Wildlife Rehabilitation - a Jungle Adventure

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Coordinator | Sandra
Coordinator | Sandra
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Interested in animals and nature conservation? This is your place. Come help us save the rainforest and its amazing creatures.
This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Help, Learn, Enjoy!

If you are passionate about animals and nature conservation, we are your place! We rehabilitate wild animals who were victims of illegal trafficking and release them back into the Amazon. We provide a safe home for those who can't be released, and create awareness about the perils of wildlife trafficking within our community and around the world.

Our mission is to conserve Amazon wildlife, support indigenous communities, and make a real contribution to a healthier planet for all. As an amaZOOnico volunteer you will be directly involved in our work, helping and learning while going on a unique meaningful journey of your own.  
Experience the Amazon and help us to protect the forest and its animals. Help us with the daily work of caring for the animals - feeding, cleaning, enrichments, and environmental education. Work at Amazoonico is hard but very rewarding!

Join us in the Ecuadorian rainforest and help us to protect the forest and its animals. Take advantage of a unique opportunity to participate in our project.
*We follow strict biosafety rules in regards to COVID-19

Typical day

Work is very hard but also extremely rewarding.

Volunteers help 5 days a week, and have two days off. As we work 7 days a week your days off will not necessarily be at the weekends. The main work is caring for the animals. We have resident and temporary animals. All must be fed two times daily and their enclosures cleaned. The work can be physically tough, for example we carry whole banana trunks and other fruit which we buy for the animals from local people three times a week. You will be expected to guide tourists around, giving information about our projects and animals. In addition, volunteers perform other duties like building enrichments, collecting fresh leaves for the animals, helping with the new construction projects and helping maintain the center in general. We also encourage our volunteers to let us know if they have skills and ideas to support us further.

A typical day,

7 am
  • Clean the cages and feed the animals. This is usually done alongside at least one other volunteer and the cages you look after will vary so you get to do them all across the week. Twice a week at this time you will help carry the heavy fruits from the river up to the centre.
9 – 9:30 am
  • Breakfast + clean the utensils that you used for cleaning the cages after breakfast.
9:30 am – 1 pm
  • Clean the bodega + perform additional tasks. Tasks include things such as preparing enrichment foods for the animals, cleaning the volunteer house, collecting leaves for the animals, fixing cages etc
  • Lead guided educational visits around the centre as required
1 – 2 pm
  • Lunch
2 pm – approximately 4pm
  • Prepare food for the animals afternoon feeding and feed the animals 
  • Clean the bodega
  • Perform the individual end of day task, such as additional cleaning or feeding
4pm onwards
  • Free time to enjoy the river, relax in a hammock or take a walk
7-8pm - on rotation typically 1 x per week
  • Prepare dinner for the volunteers

Free-time activities

Free time is precious time 


At amaZOOnico, we expect volunteers to work hard, but we also expect them to take time to slow-down and enjoy the experience to the fullest. 

You are free to rest or explore around after work. The favorite after-work activities are: walking around the jungle, swimming in the river, resting in the hammocks and listening to music. We are sure you will find more than one way to make the most out of your amazing amaZOOnico adventure.

Every week you are assigned two days off, when you can join our forest rangers in their patrols around Selva Viva, our protected area where wildlife thrives, or stay cozy, rest and enjoy. You can also visit Tena the local city to relax or enjoy some food and drinks.

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) or Spanish (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
-Passion for wildlife conservation
-Ability to perform strenuous activities in hot humid rainforest conditions
-Comfort residing in a remote tropical location, with limited communication
-Comfort working and communicating in a multicultural context
-Positive can-do attitude
-Fluent English or Spanish. French or German also useful but not required.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Amazoonico
The volunteer fee is used for:
  • Food  
  • Room 
  • Maintenance of the volunteers house
  • Cleaning supplies

🏡We have single, double and triple rooms. The rooms are assigned based on the number of volunteers and could be we need you to share a room. We provide sheets, a pillow and a thin blanket

👨‍🍳A gas stove is available at the volunteer house

🚿There are 4 showers and 4 toilets. Cold showers are a perfect match for long days working, and sweating, in the hot rainforest. 

🔌We have electricity at amaZOOnico, so we recommend you to bring adapters that fit the type of connection that exists in Ecuador

📡In our animal rescue center there is no WIF at the volunteer house. However, volunteers can access at amaZOOnico's research center and little gift shopAdditionally, around much of the center you can find 3G cellular phone signal with the phone company Claro. A local Ecuador SIM is required.
Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
Food is included in the volunteer monthly fee. The food includes such items as pasta, rice, eggs, flour, powdered milk, legumes and fresh vegetables (depending on what is available). Coffee, tea, cocoa, milk and water are available as well.

Beer, sodas, and chocolates are to be found, however you must pay for these items.

From Monday to Friday, there is a local cook who prepares breakfast and lunch (you can choose a meat or vegetarian option). During the weekends, we take turns to prepare breakfast and lunch for everyone. The volunteers are in charge of cooking dinners every night in a rotating plan. All the dinners during the week and breakfasts and lunches on the weekend are vegetarian.
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.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Helping hands are welcomed all-year round. Volunteers should arrive and depart on Sundays. 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
11 weeks
19 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$110 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Amazoonico 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 Amazoonico during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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