Volunteer Work

Protect and research sea turtles in a research station in Montevideo

Protect sea turtles in Uruguay at the research station in Montevideo

 

The research station is located in Montevideo, in the zoo “Villa Dolores.“
Opening hours: Wednesday until Sunday 14:00 – 18.00hs.
You can start working while attending the Spanish course.

What is the volunteer’s role?

The research centre’s main objective at present is to observe and determine the approximate numbers and general habits of juvenile green turtles in the zone, and the volunteer’s role is to participate in the daily collection of data, following the guidance of the research co-ordinators.

This might involve:

• Controle juvenile turtles in the centre.

• Assisting the researchers conduct post mortem examinations on turtle remains.

• Helping to care for the recovering and rescued turtles and their pools.

• Guiding visitors around the research centre and explain its work.

• Participating in talks and workshops with local people and tourists on turtle release days.

• Keeping the research centre clean and tidy, and cooking for the researchers and other volunteers.

• Representing the turtles project in public events like Carnival (early February) and the annual Save the Sea Turtle festival (late March).

Spanish course

Volunteers will complete an intensive Spanish course of two, three or 4 weeks at La Herradura school in Montevideo. It is important to have some Spanish in order to communicate with co-ordinators.

Accommodation

Students will stay in the school residence during 1 month and change to another accommodation after finishing this month.

• While attending the Spanish course in Montevideo: Single room in the school residence with other students from the school. No meals are provided, but there is a fully equipped kitchen. (Double room is possible when students are travelling together).

• After completing a month in the school residence: We will help the volunteer to find a good and inexpensive place to stay. This may be a room in a shared apartment, with locals or any other option. Prices quoted below can have a special discount if the accommodation is less expensive


Please note:

• Volunteer work is from Wednesday until Sunday from 14:00 until 18:00 hs.

• Volunteering without a Spanish course is only possible for students with a high intermediate level of Spanish. In this case a registration fee will be charged. Prices on request.

• Volunteering for a shorter period of time is possible. Prices on request.

• Double room can only be booked if travelling together with a friend.

• Accommodation in the school residence runs from Sunday before the first course day until Saturday after the last course day.

• Additional weeks are available. Prices on request.

Working with Whales and Dolphins

Working with Whales and Dolphins

 

CONSERVATION AND RESEARCH MARINE PROGRAM

The International Volunteer Program has been running for 10 years and has been recruiting young professionals from around the world to join the activities, actions and campaigns of the OCC for a predetermined amount of time. We have had volunteers from Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, USA, Spain, Hungary, Mexico and Portugal.

We give volunteers the opportunity to experience working within a small civil society organization and you are encouraged to work as part of a group to learn, grow and achieve. We offer academic training and research opportunities related to historical, cultural and social aspects of communities.

The recently approved Whale and Dolphin Sanctuary (September 2013 is imperative to design and promote actions that will generate an increase in public awareness, improved governance and public policy for the conservation of marine biodiversity. Whales and dolphins are the flagship species. One species is the Franciscana Dolphin which is seriously threatened along with the Bottlenose Dolphin which is suffering the consequences of the fishery reduction. The volunteer program is for people who are committed to the cause, various professions and creeds (not necessarily biologists, conservationists or ecologists).

The International Volunteer Program for Research and Conservation in the Sanctuary covers two areas:

Monitoring cetacean (right whale, bottlenose dolphin, dolphin Franciscan). Objectives: photo-Id, quantification of behavior (habitat use), population ecology and conservation measures.

The acoustic and biological characterization in 3 coastal areas (Punta del Este / Laguna de Rocha / La Paloma).

Objective: Make oceanografic samples of Zooplankton, submarine acoustics, observation and photography of marine birds and cetaceans using OCC’s research equipment.

Tours: Travel through the whale and dolphin zones or go looking for them. This includes being in the ‘big bay’, the islet, ‘La Pedrera’ and the area surrounding the Rocha Lagoon.

Daily departures: 9:00/17:00: La Paloma Port (dock or new breakwater beach)

Duration: Minimum of 1 hour, máximum of 3 hours.

To qualify, certain skills are required and these can be seen below.

