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Help Rescued Dogs

Quito , Ecuador show on map
founded in 2003
Coordinator | Sergio
Coordinator | Sergio
Feed, bathe, train, and play with the dogs that have been rescued from the streets. The dogs are now used to provide therapy for children with disabilities. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

The Project

This program was created by a woman who had originally started providing animal therapy for children with special needs (down syndrome, cerebral palsy, blindness, autism, etc.) in one of the biggest parks in Quito. Over a period of 10 years, she has accumulated more space to not only help more children, but take care of more animals as well. She now cares for a total of 15 dogs and some horses, which are incorporated into the therapy provided to children with special needs. 

Originally, the current owner of the project started out with a very small handful of animals, but due to its effectiveness, the project has now become one of the most popular in the area. As a result, the project is in desperate need of more volunteers who can provide hands-on assistance and contribute to the ongoing success of this great cause.

This outreach project would not be possible without the help of many dedicated volunteers. In order to continue its efforts in helping children with special needs and taking care of the animals that are involved in their therapy, the project needs as many volunteers as possible.

There are no specific requirements for this job. The project’s owner simply asks that its volunteers have a genuine love for animals and an enthusiasm to help wherever it is needed. By volunteering, you will help improve the lives of each dog you work with and make the future for homeless dogs in Quito brighter. If you happen to have any veterinary experience or are a vet student, your help would be greatly appreciated. 

Typical day

As a volunteer, your typical day will consist of taking care of the dogs by feeding, bathing, and playing with them regularly. You will also help maintain and improve the facilities by cleaning, fixing cages, and carrying out other small tasks. 

Some days, you will help train the dogs that have been rescued from the street by teaching them basic orders and how to walk on a leash. This task requires a lot of love and patience. 

Free-time activities

In your spare time, there are many different activities to choose from due to your proximity to Ecuador's capital city and the interesting and diverse landscapes that surround Quito. In Quito you can regularly find live music, a variety of sports facilities, and many hiking trails that feature some of the most breathtaking views in the country.


Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
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 from 10:00 - 15:00

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.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by South America Inside
  1. Homestay, single or shared room (subject to availability)
  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

  14. Airport pick-up can be added at an extra cost of 40 USD.


The best way to know more about Ecuadorian culture and customs, and even to practice your Spanish skills, is to live in a homestay. A top priority of our volunteer programs in Ecuador is full cultural immersion, so volunteers will receive their accommodation with local host families in Quito. The host families have been carefully selected and most of them have many years of experience hosting foreign volunteers. The host family provides you with a welcoming home and three meals per day. .

Volunteers get a private bedroom or shared with another volunteer, bathrooms are shared.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Full-board is provided (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

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)
$ 890
3 weeks
$ 1,045
4 weeks
$ 1,200
5 weeks
$ 1,355
6 weeks
$ 1,510
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,300
Average fees
$ 312 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Quito /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  Quito ,  Quito, Pichincha Province, Ecuador

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