Wildlife Rescue & Animal Caretaker

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gegründet 2005
El Paseo de los Monos
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Koordinator | Yvan
Koordinator | Yvan


Volunteer to make unforgettable experiences with the wildlife in the Ecuadorian rainforest
Work closely with professionals to cure and rehabilitate the animals
Learn everything about creating their food and feeding them
Explore the rainforest and make cultural experiences by meeting indigenous communities
Enjoy ethnic food and beverages on local markets
Rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife in the Ecuadorian rain forest to offer the animals a good life quality in their natural habitat. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 18+

About the Program

We are always looking for motivated volunteers who would love  to help animals at the center. It would be a pleasure to welcome you. The project is located in Puyo, on 1 hectare of the forest and we welcome injured & orphaned animals, mostly monkeys. We have around 150 animals with seven species of monkeys, coatis, parrots, turtles, ocelots, wild rodents and pigs and the first serpentarium of the province for the rescue of snakes.

The shelter “El Paseo de los Monos” works as a center of adoption: orphans are placed into familiar groups according to the specie. The objective is to move the troops of monkeys to a terrain of virgin forest near the Sangay National Park with the corresponding preceding investigations and studies made by scientists.

After years of searching, we’ve found a land free from hunters: Agua Santa, is a small town located at the boundaries with the National Park Sangay. The schedule is as follows:

  1. To purchase the land which we’ve already visited.
  2. To build infrastructure for the animals and the people responsible for monitoring the project.
  3. Mobilisation of the animals.
  4. Monitoring and tracking of the troops by scientists.

This center will be designed to receive all kinds of animals living in zoos and scattered centers or other wild animal centers.

First Days 

At the moment you arrive, we will give a welcoming and introduction of the animals, the parks (most of the animals are not kept in cages but in big parks of native forest) and show you the functioning of the house. We will provide you with all the working tools needed for the different tasks and you will be able to train with the working staff in order to accomplish your tasks. Further, we will introduce you to our rules and regulations towards animal interactions. Security for the volunteers, working staff and animals is the most important to us as we are working with wild animals. No volunteer will be allowed to enter alone into a park that contains a group of animals and in case it is needed, volunteers will always be accompanied by one of the coordinators.  

Regular Days

Once your are settled in you will be working for six days a week, from 8 am -12 pm and from 2 pm - 5 pm. Please be aware that all volunteers must be always on time, because the animals are waiting for their food. Each volunteer has one day off per week, which are arrange at the beginning of the week to ensure that every day enough volunteers are working. If there are not enough people to cover all the tasks, the person has the obligation to change the date. Because we want all volunteers to experience every task at the project, you will be rotating between cooking, washing plates and cleaning the facilities

Working with the animals:

  • The day begins at 8 am by cleaning the animal’s plates, preparing and disinfecting the food, feeding of the animals, cure them if necessary (with experienced personnel), observe the animals and checking if the enclosures are well closed or need fixing. It is important that the animals are fed and provided fresh water before 9 am.
  • For the well-being of the animals, any strange behavior must be written down and reported to the people in charge. That is why one of the most important things is to observe each one of the animals inside the refuge carefully.
  • The food stocking house, animal´s plates, cages and also the volunteer’s house (kitchen, bath-room, etc.) must always be disinfected and cleaned for the safety of the people working in the program and the animals. There can be inspections of the Ministries of environment, health or tourism at any time. 
  • The second meal for the animals starts at 2 pm.
  • The day ends when all of the animals have been fed and taken care of and their facilities are clean from any food leftovers.
  • All volunteers have to help to carry and arrange the vegetables in the food-store at any hour from the day or the night (depending on the arrival time of the truck).
Working with the tourists:
  • Visitors arrive between 9:00 am and 5 pm. 
  • The volunteers in charge of the tourists have to guide and watch the visitors so they don’t touch or feed the animals. It is not possible for them to enter with food, since the animals might steal it.
  • The volunteers in charge of the entry have to charge the visitors and give basic instructions before they enter the park
  • Cleaning the park’s floor, since there may have been unconscious tourists that left their garbage which would endanger the animals and rain forest.


A typical day in "Paseo de los Monos"

  • 8:00 am: Prepare and distribute the food for the animals and check their health. Check the water for the animals.
  • 9:30 am: Volunteers take turns to prepare breakfast for everyone.
  • 10:30 am: We dedicate everyday one hour a day to clean the common house.
  • 14:00 pm: Prepare and distribute the second meal for the animals. 
  • 15:00 pm: Lunch. 
  • 15:30 pm: Different activities prepared by the working staff. 
  • 16:00 pm: Cleaning of the feeding area for the animals.
  • 17:00 pm: Work is finished. 
Other different activities will be done according to the working itinerary prepared by the working staff.

The food for the animals is bought from local people and volunteers are responsible for bringing all the different fruits to the bodega (the room where the food is prepared). This can involve carrying whole bushels of bananas, big boxes of papaya, and other items that are relatively heavy.


  • You can either rest or take one day trips to the jungle and visit the indigenous communities.
  • Visit the touristic city of Baños de Agua Santa. It is only 1.5 hours from the project and offers many activities like sports, hiking to volcano Tungurahua, visit of waterfalls, canoeing, discotheques and bars.
  • Visit the city of Puyo, ethnobotanical gardens, the Malecon of Rio Puyo.
  • Camping into the forest in the riviere of Rio Chilcayacu.
  • Visit the local market and enjoy of the ethnic food and beverages like "maito" and "chicha".

Water Sports


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)
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Andere Fähigkeiten
Everyone is welcome to join though we are always looking for veterinarians and people related to environmental fields to help out. Also, we are always looking for specialists in website optimization.
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag, Samstag und Sonntag von 08:00 - 17:00


Dienstleistungen von El Paseo de los Monos
  • Accommodation,
  • An industrial kitchen 
  • Hot water
  • Electricity
  • All basic services
  • Working tools
  • Three meals a day
  • Resting area with a cinema for watching movies after work days
  • Certificate for helping our rescue center
  • We can provide airport pick up but the costs are not included in the program fees

There are bunk beds and they are located in the main house inside the project.


The program includes three meals and we cater to vegetarians.

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

Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
1 - 12 Wochen


Kosten: Preise in USD
1 Woche (Mindestaufenthalt)
$ 130
2 Wochen
$ 238
3 Wochen
$ 346
4 Wochen
$ 455
6 Wochen
$ 671
8 Wochen
$ 887
12 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
$ 1.320
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$ 120 /Woche

Bitte beachte, dass die oben aufgeführten Programmgebühren aktuellen Wechselkursschwankungen unterliegen können. El Paseo de los Monos wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Anzahlung (15%)
Mit der Anzahlung reservierst du deinen Platz beim Freiwilligenprogramm. Die Zahlungen werden von PayPal, unserem vertrauenswürdigen globalen Zahlungsanbieter, abgewickelt. Wenn du kein PayPal-Konto hast, kannst du auch mit einer Kreditkarte bezahlen.
Restzahlung (85%)
Deine endgültige Zahlung vereinbarst du mit El Paseo de los Monos während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.

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