Paraguay. They do this through scientific research and community outreach. The project is located in the country's center very close to a big and important river, which is part of a region that is a biodiversity hotspot. This large stream feeds into the impressive Rio Paraguay and is home to stunning tourist attractions. Many of the species in this region are only native to this area, which makes it a very interesting place to study biodiversity. Many new species have already been discovered by the volunteer project, and there could still be more to identify.

In Paraguay, there is a constant concern about the continuous destruction of nature. This is due to expanding agricultural activities, such as ranching and soya production. Land purchased from conservation orientated organizations helps to protect land and wildlife by providing wildlife corridors, which link remaining pockets of original vegetation.

Typical day

Your Tasks 

During this project, there are different areas where volunteers can work (subject to availability). The possible project areas where you can volunteer are: 

  1. Conservation Science: the ongoing project inlcude data collection, primatology in the Atlantic Forest, fishing in the river, butterfly and moth surveys, frog, lizard and snake surveys, camera trapping as well as habitat monitoring with a drone.
  2. Butterfly Inventory:  building a collection of all of the species found here to demonstrate to the world how special and biodiverse the reserve is. On a typical day, you will learn how to help grow caterpillars into adults, understand the insects’ lifecycles, and prepare the creatures for collection. 
  3. Reptile and Amphibian Survey: keeping museum and databases up-to-date, showing the more interesting specimens to tourists, and helping to design and develop new educational materials.
  4. Reserve Maintenance: Maintaining trails, maintaining facilities, building rest areas, expanding the trail system, helping with the organic garden, or assisting with recycling projects.
  5. Outreach: The project works in the communities that are close to the reserve, providing environmental education to adults and children.

Free-time activities


Water Sports
Swimming
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently) and Spanish (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Included Services

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Consultation from our experienced staff | Translation of application documents | Placement in volunteer project | Orientation upon arrival | Orientation kit | Local support | 24-hr Emergency Number | Accommodation in volunteer house | Full-board (3 meals per day) | Advice regarding travel insurance | Flight booking service | Certificate of Participation | Application fee

Accommodation

Volunteers will stay in a large house that has four spacious rooms. Rooms can accommodate 2-4 four people each and have their own shower with hot water. There is also a spacious living area that volunteers can share. 

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Yes, full-board is provided 3 meals per day.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Silvio Pettirossi International Airport (ASU) in Asuncion. We assist you to find cheap flights to Paraguay.
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 Paraguay provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Paraguay you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Paraguay.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$800.00
3 weeks
$1,045.00
4 weeks
$1,290.00
5 weeks
$1,535.00
25 weeks (max. stay)
$6,435.00
Average fees
$329.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Pilar, Neembucu/Paraguay 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 let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Paraguay.
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.
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