Founded in 2006 in partnership with a local indigenous family that lives in the Amazon rainforest, this centre works with the Ministry of the Environment and the Environmental Police to rescue and rehabilitate wild animals from the jungle that were victims of abuse and animal trafficking. This wildlife placement is ideal for people interested in biology, animal rights, conservation, and environmental policy. Remote, but beautiful, the property teems with its talkative residents: parrots, monkeys, turtles, wild cats, and other mammals who call the verdant, lush green surroundings of this idyllic tropical location home.
Beyond routine maintenance, the Centre’s overworked staff needs support to achieve its long term goals, including moving the existing infrastructure and animals to a bigger location. Most importantly, help is required developing partnerships with local environmental authorities to advocate for protected natural habitats where the animals may ultimately be re-released.
This project site is located 35 km outside of Puyo, the remote capital of Pastaza province that divides the southern and northern regions in the Amazon. Off the dusty road to Arajuno, after jostling past indigenous Amazonian villages, you enter a lush tropical jungle canopy where mist rises off distant mountains, free roaming monkeys can be spotted, and the chorus of rescued animals and frogs fills the air.
This is a remote location, ideal for volunteers who like tranquil, remote and simple living conditions, rewarded by meaningful work experience with the locals and animals. A lending library with books and DVDS is found on-site. Play cards and darts and sit in hammocks around the fire pit to round off the night in this beautiful, and tranquil location.
• Duration: 2 - 26 weeks
• Cost: £935 ($1636) for 2 weeks, £175 ($306) for each week thereafter
• Requirements: Age 18+
• Location: Colonia Bolivar, Ecuador
• Project activities: Animal Rescue, Habitat Restoration, Native Plant Lessons
• Working hours: 08:00-12:30 and 15.00-17.00, Monday - Friday, 08.00-11.00 Saturdays
• Project Availability: Projects begin every Tuesday year round
• Accommodation: Shared room in a volunteer house
• Food: 3 meals per day – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in communal kitchen area with shared cooking responsibilities
• Airport pick up on a Saturday and drop off
• Training: Pre-departure pack, on-site orientation on a Sunday and project induction included
• Local SIM card: All volunteers are given a local SIM card to use in their mobile phones. The network of the SIM is CORDA and your phone must be unlocked to be able to use it
• Transport between Quito and project site (leave on Monday)
• Excursion planning: Staff will help plan activities and excursions (some activities may cost extra)
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