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Caretaker in Amazon Wildlife Rescue Center

Puyo, Ecuador show on map
Calling in all wildlife enthusiasts. Work for the conservation of Amazonian animals at the rescue centers, and help in sending them back to their original habitat. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

The project

Ever wondered how would the experience be of living in largest rain forest in the world? Does the mere thought of it excites you to brim? If you are an adventure and wildlife enthusiast, then this must excite you to the core for sure. Volunteering Solutions offer placements under the Amazon Animal Rescue Center Program in Ecuador. This project is located in the Ecuadorian rain forest and works for rescuing, rehabilitating and when possible releasing animals back to their natural environment. 

Founded in 2006 with the aim of protecting the wildlife of the Amazon region through the rescue and rehabilitation of local flora and fauna, this program is under the direct supervision and administration of the Ecuadorian Environmental Police (UPMA) and the Ministry of Environment. Continuous efforts are made in the fight against the trafficking, abuse, capture and hunting of wild animals. This center is very organized and volunteers can help with caring for the animals and maintenance.

The animals

There are currently at least 40 different species of animals at the center which include: Ocelot, tayra, capybara, parrots, monkeys, tortoises, and caimans among others. Some of the animals were orphaned when their parents were killed by hunters, others were rescued from animal dealers who were trying to traffic the animals out of the country and many have been retrieved from families who had kept these animals in captivity. Unfortunately the majority have suffered some sort of physical or psychological abuse.

Volunteer work

A list of routine tasks under this program is as below:

  • Day to day care of the animals
  • Cutting up fruit, preparation of diets, feeding the animals
  • Helping new arrivals adjust to the center
  • General maintenance and cleaning
  • Construction work; repairing and building new enclosures
  • Cage and enclosure enrichment
  • Assisting the vet when necessary
  • Other activities such as gardening, improving trails, making signs for visitors etc.
The center

The center is also open for tourists to visit, charging a small entrance fee that is the center’s only other source of income. As animal welfare is not a high priority for many Ecuadorians, the background and mistreatment of each animal is explained to tourists, with the idea to educate local and foreign visitors about animal protection issues. In general, the visits are not guided, but tourists can read about each animal on the information sign at the cages.

Typical day

Volunteers will work from 08.00 am to 12.00 pm and 2.30 pm to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, volunteers work for a few hours in the morning as the animals still need feeding and looking after but once all the tasks are completed you are free for the weekend.

Details on Arrival

Below are the available start dates for this program;

2018
January   06,13,20,27
February  03,10,17,24
March     03,10,17,24
April     07,14,21,28
May       05,12,19,26
June      02,09,16,23,30
July      07,14,21,28
August    04,11,18,25
September 01,08,15,22,29
October   06,13,20,27
November  03,10,17,24
December  01,08

Since, the arrival date is the same as the program start date, you need to be in Quito on the same day as the start date that you have selected for your program. For example, if you have selected 14th October as your program start date, then you have to be in Quito on the 14th of October.  

Free-time activities

There is a lot to do in Quito and not all can be covered in a day. You will have free time during evening and during the weekends which you can divide between things to do and places to visit in Quito. You can start with the Old Town, Iglesia de San Francisco, La Compañía de Jesús, and Casa Museo María Augusta Urrutia. 

Keep in mind that a lot of public attractions remain closed during lunch, you can rest in the afternoon or head to to El Panecillo for panoramic views of the city and have a hearty meal there, take a break and start again. How you want to end your day, depends on you. You can explore the nightlife or just settle for a light dinner.

Volunteers typically work for around 5-6 hours in a day. Depending on the workload every day, working hours can vary. Evenings are free for the volunteers and volunteers usually get together and go out for social gatherings, eat out or just relax at the volunteer house. Quito offers a number of activities and attractions for the discerning travelers. 

Quito is surrounded by Cotopaxi volcano and Pichincha, Antizana, Cayambe volcanoes that make the Andean contour. Full of churches and majestic architecture and exquisite fine dining experiences, walking tour in this beautiful city is not enough. Galapagos is at a distance of half an hour from the mainland Quito by air and you can go crazy looking and experience the untouched wilderness there. Island hopping, swimming, and snorkeling are just a few of the perks!

Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports

Program Requirements

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)
Required Documents
CV, Insurance and Passport
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 - 17:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Volunteering Solutions (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.
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On-site services

Services by Volunteering Solutions

The total cost for the program includes;

  • Airport Pickup from Quito
  • One night accommodation in volunteer house in Quito
  • Accommodation at the Project in Puyo
  • Pre Departure Information Guide
  • Orientation 
  • Local Staff Support
  • All meals on weekdays

Airport Pickup at Mariscal Sucre International Airport

Volunteers would be picked up from the Mariscal Sucre International Airport by the VolSol staff or the in country coordinator. Volunteers who are already present in Quito, would be picked up from their locations. Inform your coordinator about your plans before hand.

Accommodation

There are two types of accommodation options available to volunteers in Quito. Volunteers can choose to stay either with the host family or at the volunteer house. Participants who want to stay with the host family have to inform about this before the placement. 

On arrival to the project, on the first night, all volunteer will stay in the volunteer house and next day those who chose host family would be sent to their accommodation. Volunteer house has a same gender shared accommodation. Both host family and the volunteer house are fully furnished; however, do carry your own towels and toiletries.

While in Puyo, There are volunteer cabañas with dorm rooms offering space for up to 14 people in total. There is a shared kitchen, bathroom and social area with TV and DVD player, hammocks and books. You will be provided with bedding and will even have access to a swimming pool and wi-fi. Accommodation is basic and it is your duty to keep your living area clean. 

Guest Family Guesthouse
Food & Beverages
Meals are provided from Monday to Friday when you stay with the host family. Daily menu would generally includes 

  • Breakfast: american type breakfast: eggs, fruit, toast, coffee/tea, juice
  • Lunch: Soup, Main dish (rice, chicken/meat/fish/vegetarian option, vegetables), dessert, juice
  • Dinner: Can be soup, or bread, or a salad or a smaller version of lunch
Families can comply with specific needs, such as gluten allergies, vegetarian diet, vegan diet, etc.

For volunteers staying at the volunteer house a fully functional kitchen is provided where they can cook whatever they like. There multiple restaurants around the accommodation and volunteers can grab a quick bite outside as well. This will give them to socialize and interact with the locals and taste some delicious local delicacies.
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.
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.
Vaccines
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)
$1,075.00
3 weeks
$1,290.00
4 weeks
$1,505.00
5 weeks
$1,719.00
7 weeks
$2,149.00
9 weeks
$2,578.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$5,800.00
Average fees
$390.00/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. Volunteering Solutions 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 Volunteering Solutions during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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