Rescue Center for Trafficked Animals

founded in 2012
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Coordinator | Alex
Coordinator | Alex
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Caring for the center’s mistreated, neglected or abandoned animals
Informing both the local and international communities about the predicament of these vulnerable animals
Educating visitors and maintaining the environment
Touring the Amazon jungle with short treks in your free time
Generating a lasting relationship between the community and the environment
We include a FREE 1-week Spanish Course, to allow you to have a greater impact. Help combat illegal animal trafficking in the Amazon.

This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Volunteer duties are diverse and include interaction with the center's exotic animals’, general conservation, and visitor education. So if you want to create a positive future for these mistreated animals, while exploring the world’s most remarkable rainforest, then read on!

We include a 1-week full immersion FREE Spanish course because we believe that it will allow you to have a greater impact on the project, as you will be able to interact with local people and communities and share knowledge and skills. The Spanish course is catered to your project and will teach you specific vocabulary that you will need during the placement. 

Illegal animal trafficking in Ecuador is far-reaching, the trade is the fourth most profitable illegal activity in the world. In 2014, the number of trafficked animals rescued by authorities was approximately 8,000. Most exotic animals are taken from their natural rainforest environment in order to be sold on the domestic or international market. Animals most at risk from trafficking are being sold as pets, they include reptiles, mammals, birds, fish and insects. 

In recent years, several non-profit rescue centers have opened within Ecuador with the aim to rehabilitate, care for, and release back into the wild captured exotic animals. Although wildlife trafficking is now officially an illegal activity, the law can be hard to implement, especially in the outlying regions of the Amazon, therefore these important shelters are at the leading edge of the fight against illegal trafficking. We need your assistance to keep these centers in working order. Together we can stop this cruel industry!

Come and join us to:
  • Work closely with vulnerable animals under the supervision of the center. 
  • Learn about the process to rehabilitate different breeds of animals.
  • Give close care and attention to mistreated, neglected or abandoned animals.
  • Rehabilitate animals and teach them how to survive in their natural habitat.
  • Release the animals back into the wild and give them a second chance in life.
  • Inform both local population and visitors on issues concerning illegal trafficking.
  • Create a lasting relationship between the community and the environment.

Typical day

  • Preparation and distribution of the animals’ food on a daily basis.
  • Washing the animals’ cages on a daily basis.
  • Assisting in constructing and/or maintaining cages when necessary.
  • Occasionally helping with the medical treatment of animals.
  • Observing & reporting on animals health and general welfare.
  • Help to clean the general compound.
  • Occasionally act as a guide for any visitors to the center.
  • Assisting with monitoring tasks by filing reports.
  • Keeping a personal diary of your time with the project (including photos/ blogs)
  • Collecting daily food supplies, run errands and other administrative tasks
The tasks listed above are examples: the exact Project responsibilities are handed out by the Project Manager on the day, and will depend on the current needs and priorities.

Free-time activities

Explore the Andes and the Amazon jungle!
The Amazon jungle will be an entirely new environment for you, offering limitless adventures! Why not spend your free evenings chilling out in a hammock, socializing with fellow volunteers or meeting local neighbors. Spend weekends exploring the world’s most famous rainforest, or going on fun, short hikes. Or just spend ‘quality time’ hanging out with the wonderful animals you are helping live a better life.

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 English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Program requirements:
You will be supervised by the centers technicians and professionals at all times, so as a volunteer you don’t need any professional requirements. However we do request that you have a genuine desire to help animals, commitment, and a hard-working attitude. Minimum stay is 4 weeks.

You also need to be in reasonable physical condition as the work takes place outdoors and can be labor-intensive.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00 - 14:30

What's Included

Services by NGO Taxi

Included services                                                                                                                                                                                           

  • Accommodation in the volunteer house.
  • Three meals a day.
  • Personalized assistance with finding accommodation in Quito and beyond.
  • Pickup from airport.
  • 20-hour language course
  • Pre-arrival ‘welcome pack’.
  • Placement with a brilliant partner organization.
  • Orientation meeting upon arrival in Quito.
  • 24-hour support.
  • Assistance with visas.
  • Free afternoon activities.
  • Welcome dinner.
  • Free T-Shirt.
  • Certificate of ‘Successful Volunteer Participation’ for your project.
Airport Pickup at Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport

Airport pick-up is included


You will be sharing a wooden house where rooms are either private or double. The space is shared with other volunteers from all over the globe!  The center provides sheets, blankets and pillows (although you can bring your own). There is a shared bathroom with cold water available.

Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
Three delicious meals are served each day!
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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport (GYE) in Guayaquil. 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

Official start dates:
1st and third Sunday of the month

Individual start dates:
+ € 150,00 – Start your placement any Sunday of the month
+ € 250,00 – Chose your own start dates and change them up to 3 times before your trip.*

*Last date change up to 3 weeks before your departure.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
5 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
5 weeks (min. stay)
8 weeks
12 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$376 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. NGO Taxi 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 NGO Taxi during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Rescue Center for Trafficked Animals

We include a FREE 1-week Spanish Course, to allow you to have a greater impact. Help combat illegal animal trafficking in the Amazon.


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