This wonderful project was created with the goal of helping to preserve the amazing wildlife of the Amazon. For those with a love for animals and an adventurous spirit – this program offers a fabulous experience. Based at an animal rescue and rehabilitation centre in the Amazon jungle, volunteers work in partnership with an indigenous Quichuan community.
The program’s mission is to rescue wild animals from unhealthy and illegal situations, such as animal-trafficking and mistreatment. The groups of animals are mainly primates, birds, and reptiles. Volunteer programs of this type in Ecuador – dedicated to animal welfare – are scarce. The centre has over 60 private hectares of prime Amazon forest within which some of the animals can live freely, while others are rehabilitated prior to release. Like all wildlife conservation projects, funding is always low, so volunteers are essential to ensuring this program can continue to operate and help the thousands of Amazonian animals in need of protection and medical assistance.
Goals of this Project:
- To rescue the amazing wildlife of the Amazon jungle
- Work on projects to improve the environment for the wildlife and their long term prospects
- Give medical assistance to animals as required and to ensure their health and wellbeing
- Enable inter-cultural exchange between international volunteers and the local Quichuan community.
What to Expect
A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:
7:00am Breakfast in the communal area
8:15am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor
8:30am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START
A tea break and lunch break will be fitted in during the day, but often the timing of breaks will change based on the needs of the local staff and number of volunteers on hand.
4:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END
Evenings Free time to simply relax, hang out with your fellow volunteers, have dinner together, then relax some more!