- Animal Welfare
- Community Development
- Human Rights
- Organic Farming
1-2 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks
Each year from August - May
This Program is open to
American, European, Canadian, Australian, Kiwi and South African Participants.
Cost in USD
4 weeks for 1995 USD
Amazon Ranch project
While working at the ranch you will stay in basic shared cabins next to the main ranch house. The cabins have simple beds or you can choose to sleep in a hammock if you wish! The cabins are open buildings with traditional thatch made from Ité palm leaves. To begin with wash facilities will be in the main house. As you will read in these details, part of your tasks will be to improve the cabins, including building an adjoining washroom. But of course there is always the creek as the true vaquero way to wash! When Arriving in Georgetown and Lethem you will stay in a private hotel room!
While at the ranch you will eat with the vaqueros and all your meals are included. Local food is basic but hearty to keep your energy up for an active day on the savannah. Typical dishes include farine (a carbohydrate made from a local root called cassava) and meat either raised at the ranch, such as pork or chicken, or fresh fish caught by you from the creek! You will also help to develop the vegetable garden and harvest the fruit trees. Please note that the diet at Saddle Mountain Ranch is not suitable for vegetairians. During your short stopovers in Georgetown/Lethem, meals are not included.
Airport Pick Georgetown + Hotel night
An employee of the project will pick you up from the airport near Georgetown ( 1 hour) and will transfer you to your hotel where you wil stay for 1 night. The next morning you will be picked up from the hotel and you will be brought to a local domestic airport.
Domestic flight (return flight incl) + Airport Pick up
An employee of the project will pick you up from your hotel in Georgetown and will transfer you to the airport. Included in this package is a domestic flight from Georgetown to Lethem by small airplane (approximately 2 hours flying over seemingly everlasting jungle). You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel in Lethem where you will stay one night.
Transfer to the project
You will be picked up from your hotel in Lethem and transferred to your project by 4x4. It is approximately 4 hours drive through the beautiful Tropical savannahs of Guyana (return flight inlcuded).
After your time at the project has been finished you will be transferred back to Lethem by 4x4 after which you will stay one night in a hotel. The next morning you will take a domestic flight from Lethem to Georgetown. At this point you can choose to travel home or to explore more of Guyana. We are of course happy to assist you with this.
For volunteering in Guyana a work permit is required as well as premmission needed to visit the Amerindian reserves. This will all be arranged after your arrival (as Guyana has no embassies abroad) and will be HASSLE FREE for you. The fee for this is included in the program cost.
Mail and Communications
It is possible to receive and send mail from the town of Lethem via our Fronteering representative, however the postal service is very variable in such a remote area and the process regularly takes over a month. It is not unheard of never to reach it's destination! There will be internet connection and cell phone reception in both Georgetown and Lethem. The ranch is very remote and the only communication is by transistor radio and satellite phone which are used for emergencies only.
If there are any problems with your volunteer project we are always there to help you and mediate between yourself and the organization.
Through FRONTEERING you have the possibility to book tours, Spanish (at nearby Isla Magaritha) and English Courses in Guyana before and/or after you have finished your volunteer project.
24/7 Emergency contact
If there are any problems during you stay at the project you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.
Salary & Compensation
Some if the requirements for this project are:
* You must be physically and mentally fit.
* Age: 18 and over. There is no upper age limit but good health is essential for this project.
* Must love animals/outdoors
* Make sure to contact your local health organization to inquire about the needed/recommended vaccinations and medicine.
* Strong work ethics are required: reliable, responsible, honest, good sense of humor and dependable.
- Written Application