Animal Rights Defender

founded in 2003
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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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Help animals in need that have been rescued
Gain Spanish fluency by living and working with the locals
Boost your resume with international volunteer experience
Explore a country that is famous for its rich biodiversity and cultural sites
Broaden your horizon while immersing yourself into a new culture
The animal welfare organization has several bases and animal shelters across the country. Our volunteers are placed in the animal shelter in Quito. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
The volunteers are placed in a national NGO in Quito, Ecuador that works for animal welfare, especially for abandoned pets like dogs and cats but also rescues other animals if neccessary. Their work is divided into 3 areas:

Veterinary clinics that offer low-income pet owners help for very little money. This prevents sick or injured animals from being abandoned for cost reasons. But not only sick animals are cared for there, vaccinations, sterilization, parasite treatment and preventive medical check-ups are also part of the services.

Sterilization: To prevent the uncontrolled reproduction of pets and also animals that live on the street, there are mobile units that carry out steralization actions.

Rescue of street dogs and cats: Abandoned animals are rescue, nursed up and prepared for adoption into responsible hands. Awareness and education work are also part of the daily to dos of the animal welfare organization. They want people to be more conscious about pets, rather than taking in animals on a whim. People are also informed about species-appropriate husbandry.

The animal welfare organization has several bases and animal shelters across Ecuador. Our volunteers are placed in the animal shelter in Quito. A veterinary clinic and the vet mobile belong to it. 

Typical day

If you are an animal-lover, enthusiastic and physically fit and would like to do something good for these innocent lifes, you will be on the right place here. The NGO is mainly financed by donations. Helping hands also contribute to the success and on going work of the animal welfare organization.

Volunteers can lend a hand in many activities, including:

  • Preparing feed
  • Feeding dogs and cats
  • Caring for animals (bathing, combing, etc.)
  • Maintaining kennel
  • Cleaning the facilities
  • Being there for the animals, playing, petting, walking, etc.
  • Educational work
  • Helping with sterilization campaigns
  • Fundraising measures
  • PR measures for adoption

Volunteers with veterinary medical training can also work in the veterinary clinic:

  • Vaccinations
  • Operations
  • Diagnoses
  • Treatment of diseases
  • Wound care
  • Emergency care

No matter how and where you get involved: Your help will definitely benefit our dear four-pawed friends. The working hours are Monday to Friday, always from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (if you also want to help in the afternoon, you are welcome to do so!). After your work is done, you have enough free time to refine your Spanish skills in a language course in the afternoon or to explore Quito and its many attractions.

Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as the number of volunteers, time of year, current needs of the project and self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.

Free-time activities

The volunteer work is ideally located in the middle of a quiet residential area, right next to the modern business district of Quito and right between the Archaeological Park and La Carolina Park. Both can be reached on foot in a short time from the volunteer project. The location is not only good because of this, but also because the area is safe. You will find plenty of bars, restaurants, cafes and shopping opportunities in this district.

The 64 hectare La Carolina Park is a popular place for recreation and leisure in the middle of Quito. There are playgrounds, picnic areas, a lagoon for boating, a botanical garden, sports fields, tennis courts, sculptures, a skate rink, a dinosaur museum, lookout points and, above all, lots of green.

The Archaeological Park is also just around the corner and is very interesting. There are ruins and remains of settlements that date back to 1,500 BC. Even later, the area had an eventful history, the traces of which you can follow up to the conquest by the Incas in the park and in the associated museum.

Quito is located in the Andean highlands at an altitude of around 2850 meters. Therefore, despite its proximity to the equator, it is moderately warm all year round with an average temperature of around 13 °C. During the day, temperatures reach between 20 and 25 °C. There are rainy seasons from September to November and from January to April. It then usually rains around noon and then the sun is shining again.

Quito not only has a great location, right under the Pichincha volcano and a pleasant climate, but also cultural treasures: Built in the 16th century on the ruins of an ancient Inca city, Quito has the best preserved historical center in all of Latin America.For this reason, Quito was the first city in the world to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Quito also offers a lively nightlife, pretty markets, interesting museums and theaters as well as various kinds of festivals at certain times. Outdoor fans will also get their money's worth on day trips to the surrounding Andean landscapes!


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)
Required Documents
CV and Application Form
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
Twin room*
Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
You will be accompanied to the project on the first day
Professional English-speaking advice
Translation of your application documents
Volunteer Work Placement in Ecuador
English-speaking in-country support
Handbook Ecuador
Intercultural guideline
24/7 emergency number
Information about suitable travel insurance
Certificate of participation

*surcharge for single room US$ 35/week.
It is very important to us that you feel comfortable during your stay in Ecuador. That is why we offer rooms in carefully selected homestays. In a homestay you immerse yourself in the Ecuadorian culture, you can apply your Spanish skills in everyday situations and get to know traditions, everyday life and the cuisine of the country.

Your hosts are there for you if you have any questions or need help. You have a twin room (single rooms require a surcharge), the bathroom is mostly shared. Accommodation in a homestay includes full board. Internet connection is available.
Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Full board, 3 meals / day are included.

Internet Access
Good 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

Flexible start and end dates year round
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$336 /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 Rights Defender

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