Focus: Community, Conservation and Education.
We are an NGO dedicated to environmental conservation, mainly of native species in numerical detriment or at risk of extinction in the central region of Argentina.
We are in the province of Cordoba, 103 km of Provincial Route No. 5 Villa Rumipal. We have an area of 2 hectares in which we operate conservation, education, recreation and research.
The Pumakawa word means "the one who cares the puma stealth" natural mammal of America, which is the emblem of our institution.
Pumakawa mainly care for wild animals that are recovering all our activities are oriented to conservation, education, recreation, and research, as suggested by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature.)
Our objectives are: - Actively participate in conservation of the flora and fauna of the province of Cordoba. - Contribute to ecological conservation from recreational and educational activities as well as from their research activities. - Provide oriented development of ecological awareness services and conservation environment. - Provide community tools that allow a global, cultural and interdisciplinary problems arising from the interaction between man and the environment approach. - Contribute to the development of skills for individual and collective action. - Promote social values and interest in the environment that promote active impulses in its protection and improvement.
Costs & Benefits
Volunteers form an important part Pumakawa’s workforce. Volunteers provide, in many capacities, within Pumakawa by contributing time, energy or talents that help to fulfil the reserve’s mission. Volunteers generate enthusiasm and interest. They extend and augment the work of permanent staff. The staff can then focus on individual tourists/clients or subject areas, and thus bring new insights, energy and time to the work.
Pumakawa offers a variety of areas in which the volunteer can unfold themselves. The volunteer benefits by having the opportunity to explore an interest and as a result gain new information, develop new skills and enhance existing knowledge. Through their experience they form leadership and social skills as they interact with paid staff, tourists/clients and other volunteers. They develop personal pride and satisfaction as they help tourists/clients and staff. The life experience not only adds to the volunteer’s exposure to different cultures and societies, but the experience also adds expertise in a specific area.
Participants in the volunteer program come from Argentina, as well as from all over the world, with open hearts ready to lend a hand. In return, Pumakawa offers training in areas such as construction with alternative materials, nutrition and wild animal handling, tourism, managing native seed bank, conservation, etc. Volunteers are invited to share an unforgettable experience in Pumakawa nature reserve.
The cost per month is Euros 495. This includes accommodations and food for the duration of your stay.
No particular skills needed, just a strong motivation and love for animals, volunteers must be 17 years old and above.
Here is a document with Requirements for Volunteer Program in Pumakawa.
Ruta Provincial Nº 5, Km 103
Villa Rumipal, Córdoba. Argentina. CP 5864
Tel: +54 (03546) 498319 or Mobile: +54 (03546) 156 50040
Average cost per day: 16 Euros
Focus: Education, Conservation and Community
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 17 years old and English speaking.