ARGENTINA

CONSERVATION: HOWLER MONKEY AND PRIMATE RESCUE AND REHABILITATION IN ARGENTINA

Help to rehabilitate injured and abandoned Howler monkeys, including orphaned babies, in South America. The objective is to one day be able to release them back into the wild to live a natural, happy life.

The monkeys are often in a terrible condition when they get to the Centre. 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 conservation volunteering project abroad 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.

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Price: £1,345 (approx. US$1,775) for 1 week
£1,575 (approx. US$2,080) for 2 weeks
Thereafter £200 (US$265) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 1 weeks to 6 months, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: All year round - you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: Minimum age 17, no qualifications necessary (just a good dose of enthusiasm).
What's included: Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance,
Accommodation,
Food (excluding lunch),
Meeting you at Buenos Aires Airport,
Transfer to your project, including return transfer,
Transport to and from your project,
Local in-country team support and backup,
24-hr emergency support,
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.
Who is this
Programme suitable for?
SOLO travellers or travelling with friends.
GAP YEAR BREAKS from School or University.
GROWN-UP GAPPERS, career breakers and retired.
ANYONE interested in monkey rescue, wildlife rehabilitation
Also suitable as a summer placement or short break.
Open to all nationalities.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping injured, orphaned and displaced animals to return them to their natural environment and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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Volnteer and Howler Monkey on the Primate Rehabilitation Conservation project in Argentina
Volunteer Hannah Wilks having close up and personal time with a Howler monkey.
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND:
The Rehabilitation Centre that you’ll work at is situated near La Cumbre, in Cordoba Province. The Centre has been successfully running the monkey rehabilitation programme for 22 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:

  • Their natural environment is declining at an alarming rate due to forestry and agricultural activities.
  • Poaching is 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 Centre.

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 Centre, including a video demonstration explaining the various activities that take place at the Centre. On your first couple of days, you’ll most likely be paired up with another volunteer who has already been working at the Centre, 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 programme. 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 Centre involves observing the species to monitor the success of the rehabilitation programme. 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 programme has been successful and that the monkeys released in groups (also known as ‘troops’) will eventually be self-sufficient.
Monkey Capture: During your programme, 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 Centre 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 Centre, such as fixing enclosures or working on ways to improve the various facilities at the Centre.
Working in the Tree Plantation for the Monkeys: Some work is required in the tree plantation at the Centre, 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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Volnteer and Monkey on the Primate Rehabilitation Conservation project in Argentina
Volunteers have to take care not to pass on anything contagious when working with the monkeys.
Volnteer feeding Llamas on the Monkey and Primate Rehabilitation Conservation project in Argentina
A volunteer is feeding one of the Llamas at the Rehabilitation Centre.
Volnteer feeding Llamas on the Monkey and Primate Rehabilitation Conservation project in Argentina
Your volunteering assistance includes food prep for the animals and enclosure maintenance..
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ACCOMMODATION

You'll be accommodated on-site at the Centre 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.

FOOD: Food is included in the programme, 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.

You'll share a dorm room and have access to kitchen facilities.

FACILITIES:

Wi-Fi / Internet:
There is no Wi-Fi on site, but you can visit internet cafes in the nearby town of La Cumbre (approx. 11 kilometres), where you will also find laundry facilities. In some of the higher parts of the sanctuary you can get a mobile/cell phone signal for which you can buy a local SIM when you arrive in Argentina.

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The accommodation is rustic but has electricity via solar panels.
Llamas on site at the Monkey and Primate Rehabilitation Centre in Argentina
Some of the Llamas on site. There are also dogs, donkeys, pigs, chickens!
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

TRAVEL:
You’ll most likely fly into Buenos Aires, where you’ll be welcomed by our Travellers 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.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send 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 programme (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!

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Volunteers enjoying a night out in Buenos Aires.
The Obelisc, one of the more well-known landmarks in Buenos Aires.
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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to let you learn, expand your personal and professional development ... and add to your fun and enjoyment!

