VOLUNTEER WITH US
Our foundation’s projects in wildlife education and conservation are an opportunity to make a difference in this world. We welcome you! We have various projects going on at the moment – learn about them below:
- Animal Welfare
We always try to entertain our animals, therefore we’d love to have some help with creating and building toys and games for all our monkey, parrots and wild cats.
In those projects you’ll work side by side with our passionate veterinarian and the zookeepers. We are specifically looking for individuals who already have a higher education or experience in this field.
This project involves every staff member’s input, so you’ll be working with many individuals here at El Refugio in addition to our college and government contacts. This project also requires an advance/fluent level of Spanish in order to adequately communicate with our partners.
We also have a composting project in the works. Right now we don’t utilize it to its fullest extent, but we would love to use the soil for all our plants in the forest. This could be a great project with lasting impact.
In all of these projects, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a gardener and a biologist who is incredibly knowledgable about the native flora and fauna of Colombia. We’re looking for individuals who have experience in landscaping, agriculture, or farming in order to make this project come to life.
- Art & Design
We’d also love to create and sell products like t-shirts, mugs, bags, etc. If you’re a designer, you could see your merchandise being sold here at El Refugio Foundation, merchandise that will certainly have a meaningful impact outside of our walls. All of these products would ideally be sold one day at our Kiosk, both an informational space and a platform to sell our goods, which we have yet to design. You could be apart of making this happen!
Finally, we have a wall available for a variety of different artwork that could help communicate our vision… a shared future for natural and human.
JOIN OUR VOLUNTEER CREW
I really enjoyed my stay at El Refugio! As I am a marketing person, I was able to work on all kinds of marketing matters: creating tshirts and bracelets, working on this website, and participating in marketing events. Because I am also very handy and love working outside, I was able to complete a lot of things: a new cage for our fox Venus, improvements Otorongo’s cage (our jaguar), repairs and the painting of a cage to provide a better environment for our Toucan, building shelves for the volunteers, and of course helping Diana (the vet) and the zookeepers to improve the daily life of our animals.Valentin Rofineau
Working at El Refugio allowed me to work with wildlife animals, a dream for me as I’m studying veterinary medicine and would like to one day work in an animal shelter.
Working at El Refugio was a great experience through making enrichment, feeding and taking care of animals.
I first started as the cook for the animals, but with my knowledge of web design, I was offered the position to help create the very page you are looking at! I enjoyed my 4 months here and know you will too!Milena Hammoud
Working at El Refugio Foundation is an amazing opportunity to dedicate your time to an organization to which you can really contribute ideas about the care and protection of wildlife. Our volunteers are immersed in a green jungle sanctuary as well as the local culture. Working at El Refugio Foundation is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity
If you decide to work with us, we kindly ask you to help out at least 5 days a week, 5 hours a day.
Cali is known as the salsa capital of the world. The city has dozens of salsa schools; some are located near the foundation. The city also offers a wide variety of restaurants, museums, nightclubs and cultural activities. For the nature and mountain lovers there are many things to do on weekends. Cali located in the Valle del Cauca, east of the western cordillera. The volunteers choose how to enjoy their weekends.
Near the Foundation there is access to both the public transport (MIO) and taxis, which are cheap.
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