The Jungle Diaries: Week 1


Hola Amigos!

I am in the middle of Bolivia volunteering at an animal sanctuary. It´s going well, the toughest part is making friends with the humans! Haha.


It´s just like Summer Camp. Think basic facilities (eg. compost toilets) all covered in mud and insects.Thankfully I can handle it.


I have a top bunk. The matress is made of straw! I have a hole ridden mosquito net. Some nights it lets mosquitos in (ouch!) others it doesn´t. I share with two other people. We all like sleeping so it is a quite hut.


It´s fab! When left to my own devices I only eat bread and cheese, crisps and ice cream. My healthiest meals are on organised trips. They always provide lots of vegetables and fruit. He we have 3 meals a day. Except for breakfast, they are diverse meals of vegetables and beans. Breakfast is just bread, so most people buy their own cereal or spreads.


When I first arrived I was met by a nasua. My mouth dropped open. I would have hugged it but apparently it had been swimming in the loos! Next I saw wild pigs and lots of birds – Tucans, Mecaws (blue and red) and Emus. There are other animals (Pumas, Jaguars, Taipers, Ocelots etc) on site but you can only see them if you work with them.

My animals

I work with 4 baby Howler Monkeys in the morning and a Geoffry´s Cat in the afternoon. The Howler Monkeys are amazing. I just can´t beieve I get to be so close to them. One of them likes hugging so you can study her features, like her ears and feet up close. It´s also amazing just watching the monkeys in the tree.

catThe Geoffry´s Cat is adorable too. He likes walking and climbing trees. For his size (think domestic cat) he eats a lot of meat! There are also lots of other animals I see such as gorgeous butterflies, bugs, lizards, frogs and other small mammels.


We all look like second hand safari rangers; wearing hand-me-downs from past volunteers. It´s bloody hot here but you have to be covered head-to-toe in thick layers because of mosquitos. Literally head-to-toe. I am about to purchase a mosquito net hat as I have to keep hitting my face otherwise!


Never touch a red ant tree. Their bites hurt more than mosquito bites.


So far I have accumulated the following injuries:

1 Howler Moneky bite
Countless mosquito bites
1 Red Ant bite
1 scrath from falling over


The weather is hot and humid most of the time. However, the rainy season is starting and sometimes we get afternoons of rain. I am not looking forward to the rainy season as the land floods. I already have to go through almost knee deep water along parts of the path to the Geoffry´s Cat. Apparently, it can go waist deep! Not fun without wadders.

Note : The mosquitos even visit the internet cafe! I´m currently sitting with my feet inside my backpack so they don´t get bitten any more.




Published by Lettice

Lettice is an avid traveller, volunteer and writer. Follow her blogs for tips on where to go, what to do, and how to get there.

3 thoughts on “The Jungle Diaries: Week 1

  1. Hi Lettice,
    This comes from Vision singer Shirley with the pink hair and high heels!
    Have just read all your posts, I think, as this seems to be the first time I could access them for some IT reason totally beyond my limited understanding. I did try to respond once before, not sure if it reached you.
    We often mention you, usually Vicky and I on our way to or from rehearsal and I really enjoyed reading about your fantastically brave adventures……..good for you, feisty lady!
    The howler monkey details cracked me up!
    Not sure how you spent Christmas, or where, but daresay you had fun and here’s wishing you a fabulous, action-packed New Year.
    Whatever else happens, no one will ever be able to take away this trip of a lifetime, you will be a changed girl, ready for anything😍
    In admiration, lots of love
    Shirley. 🇬🇧✈️🍸🍷🎵🎶🎁🌞🐵

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi Shirley 🙂 Thank you for your kind comment. It was lovely to read. I miss Vision and the Olympic family. I can´t wait to return. I´ve been following all the activity via Facebook and it looks like good fun as always. I spent Christmas and NYE at the animal sanctuary. It was a great decision. We played lots of games, danced and ate lots of food. I hope you had a lovely Christmas and NYE too. See you soon!


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