Para La Tierra
We’re a not-for-profit conservation organisation that protects habitats and species in Paraguay through scientific research and community outreach. We also promote a responsible approach to reserve management where tourists contribute to social, scientific and conservation projects that are designed
What We Need
Get ready for a new adventure and meet new friends from all over the world while boosting your CV with experience in fieldwork, independence, remote living and seeing what Paraguay is really like.
Paraguay remains one of the least visited countries in South America yet is also amongst the most friendly, safe and traditional. Paraguay is perfect for an adventurer ready to explore a different world off the beaten track. Para La Tierra is based in the city of Pilar, a beautiful location in the south of Paraguay. Far from the fast pace of modern life, this quaint colonial city is based around the lazy "Arroyo Ñeembucu", a large stream which feeds into the impressive Rio Paraguay.
Ñeembucu is composed of a mosaic of habitats, including grasslands, marches and humid Chaco. Deep forests lining the rivers and streams running through the area are bursting with wildlife. As with the rest of the country, Ñeembucu is almost completely unstudied and is the only department in the country without a single protected area.
You will be able to explore this understudied habitat and see some of the wildlife that Ñeembucú has to offer including howler monkeys, yellow anaconda, capybara, brocket deer and an incredible variety of waterbirds.
Para La Tierra volunteers can join in any one of our many projects. Perhaps you would like to learn about the species of Ñeembucú, gain some research experience or just explore what the city has to offer. Maybe you want to practice your Spanish and help with our Ecoleadership for Sustainable Development activities or join our Primate Team and learn about the unusual urban howler monkeys that live inside in the city. With lots of options you can try a bit of everything and see what it's like to be a part of a conservation organisation. If you’re interested in taking on some more responsibility and learning at the same time, you could try designing your own scientific project, and attend some of our science workshops.
We encourage Para La Tierra volunteers to publish the results of their work and offer all the assistance necessary to those that wish to do so. For many volunteers the opportunity to see their name in print is something that is extremely appealing. You will be credited in any publication that uses data that you helped to gather.
We need your help to find out more about this disappearing habitat, and by volunteering with Para La Tierra you’ll be directly contributing to the conservation of the reserve. Volunteers with a knack for photography are always welcome, we are always looking to boost the photographic database of the reserves flora and fauna. In the interests of making data accessible and open to all we collaborate with online database projects.
When & Who
What we Provide
Accommodation is shared.
Three meals a day.
$925 per month for the first 2 months, $875 for each subsequent month. There is a 25% discount for South American nationals.
The fee also covers small administrative costs associated with your stay, and a small contribution to Para La Tierra's conservation and education projects.
More Services we Offer
The meeting point is the bus terminal in Pilar.
Additional Info about Us
So if you're motivated to do something 'Para La Tierra' and make a real contribution to conservation in a little-known corner of South America, then contact us and apply! No experience necessary, just a willingness to get your hands dirty!
Para La Tierra promotes Paraguay internationally as an ideal destination for ‘sustainable social tourism’. This new approach to tourism encourages visitors to contribute towards existing social, scientific and conservation projects that are designed to have a positive impact on the country. Para La Tierra is based in the city of Pilar, a beautiful location in the south of Paraguay. Far from the fast pace of modern life, this quaint colonial city is based around the lazy "Arroyo Ñeembucu", a large stream which feeds into the impressive Rio Paraguay. We aim to conservation Paraguay's natural habitats through a variety of methods including recruiting volunteers to help and working with the local community.We offer a variety of experiences where volunteers can take part in any of our projects. As a volunteer, you can even have a go at all of our projects. Our flexible induction program will give you a taste of everything that’s going on, so you can decide what you like best.
If you’re still studying, or just finished, we can help you gain valuable experience to help you on your career path. As an intern, you can design your own project, which we will help you to do in advance, based on your own personal research interests.