Animal Welfare Worker

Collecting food, preparing and feeding animals, general maintenance, clearing and maintaining walking paths and hiking trails

The project

This center is located in a protected rain forest, which is shelter to many different types of animals with some in danger of extinction. Sadly most of the animals arrive in poor condition. Approximately one in four animals die on their way to the center or in the first few days of being there, if the animal does recover only one in four is set free into the wild, the other animals have to live in enclosures to protect them from predators. 

When releasing an animal back into the wild there are many different factors to consider such as will it be too stressful for the animal, will they be vulnerable to hunting if they are released, these are huge factors in deciding whether a animal is ready to be released into the wild or stay within the center.   

The center lies on the edge of 7 miles of protected rainforest where hunting is prohibited, this area can be used to release animals. Unfortunately this center is effectively an island surrounded by unprotected areas which leads to problems for the released wildlife.


Your work

One major part of the volunteers role in the center is to give visitors guided tours, this finances the center through entrance fees and donations. This means that our volunteers should be very friendly and enthusiastic to be able to give a fun experience to the visitors, they should also be able to handle people from all over the world and answer questions they have on the place and animals. 

On a typical day you will take vistors on guided tours, feed the animals, clean enclosures and prepare new ones for incoming animals, fix trails, harvest fruits. 

Animal Welfare Worker Take tours Living area Help animals Collect Fruits Rehabilitate animals

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
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) and English (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
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 08:30 - 16:30

Any questions? Just ask. We at South America Inside are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

You will be given 2 days off every week at the center. In this time there are many different activities to choose from with many volunteers hiking around and close to the reserve absorbing the great views. There is also a town around 1.5 hours away with internet cafes.



What's included?
Help from experienced staff members | Placement in Volunteer Work Project | Tour around the site on arrival with orientation | 24h-Emergency Number | Accomodation in dormitory (Volunteer House) | Full-board (3 meals/day) | Advice on travel andf insurance | Flight booking service | Certificate of participation | Application fee
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.

Volunteers live in houses that are connected by a bridge. There is space for 14 volunteers, bedrooms have 2 beds so you may be forced to share this. Running water, a shower and a toilet are provided in each house. Clothes have to be washed by hand. There is no electricity or telephone, and light is provided by candles. This experience gives you the chance to live with people from all over the world.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Full board is provided (3 meals per day). Food is provided by a truck which comes once a week, during the week local ladys prepare lunches, but breakfast and dinner must be cooked by the volunteers.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
8 weeks (min. stay)
9 weeks
10 weeks
11 weeks
13 weeks
15 weeks
25 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Amazon Region/Ecuador between 8 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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.

Get ready to volunteer in Ecuador

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Ecuador. Please check the visa regulations for Ecuador.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Ecuador and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Ecuador.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ecuador.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Mariscal Sucre (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.
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Amazon Region, Napo Province, Ecuador, Amazon Region, Ecuador

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