- Care for incredible animals in the heart of the Amazon jungle
- See the beautiful sights of the Amazon rainforest off the beaten track
- Feed the hungry wildlife - including monkeys, birds and sloths!
- Provide a safe environment for the wildlife and get stuck in with the upkeep
- Meet other animal lovers and explore exciting Ecuador with them
Volunteer in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest with incredible wildlife for 2-4 weeks at this amazing wildlife sanctuary, helping with the daily care of the animals. Then in your free time, explore the adventure capital of Banos with other volunteers. This volunteering experience really does pack a punch!
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This wildlife experience is an absolute dream for animal lovers everywhere, taking you all the way into the magical Amazon jungle! Volunteer your help at a fantastic wildlife rescue centre, home to exotic sloths, ocelots, monkeys and wild birds. Make a meaningful contribution, look after the animals and help out with the day-to-day tasks of the rescue centre on an incredibly rewarding trip of a lifetime.
The Wildlife Rescue Centre
The rescue centre is located on the edge of the epic Amazon Jungle and a 10 minute drive from the tiny jungle town of Puyo, Ecuador. Many of the animals in the centre have suffered from abuse, therefore the rescue centre is a safe haven for the wildlife there. With two on-site vets as well as other staff and passionate volunteers, the animals are very well cared for. The rescue centre is open to visitors and tourists, and is in an extremely safe location. Currently, the centre has at least 40 different species of animals including sloths, ocelots, oncillas, tayras, parrots, monkeys, tortoises and caimans. They take in animals that have lost their family after being hunted as well as protecting the animals from dealers who engage in trafficking.
Ecuadorians in general do not consider animal welfare a high priority, so the centre aims to educate visitors about the background and experience of the animals in their care. The centre’s goal is to improve visitors’ knowledge and understanding of important animal protection issues as well as provide vital care for the rescued wildlife.
All volunteers whilst on the project are expected to work between 8am-12pm and 2.30pm-5pm, Monday to Friday. You will have free time at the weekends to explore Ecuador.
You’ll have the evenings and weekends as free time away from volunteering at the center. The volunteer accommodation has a swimming pool and hammocks to relax in, as well as a common area with a TV to socialize with other volunteers in. The town of Banos is a popular destination at weekends, and is a 2 hour bus from the reserve. Banos is famous as the adventure capital of Ecuador, so you’ll be able to try amazing adventure activities like mountain biking, whitewater rafting and kayaking, as well as sample its lively nightlife.
- Airport transfer upon arrival
- Meals during the week
- One night accommodation on arrival into Quito
- All accommodation at the project
- Orientation with volunteer coordinator
- Transfer from Quito to the rescue centre
- 24 hour emergency support
- International flights
- Return airport transfer
- Return transfer between the project and Quito
- Travel insurance
- Meals at the weekends
- Breakfast on day 2 in Quito
- Any optional extras/excursions
During your trip, you will stay for one night at a hostel in the modern and lively Mariscal area of Quito. The following morning, you will be picked up for a beautiful 5 hour drive in a private transfer to the Amazon Wildlife Rescue Centre where you will be staying for the rest of your time in Ecuador. You will sleep in shared sex dorms (maximum 6 people per room) in basic, rustic wooden buildings - although single sex dorm rooms are available on request, subject to availability. There are not many activities on site due to the rural location, so you may wish to bring along some DVDs, books or cards to pass your free time. A TV and DVD player is provided at the accommodation.
All meals are included throughout the week from Monday to Friday and will be prepared for you - however, you may be asked to help out with cooking occasionally. Cereal is provided, and lunch is the main meal of the day - mainly Ecuadorian dishes such as beans, meat and rice. A lighter meal will be provided in the evening, which will either be a cold snack or a little warm dish to enjoy. Filtered water is available at all times and volunteers are expected to wash up after themselves - organised by a rota system.
The rescue centre cannot cater for gluten-free diets due to its remote location but can cater for vegans and vegetarians.
At the weekend, you will need to pay for your own meals. It is advised that you travel into Puyo town to stock up on food (that you can store in your accommodations’ fridge) or to eat out at local eateries. There are also plenty of restaurants in Banos to choose from too.
You should arrive into Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Ecuador at any time on a Saturday. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hostel accommodation in Quito. A return transfer to the airport is not included but is easy to arrange with your trip leader. It is advised that you book an extra night of accommodation and fly out the next day at any time after arriving into Quito.
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years old.
With a UK passport, you can visit Ecuador without a visa, but you may be asked about your reason for travel and to provide evidence of a return or onward flight/bus ticket when you arrive. Upon arrival, you’ll normally be allowed to remain in Ecuador for up to 90 days.
Do I Need To Speak Spanish?
Whilst you do not need to be a Spanish language speaker to take part in this volunteer programme, a basic level of Spanish could help add to your experience.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.