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Help Protect Rainforest Species

Puyo, Ecuador show on map

Help take care of exotic animals, document animals and plants, and teach English in a local school. Experience Ecuador in one of the most authentic ways possible!

The Project

This project is located in the Ecuadorian Amazon region at a center that focuses on sustainable and ecological development of the country and its population. The center combines western knowledge with traditional practices to ensure both professional and sustainable conservation of the Amazon. 

The overall objective of this project is to improve the ecological balance of the region in a way that involves the participation of the local community, which has lived off of hunting in the Amazon. Unfortunately, their practices have caused serious damage to the ecosystem, and as result, the center was built to protect the rainforest and educate local communities on biodiversity management. 

Your Tasks 

As a volunteer, you will always have lots of different tasks to do. On a typical day, you will start preparing food and feeding the animals around 8:00 am. You will also analyze the behavior of the animals, clean their enclosures, create a directory that keeps track of them, and help maintain the trails and project facilities. 

In addition, you will also be asked to provide English classes in a local school. Typically, volunteers have 2 days off per week, but not always weekends. Specific tasks will be coordinated on-site with project leaders. 

 


Free-time activities

In your free time, there is a wide range of activities to choose from, such as participating in various different sports. Most volunteers go hiking around the center to admire the wildlife and amazing views. You can also explore the surroudings and find tour agencies that offer diverse adventure trips to the jungle or mountains.

Water Sports
Swimming
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

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)
Health Declaration
required
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, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:30 - 15:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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Services by South America Inside

Consultation from our experienced staff | Translation of application documents | Placement in volunteer project | Orientation upon arrival | Orientation kit | Local support | 24-hr emergency number | Accommodation in volunteer house | Full board (3 meals per day) | Advice on travel insurance | Certificate of Participation | Application fee

Accommodation

During this project, you will stay in a volunteer house that has five dorm rooms with bunk beds, 2 bathrooms, and a kitchen. This is a great way to interact with other volunteers and meet new people from around the world.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Yes, full board is provided (3 meals per day).

Internet Access
Sorry, no 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)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$785.00
3 weeks
$1,010.00
4 weeks
$1,235.00
5 weeks
$1,460.00
25 weeks (max. stay)
$5,960.00
Average fees
$315.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Puyo/Ecuador between 2 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside 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 South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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