Ecuador wildlife sanctuary volunteering

“Volunteer with an established Amazon wildlife sanctuary, working with rescued animals including monkeys and forest cats. Stay in rainforest cabin on site, with swimming pool.”


Quito | Ecuadorian Amazon | Rainforest wildlife sanctuary | Options for white water rafting | Stay in shared rainforest cabin | Bird watching and care | Amazonian wildlife

Description of Ecuador wildlife sanctuary volunteering

When you volunteer on this Ecuador conservation project, it gives you a chance to explore wilderness and surround yourself with some of the most amazing Amazonian wildlife you could ever see. Immerse yourself in life at a leading animal sanctuary, dedicated to rescuing and protecting abused and mishandled Amazonian animals.

Help to provide a new life to animals that have had a tough start. Prepare the food for the chattering monkeys, feed the beautifully colourful birds, provide enrichment to the majestic forest cats and care for the cute coatis - and this is just some of what you will become a part of here.

Where possible, these animals will be rehabilitated to the wild in a separate reserve, however sadly this cannot be the case for all animals brought here. The sanctuary operates a hands-off policy, however some of the animals here have become so humanised that they are prone to approach volunteers for some attention.

The sanctuary spreads through about 8 hectares of beautiful woodland, home to about 35 different species. Joining this project is a great way to get some experience of working in animal care, as well as to get up close with these beautiful animals.

The project is located in a beautiful rain forest setting, with activities such as Amazon exploring, white water rafting and cultural tours all readily available for free time trips. You will be working Monday - Friday and either Saturday or Sunday morning, depending on your rota, so you will have plenty of time to fit in some trips too.

Accommodation and food

Volunteers live in the heart of the sanctuary, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the rain forest. About 4 - 6 volunteers share log cabins with access to an outdoor swimming pool and wifi. The toilets and showers are communal in a block just next to the accommodation.

Food is provided during the week, and volunteers help to prepare delicious meals for themselves and the rest of the group.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Arrival in Quito airport. Transfer to a guest house in Quito for an overnight stay. Accommodation included, but not meals
Day 2:Collected from the guest house and transferred up to the project
Day 3+:Volunteering at the sanctuary takes place Monday - Friday and either Saturday or Sunday morning.
Day X:The project can run from 2 weeks +. Most people choose to leave on a Saturday or Sunday to go back to Quito / do some onward travel.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Ecuador wildlife sanctuary volunteering


This project is all about conserving animals and enabling them to live with protection in their natural environment. Everything that is done at the sanctuary is done to create a good life for these rescued animals.

We send out comprehensive pre-departure briefing, which includes a section on protecting the local environment. In particular we advise participants to take care with water, which is scarce in many of our destinations. We recommend they avoid unnecessary washing, using hand wash gel where they can. We also instruct them on how to dispose of waste properly, not to litter and, where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles which are not easy to dispose of environmentally.

Our company is an environmentally responsible one that operates recycling and reusing of waste products. We also offset carbon emissions in our office (gas, electricity, business mileage) and encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme run in conjunction with Tree Aid.


Meeting local needs:
In addition to helping to protect these animals, this sanctuary plays an important role in protecting the local economy. This rural area relies on conservation and wildlife for tourism as there are no big cities nearby. The sanctuary brings volunteers to the area and has created jobs for local people, both directly at the sanctuary and indirectly through using taxi companies, supermarkets, markets and restaurants. By helping at the sanctuary our volunteers are ensuring its survival and allowing it to expand the number of animals it can help.

Cultural sensitivity:
We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life. Our policy is to send people to the developing world in small groups or individually. This minimises the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination and helps them to integrate into the local community. We really emphasise the value of learning some Spanish before departure.

All of our participants receive comprehensive pre-departure briefing. This covers topics on how to be culturally sensitive, how to best look after the environment when in the country and how to stay safe as well as up to date information on the political situation. They are also briefed on how to dispose of waste properly and where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles as these are not easy to dispose of environmentally.

1 Reviews of Ecuador wildlife sanctuary volunteering

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 05 Apr 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Helping animals.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Itís a lot of work, but it pays off! The animals and the people are phenomenal.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Great experience!

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