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.”

Highlights

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

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
US pricing:
The currency converter above works on todays exchange rate. We do take bookings in USD but the price is set at a rate confirmed months in advance and is typically above the current exchange rate. Please inquire for details.
Accessible overview:
There are challenges associated with volunteer travel, and these can make accessible travel difficult. However, we are very keen to chat with travelers with specific needs to see if we can make a trip possible.
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Conservation:
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.

Protecting the world
We are passionate about encouraging our travelers to be kind to the environment as they travel. Each participant receives advice about how to care for the environment whilst they are away. This includes water usage, how to avoid single use plastic, and electricity usage.

We insist that all participants bring their own water bottles when they travel with us, and clean free water is always available. We have even created a water bottle that can be purchased before departure and encourage people to use it at all stages of their journey including at the airport, on flights and whilst on their project. We are striving for all of our projects to be free of single use plastic.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

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 overseas 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.

Climate

2 Reviews of Ecuador wildlife sanctuary volunteering

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Reviewed on 06 Aug 2019 by

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


Interacting with all the beautiful animals at the sanctuary. Completely unforgettable.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Spend as long as you can, I wish Id spent more than two weeks there!

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


Yes

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


10/10, really a wonderful experience with friendly staff, lots of opportunities
to interact with the animals there and learn their stories and a broad mix of
fun volunteers.

Reviewed on 05 Apr 2018 by

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


Helping animals.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


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

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


Yes

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


Great experience!

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