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Protect Animals in Ecuador

Work with exotic wildlife in Ecuador, one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. Experience life in the Amazon!

During this project, you will help support the wildlife in Ecuador by working to protect more than 15 thousand unique animal and plant species, such as monkeys, reptiles, exotic birds, and wild cats. Ecuador is known as being one of the world’s most biologically diverse countries. 

This project takes place in the amazon region of the country, about five hours away from Quito. The main goal of this project is to rescue and rehabilitate wild animals that have lived in inappropriate environments, like in small cages for tourist attractions. In addition, it also aims to help animals that have been victims of illegal animal trafficking. The project works with authorities to confiscate as many animals as possible from their harsh owners and bring them to the center. The center opened in 2006 and has several hectares of forest. Animals are brought regularly by the police and other people who want to protect the wildlife. 

Your Tasks

The Amazon Rainforest is known worldwide, and this experience gives you the opportunity to make a positive difference in Ecuador’s fragile ecosystem. Volunteers usually work with the locals, and this gives them a great opportunity to learn about the culture and traditions of the region. 

On a typical work day, you will prepare food for the animals, clean and construct cages, clear hiking trails, maintain the center, and guide tourists around the center. 

The center is open to visitors and the entrance fee and donations are a source of income for the center. By participating in this project, you will get to hold and play with some animals and nurse others back to health. You will feel very rewarded knowing that you helped animals, and you will have an unforgettable experience. 

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

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

Contact Project Coordinator

Free-time activities

There are many different activities to choose from during your free time. There is a swimming pool onsite and many people go hiking to explore the beautiful landscapes. There is also a town close by where you can go socialize.



Water Sports
Swimming
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/Meditation
Contact & Reservation
$436
/week
$436
/week
2 - 12
weeks
2 - 12
weeks
17+
age
17+
age
Airport Pickup
Housing
Food
Internet
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
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Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

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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 volunteer house| Full-board (3 meals per day)| Overnight-stay(s) in Quito upon arrival| Transfer in Quito Accommodation-Bus Terminal for journey to project site| Advice regarding  travel insurance| Flight booking service | Certificate of Participation| Application fee

Accommodation

During this project, volunteers will stay in a house, which can host up to 20 people. It has bedrooms that are seperated by gender, hot water and electricity (24/7). 

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.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$905.00
3 weeks
$1,085.00
4 weeks
$1,265.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$5,045.00
Average fees
$436.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Puyo/Ecuador between 2 weeks and 12 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.
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.
Budgeting
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?

Airport
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.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Ecuador while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
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