Animal Sanctuary Assistant

gegründet 2003
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Koordinator | Marion
Koordinator | Marion
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Experience the exciting life in the middle of the Rainforest
Boost your CV with international work experience
Gain Spanish fluency by sharing with the locals
Explore breathtaking landscapes and wildlife
Make memories you will never forget during your stay abroad
The animal rehabilitation center is located in the protected rainforest and shelters different animals, some are in danger of extinction. Support local animal protection. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 18+

​In 1993, this project was founded by a Swiss couple who has since then worked tirelessly to build up the center to what it is today. Today, it belongs to one of the most efficient and well-run animal rescue centers in Ecuador. In addition to the animal rehabilitation center, our partners also manage other projects. There is a jungle lodge to promote eco-tourism and a reserve to preserve and protect the rainforest as well. At the moment, the animal sanctuary cares for about 350 different animals (number subject to changes).

The animal rehabilitation center is located in the protected rainforest and shelters different animals, some are in danger of extinction. Most of these animals come here in poor condition: malnourished, wounded, and often full of parasites. Approximately one fourth of the animals die on their way to the rescue center or in the first days of being there, and only one in four is successfully set free if the animal does recover. The remaining half must remain at the center either roaming free in the open area, or in enclosures that protect them from other animals and humans. In an ideal world, every animal that comes to the the rehabilitation center would be returned to the wild at some point. ​

​Although releasing animals back into the wild may sound like a great idea to humans, it can sometimes be harmful for the individual animal, species, or even the ecosystem as a whole. When volunteering in Ecuador at the animal rescue center, please keep in mind that there are a number of reasons why returning an animal to its natural habitat is a difficult decision. When releasing an animal, it obviously has to be released somewhere. The change from captivity to the wild is stressful and disorienting, often leaving animals especially vulnerable to hunting if they are released in an unprotected area. It is fruitless and disappointing to spend a great deal of effort preparing an animal for release, only for it to be illegally recaptured or hunted immediately.

The rehabilitation center lies at the edge of roughly 11 kilometers (7 miles) of protected primary rainforest where hunting is prohibited. This is the area used for releasing animals that are ready for reintroduction. Unfortunately, this center is like an island surrounded by unprotected areas, which can lead to problems for the released animals.


​​One important part of the volunteers’ work in Ecuador is to guide visitors through the center, which is financed by entrance fees and donations. Therefore, motivated volunteers who enjoy guiding visitors, while enthusiastically speaking about the center and its animals, are required. Of course, you will receive a basic training course where you will learn all about the center and the animals.
You should, however, have the interest, leadership skills, and personal skills to handle tourists from all over the world. You must also be patient and willing to answer any questions they may have about the facilities and animals. Another main task of volunteers includes feeding and taking care of the animals. Not all the animals live freely and can find food by themselves. Many of the animals must stay in enclosures, which means they need to be fed and have their enclosures cleaned every day. New arriving animals also have to be examined and observed extensively before determining how they will be incorporated into the center.

​Apart from the main work with the animals, other tasks such as maintaining and fixing trails, cutting branches for the enclosures, and harvesting bananas also have to be fulfilled. Volunteers must give a hand where they are needed most, and when possible, will have the chance to work in the area they are most interested in. As a volunteer, you will work five days a week, around eight hours per day. In the morning, volunteers begin the day by preparing the food and feeding the animals. Visitors usually get there between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm to participate in the guided tours. In the afternoon, the second feeding for the animals typically begins at 1:00 pm. Days off (every volunteer gets two per week) are arranged at the beginning of the week to ensure that enough volunteers are working each day.

Important: Contact with the animals must be kept to a minimum, as the "wild" animals should also remain wild so that they can hopefully be released back into their natural habitat once the recovery and rehabilitation process is complete. This is why any kind of interaction with the animals is not allowed (touching, talking to them, hand-feeding them, getting close to them).

​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.


The volunteer project is located in the province of Napo about 1.5 hours from Tena. Tena is approximately a 7 hours bus ride southeast of Quito, located directly in the Amazon basin.

