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Wildlife Rescue & Animal Caretaker

1 - 50 settimane  ·  Età 18 - 50+

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Punti Salienti

  • Volunteer to make unforgettable experiences with the wildlife in the Ecuadorian rainforest
  • Work closely with professionals to cure and rehabilitate the animals
  • Learn everything about creating their food and feeding them
  • Explore the rainforest and make cultural experiences by meeting indigenous communities
  • Enjoy ethnic food and beverages on local markets

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Età 18+

Sul programma

Wildlife rescue in the Ecuadorian rain forest to offer the animals a good life quality in their natural habitat.

About the Program

We are always looking for motivated volunteers who would love  to help animals at the center. It would be a pleasure to welcome you. The project is located in Puyo, on 1 hectare of the forest and we welcome injured & orphaned animals, mostly monkeys. We have around 150 animals ...

Sul programma

About the Program

We are always looking for motivated volunteers who would love  to help animals at the center. It would be a pleasure to welcome you. The project is located in Puyo, on 1 hectare of the forest and we welcome injured & orphaned animals, mostly monkeys. We have around 150 animals with seven species of monkeys, coatis, parrots, turtles, ocelots, wild rodents and pigs and the first serpentarium of the province for the rescue of snakes.

The shelter “El Paseo de los Monos” works as a center of adoption: orphans are placed into familiar groups according to the specie. The objective is to move the troops of monkeys to a terrain of virgin forest near the Sangay National Park with the corresponding preceding investigations and studies made by scientists.

After years of searching, we’ve found a land free from hunters: Agua Santa, is a small town located at the boundaries with the National Park Sangay. The schedule is as follows:

  1. To purchase the land which we’ve already visited.
  2. To build infrastructure for the animals and the people responsible for monitoring the project.
  3. Mobilisation of the animals.
  4. Monitoring and tracking of the troops by scientists.

This center will be designed to receive all kinds of animals living in zoos and scattered centers or other wild animal centers.

First Days 

At the moment you arrive, we will give a welcoming and introduction of the animals, the parks (most of the animals are not kept in cages but in big parks of native forest) and show you the functioning of the house. We will provide you with all the working tools needed for the different tasks and you will be able to train with the working staff in order to accomplish your tasks. Further, we will introduce you to our rules and regulations towards animal interactions. Security for the volunteers, working staff and animals is the most important to us as we are working with wild animals. No volunteer will be allowed to enter alone into a park that contains a group of animals and in case it is needed, volunteers will always be accompanied by one of the coordinators.  

Regular Days

Once your are settled in you will be working for six days a week, from 8 am -12 pm and from 2 pm - 5 pm. Please be aware that all volunteers must be always on time, because the animals are waiting for their food. Each volunteer has one day off per week, which are arrange at the beginning of the week to ensure that every day enough volunteers are working. If there are not enough people to cover all the tasks, the person has the obligation to change the date. Because we want all volunteers to experience every task at the project, you will be rotating between cooking, washing plates and cleaning the facilities

Working with the animals:

  • The day begins at 8 am by cleaning the animal’s plates, preparing and disinfecting the food, feeding of the animals, cure them if necessary (with experienced personnel), observe the animals and checking if the enclosures are well closed or need fixing. It is important that the animals are fed and provided fresh water before 9 am.
  • For the well-being of the animals, any strange behavior must be written down and reported to the people in charge. That is why one of the most important things is to observe each one of the animals inside the refuge carefully.
  • The food stocking house, animal´s plates, cages and also the volunteer’s house (kitchen, bath-room, etc.) must always be disinfected and cleaned for the safety of the people working in the program and the animals. There can be inspections of the Ministries of environment, health or tourism at any time. 
  • The second meal for the animals starts at 2 pm.
  • The day ends when all of the animals have been fed and taken care of and their facilities are clean from any food leftovers.
  • All volunteers have to help to carry and arrange the vegetables in the food-store at any hour from the day or the night (depending on the arrival time of the truck).
Working with the tourists:
  • Visitors arrive between 9:00 am and 5 pm. 
  • The volunteers in charge of the tourists have to guide and watch the visitors so they don’t touch or feed the animals. It is not possible for them to enter with food, since the animals might steal it.
  • The volunteers in charge of the entry have to charge the visitors and give basic instructions before they enter the park
  • Cleaning the park’s floor, since there may have been unconscious tourists that left their garbage which would endanger the animals and rain forest.

