Animal Care in Bolivia
- Placement location: Cochabamba
- Role: To assist with the rehabilitation, care and rescue of domestic animals
- Type of placement: Animal rescue and rehabilitation centre
- Accommodation: Host family
- Prices: From
- What's included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What's not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
The Animal Care project in Bolivia is perfect for those wanting to do some hands-on work. This placement offers volunteers the opportunity to get involved in various activities, including looking after and caring for animals such as dogs, birds and tortoises.
Whether you are on a gap year or career break this project it suitable for you. All we ask is for volunteers to have a genuine interest in the well-being of animals. You do not need to speak a certain level of Spanish, but learning a few basics before you arrive is always helpful.
Working on an Animal Care Placement in Bolivia
Volunteers are placed at a rescue and rehabilitation centre about 30 minute’s journey from the centre of Cochabamba. The centre focuses on caring for stray dogs, birds of prey and tortoises.
Working hours are typically from Monday to Friday, and you can choose if you prefer to work in the mornings and afternoons, or all day. Local staff are usually at the centre from 8am to 6pm, and take a couple of hours for lunch.
Volunteers assist trained staff with taking care of injured, mistreated and abandoned animals. This includes working with animals that are permanently resident at the centre and as part of a rehabilitation process before animals are released back into the wild.
Volunteering on an Animal Care Placement in Bolivia with Projects Abroad
As part of your daily tasks, you will help the local staff take care of the dogs, including feeding them, bathing, playing and taking them for walks. You may sometimes have the opportunity to go into the community to help staff with rescuing dogs that have been abandoned and left on the streets. In this case, volunteers take on a more observational role.
Volunteers not only work with dogs, but also have the chance to assist with preparing food, feeding and cleaning cages and resting areas of birds and tortoises. When any of the animals have been successfully cared for and are ready to be released, volunteers accompany their supervisors to release the birds and tortoises back into the wild. Unfortunately, there are many cases where the birds are not able to leave the refuge due to injuries. In this case the birds will be taken care of at the refuge permanently.
From time to time the centre organises campaigns focused on educating underprivileged people about animal sterilisation. This gives volunteers the perfect opportunity to meet people in the community.
Volunteers also help with basic maintenance and gardening work around the centre.
You can join the Animal Care project in Bolivia for two weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.