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Take Care of Exotic Animals

Villa Tunari, Bolivia

Volunteer in the Bolivian rainforest! Climb trees with capuchin monkeys, walk with feral cats, and take care of other exotic wild animals.

The Project

Situated in the Amazon region, this project was founded in 1996. At the beginning, there were only two spider monkeys, one capuchin monkey, and one squirrel monkey. Today, the center is home to around 500 animals of 30 different species. You can also find some animals of endangered species at the center. The wild park is open to tourists, but only at a distance, where the tourists can see rehabilitated animals in their natural habitat. The monkeys crowd together and they can be heard and seen jumping on the top of the trees. The main idea of the center is to protect and re-introduce the animals into the wild.

There is a team of veterinarians, scientists, and volunteers from all over the world who take care of the animals. Every species has a specified diet, medical supply if necessary, and own set of social behaviors. Some of the animals live semi-wild, which means that they can leave their cages to freely explore their natural surroundings.

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

 

Your Tasks

As a volunteer, there are different tasks that you will do. Your main task will be to play with the animals and give them attention. You will also 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 perfectly maintain the condition of the cages, facilities, and the equipment. The enclosures and cages need to be checked regularly, and may need to be improved or replaced 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. Monkeys: You will take care of and play with the capuchin monkeys and spider monkeys. You will see that its a lot of fun for the both of you!
  3. Small animals: Badgers, wild turkeys, tayras, honey bears and turtles - they are all waiting for you and want your attention.
  4. Birds: Here, you will work with many different species of parrots. They want to be entertained and you can take care of them.

For the wellbeing of the animals, some areas of work require a minimum period for your participation. All work areas described above also include additional tasks that will be discussed onsite with you.

Free-time activities

In your free time, you can go hiking, see wild animals on a safari, or do yoga! The Bolivian jungle is full of amazing adventures.

Safari/Zoo
Hiking
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 Spanish (intermediate level) and English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
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 09:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
50+

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Accommodation

During this project, you will live in a volunteer house with shared rooms. The kitchen and bathrooms (warm water available) are shared. You will share your bedroom with 2-4 other volunteers. Each volunteer receives sheets, but pillows and mosquito nets are subject to availability. It is recommended that volunteers bring their own sleeping bag or blanket, as nights can get very cold. Furthermore, you should also bring a small lock to lock your room during work hours.   

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

During this project, volunteers will be provided daily with a vegetarian lunch. Breakfast or small snacks for the afternoon are available for purchase in the cafeteria. Dinner is not provided. You can either make your own food in the kitchen or eat in one of the many restaurants that are located in the nearby village. Vegans or people with allergies should bring some of their own ingredients, as there aren’t any opportunities in the village to buy these in the village. 

Internet Access
Limited 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 J Wilsterman Airport (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.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Bolivia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Bolivia.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$580.00
3 weeks
$695.00
4 weeks
$810.00
5 weeks
$925.00
25 weeks (max. stay)
$3,225.00
Average fees
$210.00/week

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 let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Bolivia.
Deposit (15%)
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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.
Americas South America Bolivia Villa Tunari, Villa Tunari
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