Giornata tipica

A typical day in "Paseo de los Monos"

  • 8:00 am: Prepare and distribute the food for the animals and check their health. Check the water for the animals.
  • 10:30 am: Different activities prepared with the working staff. 
  • 13 pm: Lunch time.
  • 14:00 pm: Prepare and distribute the second meal for the ...

Giornata tipica

A typical day in "Paseo de los Monos"

  • 8:00 am: Prepare and distribute the food for the animals and check their health. Check the water for the animals.
  • 10:30 am: Different activities prepared with the working staff. 
  • 13 pm: Lunch time.
  • 14:00 pm: Prepare and distribute the second meal for the animals. 
  • 15:30 pm: Different activities prepared with the working staff. 
  • 16:00 pm: Cleaning of the feeding area for the animals.
  • 17:00 pm: Work is finished. 
Other different activities will be done according to the working itinerary prepared by the working staff.

The food for the animals is bought from local people and volunteers are responsible for bringing all the different fruits to the bodega (the room where the food is prepared). This can involve carrying whole bushels of bananas, big boxes of papaya, and other items that are relatively heavy.

Attività del tempo libero

Volunteers have usually one day off during the week. During this time, they can either : 
  • Rest or take one day trips to the jungle and visit the indigenous communities.
  • Visit the touristic city of Baños de Agua Santa. It is only 1.5 hours from the project and offers many activities like sports, ...

Attività del tempo libero

Volunteers have usually one day off during the week. During this time, they can either : 
  • Rest or take one day trips to the jungle and visit the indigenous communities.
  • Visit the touristic city of Baños de Agua Santa. It is only 1.5 hours from the project and offers many activities like sports, hiking to volcano Tungurahua, visit of waterfalls, canoeing, discotheques and bars.
  • Visit the touristic city of Tena, 1 hour from here.
  • Visit the city of Puyo, ethnobotanical gardens, the Malecon of Rio Puyo. There are beautifull rivers and forest with incredible sightviews on the mountains.
  • Camping into the forest in the riviere of Rio Chilcayacu.
  • Visit the local market and enjoy of the ethnic food and beverages like "maito" and "chicha".



Età minima: 18 anni

Per partecipare al programma è necessario avere almeno 18 anni alla data di inizio del programma. Potrebbero esserci delle esenzioni se si è in grado di fornire il permesso del proprio tutore legale o se si è accompagnati dai propri genitori.

Competenze linguistiche

È necessario parlare di Inglese (livello base) o Spagnolo (livello base)

Restrizioni sulla nazionalità

Nessuna restrizione. Gli aiuti da tutto il mondo sono benvenuti.

Altre competenze

Everyone is welcome to join though we are always looking for veterinarians and people related to environmental fields to help out. Also, we are always looking for specialists in website optimization.

Impegno di tempo

Il vostro aiuto sarà richiesto martedì, mercoledì, giovedì, venerdì, sabato e domenica da 08:00 - 17:00

Servizi inclusi

Servizi inclusi

Servizi per El Paseo de los Monos

  • Accommodation,
  • An industrial kitchen 
  • Hot water
  • Electricity
  • All basic services
  • Working tools
  • Three meals a day
  • Resting area with a cinema for watching movies after work days
  • Certificate for helping our rescue center


There are 2 to 4 bunk beds  by room and they are located in the main house inside the rescue center.

2 bathrooms are available with hot water.

Wifi is available in the house.

A kitchen is also available at any time.

Cibo e Bevande

The program includes three meals. egans and vegetarians food available

Accesso a Internet

Buon accesso al sito del progetto

Cosa NON è incluso?

Cosa NON è incluso?

