Animal Rescue in the Amazon

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Coordinator | Marion
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Explore Ecuador, one of the most amazing and diverse countries in the world
Boost your CV with international volunteer experience
Grow as a person by broadening your intercultural skills
Improve your Spanish skills by practicing on a daily basis
Visit amazing places throughout a country that is famous for its breathtaking landscapes and indigenous culture
Help to take care of rescued animals at a wildlife center in the Amazon Jungle! Feed monkeys, parrots, and coatis, among other amazing animals! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

In this volunteer project in Ecuador, you will support a sanctuary for wild animals that have fallen victim to the illegal pet trade or that have  been hold as pets. Often they are exempted from customs or other captivity (such as households, hotels, etc.) on the black market and taken to the animal rescue center. Unfortunately, most animals are in life-threatening and absolutely frightening conditions. The station cares lovingly to rehabilitate the animals and to take care of them.

You will work directly with the animals and can experience nature and exotic wildlife up close. With your work, you make a great contribution to the protection and preservation of Ecuadorian wildlife. The project cooperates with native Indian communities of the Amazon rainforest.

The animal rescue center is located in the Ecuadorian rainforest in the middle of the settlement Colonia Bolivar, 35 kilometers outside the city of Puyo. Puyo is located in the province of Pastaza in the beautiful east of the country. It is a small colonial town with about 30,000 inhabitants. The infrastructure of the city is relatively well developed and it is mainly visited by tourists who want to explore the Amazon region. The nearest village to the rescue station is called El Triunfo and can be reached by bus in about 15 minutes. There are small shops selling the most important things.

The surroundings of the sanctuary offer a breathtaking panorama, indescribably beautiful scenery and picture-perfect waterfalls. Despite the location in the rainforest, the heat is tolerable. The temperatures are pleasant and at night it cools off.

Typical day

The animal rescue center in Ecuador currently hosts about 70 animals (number subject to changes!). Among them are various species of monkeys, pekaris, turtles, coatis, weasels, wild cats and many different species of parrots, birds and reptiles.

In the center, of course, everything revolves around the welfare of the animals, so taking care of them is also one of the main tasks of the volunteers. The daily work involves cleaning the cages and enclosures as well as feeding the animals. Handicrafts are needed to maintain, mend, enlarge, or build new cages, if required.

The volunteers in Ecuador always have great interest in wildlife observation. On your own initiative, for a few days you can observe and assess the behavior of your "favorite animal", then build or craft a suitable toy and observe how it behaves towards the toy and whether it is being used. These occupational therapies are very important for animals like monkeys, they like to play and kept busy to cheer up their live in captivity. The volunteers always enjoy this task very much and it is an absolute joy, how the animals enjoy playing and exploring. These tasks are not directly part of the project and have to be carried out by proactive volunteers.

As a volunteer in this project, you should be an animal lover and have a strong desire to work with and understand animals. You are responsible for the welfare and daily care of the animals. This does not mean that the animals only need to be fed. It also means cleaning and maintaining the enclosures. The center is always striving to improve the living conditions of the animals and to provide them with a pleasant habitat despite their captivity.

Working hours are normally Monday to Friday, from 8:00 to 12:00 and from 14:30 to 17:00 (only indicative! Working hours may be subject to change). On Saturdays the volunteer house is cleaned in shifts and the animals have to be fed again. Afterwards, you'll have the weekend off to explore the beautiful area, meet other volunteers, go hiking or take a weekend getaway to nearby attractions.

During your stay you will collect truly unique and unforgettable experiences with the animals. So far you may only know most of the animals from the zoo or animal reports. Here you work directly with them and ensure their survival. The volunteer work in Ecuador will surely be an unforgettable and life-changing experience for you!

​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.

Free-time activities

In your free time, you can go hiking, swimming, and do many other sports.  The region is also very interesting for touristic and cultural day trips as well as outdoor adventures in the jungle or Andes mountains.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level) or English (basic level)
Required Documents
CV and Volunteer Questionnaire
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by South America Inside

  1. Accommodation in volunteer house
  2. Full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  3. Consultation from our experienced staff
  4. Translation of application profile
  5. Volunteer work placement
  6. Advice regarding travel insurance
  7. Advice on local travels
  8. Orientation session upon arrival
  9. Orientation kit
  10. Country handbook
  11. Local support
  12. 24/7 Emergency Number
  13. Certificate of Participation


On the project site, there are some wooden bungalows that are used as volunteer houses. You will share a bathroom, kitchen, and living room with the other volunteers. The kitchen is fully equipped. Electricity is provided by a generator, so there is no guarantee that electricity is available 24/7. The showers have only cold water, but with the hot tropical temperature, that should not be a problem.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Groceries for your meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) are provided by the project. Volunteer usually cook together and take shifts.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ecuador.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ecuador provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

The volunteer work can be joined throughout the year. The start and end date can be set flexible, according to your availability and travel plans. Ask our experienced staff to coordinate your participation in this meaningfull volunteer project.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$280 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Animal Rescue in the Amazon

Help to take care of rescued animals at a wildlife center in the Amazon Jungle! Feed monkeys, parrots, and coatis, among other amazing animals!


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