Bolivia, Bolivia

Vet Assistant, Machia

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Skills Needed

  • Medical Professionals

Language Proficiencies

You must be able to speak Spanish, English.
Additionally, speaking French would be helpful.

When Can You Start?

You can start as soon as possible and stay for 4 months to 12 months




Project Details

Description and Impact

We are a Bolivian NGO, made up of a team of committed Bolivian and international professionals and volunteers. Founded in 1992, we have been a pioneer of the environmental movement in Bolivia and are recognized nationally and internationally for founding Rescue Centres dedicated to the rehabilitation of wildlife. We currently manage three Wildlife Rescue Centres: Parque Machia (Cochabamba), Parque Ambue Ari (Santa Cruz) and Parque Jacj Cuisi (Rurrenabaque, north of La Paz). Each Centre offers refuge to wild animals rescued from trafficking, offering them a better quality of life.



The role requires autonomy and organization in carrying out the daily routine, which involves cleaning, preparing food, checking the animals and overseeing the volunteers’ work as well as the day to day running of the clinic. The assistant must have a strong level of teamwork, responsibility, and initiative. It is essential that the vet assistant understands the work and the importance of keeping the animals in good health. There will also be times that the vet assistant has to aid the head veterinarian in treating human patients. The main goal is that the animals receive the best possible care and attention in the most efficient way possible.

Great for people with vet assistant experience! Interested but not the right length? Like our organization and have an idea how your skills can help us? Message us at:

Additional Useful Skills

  • Candidate should have a strong interest in wildlife
  • They must have a veterinary related degree and at least 2 years of experience in the clinic
  • Candidate should also speak and read Spanish and English well

We Provide These Local Benefits

Benefits Overview

  • Accommodations
  • Learning Opportunity
  • Meal Stipend


Rooms and bathrooms are shared, with up to 4 people in each room.


Learning Opportunity

Machia is home to over 500 animals of more than 30 species. There is a veterinarian on site and we are looking for an assistant to aid him in the day to day routine animal checks and emergencies that we might have here in the Centre.

Food Stipend

A vegetarian lunch is provided everyday. Breakfast and dinner can be bought at our cafe or cooked by individuals in the shared volunteer kitchen.

Additional Benefits

An amazing experience to live and work with international volunteers, a multicultural team and amazing Bolivian wildlife.

Ask a question about this project

Would you be open to accepting volunteers without a veterinary -related degree but who have relevant veterinary assistant experience?
Amanda, Jul 17th, 2017
Hi Amanda, yes, according to experience, we would also accept volunteers without a veterinary degree.
Representative of this project, Jul 17th, 2017