Who can volunteer?
Groups, friends, couples, families and individuals from all walks of life. You must be 18 to volunteer, or be accompanied by your parent or legal guardian. No experience necessary, but biologists, veterinarians, animal experts, and carpenters are welcome!
Pricing includes, food, lodging and contribution towards foodstuffs, building materials for the development of the centre). Note that Sacha Yacu is a “not-for-profit” organisation and these fees are to ensure that the centre is able to achieve their objectives, and offer the rehabilitation and conservation programmes that the rescued wild animals need in order to survive . Each week is $125 USD per person.
Recommended Packing List:
– Good, waterproof flashlight, and extra batteries!
– Insect repellent spray or lotion
– Sun screen
– Swimming suit (there’s a pool!)
– Rain gear: poncho, rainproof jacket & pants
– Rain boots
– Working gloves
– Sleeping bag/pillow if you prefer your own. There are typically enough sheets and blankets to go around.
– Reading material for relaxing nights
– You can bring your electronics
– A copy of your passport, secondary ID, and insurance just in case!
– Several changes of work clothes: it is highly recommended to bring comfortable, breathable knee socks as the boots do take a toll on your feet in this environment. Also, it is much better if you wear long pants, or at least leggings under your shorts. Plus in the rain, and mud, you are liable to get scratched up in the forest while working.
– Don’t forget to bring a towel
– Please bring an open minded, positive attitude! This work can be difficult at times, but it is highly rewarding!
Volunteers are needed to help in the following activities:
- Day to day care of the animal
- Cutting up fruit, preparation of diets, feeding the animals
- Helping new arrivals adjust to the centre
- General maintenance and cleaning
- Construction work; repairing and building new enclosures
- Daily hikes to pick fruits for the animals and also to harvest yucca, corn, sugar cane or cocoa.
Just as well, we do some work that may be more physically demanding, such as construction and reinforcement of enclosures, building paths, harvesting fruit, etc.
Always … our team is interested in hearing from anyone with experience in biology and botany, or wildlife photography, to help document species on earth. If you think this could be for you, please contact us.