Over 18 years old

Capable of living as part of a group for a prolonged amount of time

Good problem solving skills and organization

Ability to clean and maintain the home

Share a same-sex room (max 3 people)

Resistant to rigorous climates (extreme temperatures between 0º C/32ºF-40ºC/104ºF winter-summer) and daily climate changes

Basic knowledge of the Spanish language (written and spoken). Option: intensive Spanish course in a local institute

Have studied biology and marine ecology at a basic level. Otherwise, you can request assistance for distance-learning (extra cost) (intensive courses from 15 to 30 days)

Proof of fitness, medical certificate and national health insurance

Capability to navigate the ocean

Have a laptop available to you with basic programmes

Have accepted the terms and conditions for volunteering for OCC (conducts, guidelines for personal use, restrictions on alcohol and drugs) that we will send you before you arrive

Total Durations:

Up to 15 days (mínimum) – basic level

Up to 30 days – medium level

More than 30 days (90 days maximum) – High level (special considerations)

 

The International Volunteer Program has been running for 10 years and has been recruiting young professionals from around the world to join the activities, actions and campaigns of the OCC for a predetermined amount of time. We have had volunteers from Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, USA, Spain, Hungary, Mexico and Portugal.

 

 

Horse training in Uruguay

Horse training at a small ranch in Atlantida / Uruguay

 

Riding Ranch InternshipThe ranch occupies 230 ha of land approximately 4km from the town of Atlántida in Canelones, Uruguay. It consists of rustic farm buildings, a cottage, and lots of fields and outdoor space. A Uruguayan family lives in the cottage – the gaucho (a kind of Uruguayan cowboy), and his wife and teenage children. There are around 20 horses and other animals (dogs, chickens, pigs, cows etc.). A lot of the land is rented out to local farmers, and the remaining land is used for keeping and training the horses. Some of the horses belong to Margo and her family (director of the school), and others belong to other people who stable their horses at the ranch. The gaucho is responsible for looking after the horses, breaking in new horses and training some of them for endurance competitions. There are currently 4 competition horses at the ranch and 3 new horses ready to be broken in this year.

Atlántida is a small coastal town where you will find shops, bars, restaurants, banks and internet cafés. In summer, lots of Uruguayans go on holiday to Atlántida to enjoy the beautiful beaches, clean water for swimming, and the handicraft market.

Getting around: Buses pass frequently between the ranch and Atlántida, and from Atlántida you can take a bus to Montevideo (about 1 hour). You may also use the bicycle to get around. From Atlántida it is possible to get a bus east along the coast to one of the many beautiful beaches where you can spend a weekend.

• What is the intern’s role?

Caretaking of the horsesYou can participate in all aspects of life and work on the ranch, according to your particular interests and abilities. Routine duties include: feeding and grooming the horses, mucking out the stables, maintaining the stables and equipment, routine veterinary checks and procedures, taking out the horses for exercise and training. You will also participate in and learn about breaking in the new horses and training the competition horses. You will work closely with the gaucho, who is an expert horseman, and with Margo’s daughters, who are keen Endurance riders.Endurance

Time table Monday until Friday. Working hours will be arranged on arrival, but are flexible.  In summer, it’s best not to be out in the sun in the early afternoon so the gaucho does most of his work in the morning and in the early evening. The timetable can be adapted according the season but you can expect start working between 8 and 9 in the morning. The countryside tradition is to take a siesta (a nap) after lunch, in the hottest part of the day, but if you don’t want to you could use that time to go to the beach and swim (during summer).

Competitions: Margo’s two daughters participate frequently in Endurance competitions, and four of the horses are especially trained for this. You can get involved in the preparation on competition days.

Please read the report of an US-american student who attended this program!

• Spanish course

Interns will complete an intensive Spanish course of two, three or 4 weeks at La Herradura school in Montevideo. It is important to reach a good intermediate level of Spanish in order to communicate with the “gaucho” and his family.

• Accommodation

• While attending the Spanish course in Montevideo: Single room in the school residence with other students from the school. No meals are provided, but there is a fully equipped kitchen. (Double room is possible when students are travelling together). After finishing the Spanish course in Montevideo (2, 3 or 4 weeks), the volunteer will move to Atlantida.

• Accommodation during internship period: There is a simple but spacious and comfortable room for the ranch intern in a separate building with its own bathroom and kitchen, just a few metres from the main house. The gaucho’s cottage has an internet connection, and you can make use of this connection. No meals are provided, but you can cook your own meals in the kitchen. There are shops and markets not too far away from the ranch.

