Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY) is a Bolivian NGO, made up of a team of committed Bolivian and international professionals and volunteers. Founded in 1992, CIWY was the pioneer of the environmental movement in Bolivia and is recognised nationally and internationally for founding Rescue Centres dedicated to the rehabilitation of wildlife. CIWY currently manages three Wildlife Rescue Centres: Parque Machia (Cochabamba), Parque Ambue Ari (Santa Cruz) and Parque Jacj Cuisi (Rurrernabaque, north of La Paz). Each Centre offers refuge to wild animals rescued from trafficking, offering them a better quality of life.
The Birds area in Machia is home to 67 birds of 6 different species, including macaws and Amazonian parrots. The work here includes feeding the birds, cleaning the cages, providing enrichment for them and the general manteinance of the area. Some of the birds are able to spend their days outside their cages, and you will need to watch over them to make sure that they are safe. You will also be in charge of the volunteers in your area.
The role requires autonomy and organization in carrying out the daily routine, which involves cleaning, preparing food, checking the animals and overseeing the volunteers’ work. The coordinator must have a strong level of teamwork, responsibility and initiative. The main goal is that the animals receive the best possible care and attention in the most efficient way possible.
CIWY’s three refuges are located in remote locations in Bolivia and the standard of facilities varies. At Machia, electricity, Internet and water are available most of the time. You will be living alongside a community of Bolivian and international staff and volunteers, all of whom work exceptionally hard on a day-to-day basis. You must be patient, adaptable and prepared to deal with difficult, often physically demanding conditions.
Work will include cleaning cages and areas, feeding the animals, construction and volunteer training. The days start at around 7am until 6pm everyday.
You will have one day off per week after your initial 15 days of work and 1 week off every 6 months.
Rooms and bathrooms are shared, with up to 4 people in each room.
This position is for a minimum of 6 months. CIWY will provide you with breakfast, lunch and accommodation. CIWY asks that any future publications that should arise from your work here include a reference to the organisation.
Candidate should have a strong interest in birds, in their behaviour and their well-being. Candidate should also have at least medium English and Spanish speaking, reading and writing abilities.
Please apply via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Including your CV and a letter of application, indicating:
Why you are interested in this opportunity.
Friends of Inti Wara Yassi (FIWY) is our sister organization in the UK. They have been a major source of support since their founding in 2008. Find out more about FIWY here.
Quest Overseas organizes gap year trips for British and international students. Since 2001, Quest has worked with CIWY to bring much needed volunteers and funds. If you are interested in the programs they have with us, find out more here.