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A jaguar mother and cub, Argentina by Kairos14, WikipediaGiving something back

Various websites, such as www.greenvolunteers.com, www.internabroad.com/Argentina.cfm, www.realgap.co.uk, www.i-to-i.com, or www.uvolunteer.org, offer volunteering positions in Argentina, sometimes paid-for positions. You may also consider the following organisations which work for humanitarian, ecological and environmental rights and protection.

Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimento (CIPPEC) (Av Callao 25, Piso 1, C1022AAA Buenos Aires; tel: 011 4384 9009; www.cippec.org) A private, non-profit, non-governmental organisation working to promote equality and growth for a more just, democratic and efficient state in Argentina and to improve the quality of life for all Argentine citizens. CIPPEC aims to make public institutions stronger, to make opportunities equal for everyone and to better the social situation for all Argentines. Volunteers can work on a range of projects for four hours a day.

(Photo: The jaguar is an endangered species threatened by habitat loss and poaching – a number of volunteer organisations are focused on conservation of this and many other endangered species in Argentina © Kairos14, Wikipedia)

Centro de Ecologie Aplicada del Neuquén (CEAN) (Ruta Provincial 61, km3, Valle San Cabao, CC 7, Junín de los Andes, 8371 Neuquén; tel: 02972 491305; www.neuquen.gov.ar/cean) Group of experts dedicated to researching and protecting the aquatic and terrestrial fauna of the province of Neuquén, in collaboration with conservation bodies and projects throughout the country. They seek ways to diversify beyond the crude exploitation of natural resources in the province.

Centro de Investigación y Extensión Forestal Andino Patagónico (CIEFAP) (Ruta 259, km4, CC14 9200 Esquel, Chubut; tel: 02945 453948; www.ciefap.org.ar) Research centre and educational institute focused on the conservation of the Andean–Patagonian forests, sustainable forest practices, environmental protection and the promotion of ecotourism in the region. It runs a public library where you can meet with a consultant, peruse the research and literature, or subscribe to the organisation.

Centro de Reeducación del Mono Aullador Negro (Reintroduction and Rehabilitation Centre of the Black Howler Monkey) (Paraje Tiu Mayu, 5178 La Cumbre, Córdoba) The centre is in a beautiful location surrounded by forest that is the adopted home of howler monkeys brought here or born here after being displaced from their natural habitat in northeast Argentina. The aim is to reintroduce rehabilitated monkeys that were captured for the pet trade or their offspring back to their native forests. The director, Alejandra Juarez, and her staff will happily show you around the facility and would greatly appreciate any donations you can offer. They also take volunteers. The centre is located 80km outside Córdoba in Tiu Mayu, outside the town of La Cumbre, about 9km from the locally famous estancia Rosario Biscuit Factory.

Conservación Patagonica (Bldg 1062, Ft Cronkhite, Sausalito, CA 94965, USA; tel: +1 415 229 9339; www.conservacionpatagonica.org) Dedicated to the protection and restoration of wild land ecosystems and biodiversity in Patagonia, Conservación Patagonica aims to preserve intact ecosystems by acquiring and protecting privately owned wild lands and returning them to the public domain for permanent protection in the form of national parks or reserves. You can spend a volunteer holiday from two weeks to three months on restoration projects in the field. This organisation collaborates with Vida Silvestre and the Patagonian Land Trust.

Fundación Patagonia Natura (FPN) (Marcos A Zar 760, Puerto Madryn, 9120 Chubut, Argentina; tel: 02965 451920; www.patagonianatural.org) Founded as a non-governmental, non-profit organisation in 1989, FPN has since been working to protect and conserve the flora and fauna, ecosystems and environment of Patagonia. It runs programmes involving public education, working with private sector and government institutions, research, local community development, environmental impact mitigation, violations watchdog and wildlife rescue and/or rehabilitation. It has a healthy and active volunteer programme. With the support of the Wildlife Conservation Society in the US, the foundation runs the Punta Flecha Observatory.

Fundacion Vida Silve stre Argentina (Defensa 251, Piso 6, K 1065 Buenos Aires, Argentina; tel: 011 4343 4086; www.vidasilvestre.org.ar) One of the most important conservation organisations in the country, having been working for the past 25 years, with the dedication of over 150 volunteers, establishing numerous private refuges, parks and reserves. This entity is associated with, and financially supported by, the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Argentina, holding joint campaigns and arranging global actions. You can become a member, make a donation, volunteer or request information on the environmental issues and initiatives in Argentina. See website for other offices.

Futafriends (349 Park Forest Way, Wellington, FL 33414, USA; tel: +1 831 440 8650) US organisation working directly in Chile to protect the Futaleufú River from damming, and the resultant effects upon the ecology and the communities which live alongside the river in Argentina. For those concerned about the conservation of this important river system, for both recreational and community welfare.

Help Argentina (Maipú 62, Piso 2, Oficina 9, Buenos Aires, Argentina; tel: 011 5032 6424; 680 5th Av, 19th Flr, New York, NY 10019, USA; tel: +1 646 472 5188; www.helpargentina.org) Non-profit organisation that collaborates with other non-profit and social development organisations to strengthen the social sector. It mainly works in the field, conducting surveys, delivering supplies, etc. Volunteers and donations are always appreciated. Its website lists events, has an organisational directory, a virtual library and a newsletter.

Kairos Onlus (Viale Gran Sasso 10, Milan, Italy; tel: +39 2 2951 4153; www.kairosonlus.it) Italian-based non-profit humanitarian organisation with various projects in Argentina.

Red Yaguarete (www.redyaguarete.org.ar) This non-governmental, non-profit organisation is working to protect Argentina’s largest cat, the jaguar, and its habitat. It works through local and public education, diffusion of information, sustainable development projects, scientific research and participation with other groups in various sectors.

Responde Rivadavia (926, Piso 3, Oficina 311, Buenos Aires, Argentina; tel: 011 4331 1060; www.responde.org.ar) Argentine NGO programme that welcomes volunteers in their Revival Programme, working to preserve small communities at risk of extinction.

Tucumán Amazon Project: Implementing Conservation Actions in Argentina (Roca 44, S S de Jujuy 4600, Jujuy, Argentina; tel: 011 388 424 2615) The Tucumán amazon (Amazona tucumana) is a parrot species that is endemic to the subtropical montane forests of Argentina and Bolivia known as the southern Yungas. In Argentina, populations have declined dramatically in the 20th century owing to habitat loss and the pet trade, causing them to be considered threatened and a high priority for conservation and research.

Wildlife Conservation Society in Argentina (2300 Southern Bd, Bronx, New York 10460, USA; tel: +1 718 220 5100; www.wcs.org) This international conservation organisation works in Argentina to protect wildlife and wilderness in coastal, marine, steppe and Andean environments in Patagonia.

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