Ecuador Animal Rescue
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From $1,209, 2 weeks, Ecuador Trip code: ECAR

  • Adventure 2 out of 5
  • Relaxation 3 out of 5
  • Culture 3 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Help improve the lives of sick, injured and abused animals
  • Get up close to parrots, coatis, caiman, monkeys and more!
  • Enrich your animal knowledge and expertise
  • Take a morning walk into the jungle at sunrise- highly recommended!
  • Brush up your Spanish skills

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Volunteer in Ecuador and become a key member of this vitally important, over-worked rescue and rehabilitation centre. You will be caring for illegally captured, abused and injured animals.

 

Alongside the enthusiastic staff, you will help look after the animals and educate visitors. You’ll prepare food for the residents, clean and build enclosures, monitor and record animal behaviour and help to keep the centre open. You may even be lucky enough to assist in captive breeding programmes, rescues and releases. Viva Ecuador!


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What will I be doing?

  • The rescue centre (From 2 weeks)

  • Your role as a volunteer (From 2 weeks)

  • Typical itinerary (From 2 weeks)

The rescue centre: From 2 weeks

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Destination info

Ecuador is a relatively unexplored country located in the northwest of South America between the Pacific Ocean and the Amazon jungle. Ecuador was named after its position on the Equator and is bordered by Colombia, Peru and the Pacific Ocean.

The Animal Rescue Centre is 35km away from Puyo, a beautiful city in the east of central Ecuador, and capital of the province of Pastaza. Also known as El Puyo, it is about an hour away from the rescue centre by bus and is considered to be one of the gateways to the Amazon rainforest.

  • Location: Quito

The Amazon rescue centre strives to rescue, rehabilitate and release wild animals native to the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador. Therefore we work mostly with a wide diversity of small mammals, many different species of monkeys, a wide range of birds and some reptiles and small felines.

 

The role of the rescue centre is very important towards conservation in the Ecuadorian Amazon, taking on rescued animals and providing them a better quality of life, with the goal of re-introducing them to their natural habitat, giving them a second chance at freedom.

 

The project offers you the unique opportunity to experience life in the Amazon whilst helping to secure the future of the forest, its people, and its animals. Not only will you have the chance to actively contribute to the rehabilitation and release of animals directly back into the wild, but you will also be able to work alongside and help a local indigenous community.

 

The animals at the centre are likely to include caimans, charapa turtles, aussie parakeets, parrots, tucan, coatis, kinkajous, tayras, squirrel monkeys, tamarinds, tigrillos, boas and other South American species.

Please bear in mind that numbers of animals at the centre fluctuate over the course of the year depending on demand for rehabilitation, which animals arrive and which have been released. The cleaning and feeding duties need to be done twice a day, which will involve close contact with the animals. You will also be involved with a large amount of physical work around the sanctuary, which may involve the cleaning and repairing of enclosures, as well as the building of new ones, repairing steps to allow access around the jungle, collecting bamboo in the Amazon and the general construction and maintenance of the park.

 

It is important to keep improving existing facilities to provide a natural environment for the animals and improving the process of rehabilitation so please feel free to share your ideas and be prepared to be as flexible as possible. In addition, you may have the unique opportunity to get involved in the supervised release of any animals back into the wild. 

Your role as a volunteer: From 2 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Ecuador is a relatively unexplored country located in the northwest of South America between the Pacific Ocean and the Amazon jungle. Ecuador was named after its position on the Equator and is bordered by Colombia, Peru and the Pacific Ocean.

The Animal Rescue Centre is 35km away from Puyo, a beautiful city in the east of central Ecuador, and capital of the province of Pastaza. Also known as El Puyo, it is about an hour away from the rescue centre by bus and is considered to be one of the gateways to the Amazon rainforest.

  • Location: Quito

At the centre a number of activities are performed directed towards wildlife conservation in the Amazon. These include:

 

  • the rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals
  • reforestation campaigns of native tree species
  • maintenance of botanical gardens of Amazonian flora
  • environmental education programmes in local schools
  • increasing local awareness of conservation issues
  • participation in environmental events and promoting ecotourism as an alternative source of income amongst others.