Prelievo dall'aeroporto a Mariscal Sucre International Airport

Neanche il prelievo dall'aeroporto è incluso nel costo del programma.

Biglietti aerei

L'aeroporto più vicino è Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) a Quito. Vi aiutiamo a trovare voli economici per Ecuador. TROVARE VOLI ECONOMICI

Assicurazione di viaggio

Andare all'estero è un'avventura ed è sempre meglio essere preparati. Malattia o infortunio improvviso, annullamento o furto: un'assicurazione di viaggio per Ecuador offre sicurezza ed è un vantaggio da avere. OTTENERE UN PREZZO


Se avete intenzione di fare volontariato a Ecuador dovete chiedere un parere medico prima di iniziare il vostro viaggio sociale. Controllare le vaccinazioni richieste per Ecuador. CHECKER PER I VACCINI

Dettagli all'arrivo

The program is available the whole year. It is possible to start the program each day of the week.

We host volunteers whole year with no maximum stay and a minimum stay of a week.

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Tariffe del programma

1 settimana (soggiorno min.) 158€
5 settimane 693€
50 settimane (soggiorno max.) 6.930€
Tariffe medie 148€/settimana

Tariffe del programma

148€ tariffe settimanali 1 - 50 settimane Età 18 - 50+

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El Paseo de los Monos

Perfetto 4.6 rating (14 recensioni)

Non-profit - fondata nel 2005

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Sul progetto

El Paseo de los Monos focuses on the rehabilitation of animals that have been victimized because of illegal trafficking in the Ecuadorian rain forest.

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Los Monos, Selva y Vida Foundation is a Swiss-Ecuadorian non-profit organization created in 2005 by Yvan Bouvier and Veronique Grand in order to protect wildlife and the indigenous traditions of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest.

The future of the forest and its inhabitants are our greatest concern. The current government is exploiting the natural resources in an unsustainable way. In Ecuador, the deforestation and extractivism endanger the survival of the Amazon while the government continues its activities without any management plan to protect the affected flora and fauna. The massive exploitation of natural resources leaves the animals vulnerable to hunting, habitat fragmentation and pollution.

Wildlife shelter “Paseo de los Monos” opened in 2007 in order to serve as a refuge for wild animals in the province of Pastaza. In our sanctuary, we harbor more than 200 animals who became orphaned or badly injured due to illegal trafficking. We give shelter to many specimens which include primates, procyonids, reptiles, felines, parrots and other large and medium mammals.

Ecuador is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of biodiversity and its forests shelters to thousands of species that will dissapear if we don’t act now to protect them. For this reason, the team of Paseo de los Monos invites the national and international public to become part of the change and participate in our activities for wildlife´s conservation.

We are planning to expand Paseo de los Monos in order to have the capacity to receive and help more animals. Our biggest concern is that we do not receive any help from the government or from local authorities as we do from international help.

We offer people from all over the world volunteering opportunities involving many different activities. The experience for our volunteers is life changing!

The Animals 

Paseo de los Monos operates inside one hectare of native jungle located at ten minutes from the town of Puyo in the province of Pastaza. The animals arrived here usually are sick or injured and they need veterinary assistance as well as psychological help. The recovered animals are ready to join a family group inside the refuge. If possible, we proceed to liberate the specimen into protected areas with the help of the  Ministerio del Ambiente, the environmental authority of Ecuador.

Current Projects

Rescuing wild animals who live in bad conditions inside Zoo institutions

In Ecuador many zoos do not respect the basic animal welfare standards while they are still legally operating, they become a threat to our biodiversity. Our goal is to rescue and offer these animals better living conditions. For this reason, Paseo de los Monos invests in infrastructure and food for the specimens who have to suffer the mistreatment inside zoos. Among these animals, it is very common to receive kinkajous, olingos, nocturnes and other animals with mutilations. Since these irresponsible institutions cannot profit out of these type of animals, they do not give them any care or veterinary assistance, leaving them to die in sad ways.

