Argentina – Puma Sanctuary & Wildlife Reserve

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Join us as a volunteer at a renowned puma sanctuary and wildlife reserve, for an incredible conservation experience. Immerse yourself in the stunning landscape near Cordoba, while contributing to protecting pumas and other native species.


Program Highlights:

  • Work alongside volunteers from around the world in a breathtaking natural reserve.
  • Volunteer for the well-being of rescued pumas and various other animals, such as eagles, ferrets, and monkeys.
  • Gain valuable skills through training in construction, wildlife handling, and conservation.
  • Take part in an ambitious re-wilding initiative to restore the Puma’s habitat
  • Kickstart your adventure with a fun orientation in Cordoba, Argentina’s dynamic second-largest city.


Sample Weekly Schedule:

On Sunday, you will arrive at Cordoba International Airport (COR) and stay overnight at a cozy hostel in the city center, which is provided for the volunteers.
Monday will begin with a fun cultural orientation and a city tour of Cordoba. In the afternoon, our volunteer coordinator will take you by bus to the Puma Sanctuary and Wildlife Reserve (around 2-3 hours). This is where your volunteer program will begin.
Tuesday to Saturday, you will take part in a first day orientation, meet the team, and engage in volunteer work. This work will include animal care, environmental education, conservation work, and research.
Sundays are free days for you to explore this beautiful region of Argentina or simply relax.
Remaining weeks follow a similar schedule of volunteering from Monday-Saturday and a day off on Sunday. Volunteers depart on a Sunday and take a bus to Cordoba.


Location icon Location of the Project: Cordoba, Argentina

Project length Project length: Min 2 weeks -Max 12 weeks

Arrival Airport Arrival Airport: Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport (COR)

Volunteer Work Volunteer Work: Various tasks related to animal care and wildlife conservation

Age Age: Min age of 18 (Age exception: volunteers aged 17  may apply with parental consent.)

Number of Volunteers  Number of volunteers: Up to 10 international volunteers


What’s Included

Accommodations Accommodations: Comfortable dormitory rooms

Food Food: 3 meals per day during volunteer program, not during the orientation in Cordoba.

Airport Transfers Airport Transfers: Airport pickup on arrival day.

Orientation Orientation: Provided upon arrival to Cordoba and on-site training at the Puma Reserve.

Support Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.


What’s not Included

  • Flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Travel health insurance
  • Meals during the Orientation in Cordoba (Sunday-Monday)
  • Transfer to the airport on departure day

The initial 2 days orientation (Sunday – Monday) takes place in Cordoba, Argentina. The volunteer program is in a beautiful location, approximately 90 km southwest of Cordoba city, with views of the Sierras Grandes mountain range.


Volunteers will join a non-profit organization that manages a nature reserve. The reserve’s mission is to preserve ecosystems and protect native species, especially pumas. It also serves as a sanctuary for retired and rescued animals. The reserve has over 50 extraordinary creatures, including 20 pumas and a diverse range of indigenous wildlife, such as eagles, ferrets, monkeys, llamas, nutrias, peacocks, rabbits, hens, owls, ducks, parrots, turtles, pigs, and bobcats.

Urbanization has heavily affected the surrounding mountain range, and the program aims to restore its natural environment. Volunteers play a crucial role in creating a haven for pumas, who often sustain injuries while hunting in urban areas. With only 3% of Cordoba’s land remaining forested, the organization’s mission is of utmost importance. To enhance biodiversity and rejuvenate the ecosystem, the organization has set up a greenhouse. The organization uses this greenhouse to cultivate native plants that they will reintroduce into the reserve.

As a dedicated volunteer, your role will include the following activities that support the reserve:


Environmental Research:

  • Take part in data collection and help researchers study animal behavior and health.


Animal Care:

  • Provide essential care by feeding and ensuring access to water for a diverse range of animals.
  • Maintain enclosures, assist with grooming, and support veterinary care.
  • Develop and implement enrichment activities to enhance the mental and physical well-being of the animals.
  • Create and install environmental features to improve the living spaces of our animal residents.


