Support efforts to protect local species on this wildlife rescue in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest The project was founded in 2006 by a local family, in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment and the Environmental Police, to rescue and rehabilitate wild animals that have been victims of abuse and animal trafficking. The centre has 4 hectares of land to house hundreds of animals, including parrots, monkeys, turtles, wild cats, capybaras, caymans, and many more. It also utilizes an additional 70 hectares for release and research purposes. The sanctuary is open to the public and school groups to generate income, but the main focus is the protection and rescue of species.
Why choose this project?
The project will benefit from your support in helping the overworked staff, not just with daily work, but also to reach their long-term goals. These goals include: moving existing infrastructure and animals to a bigger location, and developing partnerships with local environmental authorities to advocate for protected natural habitats where the animals can be re-introduced. You will benefit by gaining up-close interaction with wild animals and by working in advocacy for this important cause; both being experiences worthy of adding to your CV/resume.
Role of the volunteer
Helping with regular maintenance of the centre’s spaces is an important aspect of your daily work. This project is seriously understaffed and always needs assistance with: cleaning the cages, feeding the animals, repairing animals’ homes, constructing new homes for incoming animals and nurturing traumatised species back to a more stable state of mental health. Occasionally, the project provides tours for school groups in order to educate local children about the importance of caring for animals. Volunteers may be asked to help with these groups, giving you an opportunity to use your English and/or Spanish.
Those with experience in veterinary science or biology will be able to work with the sanctuary coordinators, taking more of an active role in the animal care and in the technical aspects of running the rescue centre.
No specific qualifications are required, however a level of comfort with animals is needed. Spanish skills are not required for this placement, although they will help to integrate you more with the local community and staff. A background in veterinary science, biology or environmental conservation is very useful. Experience working in environmental policy (administrative or legal level) would be a plus!
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To work in one of the most biodiverse areas on earth
To rescue and rehabilitate animals
To learn more about biology, conservation and animal rights
This project site is a remote location, ideal for volunteers who appreciate tranquil and simple living conditions. The centre is located three kilometres outside of El Puyo, the capital of the province of Pastaza where the southern and northern regions of the Amazon divide. Amid indigenous, Amazonian villages, lies this tropical jungle canopy, where mist rises off distant mountains, monkeys roam free, and a chorus of animals voices fills the air. Your accommodation has a lending library with books and DVDS. You’ll also enjoy playing cards, throwing darts, relaxing in the hammocks and sitting around the fire pit at night.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2 – 26 weeks
- Cost: £1280/$2240 for 2 weeks
£225/$394 for each week thereafter
- Requirements: age 17+
- Location: Puyo, Ecuador
- Project activities: animal rescue, habitat restoration, native plant lessons, cleaning animal cages, assist with school tours
- Working hours: 8:00-12:30 and 14:30-17:00, Monday – Friday
- Project Availability: available all year round
- Arrival day: twice monthly on Fridays. Please speak to an advisor.
What is included
- Accommodation: shared room in a cabin during your placement & 3 nights stay in a hostel in Quito upon arrival (breakfast provided)
- Food: 2 meals per day Monday evening to Saturday morning, meals served in communal kitchen with shared cooking responsibilities
- Airport pick up and drop off in Quito
- Training: pre-departure pack, on-site orientation (on Saturday) and project induction
- Local SIM card and phone ($50 deposit required, phone must be returned when you leave)
- Transport between Quito and project site
- Excursion planning: staff will help plan activities and excursions (some activities may cost extra)
What is not included
- Police/Government Background Check: US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies); all other nationalities must provide local police check
- Optional excursion on the Sunday of your arrival weekend. Please speak to an advisor if you want to know more.
Easy 3-step application process
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TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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