Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with a mountain lion? How about a jaguar? Volunteer at Bolivia’s Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY), and you can make friends with monkeys, big cats, parrots and other exotic animals.
CIWY is an organization that rescues wild animals from the black market. Often, these animals have been abused or neglected. While many of the smaller animals are allowed to live free in one of the organizations 3 parks, the jaguars, pumas and ocelots cannot be released. Instead, CIWY keeps them caged when they are unsupervised, but allows them to spend most of the day walking through trails in the jungle, accompanied by volunteers. That’s where you come in.
As a volunteer, you’re usually assigned one specific animal to work with for the duration of your stay. If it’s a cat, you’ll spend most of the day holding one end of a long leash, walking it through the jungle, perhaps taking it for a swim in the river. Of course, there’s always a risk of serious injury, whether intentional or unintentional on the part of the cat. At the same time, it’s certainly an experience you’ll never forget. (h/t Trazzler).
To visit Bolivia, you’ll need a current US passport with at least 6 months remaining before the expiration date, and a Bolivian visa. You can get a visa before you leave the US, at the airport when you arrive or at official land border crossings.
Bolivian visas cost $135, and you must pay in cash if you decide to apply for one on arrival.
Here’s what you’ll need to apply for a Bolivian tourist visa:
- One Bolivian visa application form.
- Your passport
- 1 passport-sized photo, 4 by 4 centimeters in size.
- A hotel confirmation or letter of invitation from someone in Bolivia.
- Your round-trip plane ticket. If you aren’t flying, include a written statement saying when you plan to enter and leave Bolivia instead.
- A copy of a bank statement or credit card statement.
- An International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever.
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Apply for your Bolivian visa today!