Volunteer with Onca wildlife sanctuary

Onca wildlife sanctuary

Rurrenabaque, Bolivia, South America

We are a ngo working in conservation and wildlife rehabilitation, but also working in coordination with the indigenous communities of the area, since they are the bearers of an ancient wisdom that remain untainted with the technology, consumerism and materialism of Western Society.

Mission and Objetives:
Run and promote action on welfare, animal conservation and preservation. Create a custody and management Center for wildlife rehabilitation. Support indigenous communities, as well as governmental and non-governmental institutions in the development and implementation of conservationist projects.

Promote and advise the people's organization in the development and evaluation of cultural and conservationist programs being respectful of the native traditions.
Develop transdisciplinary, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary training programs to indigenous people and public officials from the area.
Make plans for dissemination and promotion of local culture and customs. Elaborate audiovisual printed and virtual material conducive to achieving the intended goals.

Volunteer info:
ONCA wants to thank you for considering the decision to collaborate as a volunteer. Our ambitious journey will never come to a successful conclusion without the support of people like you, people who share our ideals.
ONCA is taking its first steps and workflow is not completely structured. This initial volunteering is distinguished by unwavering willingness to face the daily reality of strengthening the operational foundations of the organization.
We do not require a lot of time spent working since the rustic camp living conditions could become difficult for volunteers unaccustomed to the environmental conditions of the Bolivian Amazon.
The activities to be developed in the volunteer’s free time are self- selected (always informing in advance). Freedom has multiple worth visiting attractions.

Our Activities

What We Need

At this early stage the contribution of volunteerism is focused on cleaning the areas that will house future buildings, construction in indigenous way, conservation boundaries and jungle trails for future animal management areas, preparation of bio-vegetable garden, the orchard maintenance (one of the few of income sources) and operations and care needed to ensure the facilities continue to function properly.

We also need a good Vet to support in the wildlife management (preferably one with wildlife experience)!, cause we are about to open and need to finish all the management plan (apart from our 4 lovely dogs and cat).

All year round!
One week

What We Provide


We provide food and accomodation cost, and derivates (finish paying solar power, gas, petrol, cleaning products, materials etc... ), this doesnt include your own luxuries like snaks, beer, moskito repellent etc...

The food here (fantastic... all volunteers agree with that!!!) is basically vegetarian including breakfast, simple lunch and a good dinner. A full lunch or dinner in Rurrenabaque is between 20 and 30 Bs and our food is better than in many restaurants. .. using first quality products.

The fruit lovers are lucky; the camp has all kinds of fruit during almost the entire year (August -October not fruity season (only coconut and some avocado)).


Important Info

Suitable For


Minimum Stay

Any period of time

Staff Size

Up to 5 people



For the Vet position, if you are willing to stay for at least one month, after approval, we will cover all the expenses related to your commitment with us after the first week (breackfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation)

For the general position of one minimum week we feel really sorry but bolivian prices are getting higher and higher so we got forced to raise the contribution for the project to continue being sustainable of 50Bs/day...

Watch Us



Help out from Home

Social Media Help

Make our work better known in the social networks to help us find potential fundraisers and help
Because we live in the jungle staying online to keep checking updating and posting in groups is realy important to raise social network visibility
Find influencers and big channels to post oir videos from patreon.

Your Contact Person

Beni RIver, upstream 15min, Rurrenabaque, Bolivia.
91% response rate

Additional Info

Before contact with us we want to make sure the people will understand a few really IMPORTANT things about working with us... so keep reading.

Maybe we are going to be a bit tooo straight forward, to strong in this next lines.... but at the end of the day (TRUST ME, more than 11 years of volunteer working makes a point) is gonna be better for both us and the coming volunteer, so the kind of volunteers that are gonna come will be the best suited for the job and will juice out the most of this amazing experience.

we kown... maybe we will loose loads of request cause of this, but actually thats our goal, being able to recieve only the people that knows in their heart that are ready for this experience, helping with their soul to a really important project for everyone in the amazon, specially the animals!

We are NOT a business. .. lodge, hostel, touristic operator or whatever.... we are a organization that fights for a big dream.

We do Not earn a single cent from visitors and therefore volunteers shouldnt wait to be like in one of those places were the host has to babysit the people only cause they pay or help so the host EARNS MONEY, with this, we give some easy examples... We are not gonna take care of your garbage, your mess or your hangovers (extreme party people wont have good time here (although we do party almost every saturday!)), we are not going to clean your bed or dishes, youre suppossed to be a part of the project, so everyone wil be responsible for their chores, and at the same time responsible of eachother.

With that!, we mean we need ENTHUSIASTIC volunteers wanting to do something different, help an amazing NON lucrative NGO and at the same time learn a lot of stuff about whats is living in the JUNGLE.

We strongly need Adult minded people, not people needing to be told how to behave or to take care of themselves, having daddy cleaning up your mess.

NO ILLEGAL Drugs allowed here, tabaco alcohol and coca are ok as they are legal. No marihuana or cocaine or anything related....

This is a jungle environment, hard and rustic, jobs can be quite dirty, muddy (dont pretend to have your trekking boots as clean as when you bought them (USE THEM!), dirty clothes almost every day, hottttt and really humid... moskitoes, tarantulas in your room, and a big etc... perfect for adventure souls... city people that needs everything shiny and their nails clean wont enjoy here at all ...
but the wild souls definitely will love.

What are you waiting for?

We at Onca wildlife sanctuary would love to hear from you!