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Animal Rescue in the Amazon

Puyo, Ecuador show on map
founded in 2003
Coordinator | Sergio
Coordinator | Sergio
Help to take care of rescued animals at a center in the Amazon Jungle! Feed monkeys, parrots, and coatis! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

The Project

The Rainforest Rescue Center is located about 7 hours from Quito, in the small colonial town of Puyo. The center is home to about 70 animals that have been victims of illegal animal trafficking or that were saved from dangerous conditions. The rescued animals are rehabilitated and, in the best case scenario, released back to their natural habitat.

There are many different animals that are taken care of at the center, such as Squirrel Monkeys, Woolly Monkeys, Titi Monkeys, and Capuchin Monkeys. There are also Peccaries (musk-hog) and carnivores like Coatis, Tayra, and Kinkajou, tortoises, snakes, turkeys, and many species of parrots. With its breathtaking panorama of the Amazon jungle, the center is the perfect place to have an unforgettable experience in Ecuador.  

At the local village, El Triunfo (15 minutes by bus from the center), you can find small shops and a couple of small, local bars. Restaurants, supermarkets, and internet, are only available in Puyo.

Your Tasks 

As a volunteer at the rescue center, you will support the protection and conservation of wild animals. Your work will include the following tasks:

  • Cleaning cages and enclosures
  • Feeding the animals on a daily basis 
  • Construction and maintenance of cages and enclosures 
  • Observing the behavior of animals 
  • Making toys for the animals and observe any benefits 
  • Playing with the animals to relieve their boredom

If all this sounds great for you, don't hesitate to participate in this project. Your personal ideas, skill, and talents that could help contribute to this project are very welcome. The more time and effort you are willing to put into this project, the more you will get back in return! From Monday to Friday, your work day starts at 8:00 am and goes until 12:00 pm. After your lunch break, you will go back to work from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

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

Program Requirements

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) and English (basic level)
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You should love animals and not be afraid of any particular animal. You should be comfortable with living a simple life, isolated from civilization, and surrounded by nature and animals.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 17:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
South America Inside (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

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.

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.
Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 625
3 weeks
$ 765
4 weeks
$ 905
5 weeks
$ 1,045
6 weeks
$ 1,185
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,705
Average fees
$ 233 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Puyo/Ecuador between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ecuador.
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.
  Americas South America Ecuador  Puyo, Pastaza Province

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