Eco-Volunteering in South America

"We do not own the world, but the world owns us; we are guardians of nature's assets, not owners."


In February 2014, Tanner and I will be giving up our jobs and our home for travel and adventure in South America.

Part of our mission is to help preserve the natural beauty of the places we visit and to promote sustainable change so we will be donating our time and efforts to volunteer in wildlife protection and sustainable agricultural projects scattered throughout the continent.

We will spend at least 2 months in the Amazon rainforest volunteering at wildlife rescue centers where we will look after endangered animals that have been rescued off of deforested land or from black market animal trafficking.

We will spend at least 1-2 months volunteering on organic farms to learn and explore methods in sustainable farming and eco-construction while also involving the local children and community in learning about environmental issues.

During our stay we would like to raise funds and contribute as much as possible to these organizations and so we are calling upon our family, friends, and friends of friends to help us help them.

Please donate and help these programs continue the great work that they do for their land, community and country. These organizations are non-profit and volunteer-based and rely on donations and volunteer fees to survive.

All the money we raise will be divided and passed on to each of the organizations directly and not our travel expenses. No donation is too little or too much, every penny would go to a great cause and your help would mean a lot to us, the communities, and the wildlife you'd be helping us to protect.

Who are you helping?

Inti Wari Yassi

Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY) is a Bolivian non-governmental organization dedicated to rescuing, caring for and rehabilitating sick, mistreated and abandoned wildlife. The center currently cares for over 600 animals, including several species of monkey, sloths, pumas, jaguars, ocelots, toucans and macaws. CIWY also teaches Bolivians about the importance of leaving wildlife in its natural habitat and the negative effects of the animal trade.

The organization is run by permanent staff and supported by the generosity and hard work of international volunteers. Volunteer work can vary from construction, administration and local education programs to working directly with all the species in the park.

Rio Muchacho

Rio Muchacho is a working organic farm nestled in a small valley on the coast of Ecuador that is open to all volunteers who want to learn about eco-practices and sustainable living. The farm demonstrates a combination of organic agriculture, permaculture, traditional moon cycles, alternative energy, recycling, and reuse. The farm promotes sustainable community development by means of local participation in tourism, production of crafts with local materials and creation and coordination of an environmental primary school.

The main project of the farm is The Community Environmental School which serves 50 children, ages 4-13. The aim of the school is provide a good broad education and raise students awareness on environmental issues. Supported by parents and the organic farm, tourists, friends, family and volunteers the school fosters an understanding of how future generations can manage their natural resources sustainably.


Merazonia is a dynamic rescue and rehabilitation centre for trafficked and abused Amazonian animals, located in Mera, Ecuador.

Animals confiscated by the Ministry of Environment and the police, are brought to Merazonia. The organization cares for monkeys, kinkajous, cats, other mammals and parrots. Volunteers help care for the animals, as well as continue to construct enclosures and trails to improve the center. Merazonia works on both rehabilitating and providing release programs for the animals. If animals are too injured or imprinted for this, they will give them a chance to live as naturally and comfortably as possible.


Thanks for much for taking the time to read this. We are excited and privileged to have this opportunity to contribute and to be able to raise money and see it directly impact the organizations we are volunteering with. We truly appreciate any thing you can do for us whether it be donating or spreading the word to people you know.

Muchas gracias!

<3 Roxanne & Tanner
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