Argentina - Condor Preservation in the Andes
Join a team of conservationists and work towards the long-term survival of the endangered Andean Condor! Track, research, and rehabilitate the world's largest bird of flight on the northern ridge of Patagonia.
|Location of Project||Pailemán, Rio Negro, Argentina|
|Project Length||Min 4 weeks - Max 12 weeks|
|Arrival Airport||Ministro Pistarini International Airport or Aeroparque Jorge Newbery|
|Volunteer Work||Monitoring and tracking Condor movement|
|Number of Participants||Up to 3 international volunteers|
|Age||18 - 28|
|Accommodation||Hostel accomodation in Buenos Aires and a shared room at the volunteer base camp|
|Food||Three meals a day at project site|
|Training||All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival|
|Support||Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support|
|Airport Transfers||Airport pickup upon arrival only|
|Pre-Departure Kit||Full project details will be sent following registration|
|Insurance||Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage|
|Orientation||Cultural immersion and Spanish lessons in Buenos Aires|
|Transport||The bus journey from Buenos Aires to San Antonio Oeste is approximately 16.5 hours. It’s a lengthy trip, but the long–distance buses in Argentina are very comfortable and practical.|
What's Not Included
About the Project
First Week Orientation and Spanish Courses
The first 9 days of the minimum 4-week program take place in Buenos Aires, where you will attend a week’s worth of Spanish classes at one of the highest rated language schools in Latin America. You will also have the opportunity to settle into Argentine life and culture and explore one of the great cities in South America.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
Following the first week of orientation and Spanish classes in Buenos Aires, volunteers will make their way to the remote project site in Patagonia. The bus trip from Buenos Aires to San Antonio Oeste, Río Negro, Patagonia is approximately 16.5 hours and leaves Buenos Aires around midnight on the Tuesday. Once in San Antonio Oeste volunteers will be transferred to the project site.
- Observation of freed condors while hiding in camouflaged shelters
- Follow up observation of the zones where the freed condors fly
- Speaking in schools with members of the rural community
- Maintenance of the base camp
- Bringing food and water to the freed condors and other birds found on the premises
Accommodations: During the orientation week in Buenos Aires you will be staying in hostel accommodation. While on the project, you will stay at the base camp in Pailemán in a room with up to 3 other volunteers. There is a shared bathroom with one shower and hot water and two dry latrines. If you are volunteering during the time of a condor release, you will be sleeping in a tent outside.
Food: Three meals a day are provided at the base camp. All food consists of typical Argentine fare, including pasta, rice, meat and vegetables. Please note food is not included during your Orientation week in Buenos Aires.
Laundry: Laundry services are not provided.
Internet: Internet, WiFi and mobile reception are not available at the project site.
- Minimum age 18
- Minimum 4-week stay: 1 week orientation/Spanish course + 3 weeks at project
- Basic Spanish
- Able to cope with basic outdoor conditions
- Physically fit and able to walk for long periods of time
- Love and respect for animals
- Social and outgoing
- Positive attitude
- Able to take instruction
- Skilled in terms of their directional orientation