Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi

Villa Tunari, Bolivia, South America
We run three Wildlife Sanctuaries where we care for over 400 rescued animals.

Volunteering Activities

Animal Care
Conservation Work

What We Need

Volunteering in our wildlife centres is hard work. However it is also incredibly rewarding, unique and sure to be a memorable experience.

We work with big cats, small cats, monkeys, birds and anything else which needs our help.

When & Who

We need volunteers all year around.

We will post updates on the ‘general information’ volunteering page of our website (subheading ‘current availability’) if we are either full up, or are desperate for volunteers at any particular one of our three Centres. However, if there are no updates on this page then we have availability at all three Centres, so please keep an eye on this.
Yes, we require a minimum of 2 Weeks
The one thing we are strict on is the 15 day minimum volunteering period (30 days if working with certain animals - including all felines, certain monkey groups, the spectacled bear etc.). This minimum time period is a policy put in place for the benefit and stability of our animals. You are of course welcome to stay much longer than this – we have no maximum length of stay!

What we Provide


At Machia Sanctuary only housing, tea, coffee and lunch is included. There are kitchen facilities and a local town within walking distance.

At Ambue Ari Sanctuary and Jacj Cuisi Sanctuary, housing and full board are provided.


We provide some meals.

Our Fees

$22 daily

Machia Sanctuary:
15-night package 2,250 Bs.
16th and subsequent nights 100 Bs. per night
30-night package 3,650 Bs.
31st and subsequent nights 80 Bs. per night

Ambue Ari Sanctuary:
15-night package 2,570 Bs.
16th and subsequent nights 125 Bs. per night
30-night package 4,070 Bs.
31st and subsequent nights 80 Bs. per night

Jacj Cuisi Sanctuary:
6-night Package 1,210 Bs.
7th and subsequent nights 155 Bs. per night
15-night Package 2,570 Bs.
16th and subsequent nights 120 Bs. per night
30-night Package 3,870 Bs.
31st and subsequent nights 80 Bs. per night

*The Packages include a 300 Bs security deposit
*CIWY uses an exchange rate of 6.90 Bs for $1 USD

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Contact Person

Andrea Benavente
Avenida Integración, Villa Tunari, Bolivia.
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Additional Info about Us

10 to 20 people

For more than 27 years CIWY has cared for rescued wildlife, given disadvantaged youth a sense of purpose through involvement with wildlife care, and educated the Bolivian public to respect wildlife. Our largest focus continues to be aiding animals affected by the animal trade, although in more recent years we have focused more of our attention on preventing the illegal animal trade. As Bolivia’s leading organization in wildlife rights and care, we hope to make drastic changes in our country’s view of wild animals and make strides in ending a cruel trade that removes them from their natural homes.

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