Volunteer Work, Animal Welfare, Nature Protection
about 45 minutes from Puyo
flexible start and end dates on any weekday, year-round
Located in the Ecuadorian Amazon region, this ecological research and education center works for sustainable and ecological development. To ensure professional and sustainable conservation of the Amazon region, our partners combine western knowledge with traditional practices. Thanks to many years of activity, the center and the staff are very experienced and will make your stay in Ecuador unique, enjoyable and very educating.
The aim of the project is to improve the ecological balance in the region while incorporating the participation of the local indigenous population. In the past, they hunted in the Amazon region and used slash-and-burn agriculture, causing damage to the ecosystem. Thus, the center was created not only to pretect animals and plants, but also for educating the local community on the technology related to biodiversity management.
There is always plenty of work to do in the research center, so your daily tasks in this volunteer project will be diverse.
Working tasks include:
- Preparation of food and feeding the animals
- Analysis of the animals´ behavior
- Cleaning enclosures and equipment
- Creating of an animal directory for regular control
- Maintaining trails
A typical workday starts between 8 am and 9 am and begins with feeding the animals. In the afternoon, around 3 pm to 4 pm, you will work on your specific project for about 2 hours. This may involve maintenance of the trails, taking care of the greenhouse, assisting with construction, or providing English lessons in a local school. Usually, you will work 4-6 hours per day and have two days off per week. The tasks will be coordinated on-site together with the project coordinators and may vary from the schedule mentioned above.
Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, weather, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.
This project includes accommodation in a volunteer house, where you will live together with other volunteers. The property has five shared dormitories with bunk beds, two bathrooms, and a kitchen with a fridge. It is the responsibility of the volunteers to keep the property and house clean.
The project will also provide you with three meals per day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
There are internet cafes in Puyo (45 minutes by bus) or in Santa Clara (30 minutes).
The project is located in the Ecuadorian Amazon Region, in the Pastaza Province, between the town of Puyo and the village of Santa Clara.
Puyo is located in the province of Pastaza, in the eastern part of the country. It is a small colonial town with a population of approximately 30,000 people. It has the infrastructure that welcomes tourists that come to admire the beauty surrounding this unique destination. This is one of the most commercial towns in the Amazon region of Ecuador.
From Ecuador’s capital, Quito, it takes you about 7 hours to get to the center in the Amazon Rainforest by bus.
The region has tropical climate with rainfall all year round and on average 25 °C during the day and 17 °C during the night, so although the animal rescue center is in the Amazon rainforest, you will not feel suffocated by the heat. The rainiest months are August to December and March.
The area around Puyo is a paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts: Not only do you live in the middle of pristine nature, but there is also a lot to discover in your free time! The hot springs of Baños de Agua Santa are not far away and invite you to take a relaxing bath. The way there itself is a highlight: Just an hour from Puyo you will find the spectacular "Devil's Gorge" (Pailón del Diablo). Here you can take an almost vertical hike over breathtaking stairs and come to a stand next to or above a waterfall that thunders down into the gorge.
Daring ones can swing over the jungle via canopy and go trekking to the active volcano Tungurahua on the weekend. If you love nature, the region will delight you!
In our Wildlife & Nature projects, our volunteers get along well with English language skills.
For optimal program preparation and cultural integration in the destination country, we recommend participating in a Spanish course in Ecuador (optional).
Pre-departure and in-country support
Before arrival, our experienced team will be at your disposal to assist you throughout the booking process and travel planning. With the booking confirmation you will receive our 24-hour emergency number, so that you can reach us 24/7 in case of emergency.
In addition to the assistance given by our office staff you will be supported by the on-site volunteer coordinator in Ecuador.
Costs & Services
Our volunteer project in Species Protection in the Rainforest of Ecuador includes:
- Shared room in volunteer house
- Full board
- Professional English-speaking advice
- Translation of your application documents
- Volunteer Work Placement in Ecuador
- English-speaking in-country support
- On-site introduction
- Country handbook Ecuador
- 24/7 emergency number
- Information about suitable travel insurance
- Certificate of participation
Application fee: US$ 120
Program fee: US$ 710 (minimum stay 2 weeks)
Extra week: US$ 265
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