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Cook for Wildlife Volunteers in the Bolivian Jungle & Work With Rescued Animals

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Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY)
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La Paz, Departamento de La Paz, Bolivia
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Published 2 months ago
Cook for Wildlife Volunteers in the Bolivian Jungle & Work With Rescued Animals

Are you a passionate vegetarian cook with a background in nutrition? Would you love to work with rescued wildlife and make a lot of hard working volunteers happy with delicious nutritious meals? Then keep reading, we are seeking a cook/nutritionist to work at one of our sanctuaries: Ambue Ari.

Introduction

Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY) is a Bolivian NGO, made up of a team of committed Bolivian professionals, Bolivian and international volunteers. Founded in 1992, CIWY was the pioneer of the environmental movement in Bolivia and is recognised nationally and internationally for founding centres dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife. CIWY currently manages three Wildlife Sanctuaries: Machia (Cochabamba), Ambue Ari (Santa Cruz) and Jacj Cuisi (Rurrenabaque, north of La Paz). Each Sanctuary offers refuge to wild animals rescued from trafficking, offering them a better quality of life.

Description

The Cook/Nutritionist will work in the kitchen alongside the cooks, and work with the Administrator and volunteers in order to get jobs done. You will need to come up with creative ways to develop a predominantly vegetarian menu that is delicious and nutritional with limited resources. The position will be divided 50/50 between the responsibilities in the kitchen and an animal area.

Responsabilidades

• Develop a varied menu with local ingredients that is delicious and nutritionally balanced to feed the volunteers daily, while keeping the sanctuary’s budget in mind. Write the menu with detailed instructions in collaboration with the cooks.

• Work alongside the cooks and teach them how to prepare the new recipes. Be culturally sensitive and respectful at all times.

• Coordinate with the Administrator to make the necessary food purchases each week.

• Attend sanctuary meetings as directed by the Administrator or the Sanctuary President and maintain a good level of communication with them.

• Monitor the conduct and performance of the cooks and all volunteers in the kitchen and report to the Administrator or Volunteer Coordinator for any cause for concern or performance related issues.

• Maintain the kitchen and food storage areas in clean and hygienic conditions, ensuring proper food handling procedures are followed.

• Work half the day caring for animals that are currently in the area you are assigned to.

Conditions

CIWY’s three sanctuaries are located in remote areas of Bolivia and conditions vary. You will be living in an international community composed of volunteers and staff from Bolivia and different parts of the world. You can expect to work hard every day. You must be prepared for a work environment that requires great physical effort and demands decisiveness, creativity, ingenuity and adaptability within a context with limited economic and material conditions. You will enjoy the pleasure of taking part in the process of giving a second chance to wildlife rescued from illegal trafficking. Your day to day activities will be focused on maintaining and improving the welfare and quality of life of animals in their process of reintegration into the wild.

Commitment & Work hours

The Cook should commit to a work period of at least 6 months, which commences after two weeks as a volunteer. There is one weeks of vacations granted per 6 months, with one day off per week. Once a month you will work a half day extra, but have a half day free the following week as recompense. You can generally expect to work from 7am to 6pm with two hours of breaks per day.

Accommodation

Housing conditions are basic as most of our resources are invested in the animals. There is no limited electricity to power the fridges, dining room, workshop and electronics charging stations, and volunteers and staff currently sleep in one large dorm with bunk beds. There are two ecological toilets with attached showers. A nearby creek is used primarily for relaxing and bathing. Please try to bring biodegradable soaps with you as much of this water directly enters the water system. There is limited mobile phone signal at specific points in the sanctuary, however only with the provider Entel. 

Sheets and mosquito nets are provided, but you should bring your own blanket or sleeping bag as it can get very cold at night. The mattresses are made of straw.

Compensation

CIWY receives no government funding, the only financial support comes from volunteers and donations. Funds are not available to offer a salary for this role, but the organisation will provide full room and board. Applicants for the position should also take into account visa costs that will be incurred (in the case that you do not already hold Bolivian residency), and travel costs to the sanctuary.

Experience & skills required

The ideal candidate will have strong abilities in cooking/nutrition with the objective to improve the volunteer’s nutrition, and an interest in wildlife. You will need to be prepared to work in difficult and physically demanding conditions with limited resources. Candidates should be able to improvise and come up with ideas that will benefit the organisation. Candidates should also have an advanced level of Spanish written and spoken (and preferably an intermediate level of English however this is not obligatory).

Are you a passionate vegetarian cook with a background in nutrition? Would you love to work with rescued wildlife and make a lot of hard working volunteers happy with delicious nutritious meals? Then keep reading, we are seeking a cook…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
  • Recurrence
    Recurring
  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available
  • International Volunteers Welcome

Location

On-site

Jacj Cuisi

Rurrenabaque, La Paz, Bolivia

How to Apply

Apply via email to info@intiwarayassi.org

Please send us your CV as well as a covering letter that should detail:

• Why you are interested in this opportunity.

• Your experience in working in the field of cooking/nutrition and interest in wildlife.

We will start interviewing as applications are received. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.

Please contact us with any enquiries.

Apply via email to info@intiwarayassi.org

Please send us your CV as well as a covering letter that should detail:

• Why you are interested in this opportunity.

• Your experience in…

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