Accomodation Atlantida 2 Accomodation Atlantida 1 Accomodation Atlantida 3

 

Please note:

• We require a minimum of 1 month for this internship position. Less weeks are possible, but the intern must be a very experienced rider.

• You must be ready to live in the county and work with basic resources.

• An internship without a Spanish course is only possible for students with a high intermediate level of Spanish.  In this case a registration fee will be charged. Prices on request.

• Double room can only be booked if travelling together with a friend.

• Accommodation in the residence runs from Sunday before the first course day until Saturday after the last course day.

• Internswill have Sundays off (flexibility).

• Additional weeks can be booked. Prices on request.

Are you the person we are looking for? Do you have further questions? Do you need more information? - Please contact us!

 

 

Teach English in a social centre in Montevideo

Teach English in Montevideo Uruguay

 

Many families cannot afford private lessons which leave children, young adults with little English knowledge.
Volunteers can make a difference by teaching English to those who otherwise could not afford it.
You will teach at social centers, located all over the city of Montevideo. You can use the public transport, which is inexpensive.
You can start teaching while attending the Spanish course.

What is the volunteer’s role?

Teach English at social centers with basic resources.                                
You can also assist the co-coordinator in planning more afternoon activities for the children.  Books or other lesson materials are not always available, so bringing your own teaching materials can be helpful.                             
Some experience of teaching is an advantage.   
You must be ready to work with basic resources and get involved in a deprived local community while working.

Working days: Monday until Friday. Working hours will be arranged on arrival, but will normally be during the afternoons.
We require a minimum of 1 month (preferably more) for this volunteer position.                                

Spanish course

Volunteers will complete an intensive Spanish course of two, three or 4 weeks at La Herradura school in Montevideo. It is important to reach a good intermediate level of Spanish in order to communicate with the co-ordinators at the social center.

Accommodation

• While attending the Spanish course in Montevideo: Single room in the school residence with other students from the school. No meals are provided, but there is a fully equipped kitchen. (Double room is possible when students are travelling together).

• Students will stay in the school residence during 1 month and change to another accommodation after finishing this month.
We will help the volunteer to find a good and inexpensive place to stay. This may be a room in a shared apartment, with locals or any other option.

 

Please note:

• We require a minimum of 1 month (preferably more) for this volunteer position.

• Volunteering without a Spanish course is only possible for students with a high intermediate level of Spanish.  In this case a registration fee will be charged. Prices on request.

• Double room can only be booked if travelling together with a friend.

• Accommodation in the residence runs from Sunday before the first course day until Saturday after the last course day.

• Additional weeks  can be booked. Prices on request.

• Volunteers will have the weekends off.

Ranch stay in Northern Uruguay

Ranch stay in Paysandu or Florida / Uruguay

 

Working at a rural hotel that offer outdoor activities, such as horseback riding, hiking, bird watching and fishing. The ranches /estancias receive tourists from all over the world to enjoy the peace and quiet.

• What is the intern's role?

Working side-by-side with the gauchos, guides and other staff. Workdays in the country are long, but fortunately there is a variety of jobs to do which keep things interesting. You will work with the tourists as a server or translator, in the kitchen or do landscaping.

Please read the interview with an American student who attended this program!

• Spanish course

Inters will complete an intensive Spanish course of two, three or 4 weeks at La Herradura school in Montevideo. It is important to reach a good intermediate level of Spanish in order to communicate with the “gauchos” and other staff.

• Accommodation

While attending the Spanish course in Montevideo: Single room in the school residence with other students from the school. No meals are provided, but there is a fully equipped kitchen. (Double room is possible when students are travelling together). After finishing the Spanish course in Montevideo (2, 3 or 4 weeks), the intern will move to Paysandu or Florida.

During internship period: A shared room at the rural hotel, including meals.

 

Please note:

• We require a minimum of 2 months for this intern position.

• You must be ready to live in the country and work with basic resources.

• An internship without a Spanish course is only possible for students with a high intermediate level of Spanish. In this case a registration fee will be charged. Prices on request.

• Double room can only be booked if travelling together with a friend.

• Accommodation in the residence runs from Sunday before the first course day until Saturday after the last course day.

• Shared apartment, apartment for private use and accommodation with a host family or in a hostel on request.

• Additional weeks can be booked. Prices on request.

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