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Ecuador Amazon Wildlife Sanctuary

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Ecuador Amazon Wildlife Sanctuary

Working in a sanctuary for rescued and confiscated wild animals from the Amazonian basin region of Ecuador you will help give these animals a second chance.

Prices from US$1,095

Ecuador is a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America. Despite its diminutive size, it is bursting with vibrant culture, mesmerising landscapes, exotic tropical wildlife and pristine habitats. It encompasses the all-consuming emerald Amazon, rich in natural resources and home to a wealth of fascinating creatures and indigenous communities.

Ecuador has a picture-perfect capital, painted in pastel colours, alive with cafés, clubs, bars, churches and museums. Markets where friendly locals sell their wares are surrounded by the hustle and bustle of traditional street life. In contrast, the peaceful and serene Andes provide a home for indigenous mountain communities and elusive mountain creatures alike. This captivating country contains a culture that is expressed in an abundance of wholesome and delicious cuisine, diverse musical forms and colourful festivals that will enliven your senses. Whilst it is one of South America's tiniest countries, it has everything you could possibly want, including stretches of white sand beaches, expansive plains, steamy jungles and spectacular soaring mountains. All this and more is waiting to be discovered on your spectacular Ecuadorian adventure!

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover a a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America
  • Rehabilitate & care for Ecuador's precious wildlife
  • Immerse yourself in a new & exciting culture

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum 18 years
  • Basic Spanish recommended

FAST FACTS

Location Ecuador
Activities Animal feeding & care
Helping with park maintenance
Building animal enclosures
Transport Airport pick-up 
Taken to project site
Accommodation Shared volunteer cabin

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Local orientation
Project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Working in a sanctuary for rescued and confiscated wild animals from the Amazon basin region of Ecuador you will help give these animals a second chance. You may be assisting with animal feeding and care, helping with park maintenance or building animal enclosures.

If you are trained in a particular field such as veterinary science, biology or other related areas you may be able to assist more closely with a specific area of animal care and the technical functions of the centre, depending on your Spanish ability. Volunteers with other skills and interests such as photography, marketing or mural painting can help in promotional activities for the centre. Whatever your background all volunteers make a really important contribution offering their ideas and experiences and helping to improve the centre and its important operations.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You'll fly into Quito where you’ll be met by the friendly in-country staff. After acclimatising and receiving orientation you will be transferred to your project location in the Amazon basin region, southeast of Quito.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will stay in a comfortable shared volunteer cabin at the rescue centre. The cabins are basic with beds and reading lamps and a hammock outside. There are flushing toilets and (cold) showers in a separate building next to the cabins.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Volunteers contribute around $20 per week to buy food in the local market, and organise the cooking amongst themselves. Vegetarians will delight in the varieties of rice and bean combinations that are available!

Ten Most Recent Reviews for This Project

An Unbelievable Experience in Ecuador  | 17 Jun 2018
My experience in Ecuador was absolutely fantastic. It was the first time I have ever done this ty...

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All your favorite guests!  | 3 Jun 2018
2 weeks simply wasn't enough. I only got to scratch the surface of this wonderful sanctu...

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Ecuador offers a wide variety of extra activities, both adventurous and cultural alike, such as rafting, caving, hiking, and trips to thermal pools.  We prefer you to arrange and book these direct with local providers thereby contributing to the local economy.

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,095

4 weeks US$2,045

Extra week US$345

DEPARTURE DATES

Monthly (please arrive Sunday in order to transfer to the project)

This project is not available on the following dates in 2017:

New Year: 2 January

Carnaval: 27-28 February

Good Friday: 14 April 

Labor Day: 1 May

Battle of Pichincha: 26 May

Indedpendence Day: 11 August

Guayaquil Independence Day: 9 October

Day of the Dead: 2 November

Cuenca Independence Day: 3 November

Christmas: 25 December

DURATION

You can join this project for a minimum of 2 weeks

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up 
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Quito (UIO)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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