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Volunteering in Bolivia with wild animals: our experience

Volunteering in Bolivia with wild animals: our experience

Post by Monica Herrerasproject coordinator
We return to travel to Bolivia and to visit new solidarity projects. Bolivia is a country where you can stay in cities at more than 4000 metres above sea level, travel through the jungle, visit the world's largest salt flat or be fascinated by Lake Titicaca, the highest lake in the world.

This is where the indigenous essence from Latin America.

Let's tour it by visiting projects related to environment, animals and others of a more socially oriented

Volunteering in the Bolivian jungle

With Jill, coordinator of one of the centres
The first project we visited was a wildlife custody centre. It is a foundation that has been working for 20 years and currently has three centres in the following areas Boliviawith more than 430 animals of different species. These include different species of monkeys, felines and birds. 
In Bolivia there are laws prohibiting illegal trade in wild animals. Even so, it is  a business that is not controlled as much as it should be and which moves a lot of money, so much so that it occupies the fourth position in illegal trades after drugs, arms and human trafficking globally.

The aim of this organisation is to provide animals with the best possible quality of life. Many are rescued from homes, circuses, markets or even animals from zoos or captured directly by government authorities because they were trying to do business with them. 

Some animals have suffered broken bones and continual mistreatment by their owners. The future of each animal depends on a lot of factors such as how long it has been in captivity, how old it is and how much contact it has had with people.
One of the centre's felines

We have learned, for example, that in felines, unfortunately, the probability that they can survive in the wild after release is only 2%.

Many of these animals have suffered important traumas, they have killed their mother when they were babies and this has brought them many consequences not only on a physical but also on a psychological level. When they do not suckle their mother's milk, they have problems with their joints, their immune system, digestive problems, etc. One of the most negative consequences is that they do not learn to hunt with all that this entails and another very negative one is that they lose the ability to hunt.

fear of people.


What are the tasks of volunteers?

Volunteers on a break
The volunteers have various tasks related to the animals they are guarding (pumas, jaguars, ocelots, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, capuchins, dozens of different birds, badgers... and even a bear!)

This project lives from the work of the volunteers who are in charge of the animal careThe animals are taken out of their cages for food preparation, cleaning, accompaniment, walks in the forest when it is possible to take them out of their cages. We also carry out construction and improvement work on the facilities.

For us it has been a fantastic experience, do you want it to be for you too?

Comments

  • Stéphanie HASSAN
    December 31, 2014

    Hello

    I would like to volunteer for one month in your centre. How can I do it? You can contact me: stephi_87@hotmail.it

    Thank you very much

    reply
  • Anonymous
    May 4, 2015

    Hello!
    I would be interested in volunteering at your centre. How can I contact you for more information?
    maira.san@hotmail.com

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    May 6, 2015

    Hello, we have sent you an email with all the details.

    Thank you for your interest

    Best regards

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    May 6, 2015

    Hello Estephanie,

    Thank you very much for your interest. We have sent you an email with all the details. If you need any further clarification, just write to us again 🙂

    Best regards

    reply
  • Asmara Collao
    June 22, 2015

    Hello I am interested I would like you to send me all the info 🙂 to my email address. asmara.collao@gmail.com

    reply
  • Alex cataldo
    June 22, 2015

    Hello, I would like to volunteer and I would like to know the steps to follow. Here is my email address aleexcataldo@hotmail.com thank you😊😊😊

    reply
  • Cha GG
    July 2, 2015

    Hello, I would like to have the information as well please! I'll give you my email: cha.georgeon@hotmail.fr
    Ciao !

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    July 4, 2015

    Hi Alex, we have sent you an email with all the details.

    Thank you for your interest

    Best regards

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    July 4, 2015

    Hi Asmara, we have sent you an email with all the details.

    Thank you very much for your interest and look forward to hearing from you 🙂

    Best regards

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    July 4, 2015

    We have already sent you more information. Thank you very much and happy Saturday 🙂

    reply
  • franci villa ibañez
    July 28, 2015

    Please could you send me information I would like to participate, thank you very much, my email: franciestopa@outlook.es Francisco

    reply
  • franci villa ibañez
    July 28, 2015

    Please could you send me information I would like to participate, thank you very much, my email: franciestopa@outlook.es Francisco

    reply
  • Anonymous
    August 1, 2015

    Hi, I would like to volunteer during the summer, could you please send me information to my email address loretozapata90@gmail.com. Thank you in advance.

    reply
  • Unknown
    October 24, 2015

    Hi, I loved the article. I would like to volunteer. Could you help me with that... I don't know who to write to. my mail priscivgelvez@gmail.com Thank you! Regards

    reply
  • Unknown
    October 24, 2015

    Hi, I loved the article. I would like to volunteer. Could you help me with that... I don't know who to write to. my mail priscivgelvez@gmail.com Thank you! Regards

    reply
  • Disa Contreras
    January 24, 2016

    hello can you send me the information! disa.contreras@gmail.com

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    January 28, 2016

    Hello Disa! Sorry for the delay in replying. We will send you an email with all the information about this project.

