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Wildlife Protection Worker

Americas South America Paraguay Santa Rosa del Aguaray

Scientific fieldwork, work in the project’s museum, community outreach, wildlife protection, maintaining trails

The project
This project is carried out by a non-profit organization which works to protect the inhabitants and species in Paraguay. They do this through scientific research and community outreach. The project is located in Laguna Blanca this region is a biodiversity hotspot. The project house sits by the side of Laguna Blanca, a crystal-clear lake. Many of the species are endemic to the area which makes Laguna Blanca a very interesting place to study with 10 new species already been discovered. Laguna Blanca is also home to the white-winged Nightjar, an endangered nocturnal bird species known to breed here and just two other locations worldwide.

There is a concern in Paraguay about the continuous destruction of nature this is due to the expanding agricultural activities such as ranching and soya production. Land purchased from conservation orientated organizations allows to protect land and wildlife due to wildlife corridors which link remaining pockets of original vegetation.

The reserve has around 804 hectares of land and is uniquely situated at the confluence of three important South American eco-regions: the Upper Paraná Atlantic Forest, the Cerrado, and the Bosque Central of Paraguay.

Suitable for


Typical day

Your work

On this project there are different programs in which you can volunteer to take part in subject to availability: 

  1. Capuchin Monkey study: The population of Capuchin monkeys is poorly studied and understood. The project aims to establish long term research into the behavior, ecology, and genetics of this species. On a day to day basis you will be: trail marking, working with GPS, making new maps, searching for monkeys and collecting data. 
  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 be learning to grow caterpillars into adults, help understand the creatures lifecyles and prepare the creatures for collection. 
  3. Reptile and amphibian survey: museum and databases are up-to-date, showing  the more interesting specimens to tourists, and helping to design and develop new educational materials.
  4. Reserve maintenance: Maintain trails, maintain facilities, build rest areas, expand the trail system, help with the organic garden or recycling projects.
  5. Outreach: The project works in the communities close to the reserve, providing environmental education to adults and children.

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)
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

Any questions? Just ask. We at South America Inside are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

There are many different activities to do in your spare time such as relaxing on Laguna Blanca’s golden white sands or take a swim in its crystal clear waters as well as this you can go explore the wonderful nature.


Included Services

What's included?
Consultation of our experienced staff | Translation of documents | Placement in volunteer project | Orientation on arrival | Orientation kit | Local support | 24h-Emergency Number | Accommodation volunteer house | Full board (3 meals per day) | Advice on travel insurance | Flight booking service | Certificate of participation | Application fee

Volunteer accommodation is in a large house with four spacious rooms which can hold from 2 to four people each room has its own shower and hot water, it also has a spacious living area.

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.

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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
25 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Santa Rosa del Aguaray/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.
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 Paraguay

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

What's next?

The nearest airport is Silvio Pettirossi (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Paraguay you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Paraguay.
11, Santa Rosa del Aguaray, Paraguay

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