Wildlife Conservation and Animal Sciences Internship Program

Facing a rapidly changing future in conservation

A long term vision of conservation goals is necessary in order to protect endangered and threatened species in the Amazon Rainforest. As we work to save endangered wildlife in the present, we must also prepare for the challenges that future generations of conservationists will face in the Amazon of tomorrow.

This program is designed to provide participants with the practical knowledge and experience that they will need, to become conservationists in a rapidly changing world. A multi-layered approach to training that encompasses the many diverse and unique aspects of conservation programs focused in this extremely sensitive region of our planet.

The participants learn at an operating, fully licensed wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center. They work directly with rescued specimens that require specialized care, and help our animal residents recover with the ultimate goal of release back into the wild.

The program focus on protocols and techniques currently being applied in the care and rehabilitation of different wildlife species. 

This special program is aimed to professionals or students of any career related with Animal Sciences, Animal Care and Husbandry or Wildlife Conservation. This program is what you need to improve your resume, improve your skills and practice in your career.  We recommend a longer stay for the best experience, and we encourage you to stay longer with discounts for longer stays. The participants of this program, in addition to participating in all animal welfare activities, have a special guide from our professionals to obtain specific objectives or complete projects that are required to accomplish their professional goals.


Activities for volunteers in this Internship Program:

  • These activities are based on your professional or educational background and can be adapted to your professional profile
  • Supporting the rescue and rehabilitation primates, felines, sloths, manatees and other wildlife animals
  • Support in husbandry of different areas
  • Preparation of food supplements and their delivery to the enclosures
  • Preparation of milk for the calves, feeding, monitoring of growth, eating and behavior of the animal to detect any incidents.
  • Assist in animal welfare in all the areas
  • Implementation of enrichment programs for animals, monitoring the behavior of a group of assigned animals. The intern will take time with the animals under their care, observe them and make notes about their individual and group behavior. Interns will conduct research on the captive care of that species, contribute or test activities that can develop their skills and improve their quality of life
  • Monitoring behavior of assigned species
  • Introducing external elements to their enclosures
  • Observing behavioral changes
  • Forage for native foods of animals such as insects, plants, flowers
  • Support in the process of adaptation for a possible release, the animals are taken to free areas, this activity is done in shifts and under staff supervision.
  • Implementation of a research study or observation that you wish to carry out at the request of your study center.
  • Implement improvements in protocols, processes or monitoring formats in favor of animal welfare.
  • Conservation plans   for endangered species: support in the development of our conservation plan for spider monkeys and wooly monkeys, which are threatened species. RAREC has the   largest   number   of rescued endangered white bellied spider monkeys currently in captivity. The recovery of numerous wooly monkeys has enabled us to begin the formation of troops. Our current efforts are focused on creating natural islands for the survival of the species to later be reintroduced and repopulate declining areas of the Amazon where they once thrived. 
  • Visits to other rescue center projects in order to support them with animal welfare to their animals.
  • Special guide to practice your knowledge and improve professional skills and to develop projects.


As a rescue and rehabilitation center, the species that are found at the time you choose to come will not always be the same as they were at other times, nor can we promise that you will find a specific species in rehabilitation.

Conditions required:

  • Professionals or students in Animal Sciences, Wildlife Conservation or related careers
  • Capable of following rules for animals’ wellbeing
  • ≥18 years old
  • Physically and mentally healthy and able to do physical activity in humid environment.
  • Medical insurance
  • Can be booked from a minimum of 2 weeks to more
  • Letter about your professional expectations throughout your stay


Initial Dates: Mondays and Fridays 


Contribution request for Wildlife Conservation Internship Program:

Total nights Total Fee Payment for Reservation
14            980.00 100% for reservation
21         1,365.00 50% for reservation - pending amount 1 month before your arrival
28         1,820.00 50% for reservation - pending amount 1 month before your arrival
35         2,275.00 50% for reservation - pending amount 1 month before your arrival
42         2,520.00 50% for reservation - pending amount 1 month before your arrival
49         2,940.00 50% for reservation - pending amount 1 month before your arrival
56         3,360.00 50% for reservation - pending amount 1 month before your arrival
63         3,654.00 50% for reservation - pending amount 1 month before your arrival
70         3,920.00 50% for reservation - pending amount 1 month before your arrival
77         4,312.00 50% for reservation - pending amount 1 month before your arrival
84         4,620.00 50% for reservation - pending amount 1 month before your arrival


The program includes accomodations, all meals and extra activities, please check the details here.

Note: The deposit in advance ensures you to reprogram your dates until December 2024 if for any reason you can't travel as planned. If for any reason the participants can´t schedule their travel until December 2024, you can reschedule in the future just paying the rate difference. 


General notes

What is included in the programs:

  • Apart from the above details, all programs include the transportation outside RAREC in case we carry out activities related to the program such as rescues, veterinary care, etc.
  • In addition, the stays of at least one week, include the ride to the Amazon River in a boat to see pink dolphins, which takes place once in your stay.
  • RAREC provides immediate transportation to a medical center in the event of the participant's need, medical expenses are the responsibility of the participant.
  • Guide and advice of the Volunteer Coordinator in your extra activities or tours, on the days-off.

What is not included:

  • International flight tickets to or from Iquitos.
  • Transportation outside RAREC in case of personal affairs or purchases, and days-off.


Registration Process

To apply for a volunteer spot, please send an email to rarec.center.adm@gmail.com, we will send you the Application Form.

    When you fill it, send it to us via email (rarec.center.adm@gmail.com). Please be aware that the submission of your application does not guarantee acceptance for a volunteer position, so you should avoid making any travel arrangement until you have received acceptance confirmation from us.


    Payment Methods

    As soon as you send your completed Application Form, and we confirm your reservation and total donation amount, you can make the deposit through:

    Bank account that will be provided by our email address: rarec.center.adm@gmail.com.

    Official Paypal account caringforthevoiceless@gmail.com (this is the only one we currently use).

    After confirming the receipt of the deposit, we will send you the confirmation of your reservation through a Certificate of Registration.

    If the payment was made in advance, the Registration Certificate ensures an open reservation that can be used on any date until December 2024 (depending on availability).

    We will also send you the Bio-Safety and Coexistence Regulation and the Guide to prepare your trip to RAREC.