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The Wildlife Sanctuary

Help to take care of wildlife rescued animals from illegal traffickers in Bolivia as a conservation volunteer! Our animals are happy for every helping hand.

About the Project

Situated next to the stunning town of Coroico in Bolivia, not far from the country’s capital La Paz, this project is based in a truly incredible wildlife sanctuary, caring for illegally trafficked animals that have been rescued from lives of captivity and cruelty. Established in 2003 as an ecotourism project, the sanctuary began taking in monkeys and parrots that had been rescued from traffickers. Today, the sanctuary is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and flora in the area.

The problem of animal trafficking in South America has worsened in recent years, as exotic and rare animals have a high monetary value when sold into the pet trade overseas. For this reason, many of Bolivia’s native species are under threat from traffickers, and their populations in the wild are slowly declining. This sanctuary aims to reverse this trend, rescuing animals that were otherwise destined for the international pet trade, and that have been snatched from their natural habitat.


The overall aim of this project is to have a direct, positive impact on the wildlife species in the region, to prevent other animals from being trafficked, and to create a sustainable, eco-tourism venture. The money invested in this project by volunteers and other sources also goes towards local community initiatives, helping to educate indigenous people about the importance of animal conservation and the threats facing their environment due to trafficking.

Volunteers on this project play a vital role in the care of the animals at the sanctuary, enriching their lives with feeding programs and husbandry tasks. Volunteers will also get to create enrichment for the animals at the sanctuary to keep them mentally and physically active. You will also be taking part in maintaining the facilities at the sanctuary, these tasks involve building cages and enclosures and if you intend on staying between 2-4 weeks you can take part in the care bear program. This also means that the sanctuary’s permanent staff are less occupied with the day-to-day running of the sanctuary itself, leaving them with more free time to rescue other animals in danger of being trafficked.

Prior to Arrival

Citizens of most countries can get a tourist card on arrival for up to 90 days. This will be dependent on your nationality however. Please make sure you double check, as this can be subject to change. There are often numerous passport checks, so they must be carried at all times. It is safest to carry photocopies rather than originals. As with most countries, your passport will need to be valid for at least six months in order to gain entry.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

Typical day

First Day

After Arriving into La Paz airport you will be met at the airport and transferred to the project site. You will then spend the day settling in and meeting staff and your fellow volunteers.

Regular Days

These days will be spent working at the project. You will be engaged in a variety of different conservation activities every day from 7.30am until 5.30pm. There are no typical days but mainly tasks include:

Basic Husbandry: 

Feeding, cleaning, and caring for monkeys, birds, wild cats, turtles and various other animals.

Monitoring: 

Monitor and document feeding and behavioural habits to ensure proper diets and portions.

Maintaining the Facilities: 

Improving existing facilities and help build additional facilities. The task involves building cages and enclosures.

Enrichment: 

Working on enrichment projects for the animals to keep active mentally and physically.

Care Bear Programme: 

Caring for the spectacled bears for volunteers staying 2-4 weeks.

Last Day

This is your final day and after saying your fond farewells you will transfer back to La Paz airport for your return flight or commence your independent travel plans.

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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 (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No specific skills or experience are required. However, we do ask that you are a reliable, hardworking and trustworthy person with a willingness to get your hands dirty!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 07:30 - 17:30

Any questions? Just ask. We at The Great Projects are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

Included within the project price is a voucher which allows you to either zipline or go canyoning down the lush canyons of the Vagantes. Both are exciting activities exploring the stunning scenery of the Yungas province - all with an extra pinch of adrenaline! Either add a whole new aspect of adventure when volunteering in Bolivia.

Water Sports
Climbing
Hiking

Services

What's included?
Shared accommodation in the volunteer's quarters - Private transfers to and from the airport - Three meals per day - Hot showers - Bed linen and towels - A voucher to use for extra activities (ziplining or canyoning) - Laundry facilities - Food and medicine for the animals you are caring for
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.
Airport Pickup

We organise transportation from El Alto International Airport in La Paz to the sanctuary for you on your project start day. This is included within the trip cost. The Bolivia Wildlife Sanctuary is around 100km from La Paz meaning the journey will take about two hours.

Accommodation

You will be accommodated at the Volunteer House, a cosy wooden house with jatata leaf roofing located across the river from the animal refuge. There is one six bed dormitory and one three bed dormitory so you should be prepared to share a room with your fellow volunteers. Toilet and hot showers are adjoined to the house and laundry facilities are also available. Bed linen and towels are provided.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

There are three meals provided per day whilst here. All meals are included in the project price and will be prepared for you by staff at the project. If you have any medical requirements it is important that you let people know as soon as possible so the staff can be prepared as it may mean buying different ingredients to normal. Please note that water is not included within the project price. However, bottles are available for purchase for a small fee at the sanctuary.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$813.00
3 weeks
$1,002.00
4 weeks
$1,191.00
5 weeks
$1,381.00
6 weeks
$1,570.00
7 weeks
$1,759.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,705.00

You can volunteer at the project site in La Paz /Bolivia between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. The Great Projects will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$316/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 The Great Projects 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

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Bolivia. Please check the visa regulations for Bolivia.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Bolivia and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in 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 El Alto (LPB) in La Paz. 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.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Bolivia while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
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