A life changing experience for both animals and humans
I volunteered with the Capuchin Monkeys at Parque Machia Bolivia in September 2017.
A Life Changing Experience For Volunteers and Animals
This was my first experience of South America and also Volunteering. The first day consisted of training and reading manuals about the history of each animal. Safety training was also explained for each of the animals. We weren’t allowed to interact with any animals that we weren’t assigned to. This was to ensure that only trained volunteers would help their specific animals. CIWY provides accommodation although basic it has everything you need including toilets, showers and beds. My tasks included preparing food and enrichment throughout the day and to ensure the animals were properly cared for. At CIWY the animals always come first and this is a great outlook as the main goal is to achieve happiness for the animals. All the animals I met were well looked after and safety of both volunteers and animals was always ensured. We were given lunch that was cooked fresh daily. The food was always delicious and people were always going up for more. Breakfast and Dinner were available to purchase onsite for a small fee and all cooked fresh. In the evenings volunteers would play volleyball, we also played football against a local team and went out for meals as a group. I am looking to go back next year and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Social Impact - 5
Safety - 5
Support - 5
Freetime activities - 5
Value - 5