Long Term Animal Keepers - La Senda Verde


La Senda Verda are looking to recruit 3 Animal Keepers to fill the following roles:

  1. Working with Capuchin monkeys (exclusively for male volunteers)
  2. Working with the bears and big cats
  3. Working with deer, capybara, tapir and tortoises

Previous experience working with wildlife preferred.

Minimum age limit: 25 years

LSV will offer room and board, plus the volunteer visa for a year, in exchange for your work. This is an exceptional opportunity to work closely with a variety of Bolivian wildlife and contribute to a locally run organization.

Info on LSV

Based in the region east of the Bolivian Andes lies the sanctuary, La Senda Verde, who over the past ten years have seen the drastic increase of illegal animal trafficking and deforestation in Bolivia. Wildlife crime encompasses wildlife trafficking and deforestation, amongst other illegal practices. Wildlife crime is the 3rd most lucrative crime in the world. As a result of this, the animal population at LSV has more than quadrupled in the past five years and with the recent fires across the Amazonian forests LSV is now a refuge to more than 800 rescued animals and 60 species, with new animals arriving weekly.

Notes: For safety reasons, female volunteers are not allowed to work in the Capuchin area.

The country this project is based in is listed as a high risk of Zika virus on the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) website. Please follow the advice on their website when considering participating in this project.

For any questions or inquiries, please contact Leanne@wvs.org.uk.


Vacancies available for minimum 6 months, ideally for one year.


Spaces available


Volunteers will have to cover the cost of return flights and airport transfers

  • + £50 WVS Admin Fee






Dates available throughout the year.

Any questions?

+44 1725 557225

Working hours: 6.30- 5.30pm with plenty of breaks in-between.

Please note that only male volunteers are able to interact with the Capuchin monkeys.

On your day off you may choose to head to the nearby town of Corioco, which has Internet cafes and a selection of good places to eat. This town is a 20 minute taxi ride away.

There are various hikes nearby, swimming in the rivers surrounding the refuge. There is also a zipline within walking distance that can be arranged.

The shared volunteer accommodation provided is very basic in dorms with bunk beds. There is one dorm of 6, one dorm of 3 and one of 2.

Shared showers are gas powered and note often cold.

This accommodation was a short walk away from the main refuge (10mins) and is very quiet; in the morning you can hear Canelo, the alpha the howler monkey, howling.

There is no internet at LSV and phone signal is very patchy. If you have a local SIM you can get just about enough signal to send and receive messasges but not enough for internet browsing.

Vaccinations Required:

Tetanus diphtheria, Polio. Hepatitis, Typohoid, Rabies. Some nationalities require a yellow fever vaccination card to enter or leave the country.

Volunteers must be 25+. Motivation, punctuality, reliability and enthusiasm are essential. Volunteers must also be trustworthy and have respect for the animals in the refuge. Any previous volunteering experience or animal care skills would be beneficial.

Basic Spanish is ideally required but is not essential.

Included as standard

Accommodation, Meals, Laundry

Not included as standard

Return Flights - Airport Transfers

Soft drinks or snacks

What to pack

Volunteers should take practical / comfortable clothes to work in e.g (scrubs). If you would like to purchase a WVS scrub top please contact the office or visit our online shop.

  • Please don't forget to bring with you:

    Working clothes, preferably long pants (you will be working with animals, and you will get dirty). LSV will provide you with a light weight long sleeve volunteer shirt. It's a good idea to bring a t shirt or singlet top to wear underneath as you will need to remove the volunteer shirt during meal times.


  • Bug repellent that does not contain DEET due to the close proximity to the animals

  • Flashlight / Torch

  • Baseball hat / rimmed hat

  • Towel

  • Sturdy Shoes, wellies and crocs / flip flops would be advisable

  • Rain poncho or jacket.

  • Material Surgical Face Mask (also available for purchase at the refuge)

  • Rubber and garden/ hard wear gloves.

  • Padlock

  • Your own water bottle - you cannot drink the water at LSV without boiling it or buying bottled water

  • Pen knife

  • Pocket Basic Spanish Dictionary

  • Small peronal first aid kit including pain relief for minor aches and pains, anti histamines, bug spray, antiseptic cream, barrier cream, suda cream, vitamins, electrolytes, diarrhea medication for upset stomachs, prescribed medication and for the ladies feminine hygiene products as it is most likely you won't find them in the local town.

  • Other Items That Would Be Appreciated..

  • Scrubbing brushes

  • Items to make toys for the animals - Natural wooden beads, strong, rope, balls, perfume (they loved scented toys!)

  • Pens, marker pens, note pads.

  • Cash, as we have no access to credit card facilities or cash machines in or around the refuge.

Please Note: Smoking is only permitted in the car park area, there is very little internet service and you will need your own device and chip to access this, and most important…Never bring /buy animals for Senda Verde under any circumstances.

  • The project may be extremely short on certain supplies and would likely be very grateful for donations. Please get in touch with us to find out if there is anything in particular that would be helpful to bring with you. If you have any spare room in your bag on the outbound flight, it would be highly appreciated if you are able to bring some spare supplies to use during your trip. This is at your discretion and entirely optional.

Travel Insurance

It is essential that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance for this project which also covers you for veterinary work.

Health & Vaccinations

This information should be used as a guide only. For up to date information on immunisations please consult your doctor. You will need to allow plenty of time before travelling for your immunisations to be effective. DO NOT LEAVE THIS UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. As you will be working with animals the Rabies and Tetanus vaccines are essential. We have provided links below to websites with useful information on immunisations and travel advice which we highly recommend that you visit.

VISAS - Under 30 Days for UK Residents are not required, however if you are planning on being in Bolivia working for more than 30 days you will need to go back to La Paz and get a visa for your extended stay.