Volunteer with ONCA Wildlife Sanctuary

ONCA Wildlife Sanctuary

Working with indigenous communities for conservation

Rurrenabaque, Bolivia, South America
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We are an NGO working in conservation and wildlife rehabilitation with the indigenous communities of the area. We respect that they are the bearers of an ancient wisdom that remains untainted from the technology, consumerism, and materialism of Western society.

Volunteering Activities

Animal Care
Conservation Work
Closest City: Rurrenabaque (15.0KM)

What We Need

At this early stage the contribution of volunteers 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) as we are about to open and need to finish the management plan apart from our 4 lovely dogs and cat.

When & Who

All year round!
Yes, we require a minimum of 2 Weeks
No maximum stay, but the longer the intended stay the more priority we will give to your application.

What we Provide

Volunteer House

We food and accommodation is included in the cost, as well as solar power, gas, petrol, and cleaning products.

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 (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and accommodation).

Variety, Vegetarian, Vegan

Gluten free is almost impossible, but food for vegans and vegetarians is no problem.

Three meals are provided -- breakfast, a simple lunch, and a good dinner.

The fruit lovers are lucky, as our camp has all kinds of fruit throughout the year apart from August to October (only coconut then and avocado).

First Aid

Our Fees


More Services we Offer

May have additional fees
Pick Up/Drop Off

We have a tiny shop for snacks and beers, as we live isolated... therefore, people can still have their "extra stuff"
that's not included in food.

Contact Person

Rio beni upstream 15min, Rurrenabaque, Bolivia.

Other Ways to Help

Social Media Help

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

You will need a flashlight and maybe gumboots.

We will really appreciate any veterinary supplies like collars, medicines, etc.

Additional Info about Us

Up to 5 people

Take care of the whole place and volunteer training with animals


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 too straight-forward, too strong in this next lines... but at the end of the day it is going to be better for both us and the coming volunteer. We know that we might lose loads of requests because of this, but that is actually our goal, as we only want to receive people who know in their hearts that they are ready for this experience.

We are NOT a business. We are an organisation that fights for a big dream.

We do not earn a single cent from visitors and therefore volunteers shouldn't expect to be waited on. We are not going to take care of your garbage, your mess, or your hangovers (extreme party people won't have a good time here, though we do party almost every Saturday). We are not going to clean your bed or dishes. Everyone is responsible for their chores.

We need ENTHUSIASTIC volunteers who want to do something different, help an amazing non-lucrative NGO, and at the same time learn a lot of stuff about what it is like living in the JUNGLE.

NO ILLEGAL drugs allowed here. Tobacco, alcohol, and coca are okay, as they are legal. No marihuana or cocaine...

This is a jungle environment. Jobs can be quite dirty, muddy (don't pretend to have your trekking boots as clean as when you bought them), dirty clothes almost every day, hot and really humid... mosquitoes, tarantulas in your room... perfect for adventure souls... city people that needs everything shiny and their nails clean won't enjoy here at all...

But the wild souls definitely will love it!

Rainy season is a bit harder... This is from January to March.

We promote action on welfare, animal conservation, and preservation. Our objective is to create a custody and management centre for wildlife rehabilitation. We support indigenous communities, as well as governmental and non-governmental institutions in the development and implementation of conservationist projects.

We also promote and advice organisations in the development and evaluation of cultural and conservationist programs being respectful of the native traditions. We strive to develop transdisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary training programs to indigenous people and public officials from the area.

We want to thank you for considering collaborating with us as a volunteer. Our ambitious journey will never come to a successful conclusion unless it has the support of people like you; people who share our ideals. ONCA is taking its first steps and the workflow is not completely structured. This initial volunteering is distinguished by an unwavering willingness to face the daily reality of strengthening the operational foundations of the organisation.

We do not require a lot of time working since the rustic camp conditions could become difficult for volunteers unaccustomed to the environment of the Bolivian Amazon.


What are you waiting for?

We at ONCA Wildlife Sanctuary would love to hear from you!