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Wildlife Sanctuary Worker

Prepare food for the animals, cleaning cages, general maintenance of the house and grounds

The project
This volunteer project is based at a wild life center located between Ascensión de Guarayos and Trinidad, near the village of Santa María. Some of the surrounding areas of these center have suffered from serious deforestation to the unsustainable slash-and-burn agricultural techniques practiced by local farmers. A serious fire risk on the surrounding areas of the project, force many free wild animals to seek refuge in the project area. Thanks to the early efforts of volunteers in 1996, Bolivian and foreign alike, the center has grown to include more than 800 hectares of land and is now home to dozens of animals. 

The center has a number of threatened species within the park which includes tapirs, tortoises and birds. The center also specializes in caring for howler monkeys, a variety of bird species and wild felines, including ocelots, pumas and jaguars. The majority of the felines are kept in large enclosures. Following strict safety regulations some can walk the grounds throughout the day by themselves. 

Suitable for


Typical day

Aside from general assignments like cleaning the enclosures and preparing food for the animals, also other areas that are in need of help from the volunteers.

There are different areas volunteers can work in such as:
  1.  The animal refugee centre, where you will be responsible for the care of tapirs, pekaris (a boar species) and exotic birds like toucans, macaws, nandus (a South American cursorial bird) and parrots. 
  2. The quarantine area where they nurse sick animals back to health young animals and pups that arrive at the center need extra care and attention from the volunteers.
  3. There are also roles in construction duties. Concerning construction work can include the restauration and expansion of cages or the maintenance of the centers facilities and pathways.

Caring for howler monekys and other exotic animals the duties include feeding and playing with them. There are no boundaries to your creativity, new ideas for toys are always welcome

Working with wild felines such as cougars and jaguars a volunteer, you will be assigned to take care of these wonderful animals. Depending on the season, you may either be responsible for up to three felines.

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 (basic level) 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 Sunday from 08:00 - 16:30

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

Free-time activities

In this volunteer project you will have lots of different activities to choose from such as sports with other workers or going on hikes looking at the amazing nature park, there is also a town 45 minutes away by bus with internet cafes.


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 | Full board (3 meals per day) | Advice on travel insurance | Flight booking service | Certificate of participation | Application fee

The center has basic dormitory accommodation for up to 36 volunteers. The volunteers are also welcome to camp in their own tents but you should bring your own blanket or sleeping bag as it can get very cold at night.The center does not have electricity nor mobile phone signal. A well/borehole provides drinking water and the water for the showers is not heated. The toilets are ecological and do not use plumbing.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Full board is provided. 3 meals per day except sundays where workers go into town for dinner

Internet Access
Sorry, no 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
25 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Ascención/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.
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 Bolivia

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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.
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?

The nearest airport is Viru Viru International (VVI) in Santa Cruz. 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.
What can you do in leisure-time in Bolivia while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Ascención de Guarayos, Ascención, Bolivia

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