Very popular choices are Spanish Courses and Dance Courses.

A CULINARY ARGENTINIAN EXPERIENCE!
An incredible evening packed with an introduction to the best of Argentine cuisine, wine and culture while meeting people from all over the world.
Price: £85, all inclusive (but excluding transport to and from the restaurant)

During the evening, 5 classic Argentinean activities are offered:

  1. You'll be taught how to make traditional empanada, using the gourmet fillings (both meat and vegetarian). There is an Empanada competition with prizes. Alongside the creations, you'll enjoy grilled provoleta cheese with sliced chorizo sausage and homemade chimichurri.
  2. Enjoy what many claim to be the very best steak in Argentina cooked to order and accompanied with velvety mashed potatoes and oven roasted vegetables. (Vegetarian, pescetarian and celiac options are available on request.)
  3. Two distinct Malbec wines, both from boutique wineries in Mendoza, paired to complement the food. Learn about and enjoy unlimited wine throughout the dinner. White wine is also available on request.To upgrade your wine experience, join our Wine Cocktail Mixology and Aroma Class before dinner (this is an optional activity, with limited availability).
  4. For dessert, you'll make alfajores, Argentina’s national sweet, where biscuits, dulce de leche, melted chocolate fondue and coconut shavings combine to delight the senses.
  5. Finally, you'll learn about the history and etiquette of mate, Argentina’s national pastime, and prepare it from scratch yourself.

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WALKING TOUR OF LA BOCA:
5-hour tour, moderate walking, departs at 11am in Monserrat and finishes at 4:30pm, Tuesdays and Fridays
Price: £15 per person

Tour the beautiful cobble stone streets of Le Boca, the heart of Buenos Aires and the birth place of Tango.

Le Boca literally translated means “the Mouth” of the city, referring to its location at the mouth of the river Raichuelo and the famous port that started the 20th century boom, as many immigrants from Europe flocked to the New World and made their home in Le Boca and the surrounding neighbourhood.

This fascinating walking tour is a must if you want to explore the rich history, eclectic architecture and diverse cultures that makes Buenos Aires so very special.

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PHOTOGRAPHY COURSES:
6 hours of lessons per week:
Price: £295 for two weeks

Study photography with an experienced private tutor who will tailor your lessons to your individual needs. Classes include practical teaching, analysis of your work, theory and history and regular opportunities to explore and capture this wonderful city with your camera!

This course is for everyone, from beginner to advanced level. There are 6 hours a week of lessons and, depending on the length of your course, you'll learn about the concepts of photography ranging from what lighting to use through to the theory and history of photography. You’ll be given assignments which you can complete while exploring the city by yourself to photograph landscapes, characters or objects according to the guidelines given. This is truly a unique way to discover the city with its different sides.

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GRAFFITI TOUR OF BUENOS AIRES:
3-hour tour, North City tour, departs at 3pm in Colegiales and finishes at 6pm in Palermo, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays
Price: £35 per person

Experience the world of urban art through this visually stunning tour of Buenos Aires.

The tour is lead in English and conducted both on foot and by air-conditioned minibus. The tour finishes in Post Bar in Palermo, home to the unique artist run street art gallery Hollywood and Cambodia.

Uncover the diverse and compelling history that began an art movement that developed the only street and urban art gallery in all of Buenos Aires. You'll explore the barrios of Colegiales, Chacarita, Villa Crespo and Palermo, each with its own unique feel and character. These neighbourhoods boast a rich variety of art from local and international artists.

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SPANISH COURSES IN BUENOS AIRES:
1-Week Intensive Course with private lessons (10 hours), prior to starting your Main Project: Includes all your food and accommodation.
Price: £590

Weekly Lessons: 10 hours of lessons per week running concurrent with your main project:
Price: £195 per week

Bienvenido! Use your time in Argentina to learn Spanish, the fourth most spoken language in the world while living in Argentina. You can either do a 1-week intensive course prior to starting your main placement, or you can take lessons at the same time as doing your main project.

