Cat & Dog Shelter Supporter

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founded in 2011
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Meet our resident, adoptable animals and see how your project fee helps animals
You’ll meet loads of great people and we know you’ll have lots of fun, but the animals come first.
Enjoy a working holiday and contribute to these animals who need us.
Enjoy eating beautiful food and meeting the locals.
Help to support a local shelter with the care or animals and the centre's maintenance. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+
Solteiros
Casais
Grupos
50+

The Shelter

This local organisation tirelessly devotes all of its time and efforts in eliminating the mistreatment of domestic animals and promotes respect to all animals through local education initiatives. The principal objectives are to achieve the approval of an animal protection law, educate people about responsible ownership, assist in the control of dog and cat populations, improve the lives of rescued animals at the refuge and implement campaigns to achieve all objectives.

Before the beginning of this program, you are given an orientation session at the Quito office and a tour around Quito if you are staying in the city. At the project site, you will receive an orientation and complete support and guidance while you are there. 

This program is a perfect opportunity to learn or improve your Spanish speaking skills. You may choose to spend some of your days at the Spanish school taking lessons. See the Tours section for more information.

The Location

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city and stands at an altitude of 2,850 m. Despite the 1917 earthquake, the city has the best-preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America. 

Quito was the first city to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Broad Ecuadorean smiles, salsa music and big bowls of hearty stews and soups compliment Quito's thin air, snowy mountainous backdrop and rumbling Pichincha volcano. In historic Old Town, superbly preserved baroque churches and monasteries exemplify the fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous influences. Modern Quito is alive in the city's sleek, contemporary art museums and thrillingly modern Telefériqo cable car experience. 

The district of La Mariscal is the best place for crafts, from llama rugs and jewellery at La Mariscal Craft Market to ethnic art at Folklore Olga Fisch gallery-shop. Find the finest Panama hats at Homero Ortega & Hijos in the New Town or choose fair-trade wooden bowls and woven mats at the Sinchi Sacha Foundation in the Old Town.

Our Volunteers

Since the number of animal welfare agencies are small in Ecuador, this opportunity is unique and your help will be invaluable.

Your experience will the most rewarding if you are a dog-lover as the great majority of rescued animals at the refuge are dogs.

Conditions Onsite

Most of the staff at the project speak Spanish so it is highly recommended to have some basic Spanish. Talk to O2E about taking some lessons while you are at the project and living in Quito. Your Spanish will improve in no time. Bueno! The staff are very busy so you should be prepared to ask questions and take initiative at the Centre.

Please Note

The second instalment of your project fees is due within 1 week after you paid the deposit on Volunteer World. This is a total of $495 AUD and comes off your balance. The balance is due 90 days prior to travel. For all further information about the fees, please scroll down to the section "Program Fees“.

Typical day

You can offer your help in a variety of activities:

  • Cleaning, feeding and undertaking recreational activities for the animals in the refuge
  • Dog walking, washing, playing with puppies or helping our street dogs to trust people again
  • Veterinary assistance
  • Assisting in rescues.
  • Creation of advertising material
  • Planning and realising campaigns to diffuse information about the mission and activities of the organisation
  • Planning and realising campaigns about responsible ownership and adoption of rescued pets
  • Fundraising and building positive relationships with donors
  • Centre maintenance
  • Monthly volunteer meetings.

Free-time activities

Explore the Old Town with its gorgeous mixture of colonial and republican/independence era architecture (Late 1500's to 1800's), relaxing plazas and a stunning number of churches. If you happen to be there during Christmas or Easter, you'll be amazed at the number of events, masses, and processions that bring out the crowds. 

Take a walking tour and stop to watch the old men play Ecuador's version of bocce at Parque El Ejido. Visit the Middle of the World monument, bicycle ride the Ciclopaseo , a 30 kilometre (20 miles) ride that takes place every Sunday, take a cable car ride up the side of Ruco Pichina or go mountain biking. 

You'll find an abundance of craft shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels across Quito’s grid of streets. There are countless artisans working on unique crafts including guitar-makers, candle makers, tanners and leather-workers, silversmiths, ceramicists and woodcarvers. There are several fair-trade shops in Quito which promise to pay the craftspeople fairly for their products. 

There are long distance buses taking you to all of the major towns of Ecuador and from the larger centres you find smaller buses servicing the remoter areas of the country for the cost of around US$1 for a one hour trip. Air services are available to most major cities and tourist destinations. 

The coast features long deserted beaches, mangroves and coastal lowlands. It is also the country's agricultural centre with large plantations, especially bananas, dominating the inland plains. For the more adventurous travellers there are guided nature trips deep into the virgin heart of the Amazon and to the mountainous region of the Andes where you find active volcanoes and crater lakes.

Swimming
Hiking
Sports

Requi­sitos

In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Required Documents
Proof of travel Insurance docs and Proof of vaccinations
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You must be hard working and able to show initiative.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Serviços incluídos

Services by Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers


What's included in this project?

  • Pre-departure support
  • Project Information Pack
  • Informative orientation upon arrival on safety and a cultural introduction to Ecuador.
  • Project Orientation held in Quito
  • Accommodation
  • Meals (Homestay only)
  • All necessary training by staff and/or volunteers
  • Free internet access
  • International phone calls in case of emergency
  • Certificate of Participation, if requested
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • 24-hour O2E emergency phone
  • Certificate of Participation, if requested

What's not included in this project?

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals (hostel and apartment)
  • Meals at the project
  • Daily transfers to the shelter
  • Airport transfers from Quito airport to accommodations (O2E can arrange)
  • Personal spending money
  • Visas and entry permits

Accommodation

Home stay - You may choose to stay with a family which is a great opportunity to practice your Spanish and get to know more about Ecuadorian culture. The families are carefully selected and have experience with foreign travellers. All families are located within walking distance from Central Quito and close to bus stations where you can catch the bus to the project. A laundry service and your meals are included and most families have a private bathroom. Prices are for a homestay.

Shared Apartments - The apartments are located in a quiet area in the middle of the entertainment district "La Mariscal." Cleaning and a change of bed linen is complimentary and apartments are available on a monthly basis. Please contact us for pricing.

Hostels - The hostels are located in the central district La Mariscal. Transport around Quito is easy with buses and taxis very affordable. Please contact us for pricing.  

Guest Family Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Home stays include breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you are in a shared apartment or a hostel, meals are not provided. 

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. 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 Equador.
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 Equador provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Equador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Equador.

Datas & Custos

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

The start dates for this program are Monday through Friday all year.

To get there, fly to Quito, Ecuador. The rescue centre is located in central Quito and is easy to get to by bus or taxi. O2E can organise your transport from Quito airport or your accommodation.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$915
2 weeks
$1.158
3 weeks
$1.498
4 weeks (max. stay)
$1.682
Average fees
$668 /week

Por favor, note que as taxas acima indicadas são estimadas. Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers informará o candidato sobre o preço final durante o processo de candidatura.
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 Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Cat & Dog Shelter Supporter

Help to support a local shelter with the care or animals and the centre's maintenance.

$668/week

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