Animal Welfare in the Amazon Jungle

Animal Welfare Amazon Rainforest
Program Facts
EC-WN106
Ecuador
Volunteer Work
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Booking No.

EC-WN106

Program Type

Volunteer Work, Animal Welfare

Place

Amazon Region, Pastaza Province, Ecuador

Volunteer Responsibilities

Collecting food for animals, preparing of food and feeding the animals, cleaning animal cages, constructing new or bigger cages for the animals, general reparations, clearing and maintaining walking paths and hiking trails, administering medicine for sick animals, monitoring the behavior of the animals

Work Hours

6-8 hours/day, from Monday to Friday

Program Start Date

Mondays, year round

Minimum Stay

2 weeks

Minimum Age

17 years

Language

Elementary Spanish skills. Book your Spanish course in South America with us.

Skills

No special skills required but you should definitively be an animal lover and have no fear of animals. You should be comfortable living a simple life surrounded by nature and animals.

Accommodation

Shared dormitories in a Volunteer House

Food

Full-board (Monday - Friday)

Location

About 5 hours southeast of Quito in the Amazon region of the Pastaza province. The closest town is Puyo, about 5 minutes by bus/car.

Climate

Average of 25 °C (77 °F) during the day, 17 °C (62 °F) during night time, year round. Tropical climate with rainfall throughout the year with peaks in August, and between December and March.

Vaccinations

Yellow Fever, Rabies, Tetanus, Hepatitis. Please ask your doctor for additional advice.

Internet*

No Internet at the project site. Internet is available in the nearest town approximately 5 minutes by car.

Additional Information

We recommend arriving to Quito on the weekend to have the orientation meeting with our local staff on Monday before leaving to the project on Tuesday.

In-country Support

Volunteer coordinator at the project site. Additional support by our in-country staff in Quito.

24/7 Emergency No.

With the booking confirmation, you will receive our 24/7 Emergency Number where you can reach us around the clock in case of emergency.

Packing List

Rubber boots, comfortable work clothes, work gloves, a flashlight and extra batteries, personal mosquito net, sun protection, and rain jacket

Application

Enrollment possible at any time, with at least 4 weeks’ notice. (Download Registration Form)

Insurance

Travel Health Insurance for Ecuador mandatory

*We would like to point out that in South America, especially in remote areas where many of our volunteer work projects take place, Internet and/or cellular radio systems do not always work reliably.

The Amazon Rainforest is commonly known as the lungs of our earth, given that about 20% of earth's oxygen is produced here. Although this is the case, it is alarming that the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest continues to increase year after year. One of the most threatened natural resources in the rainforest is its wildlife, which suffers from habitat destruction and illegal animal traps set by poachers. It is frightening to imagine that more than 15 thousand unique animal and plant species, including monkeys, reptiles, exotic birds, and wild cats that characterize Ecuador as one of the world’s most biologically diverse countries, could one day vanish! At this wildlife volunteer project in Ecuador, you will be able to help protect and rehabilitate precious Amazonian wildlife. This project is located in the Amazon Region, about five hours away from Quito, in the Pastaza province. It provides a unique opportunity to actively work in an animal rehabilitation program with exotic animals.

The main goal of this volunteer project is to rescue and rehabilitate wild animals that have lived in inappropriate environments (e.g. in small cages in private households, kept as tourist attractions, etc.) or that have fallen victim to animal trafficking or mistreatment. The most commonly trafficked groups of animals are primates, birds, and reptiles. The project works in close collaboration with the Environmental Police (UPMA) and the Ministry of Environment. Having been in operation since 2006, the leaders of the initiative have several hectares of primary Amazon forest where they built the rescue center. Volunteers only work at the rescue center itself, which is located in a safe area. Animals are brought to the project site by the Environmental Police or others that are committed to protecting wildlife.

 

Country Information ArgentinaVolunteer Work Abroad in Ecuador
Why do voluntary work in Ecuador? Read more about the country and people, and learn why Ecuador is a great place for volunteering in South America.

 

 

This is a unique opportunity to actively work in an animal rehabilitation and release program for endangered species in the Amazon Rainforest. Volunteers work with local people from Ecuador, which will provide an opportunity to authentically experience Ecuadorian culture and traditions while also learning about the exotic animals of the jungle. Each workday is revolving around the welfare of the animals. As a volunteer, you will work from Monday-Friday, between 6 to 8 hours per day. Weekends are free for you to relax or travel around. You will take part in the daily feeding of the animals, which involves collecting food in their natural habitat and preparing it. You will also be responsible for cleaning the cages, building or repairing cages, and working hand-in-hand with the center’s veterinarian. You will also help clear the hiking trails in the surrounding areas and the walking paths that lead to the cages. The rescue center is open to the public and receives visitors regularly. The entrance fee and donations made by tourists are an essential source of income so that the center is able to remain self-sufficient and continue their ongoing efforts to help the animals. When volunteering, you will also have the chance to be an integral part of the rehabilitation team, holding, playing, and nursing the animals back to health.

If you love a hot climate, exotic animals, and a tropical environment, then participating in this volunteer project on the edge of the Amazon jungle is perfect for you. It is truly a one-of-a-kind volunteer experience. Not many people can say that they’ve had an unforgettable stay in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Can you imagine falling asleep to the sound of monkeys playing in the trees? Many Amazonian animals are nocturnal, so this may be a nightly occurrence if you volunteer at the animal rescue center in Ecuador.

Volunteers in Ecuador sleep in a wooden volunteer house, which is located on the project’s site. The homes are basic, but nice and cozy. Bedrooms and bathrooms are shared with other volunteers. The project can host up to 20 volunteers at a time. Electricity and hot water are available 24 hours a day, but volunteers are asked to use it in a conscious and sparingly manner. There is also a small swimming pool on the project side that can be used by the volunteers. The project provides full-board (3 meals/day) during workdays from Monday to Friday. Volunteers will enjoy delicious meals in the kitchen. Mealtimes are always a nice get-together for everyone to chat, have fun and get to know one another. Usually, volunteers do not spend the weekends at the reserve, but rather travel to explore the surroundings. Due to this, nobody cooks for the volunteers on the weekends. Volunteers who stay at the project site on Saturday/Sunday are required to prepare their own meals.

Volunteering in an Animal Rescue Center in Ecuador includes:
  Consultation of our experienced staff
  Translation of application documents
  Volunteer work placement
  Orientation session on arrival
  Orientation kit
  Local support
  24/7 Emergency Number
  Shared accommodation in Volunteer House
  Full-board (Monday - Friday)
  Advisery concerning adequate travel insurance
  Flight booking service (optional and for free)
  Certificate of participation

What’s not included:
  International flight
  Travel health insurance
  Local travels

Prices:

Program / Duration

2
weeks

3
weeks

4
weeks

additional
week

Volunteer House
(full-board)

520 USD

690 USD

860 USD

170 USD

Application fee of 120 USD to be added. One week corresponds to 7 days and 6 nights.

 

Optional:

Travel Health   Insurance  

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