RAREC

Wildlife Caretaker

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NGO | RAREC

We need people who love animals and want to support us in rescues, rehabilitation process and medical treatments, also implement enrichment programs for them.

Our volunteer program as a wildlife caretaker is very important in the project progress. We require people who mainly have a deep love for animals, no previous studies are required, people who have more experience will be designate to certain types of animals and those who do not have much experience will be responsible for other types of animals, the common quality should be to have a lot of patience and be very observant, the time the volunteer spend feeding and taking care of them is essential for the project because they can detect diseases, behaviors out of the ordinary, behavior patterns, attitudes, etc. Even before the veterinarians. The wildlife caretakers are the main and first source of information for monitoring the physical and emotional health of the animals in our care.

The project

The general problem that exists in this area of ​​the Amazon is the uncontrolled use of natural resources by unscrupulous people, which causes many losses of wildlife. All animals that come to our center were rescued from illegal traffic or hunting, as a result of this, they are orphans and very young, in some cases babies who require feeding by bottle and a lot of care and interaction to gain confidence and can adapt to a new group of the same species, this is the challenge that a volunteer is faced, cover not only food but emotional needs of animals arriving after suffering abuse and malnutrition.

Volunteer work

The volunteer program for wildlife caretaker includes the following activities in general:

  • Support in animal’s rescue process traveling with the staff, ecological police and authorities to the places where wild animals are confiscated for illegal traffic or because they have them as pets.
  • Support in animal’s rehabilitation, cleaning of each area, preparation of food and delivery of food, control of the growth and behavior of the animal to detect incidents. 
  • Support in animal’s treatment, assistance to the vet in the administration of medicines and monitoring of animal health in quarantine or in topical. 
  • Implementation of enrichment programs for animals, monitor the behavior of a group of assigned animals, introducing external elements to observe their behavior, to implement improvements in their environment and quality of life.
  • ·Work in the butterfly enclosure, development of the observation and feeding of caterpillars, monitoring the plan to determine the biological cycle of certain species, and achieve their reproduction in a controlled environment. 

The volunteers must be mainly responsible, the work we do is very delicate, since we work with the lives of vulnerable species; it is very important for us that the volunteers has passion for their work and they have to be very observant, and can contribute ideas and improvements in the care process. All ideas and improvements that can be implemented will be taken into account and welcome. What we want is forming a team in which all volunteers from different countries leave a positive mark on the project with ideas and improvements, they will see in the future through the social networks that they contributed to the growth of the project.

What you can expect

Volunteers can be sure that the facilities where they spend their days are comfortable and is a quiet environment, which allows them to work during the day and relax or do research at night. Our team is very united, we are a young organization that has grown little by little during the last 5 years, bringing together people who love what they do and contribute ideas, whose main objective is the welfare of the animals in custody. In this project your ideas will always be welcome.

The staff of RAREC speak English, Spanish and Portuguese. In our team we have two specialists in rescues, rehabilitation and medical treatments, they live in RAREC and they will be in charge of designating the tasks and supporting volunteers in all the activities or doubts they may have. The project directors also live in RAREC and we are attentive to all the needs of the volunteers and we will collect all the information they can give us so that their work and findings will be part of the database and protocols of the project. On the other hand volunteers will work with veterinarians and biologists in charge of primates, manatees, and others, they make their follow-up visits once a week or come in emergencies. For manual tasks such as area improvement, volunteers can rely on maintenance personnel.

We give to each volunteer RAREC t-shirts, rain cape, rain boots and a headlamp. It is important that they bring comfortable and fresh clothes, sneakers, sandals, hats and also long-sleeved shirts and pants to avoid bugs at night.

Typical day

A typical day for a volunteer begins at 7 am with breakfast. The first task of all, is the preparation of food for the animals assigned and then take them to their respective areas, this task is usually done in pairs to also clean the area where the food is left. 

Subsequently, the environmental enrichment exercise is carried out in the designated area, or the administration of medications in the case animals are assigned in clinic or quarantine. 

In the afternoon, after lunch, the feeding for the animals and the exercise of environmental enrichment are repeated. Only in the case of baby manatees the feeding is repeated 4 times a day and the case of the butterflies the change of feeding is once a day. 

Apart from this, volunteers can have other tasks that arise from observing the behavior of animals, or perform manual tasks implementing new ways to improve the areas of animals with swings, platforms, houses, etc.

On the days that we have rescues, the tasks will be reassigned so that a group can go out to the rescue area, always led by our staff.

The schedule is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., when the volunteers wish, they can take days off for tours, they should only tell us to schedule the tasks in advance.

Details on Arrival

The volunteers can join the program throughout the year.

