Travel and join us at our Karanambu Eco-Lodge/ Ranch and Conservation project located in the North Rupununi, a region of South-Western Guyana known for its expansive wetlands and savannahs! Become a volunteer now and work with our fantastic team as we continue to develop one of Guyana’s premier Eco-Lodges. In Karanambu, you will create bonds that go beyond friendship while having the opportunity to share and develop skills in the areas of tourism, hospitality, conservation, ranching, construction, and carpentry.
At Karanambu, we are always so eager to share the experience of the untouched natural beauty in this remote corner of South America. Volunteers can expect to work within all the fields offered at this project, though some of these may overlap due to the specific needs of the different components that make up Karanambu. There are also opportunities to visit and do outreach work in the neighboring Macusi villages of Kwaimatta, Yupukari, Massara, Toka and Simuni.
What to Expect
Most times volunteers have to prepare their breakfast. Because it’s an eco-lodge/ranch and conservation set up everyday tasks varies. Sometime its strictly ranch work, or conservation or dealing with guests. A typical day would be Breakfast, work(guest/ranch-cattle/horses, conservation-collecting data etc.) or volunteers can be called to do simple tasks around like helping in the garden, cleaning up, going fishing for supplies, of course this will be with staff. Again it depends. As volunteers at Karanambu you will have some of the following responsibilities:
• Gardening Helping prepare meals
• Helping to fish for food
• Assisting with general maintenance of the lodge/ranch outstation and Gardening
• Working with horses, cattle on the ranch outstation
• Feeding and keeping resident wildlife company
• Helping with tourists/guests. Any other jobs that need doing
Housing & Meals
3 Meals a day is provided. Meals will be prepared by the kitchen staff at the Lodge and sometime with you may be asked to help. Drinking water, coffee and tea are available throughout the day. You may also purchase sodas and beer from the ranch store. Breakfast would usually consist of boiled fish or beef along with bread and condiments. Lunch is usually meat (fish, chicken or beef) with rice, noodles and farine(Cassava product). Dinner is usually similar. The meats on the Lodge are often supplemented with wild meat, as it is seasonally available. If you feel the need to eat something else other than what they provide, you can always stock up on the foods/groceries you need when the Lodge vehicle is going to Lethem or Annai. Volunteers will dine with the Lodge staff in the staff kitchen and may sometimes be invited to dinner with the guests of the Lodge.
As a volunteer you will have to share room or a cabin where researchers would usually.
Volunteers contribute to the everyday operation of the project. They help to conserve the environment through the conservation project (keeping track of wildlife in and around the area etc.), eco-tourism (assisting and learning about eco-friendly actions while on tours with guests) and living a sustainable lifestyle by contributing to the ranching aspect of the project. Volunteers also provide economic incentive to local people. Both parties benefit as they learn from each other.
Guyana is the "Land of many waters" and just like many of its other coastal counterparts, a majority of the activities here involved the beach and the local flora and fauna. While exploring in Guyana, keep an eye out for the Giant River Otter, which is the largest and rarest in the otter species.