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monkey and primate rescue near Cordoba in Argentina

ARGENTINA

CONSERVATION: MONKEY AND PRIMATE RESCUE AND REHABILITATION, NEAR CORDOBA

Help to rehabilitate injured and abandoned Howler monkeys, including orphaned babies, with the objective of one day being able to release them back into the wild to live a natural, happy life.

The monkeys are often in a terrible condition. Many are malnourished and unable to fend for themselves after being separated from their mothers. You'll assist in helping to rehabilitate the monkeys.

This project is ideal for those who are looking to gain experience with animals, and also for people who are skilled in various areas. Biologists, vets, administrators, technicians, web designers have all contributed in the past and have helped build this project over time.

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates!
Duration 2 weeks to 1 year, subject to visa requirements
Requirements Minimum age 17, no qualifications necessary (just a good dose of enthusiasm). If you're teaching English, you must be fluent in English.
PPrice Full Price List
What's included Accommodation
Food (excluding lunch)
Meeting you at Buenos Aires Airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Transport to and from your project
Full pre-departure support
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in conservation and caring for animals and working with wildlife overseas. Good if you want to learn about rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife and doing
primate and monkey voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement in Argentina or South America or a short break activity.


WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Latin America.

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping conserving animals in their natural environment and knowing that you made a difference to them.

  • You'll leave feeling very proud of yourself for having contributed to the quality of life and well-being of previously abused and battered animals.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

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BACKGROUND:
The Rehabilitation Center that you’ll work at is situated near La Cumbre, in Cordoba Province. The Center has been successfully running the monkey rehabilitation program for 14 years. The work of this project is absolutely vital in ensuring the monkey population in Argentina does not decline any further. There are three key challenges facing Howler Monkeys in Argentina at present, all of which are sadly contributing to their decline:

  • Firstly, their natural environment is declining at an alarming rate due to forestry and agricultural activities. This reduces the natural habitat in which they can live.

  • Poaching is also widespread, with many baby monkeys being illegally separated from their mothers and sold on as pets. It is estimated that, sadly, only one baby out of every six that are captured survives.

  • Out of the monkeys that are kept as pets, many are mistreated and eventually abandoned – leaving them extremely vulnerable in the wild.

The project has three main aims – to rescue, rehabilitate and eventually release the monkeys back into the wild, so that they are self-sufficient. They have successfully reintroduced over 100 monkeys back into the wild to live a natural life in their natural habitat. Some monkeys are unfortunately unable to be rehabilitated due to their condition and, because of this, they are cared for permanently at the Center.

WORK CONTENT:
You'll work on a range of tasks, depending on what’s required at the time. You’ll generally split your time between practical activities involving the general care of the monkeys, as well as research-based activities. On arrival, you’ll be provided with an induction at the Center, including a video demonstration explaining the various activities that take place at the Center. On your first couple of days, you’ll most likely be paired up with another volunteer who has already been working at the Center, which will enable you to learn first-hand about the work you’ll be doing.

Your work schedule may vary depending on the activities available at the site during your program. Work is generally available from Monday through to Sunday, from 9am to 6pm – with a 30 minute break for lunch, but the project will arrange an individual work schedule with you on arrival. 

The main activities that you’ll be involved with includes the following:

Feeding the Monkeys: the monkeys that are in the process of being rehabilitated need constant care and attention, and a huge part of this involves ensuring the monkeys are receiving the nutrients they need on a regular basis. Your work will involve preparing the food for the monkeys, and feeding them at designated times throughout the day.

Caring for the Orphaned Baby Monkeys: The unfortunate result of baby monkeys being taken from their mothers at a young age means that they are not nurtured and are unable to fend for themselves – so a big part of this project involves providing the baby monkeys with the care that they so desperately needed from their mother.

Data Collection: A lot of the work at the Center involves observing the species to monitor the success of the rehabilitation program. For example, you may be required to study the interaction of the free social groups, and record this data. This data is vital in ensuring that the rehabilitation program has been successful and that the monkeys released in groups (also known as ‘troops’) will eventually be self-sufficient.

Monkey Capture: During your program, you may have the opportunity to assist with the rescue and capture of new monkeys in the surrounding forest. Due to the unpredictable nature of new captures, it is uncertain how often this will take place – but if it does, it’s an extremely exciting element of the project!