Habitat Restoration and Maintenance:

  • Help maintain trails, signage, and perform cleaning duties.
  • Take part in organic gardening and planting native vegetation.
  • Remove invasive species to restore the natural balance.
  • Manage the Seed Bank by collecting and selecting seeds from various native species.


Tourism and Outreach:

  • Engage with tourists and guide them through the reserve during guided tours.


A typical day:

8:30 AM: Breakfast
9:00 AM: Volunteer activities
1:00 PM: Lunch break
2:00 PM: Volunteer activities
5:30 PM: Online training sessions twice a week covering:

  1. Wild and domestic species characteristics
  2. Captivity conditions, animal welfare, and environmental enrichment
  3. Felines: Characteristics and classification, puma situation in Argentina, canned or guaranteed hunting, hunting trophies, and educational campaigns.
  4. Practical application: Planning, development, and implementation of environmental enrichment.

6:00 PM: End of volunteer workday
8:30 PM: Dinner time

Note: During summer, schedules may change due to excessive heat. One free day per week, usually on Sunday.

Internet icon Internet: The volunteer accommodation has Wi-Fi, but it may be unstable. During the Cordoba city tour, the local coordinator can assist volunteers purchase a SIM card, which they can charge and use.

Laundry icon Laundry: The reserve director offers the volunteers to use the laundry machine once a week at her house. There is also a laundry shop available in town.

Accommodations icon Accommodations: As a volunteer, you will stay in a basic yet comfortable communal accommodation provided onsite. Each bedroom has 5 bunk beds, complete with mattresses. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag. The bathroom, which is a shared space, is conveniently located nearby. Private rooms are available for an extra fee.

Food icon Food: The volunteer program provides 3 meals per day, not during the orientation in Cordoba. Sometimes, volunteers may need to cook their own meals. However, all the ingredients will be available in the kitchen. We can accommodate vegan and other diets, just let us know on your application form.

  • Basic level of English
  • GoEco interview after application
  • Entry test to determine your level of Spanish
  • Motivation to work with animals
  • Recent Tetanus Vaccination

Add on the Spanish Week in Cordoba! 

Dive into a world of language and culture with our very own Spanish School, located in the vibrant heart of Córdoba city. This special Spanish Week is an invitation to seamlessly integrate an enriching language learning experience into your program. Tailored to meet your specific needs, whether you’re beginning your journey or looking to advance your skills, our initial placement test ensures a customized learning experience. Engage in immersive group lessons or choose the focused attention of one-on-one sessions, complemented by a rich tapestry of cultural activities each afternoon. From Tango and cooking classes to museum tours, every activity is designed to deepen your understanding of the Spanish language and Argentine culture. Join our Spanish School for an educational adventure that promises not only to enhance your linguistic abilities but also to connect you with unforgettable cultural experiences.

Note: Since the program is immersed in a local community, this Spanish and Cultural Introduction week is highly recommended for those who don’t already have conversational Spanish.


While volunteering: 

The reserve and volunteer program are located in Villa Rumipal, which is a charming tourist town on the shores of Lake Rumipal. During your time off, you can enjoy a variety of water activities, such as boating, kayaking, or simply relaxing by the lake or riverside. Volunteers can also explore the nearby hills and forests by walking or hiking. The region is home to a diverse range of fauna and flora, giving birdwatchers the opportunity to observe over 150 bird species at the Natural Reserve “Aguada de los Pájaros,” along with other animals that coexist with vegetation adapted to the aquatic environment and remnants of the native forest.

For more adventure, you can find Recreational Adventure Parks in the surrounding area. There are also charming towns nearby, such as Villa General Belgrano and La Cumbrecita. These towns hold frequent cultural festivals and celebrations, providing a delightful cultural experience.

Córdoba Capital, the second largest city in the country, is only 2.5 hours away from Villa Rumipal. It offers a fascinating blend of history and modernity with its Jesuit heritage and strong Spanish culture. The city is also a university town, known for its welcoming and progressive atmosphere. The locals are friendly and open-minded, and known for their love of cuarteto music. As a volunteer, you can add a Spanish week in Cordoba before the volunteer placement. See add-ons below.

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