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Nov 11, 2009 - Villa Tunari (Inti Wara Yassi animal sanctuary)

I decided long ago that i wanted to do some voluntary work at Inti Wara Yassi so was really happy to get here. And despite the humidity, huge bugs and horrendous living conditions I still am happy to be here. This place is an animal sanctuary that offers refuge to a number of tropical animals and birds that have been illegally kept or mistreated by humans. If you commit do stay at least 4 weeks you can work with one of the big cats or with the monkeys. Ideally I wanted to do both but I had to choose one so I went with the big cats. I was...

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Dec 10, 2007 - Inti Wara Yassi

I finally got my visa extended and made it to Villa Tunari where the animal refuge is that i'm volunteering at. I've been here for 6 days now. It's pretty amazing, when I first arrived a little squirrel monkey came and jumped on me which i thought was a good start, it was so cute. For the first 4 days I walked a Puma called Gato who is a very cool cat, he's pretty placid, he play jumped at me only twice and when he first met me he put his jaws around my knee but didn't apply any pressure, so no Puma injuries for me. However, his trails were...

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Aug 23, 2005 - Bolivia: Villa Tunari & the Inti Wara Yassi Parque Machia

The "Communidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY)" animal refuge is an entirely volunteer based organisation founded in 1992. Inti means sun in Quechua; Wara star in Aymara and Yassi moon in Chiriguano-Guarani. The organisation originally aided poor or orphaned children by teaching them a trade so that they could support themselves and their families. They used to take the children on trips to the different cities and parks to teach them about Bolivia first hand and on one trip they witnessed the horrible impact of man upon nature including...

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Mar 24, 2005 - Bolivia, Villa Tunari, volunteer work with animals

21-02-05 / 22-03-05 Sunday evening I left for Cochabamba with the nightbus. I had been warned that the roads might be blocked because of actions of the campesinos, therefore I did not stop in Cochabamba but went straight on to Villa Tunari by microbus. In Villa Tunari I took a day "off" in hotel Puente, and tried to make my mind as if I wanted to work as a volunteer with animals in Parque Machia, Communidad Inti Wari Yassi. After an initial decision to go back to Cochabamba to extend my visa, get money, etc. I missed my bus. Taking this...

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