Overseas Volunteer Experience Stories

Anna Schobinger

Anna Schobinger

Hi, my name is Anna, I’m from Switzerland and I volunteered at Alturas for a month. I always wanted to volunteer with animals and at Alturas, I had the opportunity to work really closely with all kinds of species, even though I had no background in animal caretaking. It was so much fun feeding the animals and preparing new enrichment with the other volunteers. The work at the sanctuary is challenging but really rewarding and I learned so much from the amazing staff. I never expected to be trusted with highly important tasks like baby night feedings and it was an experience I‘ll never forget. Also, the sanctuary is located in a beautiful jungle where I got to see wild animals like monkeys, peccaries, and birds daily. On my off days, I explored the beautiful beaches and waterfalls in the area, which made the experience even better. The best part for me was when we had the chance to release animals back into the wild where they belong. The staff at Alturas does an amazing job and I can‘t recommend the volunteer program enough!