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TANGO CLASSES IN BUENOS AIRES:
3 Lessons per week, running concurrently with your main project:
Price: £220 per week

Learn how to dance this very flamboyant dance while you are in Argentina. Tango is a social dance which originated in Argentina and took the world by storm. It is a dance of control and surrender, of fancy suits and stilettos, and embodies all of life's richness. It is a celebration of the human spirit.

You’ll receive three private tango classes per week and you'll also find in Buenos Aires that there are many opportunities to attend a Milonga (where people from all over come and dance together.) It takes 2 to Tango – You and Buenos Aires!

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SALSA CLASSES IN BUENOS AIRES:
3 Lessons per week, running concurrently with your main project:
Price: £220 per week

Although Buenos Aires is better known for its Tango, the Salsa is just as popular. The dance is a distillation of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances and was developed further in New York to the New York Style. Since salsa has its roots in so many dances and is open to improvisation, salsa styles are very fluid. You’ll receive three private salsa lessons of one and half hours per week.

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FIESTA GAUCHA - BUENOS AIRES:
Travel to a beautiful Estancia (Estate house) in the Argentine wet Pampas and experience an exciting day of Argentinean tradition and food
DURATION: This is a Full Day Experience, Tour starts at 8:40am and returns at 7:00pm
Price: £65, everything included

"Gaucho" is "cowboy" in Spanish, so you know you're in for a treat. You'll be welcomed with “Empanadas” and a drink before you start your tour of the Manor House, a small museum which displays early Guachos’ tools, furniture, crockery and the different utensils used during the "old days". After the tour you will have time to either ride one of the many horses on the manor or have a trip by “Zulki” carriage before lunch is served and the festivities begin.

Listen to folkloric songs being sung while couples dance and celebrate the day with food and wine. Chorizo (seasoned sausage), Morcilla (Blood sausage), Asado (BBQ), Vacío (Thin flank), Chicken and salads are just a few things to look forward to at lunch, accompanied by wonderful Argentinian wines or local sodas.

To finish the day a spectacular show of Herd exhibition, Gaucho Ring Race, Cuadreras Race (Horse racing) while you drink the finest coffee and nibble on typical Argentina dessert(Pastelitos). Fiesta Guach is like no other tour, it's an exciting day!

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Bike Tour of Buenos Aires, Argentina

CYCLING TOUR OF THE BEST OF BUENOS AIRES:
A 4-hour cycling tour, includes bike, helmet, water bottle and guide.
DURATION: This is a 4-hour Experience, Departs at either 9.30am or 2.30pm Mondays to Saturdays.
Price: £38 per person. Excludes transport to and from the starting point.

What a fun way to explore Buenos Aires! A leisurely bike ride and you can choose to discover either the historic south of the city or the regal north.

The South: You’ll explore the historic area of Buenos Aires taking in the famous working-class neighbourhood of Caminito where Tango was born, with its picture coloured houses. You’ll pass La Bombonera stadium home of Boca Juniors football club, and San Telmo, the oldest bairro in Buenos Aires with its colonial buildings and cobblestone streets, and Costanera Sur, enjoying the cycling trails in this tranquil nature reserve.

The North: A tour around the wealthiest areas of Buenos Aires such as Palermo and Belgrano and the most beautiful parks of Buenos Aires. You’ll find out why Buenos Aires is called the Paris of South America! You’ll visit downtown and Avenue 9 de Julio, and Avenida de Mayo and then onto Plaza San Martin with its charming French style buildings. There’s also a walking tour of the world famous Recoleta Cemetery with its grand vaults and mausoleums and the resting place of Eva Peron.

There will be lots of pit stops to take photos! Not to be missed!

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LOCATION | 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 of the Project:
The rehabilitation Centre 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 abundant 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:

Read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country.

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Rafting in Mendoza, a very popular region for sports adventures.
Volunteers exploring Malargue - well worth the trip!
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