    Thank you very much,

    Greetings!

    reply
  • YI SUS
    March 18, 2016

    hello i would be interested in volunteering for a month jesuscastillobravo@hotmail.es thank you

    reply
  • francisco
    March 30, 2016

    hello, i would like to know how to volunteer, thank you. djwace@gmail.com

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    March 31, 2016

    Hello Jesus! Sorry for the delay in replying. We have just sent you an email with all the information about this project.

    Thank you very much,

    Greetings!

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    March 31, 2016

    Hello Francisco, we have just written to you with more information. If you need any clarification, please do not hesitate to write to us 🙂

    Greetings

    reply
  • francisco
    March 31, 2016

    This comment has been removed by the author.

    reply
  • Unknown
    April 26, 2016

    hello, i would like to know how i can volunteer and how much it costs 2- 3 months thanks danita.605@hotmail.com

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    April 27, 2016

    Hello, we will send you an email with all the information, thank you for your interest!

    reply
  • Unknown
    May 3, 2016

    Good evening! I am very interested in volunteering for the whole month of July. I would appreciate any information you can send me, thank you 🙂

    reply
  • Unknown
    May 3, 2016

    My e-mail address is catalinafixman@gmail.com

    reply
  • Catalina Fixman
    May 3, 2016

    My e-mail address is catalinafixman@gmail.com

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    May 4, 2016

    Good morning Catalina, we have just sent you an email with more detailed information about the project. Thank you very much for your interest and have a nice day 🙂

    reply
  • Martin Lecanda
    May 18, 2016

    Hi, I am very interested in your proposal, what are the registration steps, requirements and so on?

    mail: martinlecanda@hotmail.com

    Thank you,
    Greetings

    reply
  • Lizzet Rodriguez
    June 3, 2016

    This comment has been removed by the author.

    reply
  • Lizzet Rodriguez
    June 3, 2016

    Hello, I am interested in volunteering at your centre.
    I would be grateful if you could inform me about the requirements.
    My email is: lizzet_10_09@hotmail.com

    reply
  • Unknown
    June 28, 2016

    Hi, I am interested in volunteering at your centre.
    I would like some information.
    I am available from the 2nd of July until the 25th of July is it enough to participate in your project?
    Enora.trespoey@gmail.com

    reply
  • Enora Trespoey
    June 28, 2016

    Hi, I am interested in volunteering at your centre.
    I would like some information.
    I am available from the 2nd of July until the 25th of July is it enough to participate in your project?
    Enora.trespoey@gmail.com

    reply
  • Anonymous
    July 2, 2016

    Hello, I would like to be a volunteer, I am from Argentina, could you please send me information to my email address lucia.belladore@hotmail.com. Thank you.

    reply
  • facu
    July 11, 2016

    hello i would like to volunteer, could you pass me some information. facunavaro@gmail.com thank you very much

    reply
  • Anonymous
    September 8, 2016

    Hello, we are students from Spain interested in volunteering. We would love to receive information ( jimnca96@gmail.com)
    We are waiting for you
    Thank you

    reply
  • kuro neko
    November 19, 2016

    Hi, I would like to volunteer, could you please send me the information? jessi-tami95@outlook.com or to this email nekokuro000@gmail.com
    Thank you, I look forward to it.

    reply
  • Manfred Torres
    May 18, 2017

    Hello! I am very interested in volunteering, my email is manfredtorress@gmail.com I would appreciate any information you can send me.
    Thank you!

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    May 19, 2017

    Hello Manfred,

    Thank you very much for your interest. We will send you an email with more information.
    Greetings!

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    May 19, 2017

    Hello,

    Sorry but we have just seen this message, are you still interested in the project?

    Thank you very much,

    Greetings!

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    May 19, 2017

    Hello,

    Sorry but we have just seen this message, are you still interested in the project?

    Thank you very much,

    Greetings!

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    May 19, 2017

    Hello!
    Sorry but we have just seen this message, are you still interested in this project?

