Ecuador Animal Rescue Amazon

2-6 weeks

from £929

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

Trip Summary

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!

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Trip Info

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. 

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. 

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

Accommodation & Meals

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!

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.

Eligibility & FAQ's

Minimum age 18, maximum decided on health of potential participant.

There are no minimum numbers on the trip.

 

Whats 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)

Flights

Your flight to Ecuador should arrive at Quito Airport on your programme start date, and your return flight should be arranged for Sunday, your programme end date.

To book your flights, please contact your travel advisor who will do their best to get you the best deal on the day. Please provide them with your full name as it is stated in your passport. Before you make the call please make sure you have your required departure dates, return dates and other details you may require.

Please note: If you are flying to Ecuador via the USA you will need to obtain Travel Authorisation by registering online through the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) no later than 72 hours before departure. This is compulsory and will cost USD$14 to register. To register, please visit: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your Online account, or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.

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Living in the rainforest and taking care of the animals was an amazing experience.

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We booked through LEAD and they took care of the initial orientation, transportation etc and were absolutely fantastic,

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

Tips for other travellers?

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

Becky Miners

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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

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Id have gone for longer :)

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

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