Help on a wildlife rehabilitation center in Rurrenabaque, Bolivia




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    Our center created in 2020, is a non-profit community project without equal in the world, that offers a unique experience in an inspiring place, the Bolivian Amazon; we reflect a way of life focused on the conservation of nature and local traditions and we work on rehabilitation of rescued wildlife, in addition it is a health and education center for the Indigenous Community Carmen Florida.
    Through the contribution of volunteers, the Health Fund is created, a direct benefit for community members in cases of emergencies, accidents and illnesses.
    Courses of education and training, such as language classes for Tacana and English, math and environmental education will be realized by competent local teachers as well as by volunteers once the school location is established.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Volunteers will learn about the needs and detailed care of the different local wildlife species, like nutrition and appropriate accommodation in a natural environment. Further the complicated task of rehabilitation and relocation of the rescued wild animals in their natural habitat. Also the veterinary care in our animal clinic is an important part of the work with wildlife.
    As the work with wildlife is just one part of the center´s mission, the volunteers will also learn and benefit from cultural exchange with the indigenous community members. The close contact to the community opens the view to a different way of life, that is focused on picking and harvesting the "fruits" and materials, that the tropical amazon forest offers.
    Working on constructions with local materials and basic tools is a perfect way to improve creativity and manual skills.
    The work with and between the local flora inside the jungle is a valuable contribution to an important knowledge, which plants are eatable, medicinal or can be used for handicrafts and construction.
    Sometimes you will get the opportunity to work a day in the community instead of the center, which means mainly hard physically demanding work, such as "cleaning" areas or paths from abundant vegetation with machete.

  • Help


    Volunteering consists of various activities inside and outside the center, adapting to the skills and talents of each volunteer: Maintenance and construction, woodwork, cleaning of the center´s environments (animal cages, gardens and housing), shopping and feeding the animals, administrative and advertising (in Rurrenabaque), among others.
    From volunteers we demand 5 days of work per week, which means 2 days freetime for personal use. Days off are sunday and monday.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    English: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    At the moment we offer basic sleep accommodation at the center for maximum 10 volunteers at a time. The dormitories are equipped with common beds and mosquito nets. We include breakfast, lunch and dinner at the center during the days of work, vegetarian food is available, and if you have any special food needs, please let us know in advance.
    In the future there will be also private houses available.
    A beautiful view over the river Beni just beside your rooms will make your stay even more special.
    The center has bathrooms with toilet and shower, but no electricity yet.
    We charge a 6 USD contribution per day per person for food expenses.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    For the daily work at the center, it is necessary to bring a pair of rubber boots, for your own safety in the jungle environment and it is recommended to wear long trousers and long sleeve shirts, furthermore sun protection (hat, cap) and flashlight. It is forbidden to use chemical repellents during the work with animals.
    In the idyllic town of Rurrenabaque several tourist agencies offer tours and trips to the Madidi National Park, Pilon Lajas Reserve and the Pampas of Yacuma. The community we work with, Carmen Florida, offers excursions into the jungle and the community lands and in the town itself you can go for a short walk to the viewpoint and there are several nice pools in town to hang up and relax in a hammock with a cold beer.

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    A little more information

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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    This host charges a fee

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    $6 per day to cover food costs

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