    Thank you very much.

    Greetings!

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    May 19, 2017

    Hello!
    Sorry but we have just seen this message, are you still interested in this project?

    Thank you very much.

    Greetings!

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    May 19, 2017

    Hello Franci,
    Sorry, but we have just seen this email, are you still interested in this project?
    Thank you very much.
    Greetings!

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    May 19, 2017

    Hello Martin,

    Perona but we just saw this message, are you still interested?

    Thank you very much,

    Greetings!

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    May 19, 2017

    Hello Lizzet,

    Sorry, but we just saw this message, are you still interested?

    Thank you very much,

    Greetings!

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    May 19, 2017

    Hello!

    Sorry but we have just seen this message, are you still interested?
    Thank you very much,
    Greetings!

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    May 19, 2017

    Hello,

    Sorry, but we have just seen your message, are you still interested in this project?

    Thank you very much,

    Greetings!

    reply
  • Anonymous
    June 12, 2017

    I would like more information about the volunteer programme that you have, I am interested in the idea that you have to help animals. farell_teff@outlook.com

    reply
  • Unknown
    July 30, 2017

    Hi, I am really interested in volunteering. My email is florenciacasas13@gmail.com I would be grateful for any information you can send me.

    reply
  • JUAN MIGUEL
    October 4, 2017

    hello good morning i would like to volunteer with my wife and a cousin who is studying veterinary medicine. what are the costs, times and places?

    reply
  • JUAN MIGUEL
    October 4, 2017

    my email for information is juanmi890@gmail.com

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    October 6, 2017

    Hello Juan Miguel, thank you very much for your interest in this trip. We have just sent you an email with more information. Thank you very much, best regards!

    reply
  • Vanessa Gómez
    February 6, 2018

    Hi, I'm Vanessa, I'm very interested in volunteering, I would like to get more specific information about the place.
    My e-mail address is vangbravo@gmail.com

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    February 7, 2018

    Hi Vanessa! Thank you very much for your interest, we've just sent you an email with more information 🙂
    Greetings!

    reply
  • Unknown
    April 23, 2018

    I would like to know more about this project please! I am interested in

    reply
  • Tumaini Travels
    April 24, 2018

    Thank you very much for your interest. The best thing to do is to leave us your email so we can send you more information. Greetings 🙂

    reply
  • Unknown
    September 7, 2018

    Hi, we are a couple and we are very interested in this, is it still available?

    reply
  • Unknown
    September 7, 2018

    My email address is perro.trovador@gmail.com

    reply
  • Light
    January 7, 2019

    Good afternoon, my partner and I are biologists and we would be very interested in travelling around Bolivia and doing this type of volunteering. Could you send me more information? My contact is luzolmedo12@gmail.com.
    Thank you very much!

    reply
  • Unknown
    January 9, 2019

    Olbide, my e-mail address is anbardou@gmail.com
    Thank you very much

    reply
  • Unknown
    January 31, 2019

    Hello good afternoon, I would like more information, I would love to work as a volunteer. Lucho.bitcoin13@gmail.com is my email address

    reply
  • Unknown
    February 22, 2019

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    • Nolwenn
      January 28, 2023

      Hello, I am travelling to Bolivia and I would be interested in volunteering at your centre 🙂 Could you send me more information ? Thank you ! My email : nolwenn.boutmin@laposte.net

      reply
  • Sofi Cecchini
    March 24, 2019

    Hi, I would love to volunteer and help out with animal related tasks! If you can send me information great. My email is soficecchini@hotmail.com o soficecchini@gmail.com
    Thank you very much, it's beautiful what you do

    reply
  • Martin
    April 3, 2019

    Hola Oy de Uruguai y me gustaría poder colaborar con el proyecto de voluntarios me podría darme más información desde ya gracias y saludos

    reply
  • Camila
    July 26, 2022

    Hello, I would very much like to volunteer at your centre, could you please give me more information? camila050402@gmail.com
    Thank you very much, best regards

    reply
      • Nolwenn
        January 28, 2023

        Hello, I am travelling to Bolivia and I would be interested in volunteering at your centre 🙂 Could you send me more information ? Thank you ! My email : nolwenn.boutmin@laposte.net

        reply
  • Marina
    January 30, 2023

    Hello Nolwenn, thank you for getting in touch. We will send you the information to your email.
    A hug!

    reply
  • Silvia
    July 6, 2023

    Hi, I am interested, could you give me more information? ssilviasantos13@gmail.com

    reply

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