Our ultimate three month adventure. Join our team for three weeks intensive Spanish training in Sucre, Bolivia, before going to the Inti Wara Yassi wild animal sanctuaries in the Amazon for a month. Then take on the Andes and Amazon in an adrenaline filled expedition through Peru and Bolivia

Overview
Inti Wara Yassi

Since 2002, Quest has been working to support the Inti Wara Yassi wild animal refuges in the Bolivian Amazon. These refuges exist to give a home to animals rescued from captivity in circuses or for sale as pets, returning them to their natural habitat with a quality of life that they deserve. The majority of the animals cannot be released as they could no longer survive in the wild, so thanks to the efforts of our teams we are helping to buy up more land and construct the infrastructure in which to house them, as well as giving them the daily care they need.

Your role

Your team’s role is twofold, helping to construct enclosures for new arrivals, as well as supporting the local staff in the daily care of the animals already in the refuge. The construction of a 40m x 40m puma enclosure for example is tough work, carrying rocks, sand, cement and fencing into the middle of the jungle. Without your help though, these centres will not be able to reach out to the many animals still in serious need of a home.

Alongside this, each member of the team will be given responsibility for the care of one animal in the park, anything from a monkey to a hawk, or an ocelot to a puma. While some animals are being prepared for release into the wild, many just need care and attention to help them settle into their new home. Building a bond with a wild animal is something words cannot describe.

Spanish Language Training

To help you get the most out of your time on the project, the team begins this expedition with a three week intensive Spanish course at our dedicated institute in Sucre, Bolivia. Four hours per day, Monday to Friday tuition in groups of 2-3, will give you the opportunity to either get an excellent grounding in the language, or if you already speak some, the chance to perfect your skills.

Expedition

Following your project, head off for six weeks on a mind blowing expedition through Peru and Bolivia. Go sandboarding down the dunes of Huacachina, head up onto the glaciers of Huayna Potosi for some ice climbing, explore the Amazon basin, trek through forgotten Andean valleys and finish it all off with the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – an assault on the senses!

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Itinerary


Time Location Activities
Weeks 1-3 Sucre, Bolivia Three week intensive Spanish course in Bolivia's capital. Also opportunities to explore the city during the afternoons, and further afield at weekends.
Weeks 4-5 Park Jacj Cuisi, near to Rurrenabaque in the Bolivian Amazon Construction of essential infrastructure for for the park (enclosures, extension to vet clinic, quarantine area)
Weeks 5-7 Park Ambue Ari, close to Guarayos in Bolivia Daily care of the animals in the refuge (pumas, jaguars, monkeys and parrots)
Week 8 La Paz and the Apolobamba range Trekking through little known mountain valleys with jaw dropping views
Week 9 Lake Titicaca Sea kayaking across the highest naviagable lake in the world
Week 10 Arequipa and the Colca Canyon Trekking through the second deepest canyon in the world, home to the mighty condor
Week 11 Peru's Coastal Desert and Villa Maria Visiting Quest's children's project in Lima, as well as sandboarding down some of the highest sand dunes in the world.
Week 12 Huaraz and the Huayhuash Mountains Trekking, climbing, bridge swinging, followed by some surfing on the Peruvian coast!
Week 13 The Inca Trail to Machu PIcchu White water rafting down the Urubamba river, followed by the iconic trek to Machu Picchu
Dates and Costs

 

Team Name Start date End Date Quest Overseas Payment Quest4Change Contribution
Bolivia Three Month Exped 2016 12th Sept 2018 13th December 2018 £4,450 £750

 

The dates below are the dates each expedition begins and ends in country. Do bear in mind you may need to begin your travels from home the day before the start date (and may arrive home the day after the end). We will give support and advice on recommended flights once your place is confirmed on the team.

What’s included

All food and accommodation
Activities throughout (and any specific technical equipment needed)
Transport in a combination of public and private transport

Not included

International flights
Personal travel insurance
Personal equipment
Personal expenses (nights out, souvenirs, internet, laundry etc.)

Who is this trip for?

Team members who join our gap year teams are typically recent school leavers on a break before university, or taking a break during their higher education. We do accept applications from all ages, however the typical age is between 17-23. Applicants come from across the world.

On the project you will be working with children between 5-13 years old on the whole, so the more experience you have had working with this age group the better. We're always looking for new ideas of activities and things to do, so come armed with as many tricks up your sleeve as you can.

It is also important to have at least some grounding in Spanish to take part in this project. Whilst the Spanish course will give you an excellent boost, you will be working with the kids on a daily basis and both you and they will get a lot more from the experience with a bit of a foundation in Spanish.

The expedition route is a combination of trekking and time in cities. Whilst you don't need extensive wilderness skills to take part in these treks (again, our expedition staff are there to support you), it is important that team members are in good physical shape.