Cockering-up rescued wild animals

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Program Description

Ecuador's rainforests are home to some of the world's most beautiful and exotic animal species. This has led to an increase in animal trafficking and the illegal smuggling.

The project takes place in sanctuaries for those mistreated animals, which are mostly in perilous conditions. Here they try to rescue, rehabilitate and in the best case release them to their natural habitats.

Animals that are most frequently brought to the rescue center are monkeys, parrots, turtles and jaguars.
The main priority at the center is animal welfare, that is why a typical average week for a volunteer involves cleaning cages and feeding the animals on a daily basis and if needed constructing and maintaining cages and enclosures.

From time to time and depending on your level, you will guide tourist groups through the rescue center. All activities are supervised by the center's technicians and workers. This gives volunteers the opportunity to learn new language skills and to get to know the local people.

Usually, you will work from Monday to Friday, 8am to 12 pm and 2:30pm to 5pm. But please keep in mind that in special situations volunteers should be flexible and lend a hand where needed.


Immersion into local culture
Lend a hand to people in need, or protect local environments
Improve your language skills
Build up your CV with meaningful work experience
Share your own culture with others
Master your understanding of local customs
Build new friendships


Advanced English skills and a good physical condition are preferable. Please make sure that you have a full travel and medical insurance.
minimum 18 years of age
Minimum 1 week commitment to your project
A volunteer visa if you plan to stay for longer than 3 months
interest and passion for local culture
A monthly fee for food and accommodation and an application payment, which varies depending on the organization you volunteer with.
international health insurance, including liability and accident insurance
A completed Experience Report of at least 500 words upon completion of your volunteering project in Ecuador and and the right to publish it online.

Volunteer Types

What`s Included

Placement with a great partner organization
Pre-trip welcome package
Orientation meeting in Quito
Accompaniment from the school to the project on your first day
Access 24-hour emergency hotline
Free afternoon activities
Visa assistance
Certificate to recognise your participation as a volunteer in Ecuador
Personalized assistance to help you find accommodation in Quito and beyond

Program Locations

Tena, Ecuador

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Program Details

Ailola Quito Spanish School
  • Ecuador: Tena
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
2-4 weeks
varying placement fee, please ask for more information

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