In the rainforest in Puyo, you as animal lover have the chance to make a difference for animals in trouble! Animal Rescue Centre has been in action since 2006. Wild animals illegally kept as pets, affected by diseases or subjected to neglect and mismanagement are the ones who primarily come to the centre. Often the animals come from horrifying conditions and all possible efforts are taken to let them return to the wild. If they are unable to return to the wild they live under natural conditions very close to their natural environment at the centre.
Project fee from EUR 870
Your Role as a Volunteer
One can find more than 40 species of animals at the centre, including capuchin monkeys, spider monkeys, ocelots, coatis, turtles, capybaror, caimans, macaws and other parrots. New animals arrive continuously. Staff and volunteers mainly look after the animals seeing that they eat and drink properly, but they also have a continuous task of improving and restoring the centre.
General overview on volunteering at animal centre:
- Preparing animal food
- Daily cleaning and feeding the animals
- Assist in the construction of improved housing for the animals and the centre.
- Nurture and care for animals
- Report to superiors on the general health of animals
Working hours are Mon-Fri 08.00-17 and Saturday mornings would be the time when you get to help feed the animals.
Before the animals come to the centre, many seized by animal and environmental police in Ecuador. The majority of them have been held in captivity in small cages or acted as pets or have been for sale on the black market, and may suffer from disease, hunger or stress. When animals arrive at the centre, they spend the first few weeks in quarantine to be investigated thoroughly and recover from any injuries or illnesses. The animals can return to the wild, when they can make it on their own after their time in quarantine.
Any form of help is appreciated; you can help develop methods, tasks and suggestions are always welcomed with open arms. Remember that it is your imagination and creativity that sets the limit for how much you learn and share during your volunteer time!
The Project’s Mission
The project aims to take care of the animals, to help them recover and to simultaneously allow them to be able to manage on their own once they are back in their natural environment.
Ecuador project is run in cooperation with a local NGO. Thanks to this cooperation, Volunteer Vacations offer you a well-organized and safe experience as a volunteer. It’s a guaranteed meaningful stay for those who volunteer and for the local population alike.
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected]. When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
Your Everyday Life
The program begins in Quito where you will meet a coordinator from our partner organization. You would spend the night in Quito and then proceed to Puyo on the next day to begin your project.
The centre is located in Puyo, about 5 hours from Quito, in the middle of the rain forest and 900 m above sea level! Thanks to the high position, the climate is pleasant, not too hot, with temperatures between 18 – 24 degrees. The wettest months are from December to March but a decent rain in the afternoon is not uncommon in other months either. The rain is not a big problem as it is often seen as a relief from the hot sun.
Accommodation and Food
As a volunteer you will live in a so-called cabin (a small wooden cabin) with 4 volunteers. There are beds with sheets and adjacent is a toilet and shower (No hot water available). Food is included and you will be served lunch and dinner while you cook your breakfast yourself. There may be an opportunity to leave the washing to local residents who clean for you at a cost of a few dollars. The centre receives approximately 14-16 volunteers. As a volunteer you can live and work together with volunteers from other parts of the world!
When you have free time, you can explore the surroundings on your own or simply just enjoy life! Example, you can explore the rainforest with its waterfalls; go into nearby towns such as Baños, a super cozy town that offer activities like adventure sports! To go back to Puyo there is a regular bus service and taxi service which is available. On Wednesday evenings field project staff and volunteers go to town together to dine, this is at your own cost.
Ecuador is a microcosm of America – everything on the continent is also available in this small country. Here, you see colours, scents and an abundance of wildlife and proud people. Did you know that the country is named after the equator, and the greater part of the country lies south of this line? The landscape is marked by the Andes mountain range, the Pacific and the Amazon. The contrasts are great but the distances are short. In large parts of the country, man lives in harmony with nature, but the pulse of the city is making itself felt in Quito and Guayaquil. The equator gem has something for everyone!
Flight tickets are not included in the tour price. You can book your tickets from any travel agency of your choice. Your ticket must be booked so that you arrive in Quito the day before the start of the project, that is a Sunday, and your return flight must be booked from Quito on Sunday after project completion.
For traveling to Ecuador you do not need a visa. You will automatically receive a 90-day tourist visa on arrival in the country. Please be sure to check this against your nationality and secure necessary information long in advance of your travel date.
NOTE! From February 2018 it is mandatory to be able to present a proof of travel insurance when entering Ecuador.
It is your responsibility to make sure that your insurance covers illness, injury and theft whilst you are volunteering. Most travel agency’s sell a travel insurance that is valid for volunteer work, so be sure to enquire about it when booking your flight tickets. Volunteer Travels does however, supply liability insurance and is included in the price. Liability insurance applies to instances when compensation for damages is demanded of you, as a private person, for unintentionally hurting someone or for unintentionally damaging someone else’s property.
You should contact your nearest vaccination centre for any questions regarding vaccinations. They will advise you on which vaccinations are necessary when travelling to Ecuador.