Animal Care in Bolivia followed by Conservation in Peru
If you have a passion for Animals, join us on the Animal care program in Bolivia to help local staff run an animal rehabilitation center, followed by animal release and conservation work in the heart of the Amazon jungle, at Taricaya research center in Peru.
When to go:
Start in September when the winter is ending in Peru and Bolivia and days are becoming warm and pleasant.
We recommend 3 weeks on each project
The Animal Care project in Bolivia is great for volunteers seeking practical experience with animals. Interns work at an animal rehabilitation center about 30 minutes outside of Cochabamba. Interns will be able to work with a variety of animals at the center, including dogs, birds of prey, and tortoises. You will work with animals that are permanently placed at the center, and those being rehabilitated to be released back into the wild. As an intern, you will get involved with such tasks as:
- caring for injured, mistreated, or abandoned animals
- feeding, bathing, playing with and taking dogs for walks
- preparing food
- cleaning cages and resting areas
- releasing animals back into the wild
Interns doing the animal care project will live with a host family which will give you opportunities to experience Bolivian customs and traditions. The landlocked country of Bolivia offers attractions such as the Andean mountain peaks, tropical Amazonian forests, and traditional communities mixed in bustling cities.
Then travel to our Peru Conservation project, where you get to live in the heart of the Amazon rainforest - the world's largest tropical rainforest and a hot spot for biodiversity. Volunteers will live at our Taricaya Lodge and Research Center. At Taricaya, volunteers help with continuing projects that take a holistic, community-oriented approach to environmental conservation, including:
- Biodiversity studies/Wildlife observations: Volunteers bird watch from canopy platforms throughout the reserve and use motion-sensor cameras. All the information is gathered and processed to better develop conservation tactics.
- Pilot farm: Volunteers help teach local farmers and children how to farm sustainably. Local sustainable crops include cacao, coffee beans and bananas. This food is also consumed on the reserve.
- Animal release: This is the first and still the only officially recognized animal release program in this part of Peru. Hurt or captured animals are rescued, rehabilitated and released back into the wild.
Work begins at sunrise and finishes in the afternoon, with a lunch break in the middle. Weekends are free, and volunteers can either relax at Taricaya or travel to Puerto Maldonado to spend Saturday night in town where there are hot showers, internet cafés and restaurants.
Additional costs include flights and visas where applicable. Read more about what's included on our Prices page.
*Explanation of pricing: When you sign up for projects in two or more countries, you will get 10% off each program fee (except for Language Courses and Add-Ons)
For more information about the pricing for this project and other combined projects, check out our combination pricing page.