The rescue centre welcomes volunteers to help with the centres’ day-to-day activities, work on existing projects of enclosure enrichment, botanical studies in our forest, or help create new projects like new environmental awareness programmes in the local schools, building new islands as fenceless sanctuaries for the animals to name a few.

 

Volunteers require no previous experience with animals, though it is a perfect place to practice and learn for budding zoologists, animal carers and vets. Volunteers need to love the natural world, have the motivation to help and to learn, a willingness to get stuck in to projects, and a friendly personality.

 

Regular duties are the daily cleaning of all the enclosures and exterior areas where the animals live and the preparation / distribution of the food to all the species of animals sheltered at the centre. In particular seasons, volunteers regularly go on walks to collect wild fruits and leaves for the animals to include in their diets.

 

Activities vary each week a lot depending on the needs of the animals and the centre at the time. All volunteers have to participate in the wide variety of projects planned for the centre, from building bigger and better enclosures for the animals (a continuous all year round task), improving access paths to enclosures and continuous animal observation. 

Typical itinerary: From 2 weeks

Destination info

Ecuador is a relatively unexplored country located in the northwest of South America between the Pacific Ocean and the Amazon jungle. Ecuador was named after its position on the Equator and is bordered by Colombia, Peru and the Pacific Ocean.

 

The Animal Rescue Centre is 35km away from Puyo, a beautiful city in the east of central Ecuador, and capital of the province of Pastaza. Also known as El Puyo, it is about an hour away from the rescue centre by bus and is considered to be one of the gateways to the Amazon rainforest.

  • Location: Quito

07:30-08:00    Breakfast with the other volunteers
08:00-08:30    Morning meeting
08:30-12:00    Morning work
12:00-15:00    Lunch - time to rest and relax
15:00-17:00    Afternoon work
17:00-18:30    Dinner
18:30 onwards    Free time to go to Puyo and/or enjoy the surroundings

Please note: itineraries and activities are subject to change

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What's included?

  • All accommodation
  • A detailed orientation on arrival
  • 24-hour Emergency help
  • Full support prior to departure from your personal travel advisor
  • Detailed information pack prior to departure
  • Arrival airport transfer

What's not included?

  • Food (volunteers contribute US$15-20 per week and buy food at the local market)
  • All international flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Any extra activities and excursions
  • Alcoholic beverages/extra snacks
  • Return airport transfer (budget approx $35 USD)

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 17 years with parental consent, maximum decided on health of potential participant.

 

Minimum numbers required on this trip

There are no minimum numbers on the trip.

Please note: you may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact us

 

Accommodation

You’ll stay in basic shared dormitory-style bedrooms (4/5 per room). The showers are basic too – hot water is not guaranteed! There are large communal grounds overlooking the Amazon. The kitchen is fully equipped and there is a fantastic area to build a fire. There is no washing machine, but the local community offers a laundry service, which will cost you a few dollars per bag!

 

Meals

Food is not included. Budget an extra US$15-$20 per week towards a food kitty. You’ll buy food at the local market and all muck in with the cooking making for an awesome communal experience.

 

Is this trip for you?

You may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. However, you will still have the full support of your in-country team and those at the project. If you are looking for a group volunteering experience we have plenty of options for you to consider.

 

Orientation

You will receive a full orientation from the on-site staff when you arrive at the project. Throughout your stay in Ecuador you will have the full support and guidance of the project staff. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions, or advice, you may need during your stay.
 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

 

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Overall rating: (10/10) (2 reviews)
Ecuador Animal Rescue

Amy-leigh Buckle - July 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Great people, amazing animals, well worth it!!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(7/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(5/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(10/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(1/10)
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(5/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The centre itself was amazing wide range of animals and the staff ere very committed to their jobs.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take Rubber Boots Take everything waterproof Take cash as lots of people struggled with banking

Would you travel with our company again?

no

Would you recommend us?

No

Ecuador Animal Rescue2013-07-11

Becky Miners - October 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Brilliant trip, wonderful animals, awesome people, such an amazing time!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
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(9/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
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Please rate the accommodation during your stay
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(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Every part of the trip was a highlight, it was really hands on work and the people over there as well as the other volunteers made it a wonderful experience

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Just go there :) (and also take insect repellent)

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Ecuador Animal Rescue2012-10-12

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