Extension of the project Paseo de los Monos

Biodiversity needs to be protected as an important genetic resource that will allow to restock devastated areas in the future. To achieve this goal, Los Monos team is working to acquire a patch of primary forest located in the edges of Sangay National Park in the Ecuadorian jungle. This project intends to gather local and international investors, scientists, veterinarians and biologists who can help us get the land and build the necessary infrastructure needed to rehabilitate and release the rescued specimens.

Organic garden

So far we buy the animal´s food at a very high cost in the local market. We need to buy one hectare of land near Paseo de los Monos in order to grow our own vegetables and fruits for human and animal consumption. This project will allow us to control the quality of our products and to reduce running costs.


Paseo de los Monos: A view of wild animals in the middle of a botanical garden

In the middle of a dense tropical vegetation, we offer ecological and colourful trails with native forest that invites you to take a walk in nature. You can observe and photograph monkeys and coatis walking through the trees, birds in the search of food, hummingbirds pollinating flowers, butterflies, turtles, frogs and a variety of ants and insects. As you pass by the Peccari´s park, you will be followed by the spider monkeys who are walking the arboreal tunnels until the river Chilcayacu, a tributary of River Puyo. The river is clean and clear which permits our visitors to cool down and relax in the middle of the jungle as in a natural spa.

Tours in the jungle

We organize trips in the jungle from one to four days for visiting the indigenous communities. You will be taken to a beautiful walk into the jungle until a sacred fall where you can swim. Later, on your visit to the Shuar community, you will drink chicha (traditional drink) and enjoy the delicious maito. There is the option to navigate the great river Puyo and get to the highest viewpoint where you can admire the huge Pastaza River bordered by an impenetrable jungle.

We collaborate with a professional tourist agency Native Jungle Tours that provides us with professional guides.

Shamanism and healing

Here in Amazonia we are in close contact with real indigenous healers and shamans with international reputation. They are capable of curing diseases when western medicine is powerless. If you know a person in this situation, do not hesitate to make contact with us.


In Paseo de los Monos we organize Ayahuasca or Yage ceremonies. This traditional and ancient medicinal drink of the Amazonian culture is meant for people who want to know more of the deep self. It is also used to solve inherited problems, analyse particular situations in a close encounter with Nature.

14 recensioni · rating4.6

Alïta Laurén rating5

2023 at Wildlife Rescue & Animal Caretaker

Volunteering at Paseo De Los Monos was a dream come true. I have always longed to work alongside primates, and this sanctuary has no short supply of charismatic creatures with desires to connect. I cried often; they were tears of wonder and awe. Monkeys are incredibly special and emotionally ...
Charlotte Morinaux rating5

2023 at Wildlife Rescue & Animal Caretaker

I had the best time ever for 2 days in La Paseo de Los monos. The team is incredible and the project is super and worth it ! You are in contact with animals that suffered from mistreatment or traffic for reintroduction in the nature. The team is explaining everything and you are taking part in all. ..
Aurore Freullet rating5

2023 at Wildlife Rescue & Animal Caretaker

My husband and I visited Paseo de los monos for one week. The place has been recommanded by friends. We received a very warm welcome from the staff, the place feels like home. Their will to share with us helped us to progress in Spanish. We also shared very good time with other volunteers, ...
Cora Patriarca rating5

2023 at Wildlife Rescue & Animal Caretaker

Paseo de los Monos is everything you expect from a volunteering centre (and more!). While there we took care of many monkeys and other animals that’ve been victims of trafficking, bought as pets and for entertainment by humans. They’re now having the best possible life, interacting a lot ...
Volunteering in Paseo de los Monos was the best experience of my life. It was my first time travelling alone and also my first time volunteering, and I will redo it a million times ! While I was volunteering in Paseo de los Monos, I spent a lot of times with animals especially monkeys and I lived ...
Karin Jakobi rating4.8

2023 at Wildlife Rescue & Animal Caretaker

The staff are amazing from the second I got there everyone was making sure I am having everything that I need to help me feel like home even though they knew that I wasn't going to stay there long Kerol is the one who was directly responsible for the volunteers and I had one thing that bothered me ...


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