South America Inside

Supporter in Animal Rescue Center

Puyo, Ecuador show on map
founded in 2003
Coordinator | Sergio
Coordinator | Sergio
Work with exotic wildlife in Ecuador, one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. Experience life in the Amazon! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

During this project, you will help support the wildlife in Ecuador by working to protect more than 15 thousand unique animal and plant species, such as monkeys, reptiles, exotic birds, and wild cats. Ecuador is known as being one of the world’s most biologically diverse countries. 

This project takes place in the amazon region of the country, about five hours away from Quito. The main goal of this project is to rescue and rehabilitate wild animals that have lived in inappropriate environments, like in small cages for tourist attractions. In addition, it also aims to help animals that have been victims of illegal animal trafficking. The project works with authorities to confiscate as many animals as possible from their harsh owners and bring them to the center. The center opened in 2006 and has several hectares of forest. Animals are brought regularly by the police and other people who want to protect the wildlife. 

Your Tasks

The Amazon Rainforest is known worldwide, and this experience gives you the opportunity to make a positive difference in Ecuador’s fragile ecosystem. Volunteers usually work with the locals, and this gives them a great opportunity to learn about the culture and traditions of the region. 

On a typical work day, you will prepare food for the animals, clean and construct cages, clear hiking trails, maintain the center, and guide tourists around the center. 

The center is open to visitors and the entrance fee and donations are a source of income for the center. By participating in this project, you will get to hold and play with some animals and nurse others back to health. You will feel very rewarded knowing that you helped animals, and you will have an unforgettable experience. 

Free-time activities

There are many different activities to choose from during your free time. There is a swimming pool onsite and many people go hiking to explore the beautiful landscapes. There is also a town close by where you can go socialize.

Water Sports

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 08:00 - 16:00

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. Accommodation in volunteer house
  2. Full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  3. Overnight-stay(s) in Quito upon arrival*
  4. Transfer in Quito from accommodation to the bus station (for journey to the volunteer site)
  5. *Airport pick-up can also be booked for USD 35.

    1. Consultation from our experienced staff
    2. Translation of application profile
    3. Volunteer work placement
    4. Advice regarding travel insurance
    5. Advice on local travels
    6. Orientation session upon arrival
    7. Orientation kit
    8. Country handbook
    9. Local support
    10. 24/7 Emergency Number
    11. Certificate of Participation

During this project, volunteers will stay in the volunteer house, which can host up to 20 people. It has bedrooms that are seperated by gender, hot water and electricity (24/7). 

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

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

Internet Access
Sorry, no 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)
$ 925
3 weeks
$ 1,105
4 weeks
$ 1,285
5 weeks
$ 1,465
6 weeks
$ 1,645
7 weeks
$ 1,825
8 weeks
$ 2,005
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,885
Average fees
$ 333 /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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