Join us as on this veterinary internship in Ecuador and contribute to improving the welfare of wildlife while developing your CV. Based in the Amazon rainforest this centre has 4 hectares of land used for wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release. In addition there are a further 70 hectares that have been used for wildlife release. The project was founded in 2006 by a local family who works with the Ministry of the Environment and the Environmental Police. Wildlife is rescued often after experiencing abuse or having been trafficked nationality or regionally. The project staff treat animals using both modern and homeopathic medicines.
Work at the sanctuary undertaken by a local team and a veterinarian includes treatment, nutrition, release and monitoring of species. The sanctuary is home to 200 hundred animals including parrots, monkeys, turtles, wild cats, capybaras, caymans, and many more mammals and birds. It is open to the public and school groups to generate much needed income but the main focus is protection and rescue of species. Join us in Ecuador and gain first hand experience of practices being taken to positively impact the lives of birds and animals.
Why choose this project?
As a veterinary, animal science or biology student you will gain hands on experience that supports aspects of your course. You will see a range of areas such as physiology, pharmacology, anaesthesiology, clinical pathology and more. The centre benefits by receiving interns who have knowledge and some training in areas that relate directly to the animals. Taking care of rescued animals is a time consuming task and your help will be appreciated by the community and beyond.
You will have the opportunity to develop a range of skills and knowledge on this internship. Activities vary depending on the needs of the animals and sanctuary at the time of your placement. You may have the opportunity to develop your skills in physiology, pharmacology, anaesthesiology, clinical pathology and more. Activities may include:
- application of preventative treatments including homeopathic medicines
- nutrition and feeding plans appropriate for local species
- reintroduction of animals to their natural habitats and monitoring their progress post release
- testing of animals going through quarantine
- research projects (depending on the length, time and needs at the time of your placement)
Learning outcomes may include:
- understanding of the application of medicines to wild animals and the role of homeopathy
- diagnostics including skin samples, bloods, stool samples etc)
- surgery and the appropriate use of implements
- habitats of a range of species = what is suitable and the factors necessary to take into account when releasing trafficked or rescued animals back into the wild – use of camera traps, nets etc
If you work hard and help where needed you will make the most out of this exciting internship.
This internship is great for undergraduate and graduate students, with a focus on animal science, zoology, or veterinary studies. You must have a good understanding of biology and physiology of the animals at the centre. You will work with others so team working and good communication skills are important. Proficiency in Spanish (level B1 Intermediate User of CEFR) is highly recommended for this project as you will be working alongside local people. However, beginners’ learners can also be considered. You will receive feedback about your placement from your supervisor. Please bring a laptop to record your progress during your internship placement and to prepare your end of placement presentation.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Gain practical experience to support your studies in animal sciences, veterinary or zoology
Understand the challenges and processes required in releasing animals back into the wild
Develop your skills in a fantastic setting, home to thousands of species of birds, reptiles and mammals
You will arrive into Quito and will spend your first few nights here. You will be able to join an optional trip to a volcano on the Sunday should you wish to do so. Your project is located 1 hour outside of Puyo, the capital of Pastaza province, which divides the southern and northern regions in the Amazon. This area has lush tropical rainforest and mists rise from distant mountains. You will spot free roaming monkeys and listen to the sounds of rescued animals and frogs that fill the air. This is a rural location, ideal for interns who want to focus on their placement in a tranquil location. You will live in furnished wooden cabins on site, with communal kitchen and social areas In the evenings, you may want to play cards or darts, read or watch a DVD. There are hammocks around the fire pit, a perfect spot to round off the night in this beautiful location.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4 – 26 weeks
- Cost: £1780/$3115 for 4 weeks
£230/$402 for each extra week
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Puyo, Ecuador
- Project activities: Animal rescue, habitat restoration, native plant lessons, cleaning animal cages, assist with school tours
- Working hours: 08:00-12:30 and 15.00-17.00, Monday – Friday, 08.00-11.00 Saturdays
- Project Availability: Available all year round
- Arrival day: Twice monthly on a Friday. 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, breakfast provided
- Food: 2 meals per day – meals are served in a communal kitchen area 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: must be returned when you leave, will be charged $50 if not returned
- Excursion planning: staff will help plan activities and excursions (activities may cost extra)
- Learning Reflection Document
- Certificate on completion of internship
- Supervision from qualified professional
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
- Transfer back to Quito after placement ends
- Transportation at project site (coordinators will instruct participants on how to use public transport, which is quite cheap)
- Optional intensive Spanish classes 1-week programme £355 / $621 including accommodation
- 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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Apply online and pay your project security deposit. Our advisers will then contact you to guide you through the final steps.
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