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Cat & Dog Shelter Supporter

Quito, Ecuador

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

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 upon your Spanish speaking skills. You may choose to spend some of your day 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 on site

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 first installment 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.

Details on Arrival

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

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.

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Sports

Program Requirements

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 (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
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

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at Oceans 2 Earth are happy to help you.

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The indicated fee is for an accommodation at a homestay. You can also choose to live at a hostel which is a little bit cheaper, or to stay at an apartment which can only be chosen for a stay of four weeks. 

Included in the fees are
  • 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
  • Certificate of Participation, if requested
To get to the shelter you have to 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 if you prefer.

Please note that the first installment of your program fees ($495 AUD) is due within one week after having paid the deposit on Volunteer World.

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
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.
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)
1 week (min. stay)
$450.00
2 weeks
$575.00
3 weeks
$705.00
4 weeks (max. stay)
$875.00
Average fees
$334.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Quito/Ecuador between 1 week and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Oceans 2 Earth will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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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 must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.
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