Volunteer in South America

Spectacular fauna, fabulous birds, mammals of all sizes, primates, amphibians, fish, insects, arachnids. Join in on our ongoing projects and experience them all, and more. Learn from the younger generation as they learn from you. Share culture, science and life skills with future Eco-Leaders. Tap into your creative side. Design and create innovative exhibits for our museum to get visitors even more connected to nature.


Experience true Paraguay

Pilar is the capital of Neembucu, the south-westernmost state in Paraguay. It’s home to fish, frogs, snakes, and insects some of which may never have been documented before.

You can join in our waterside surveys on the Rio Paraguay and its tributaries. Or throw your weight behind our 21st century conservation projects in the local area. Learn aquatic and terrestrial science techniques and help to build the first ever inventory and understanding of the native wildlife.

Prefer working with people? Choose between a number of projects which all involve the local and wider Paraguayan community. A great opportunity to polish your rusty Spanish language skills.


Become an Explorer

One of the most spectacular, and most threatened, habitats in the world is the Atlantic Forest of South America.

In Paraguay, only 2% of the forest remains, due to the rapid expansion of agriculture. The remaining forest is found in small isolated fragments, one of which is San Rafael.

At ProCosara, one of the properties in the San Rafael area, you’ll work with the primate team, studying all aspects of the ecology of capuchin monkeys. 

You’ll learn alongside other budding primatologists while exploring the depths of the Atlantic Forest and learning about neo-tropical ecology. Trips run for two weeks of every month, and incur an additional cost. Ask about upcoming trips when you apply.


Because good things don't come for free. 

These are the monthly rates for staying with us. If you're staying for a shorter period we'll work out the cost on a pro-rata basis. You can pay in full, in cash (US$), when you arrive, or by bank transfer before you get here. There’s a cash machine in the local bank. Paying by bank transfer incurs a 5% fee to cover bank charges.

A 25% discount applies to South American nationals. Accommodation in a private room costs an extra 20%.

Fees also include a contribution towards conservation and education projects carried out by Para La Tierra.

Nature of stay Length of stay - Months 1 and 2 Month 3+
Volunteer $925 per month $875 per month

Costs include:

  • A bed in a shared bedroom with access to a bathroom and separate shower room

  • Three varied meals each day

  • Collection and return from the bus terminal in Pilar to the accommodation, or the nearest town if you’re travelling to a field-site, at the start and end of your stay

  • Unlimited tea, yerba mate and diluting juice

  • Assistance with project development and execution

  • Access to all necessary scientific and educational equipment for use in your project

  • Free WiFi at Pilar and ProCosara


Apply to become a volunteer.

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