Bolivia Wildlife Sanctuary

Help look after wildlife rescued from illegal traffickers by becoming a Bolivia wildlife volunteer

From £645.00

  • Up to 20 Persons
  • All Meals Included
  • 14 - 84 Nights
  • Monkeys
  • Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Minimum Age 18

Project Details


On this project, you will engage in a wide variety of activities, involving working on a rotating schedule in the wildlife sanctuary with a variety of animals. Below are some of the activities you can expect to be involved with:

Basic Husbandry
Basic Husbandry
Take part in various husbandy activities such as feeding and cleaning the monkeys, birds, wild cats, turtles and various other animal species at the sanctuary. This may be quite a hands-on activity, and is rather important, too - the number of animals here continues to grow, so your care will certainly be valuable!
As a volunteer, you will monitor and document feeding and behavioural habits of the animals, ensuring that they have correct diets and portions. This activity will also aid the researchers in understanding the animals in their care.
Maintaining the Facilities
Maintaining the Facilities
As well as maintaining existing facilities, your time spent volunteering may also involve the construction and maintenance of new enclosures for the animals. You may also get involved in landscaping throughout the sanctuary!
The animals here need to be kept stimulated, so get creative when working on your enrichment activities! You want to make sure that the animals remain active both physically and mentally, and new methods of enrichment are a fantastic way to achieve this goal.
It is vital that the sanctuary remains safe and healthy for all animals resident here, therefore you may spend some time preparing the quarantine area for new arrivals, ensuring that no diseases spread through the site.


Please note that this is only a rough guideline, and the itinerary may be subject to change depending on the needs of the sanctuary.

Day 1 - The Adventure Begins:
After Arriving into La Paz airport, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the project site. You will then spend the day settling in and meeting staff and your fellow volunteers.
Day 2 - 14 - Project Days:
These days will be spent working at the project. You will be engaged in a variety of different conservation activities every day from 7.30am until 5.30pm.

For a more detailed breakdown of a typical day, please enquire above to receive your free project guide!
Day 15 - Final Day:
This is your final day and after saying your fond farewells you will transfer back to La Paz airport for your return flight or commence your independent travel plans.

Dates, Availability & Price

To secure a place on this project a deposit of £195 is required at the time of booking, with the remaining balance due any time up to 60 days prior to your start date.

Select a duration below to see the available start dates. All dates shown are currently available for you to join this project!

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*Rates other than GBP are estimates based on today's exchange rates. All payments are made in GBP.

Updates & Outcomes

The sanctuary (where the project is based) started its operations with a small number of animals that were voluntarily handed over to the refuge. Before the end of 2007, a relationship was established with the organization Animales SOS. From here on in, they received a higher quantity of animals that were the result of illegal trafficking.

Following this, the project began working with the Department of Biodiversity and the La Paz Government and it began to take care of animals intercepted by the government. As a result of this and the increase in animal trafficking in Bolivia, the animal population at the sanctuary is constantly increasing.

The primary mission of the project now is to give adequate care to the animals coming from illegal trafficking, guaranteeing their well-being under optimal scientific and technical handling conditions, in a natural environment that allows the development of their physiological and physical capabilities.

Is this trip for you?



You will be accommodated at the Volunteer House: a cozy wooden house with jatata leaf roofing, located across the river from the animal refuge. There is one six bed dormitory and one three bed dormitory, so you should be prepared to share a room with your fellow volunteers. Toilet and hot showers are adjoined to the house and laundry facilities are also available. Bed linen and towels are provided.

Meals and Beverages

Meals and Beverages

There are three meals provided per day whilst here. All meals are included in the project price and will be prepared for you by staff at the project. If you have any dietary requirements, it is important that you let people know as soon as possible so the staff can be prepared as it may mean buying different ingredients to normal. Please note that water is not included in the project price. However, bottles are available for purchase for a small fee at the sanctuary.

Fitness & Skills

Fitness & Skills

You should come with at least a moderate level of fitness. The area is hilly and at an altitude, and subsequently, altitude sickness can be a problem. La Paz is the world’s highest capital city, so come prepared to be slightly out of breath! No specific skills or experience are required. However, we do ask that you are a reliable, hardworking, and trustworthy person with a willingness to get your hands dirty!



The vaccinations required will depend on your medical history. We recommend that you consult with your GP regarding your own immunisation needs. In conjunction with this, we would also recommend that you check Fit for Travel’s website.

Project Details

When is the best time to volunteer?

As this project is based at a wildlife sanctuary, there are animals here year round. Therefore, regarding wildlife, there is no preferred time to volunteer.

Weather, however, can have an impact. Day time temperatures throughout the year average between 20 and 25°C (68-77°F) degrees and night time temperatures vary between 5 and 10°C (41-50°F) degrees. Rainfall, however, varies with May to September being the driest months and December to February being the wettest.

Getting There

We organise transportation from El Alto International Airport in La Paz to the sanctuary for you on your project start day. This is included in the trip cost. The Bolivia Wildlife Sanctuary is around 100km from La Paz, meaning the journey will take about two hours.

If you would like help booking your flights, please visit our flight page and fill out the form. A member of our team will get back in touch as soon as possible with a suitable quote.

Visa Requirements

Citizens of most countries can get a tourist card on arrival for up to 90 days (this will be dependent on your nationality, however.) Please make sure you double check, as this can be subject to change. There are often numerous passport checks, so they must be carried at all times. It is safest to carry photocopies rather than originals. As with most countries, your passport will need to be valid for at least six months in order to gain entry.

Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency in Bolivia is the Bolivian Boliviano. 1 BOB is approximately 0.092 GPB, 0.12 and 0.14 USD. For up-to-date exchange rates, click here.

What is included in the extra voucher?

Included within the project price is a voucher which allows you to either zipline or go canyoning down the lush canyons of the vagantes. Both are exciting activities exploring the stunning scenery of the Yungas province - all with an extra pinch of adrenaline! Either activity can add a whole new aspect of adventure when volunteering in Bolivia. If you would like any more information about this voucher, please enquire to us directly.

What's included in the price of the project?
  • Shared accommodation in the volunteer's quarters
  • Private transfers to and from the airport
  • Three meals per day
  • Hot showers
  • Bed linen and towels
  • A voucher to use for extra activities (ziplining or canyoning)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Food and medicine for the animals you are caring for
What's not included?
  • Beer, soft drinks, water, and desserts are not included, but they can be purchased at a minimum price
  • Onward travel after the project
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Refundable deposit of USD100 which is paid on arrival for the following items: towels, bedding, room keys and others

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Nikita & team.

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