The location of the project is unique and allows you to immerse yourself in the depths and adventures of the Amazon jungle. The trip to the project site is only possible by boat, through evergreen nature with exciting wildlife!

The city of Tena itself is touristy and offers a wide range of hotels, hostels, restaurants, shopping and a variety of agencies, offering excursions to waterfalls, rafting and other outdoor sports, wildlife observation, etc.

The climate of the project site is tropical with an average annual temperature of 25 °C during the day and 17 °C during the night. It rains all year round; the rainiest months are August to December and March.



Um an diesem Programm teilzunehmen, musst du zu Programmbeginn mindestens 18 Jahre alt sein. Es kann Ausnahmen geben, wenn du die Erlaubnis deines/r Erziehungsberechtigten vorlegen kannst oder wenn du von deinen Eltern begleitet wirst
Du brauchst folgende Sprachkenntnisse: Englisch (Grundkenntnisse) oder Spanisch (Grundkenntnisse)
Benötigte Unterlagen
CV und Volunteer Questionnaire
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag und Freitag


Dienstleistungen von South America Inside

Our volunteer project in the Animal Sancturay in Ecuador includes:

  • ​Shared room in Volunteer House
  • Full board
  • Professional English-speaking advice
  • Translation of your application document
  • 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

The volunteers live together in two different volunteer houses that are connected by a small bridge. There is enough space for up to 14 volunteers, who come from all over the world. Bedrooms are equipped with 2 beds, so you may share a room with another volunteer. It is very important that you are willing to share chores (e.g. cooking, cleaning etc.) in the volunteer house to avoid disagreements with other volunteers and to ensure that each person contributes equally. Living together is, on one hand, a challenge, but on the other hand, a rewarding, unforgettable experience. You will interact with people from all over the world, with different cultures and points of view and, ultimately, this will make your stay a culturally enriching and unique experience.

Please note that there is no electricity or telephone where you will be staying, and that candles and flashlights provide the primary source of light at night. If you want to call someone by phone, you will have to walk to the nearest town, or you will need a mobile phone adapted for local use or purchased upon arrival to Ecuador.​

Each house has running water, a shower, and a toilet. Clothes have to be washed by hand. During the weekdays, local women prepare lunch for the volunteers. Volunteers are responsible for preparing their own breakfast and dinner each day, which is often a group effort.

​​​On the weekend, volunteers prepare their own lunch as well. Food is provided by a truck that comes once a week and brings the food that was ordered the week before. If desired, you may purchase drinks (cola, beer) from the bar. The water is safe for drinking, and there are always fruits that can be used to make fresh juices.

Schlafsaal Gasthaus

Full-board is provided.

Limitierte Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten. Das Abholen vom Flughafen ist auch nicht in den Programmgebühren enthalten.
Der nächstgelegene Flughafen ist Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito. Wir helfen dir günstige Flüge nach Ecuador zu finden.
Ins Ausland zu gehen ist ein Abenteuer, auf das man sich stets gut vorbereiten sollte. Plötzliche Krankheit oder Verletzung, Stornierung oder Diebstahl - eine Reiseversicherung für Ecuador bietet die nötige Sicherheit.
Bevor du deine Freiwilligenarbeit in Ecuador antrittst, solltest du dich noch einmal von deinem Arzt beraten lassen und deine erforderlichen Impfungen für Ecuador überprüfen.

Termine & Preise


Informationen zur Anreise

Year-round. Arrival day in the project is always Sunday, departure day is always Monday.

Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
4 - 24 Wochen


Kosten: Preise in USD
4 Wochen (Mindestaufenthalt)
5 Wochen
6 Wochen
7 Wochen
8 Wochen
9 Wochen
24 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$173 /Woche

Bitte beachte, dass die oben angegebenen Gebühren geschätzt sind. South America Inside wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Anzahlung (15%)
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Restzahlung (85%)
Deine endgültige Zahlung vereinbarst du mit South America Inside während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.

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Animal Sanctuary Assistant

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