Cleaning and Maintenance: You'll also assist with the cleaning and upkeep of the Center as a whole, which may include cleaning the enclosures and the plates used to feed the monkeys.

Construction: You may at times be asked to assist with general construction activities at the Center, such as fixing enclosures or working on ways to improve the various facilities at the Center.

Working in the Tree Plantation for the Monkeys: Some work is required in the tree plantation at the Center, for instance by planting new trees that will be used during the rehabilitation process (please note that this is available during the winter-season only)

Care for Other Animals: As well as monkeys, there are also a number of domestic and other wild animals that you may be able to care for during your placement, including: dogs, cats, geese, horses,  llama’s, donkeys, sheep, ducks, and chickens.  

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ACCOMMODATION:
You'll be accommodated on-site at the Center itself, in a volunteer house. The accommodation is basic, but it is comfortable and has all of the facilities that you’ll need. Rooms are typically dorm-style with bunk beds, and you’ll most likely be sharing with up to 6 other volunteers on the project.

Bathroom facilities are shared. Bathrooms are located outside of the house, as there is no running water within the house itself.

There is also a communal area at the accommodation for volunteers to socialise, which is equipped with a kettle, cooker, and fridge to store snacks. Laundry facilities and internet access are available in La Cumbre.

FOOD:
Food is included in the program, and three meals a day will be provided by the project staff. Food is typically a mixture of local and international dishes – with rice, vegetables and a range of meats available. Sometimes a packed lunch will be provided if you are required to be on-site throughout the afternoon.

TRAVEL:

You’ll most likely fly into Buenos Aires, where you’ll be welcomed by our Travelers in-country representative, Melina. You will stay in a friendly hostel in Buenos Aires for one night, allowing you to settle in and soak up the Argentinean culture!

The following day, you will be taken to the Retiro bus terminal where you’ll catch a bus to La Cumbre (approximately a 5-6 hour journey). On arrival in La Cumbre, you’ll be met by Miguel, one of the project staff, who will drive you the rest of the way to the project where you'll be introduced to everyone.

You'll share a dorm room and have access to kitchen facilities. The hostel boasts of several amenities like internet and WiFi, a common area, DVD room, library, book exchange and a housekeeping service.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you amd semd you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our team who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.
Very popular choices are Spanish Courses and Dance Courses.

Spanish LanguageCourses in Argentina
Spanish Lessons and Courses
Use your time in Argentina to learn Spanish. Gain a skill and enjoy your placement even more!
Tango Courses in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tango and Salsa Dance Classes
Learn to dance the flamboyant South American way. A very good way to immerse yourself into the  culture.

Photography Lessons in BA
Study photography in colourful Buenos Aires. Lessons will be tailored to your  individual needs,
 

LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:

The romance of Argentina takes one's breath away. From the northern deserts to the southern Andean Cordillera, from Iguazú Falls to the magnificent desolation of Patagonia, Argentina's geography is varied and stunning. Argentina is geared up to thrill - from nights tango-ing in the chic quarter of Buenos Aires to gaucho riding in the grasslands of the Pampas.

LOCATION
The rehabilitation Center itself is located in the region of Tiu Mayu, approximately 11 kilometers from La Cumbre, in Córdoba province. La Cumbre is a small but charming mountain town, known for its pleasant year-round weather and typically English architecture. The presence of a large British community in the town of La Cumbre remains to this day.

La Cumbre also offers a range of exciting activities throughout the year – such as hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, paragliding and even skydiving!

COSMOPOLITAN BUENOS AIRES
Buenos Aires is one of the most exciting cities in Latin America. Tango was born here, restaurants serve all manner of world cuisines, bars play the latest music, cafés spill on to the streets and nightclubs allow dancing throughout the night.

  • This fabulous city is renowned for its sophistication and has a surprisingly European feel about it.
  • BA is reminiscent of Paris and its tree-lined avenues and frequent plazas have a beguiling, faded elegance.
  • Downtown, the Plaza de Mayo is the traditional focus of activity.
  • Nearby Avenida 9 de Julio is popularly known as the world's widest thoroughfare and, with its nine lanes of traffic, is truly a pedestrian's nightmare!
  • Avenida Santa Fe is the most fashionable shopping area.

TRAVEL:
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your program, please click here.


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