What is the Amazon Rainforest Wildlife Rescue in Ecuador all about?
Travel during COVID times
Given the special global circumstances and to ensure the safety of participants and local community members, this wildlife conservation program has been developed with great consideration to protect you and our communities.
The program is offered for a minimum of 3 weeks, and a maximum of 12 weeks, without a tourism visa extension; or 24 weeks with a tourism visa extension. On arrival, you will spend 5 days for virtual orientation in the Middle of the World, where a structured itinerary will enable you to participate in meaningful project work and cultural immersion activities. Before you transfer to the project, you will be required to undertake another PCR test so you can transfer to our the Animal Rescue Center location to volunteer. Once you arrive at the Animal Rescue Center, you will not be allowed to leave the center for any reason, unless it is for medical purpose.
This project has been selected for re-opening due to its high need of help, following a large increase in the number of rescued animals taken in during the pandemic, and the remote location of the site, enabling us to protect our participants and communities. During the first 10 days, you will spend your time on a quarantine camp at our shared volunteer house in the Middle of the World. Don’t worry, we will keep you busy! During this time, your time will be spent as follows:
- Remote Orientation with Kaya Site Director
- Remote Orientation with Animal Rescue Center Supervisor
- 1 hour per day of virtual exercise (Mondays through Fridays)
- 1 hour per day of Spanish classes (Mondays through Fridays)
- 8 cultural modules about Ecuador, its culture, and its traditions
- 4 Buddy Virtual Chats with a local student
- Remote work with the Animal Rescue Center including blog writing, social media posting, document translation, magazine development, amongst others.
You will also have access to the jacuzzi onsite and a small garden where you can enjoy locally grown figs, apples, lemons, grapes and avocados (depending on what is in season).
On the 8th day, you will be required to take a PCR test so that you can be transferred through private transportation the Amazon Animal Rescue Center. There, you will join local efforts to support and protect local species. The project is family run and has been in operation since 2006 in partnerships with the Ministry of Environment and the Environmental Police. The center rescue and whenever possible, rehabilitate wild animals that have been victims of abuse and animal trafficking. The sanctuary is open to the public and school groups to generate the needed income to care for the animals. However, note that you will have none to minimal contacts with any outsiders coming to visit the center.
The animal sanctuary is home to many species at any given time including parrots, turtles, caymans, capybaras, monkeys, wild cats and many others. The rescue center is made up of 4 hectares of enclosures, with an additional 70 hectares used for release and research.
Your work will consist of ensuring the animal enclosures are well-maintained and provide a stimulating environment for the various species, as well as caring for the animals on a daily feeding and care rota. This is a great opportunity to get close to nature and be of help to those animals that have been trafficked and mistreated.
Read more about the project by reading our blog Volunteering in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador.
Role of the Conservation volunteer
This project is seriously understaffed and always needs assistance with all kind of chores. During your first 10 days, you will help 2-4 hours per day with things like writing blogs, posting on their social media, creating content for their magazine, amongst other tasks that can be done remotely. Once you transfer to the sanctuary, your chores will be more hands-on and will include: cleaning the cages, feeding the animals, repairing the animals’ homes, constructing new enclosures for incoming animals as well as taking part in research projects focused on certain species. Those with experience in veterinary science or biology may work with the sanctuary coordinators to take more of an active role in animal care and some of the more technical aspects of the running of the wildlife rescue center.
Why choose this Conservation project?
- Use these uncertain times to support the goals of providing shelter and rehabilitation to animals confiscated from bad situations.
- Learn about the wildlife of the Amazon while spending time up close with a fascinating medley of enchanting creatures.
- Learn about Ecuadorian culture alongside nutritional and behavioral requirements for the animals of the Amazon.
What skills do I need to be a Wildlife Rescue Volunteer?
No specific qualifications are required however a love of animals is essential as this is the focus of your volunteer placement. A background in veterinary science, biology or environmental conservation is useful and will enable participants to help veterinary staff, but not necessary.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To get away at this stressful time while working in one of the most biodiverse areas on earth
To participate in a culturally immersive program while learning about rescue, rehabilitation and release of animals
To learn more about biology, conservation and animal rights and doing it responsibly as you take part in a quarantine camp beforehand to protect the locals.
Where will I work in Ecuador?
About the location
During your first two weeks, you will be staying in a “home away from home” just 5 minutes away from the Middle of the World. Once you transfer, the project is located 3 km outside of Puyo, the capital of Pastaza province. The area is lush tropical rainforest canopy where mist rises off distant mountains, free roaming monkeys can be spotted, and the chorus of rescued animals and frogs fills the air. A great place to reconnect with nature!
In the middle of the World, the house is comfortable and known to be environmentally friendly with a beautiful garden and plenty of space to relax and do your remote work. At the project, you will be in a rural area, ideal for anyone who likes tranquil, remote and simple living conditions. You will live in furnished wooden cabins on site, with communal kitchen and social areas In the evenings. In both location, you will only be sharing your room with 1 other volunteer from your group.
What to do in your spare time
Due to the current global circumstances, you won’t be able allowed to leave the center to explore. However, your accommodation has a stock of books and DVDS you can use. You will also enjoy playing cards, relaxing in the hammocks and sitting around the fire pit at night.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 3-12 weeks
- Cost: £1669 / $2605 for 3 weeks
£246 / $384 for each additional weeks
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Puyo, Ecuador
- Working hours: 4-6 hours a day
- Project availability: Fall - September 11, 2021
- Arrival day: Friday
What is included
- Accommodation: shared room of maximum 1 other volunteer
- Meals: 3 meals per day during quarantine camp, then 3 meals per day Monday to Friday during project. Meals served in communal kitchen with shared cooking responsibilities. Weekend meals will need to be paid for and prepared by volunteers
- Airport: scheduled pick up and drop off from Quito International Airport
- On the ground transportation: private transport to/from rescue center
- Access to personal online Kaya Community account including:
– Pre-departure information pack for Ecuador
– Fundraising Guide
– How to Manage your Money Abroad Guide
- On the ground training: cultural and safety orientation, project induction and cultural immersion modules..
- Support: 24-hour support including emergency contact numbers from local team
What is not included
- Meals on the weekend while at sanctuary (plan for $10/day maximum)
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies). All other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Routine or country-specific vaccination if applicable
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates 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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