They are welcome in any month of the year. The rainy months are from December to February, the rest of the year is very hot.

Free-time activities

We have a recreation room with tv, dvd, wifi, games and hammocks to relax. Within RAREC you can hike to the creek at the end of the land, where you can swim, in the whole way you can observe wildlife in freedom. You can also do sport fishing.

Our road connection allows us to reach any tourist place in the Region, for example the Pacaya Samiria reserve is 2 hours from RAREC by road and by river. It is also easy to reach the port to navigate the Amazon River.
Swimming
Sightseeing
Hiking
Riding

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) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Love for animals
Responsible
Punctual
Hard working
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

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Before your journey

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RAREC (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by RAREC

$ 50 USD per day for stays from 1 week to 2 weeks.

$ 45 USD per day for stays from 3 weeks to 4 weeks.

$ 40 USD per day for stays longer than 4 weeks.

Accommodation Includes:

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner 
  • Volunteer bedrooms made of noble material and wood (4 volunteers per room) with fan
  • Electricity all day in all the facilities
  • Exterior kitchen, with wifi 
  • Exterior dining room, with wifi 
  • Exterior recreational room, with wifi, tv, dvd, games, telescope and a mini-gym
  • Shared bathrooms with running water
  • Once a week laundry service included
  • Equipment (Phone chip to have internet, RAREC t-shirts, a rain cape, rain boots and a headlamp)
  • For stays of 2 weeks or more, these 3 tours are included in the fee:
  • City tour. It includes round trip transportation, entrance fees to museums, guides, transportation in the city, lunch, and a visit to a store so that the volunteer can buy personal stuff. 
  • Visit the Alpahuayo Mishana Reserve, the sighting of birds and other fauna animals in their natural habitat, dinner in the city and free night.
  • Ride in the Amazon River and Dolphin Watching, Farewell Dinner in "Frio y Fuego" Restaurant in the middle of the river.

Airport Pickup at C.F. Secada Vignetta International Airport

RAREC staff will pick up the volunteer from the airport.

it is only important that you confirm in advance the arrival flight information. It is preferable that you schedule the flight in the morning or in the afternoon.

Accommodation

The volunteers are going to live in RAREC facilities. About our location, RAREC is one hour from the city by car, at Km. 47. The city of Iquitos is the largest population center in the area; RAREC is in a jungle area, connected to Iquitos by the only road that is here. We hire a point of electricity, so we have electricity all day in all the facilities, and we receive mobile internet, through the cell phone, each volunteer receive a phone chip to put on their cell phones and through this chip they can receive internet signal throughout their stay.

Regarding the property, we have built approximately one fifth of the land, leaving the trees as they were and building in certain spaces the animal areas, the houses where we live and the structures made with wood and noble material where we have the kitchen, the dining room, and the recreation area, these are exterior structures where you can be very comfortable. All the rest of the land is still untouched jungle; there we hike to the creek that is at the end of the land.

Accommodation also includes laundry service once a week. Each volunteer is assigned a room where there may be other volunteers as well, in total 4 volunteers sleep in each room. The rooms are made of noble material and wood, there are bunk beds, with fan. They are very fresh and have anti-bugs nets on windows and on the beds.

We have comfortable structures to stay and at the same time we are completely surrounded by the sounds of the jungle and trees, so we
guarantee the jungle experience. In addition, the days you decide to take free, you can go anywhere; the road connects us to all the
tourist places of Iquitos. Including the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, this 
is 2 hours by road and river. 

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
The fee includes:

  • American breakfast
  • Typical Peruvian lunch (if the volunteer requests a lighter type of food, it can be done without any problem): main course, dessert and drink
  • Dinner: sandwiches, soups, pasta, etc.
  • Volunteers must confirm if they have any special diet such as vegan, vegetarian or have an allergy to any food, to take it into account in the preparation of their food.
  • Drinks and fruits available at any time.
  • The breakfasts are self-service with all the necessary of an American breakfast, with options suitable for vegetarians and vegans. The lunch is determined by a menu, also with options for vegetarians and vegans. Dinners consist of one menu option or the self-service option with certain ingredients that the volunteer can cook or choose.
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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is C.F. Secada Vignetta International Airport (IQT) in Iquitos. We assist you to find cheap flights to Peru.
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 Peru provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Peru you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Peru.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$350.00
2 weeks
$700.00
3 weeks
$945.00
4 weeks
$1,120.00
8 weeks
$2,240.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$3,360.00
Average fees
$315.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Iquitos/Peru between 1 week and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. RAREC 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 Peru.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
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  Americas South America Peru  Iquitos, Km. 47 Iquitos Nauta Road

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