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Animal Welfare and Care in the Amazon Rainforest

Volunteering
 
The project in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest is for the rescue of animals from illegal trade, their welfare, their rehabilitation and release in a natural environment. We provide volunteering in the areas of animal care, welfare and working with wildlife.
 
 

Project Details

 
Located about one hour’s drive away from the Ecuadorian town of Puyo, the 100 hectare area with enclosures is surrounded by the impressive Amazon rainforest. It is the home of, amongst others, several species of monkeys like Titi or Capuchin, peccaries, kinkajous, Tayras, Margays or Tree-ocelots, turtles, parrots and macaws.
 
The project works with the Ecuadorian Environmental Protection Agency and the Ministry of Environment in the fight against illegal trade in animals and animal possession, animal cruelty and illegal hunting of wild animals. Animals that are rescued or confiscated are brought into the project. Some of the animals have found a new home; a life in the wild is no longer possible for them. This is because their behavior changes too much due to the coexistence with people and in captivity. The awareness of animal welfare and wildlife is, unfortunately, still not widespread.
 
Being kept captive as a pet often leads to aggressive and/or depressive behavior, with the result that the owners abuse and neglect animals. Many animals in the project are those that have been neglected and violated. The bulk, especially the animals of prolonged captivity, have significant behavioral disorders. A total of about 60 animals are fed. Other animals that come into the project have a chance to return to the wild. The spacious facility allows for this is, in that these animals have as little contact with people as possible and so natural instincts are encouraged and brought out. 
 
The project was started in 2006 by the Alvarez family in Guatactuca; they work as a family with the support of international volunteers.
 
Possible activities for volunteers: 
 
  • Animal care
  • Preparation of food and feeding
  • Observation of behaviors
  • Maintenance of plants
  • Repair and reconstruction of the enclosure
Info Box
General
Location: Arajuno, Ecuador
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 1 Week
Maximum Duration: 3 Months
Language Requirements: Spanish not required
Accommodation:
Beds in Volunteer Houses at Project Site
Internship
Supervision Possible: No
Qualification Of Supervisor: -
Minimum Qualification Of Intern: -
Further Contribution To Project: -
Volunteering
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: None
Further Contribution To Project: None
Expectations:
Do you have the "right" attitude?
 

Accommodation

 

Accommodation in the Amazon Rainforest

 

adventurer

 
 
Volunteer-House
 
Volunteer Houses of wood, propped up on stilts, offer dormitory accommodation, surrounded by the Amazonian rainforest. The decor is simple and includes kitchen and a lounge. There are western toilets and showers. The kitchen is equipped with basic utensils such as pots, pans, plates, cups, cutlery, etc. Water is available, electricity is not. In the evenings, a generator is switched on to produce electricity and you can charge your electronics at this time. Otherwise, candles are used, the stock will be maintained in the houses. We recommend you carry a flashlight with you. There is a fire pit for a bon fire and hammocks for you to relax at the end of the day.
 

Rate

 

Rates for Volunteering

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1 Week - 420 EUR
Any additional week 180 EUR
 
Please notice: All volunteering options in Ecuador start on a Saturday in Quito and then you travel to your project by bus on Sunday.
 

The Rates for Volunteering include:

 
  • Accommodation, in some cases including meals - see project description
  • Pick-up and Transfer in Quito on arrival and transfer to the bus for your project the following day
  • Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials including Intercultural Preparation, compiled particularly for your destination (PDFs, Videos)
  • Preparation Session via Skype, together with further participants
  • Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
  • Donation to your project
  • Emergency telephone contact
  • In Quito Salsa Lesson and Cocktail once per week
 

The Rates DON'T include:

 
  • Meals (when volunteering on farms some agricultural produce is provided at no additional cost)
  • Travel to and from Ecuador (you book it on your own)
  • Migration Card
  • Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Local Transport (Estimated amounts see below)
  • Arrival outside of regular office hours and public holidays + 25 USD
  • Major change after initial booking + 30 EUR
 

Overview of other costs:

 
  • Migration Card 10 USD
  • If meals are not included: around 100-200 EUR (120 USD)/Month (Estimate)
  • Small local expenses (Internet, Local transport): around 20-40 EUR (30-50 USD)/Month (Estimate)
  • Insurance 20-40 EUR(30-50 USD)/Month

 

How do I pay?

 
Once all your questions have been answered and you confirm that you want to participate, we will email you an invoice. You can pay it via bank transfer or via Paypal. You will pay a deposit of 200 EUR when the invoice is issued. One months prior to your arrival you will pay the remainder for your Service Package and for the first month of rent.
 
Rent from the 2nd month, possible further contributions to the NGO or for internship supervision (see info box of the respective project description), and costs for visa and possibly further official permits you pay directly at your destination (unless we inform you differently for certain placements). There are ATMs. 
 

Extras

 

Other Projects That Might Interest You:

 
 
These projects are suggestions for alternatives that may interest you or those that could be chosen as COMBINATIONS. The combination of projects in different organizations is often possible and usually cheaper than two individual bookings. Please contact us to know more! Check out our other listings in the areas of "World Learner" and "Active Travel" at your travel destination to make your stay even more interesting.
 

Learning Spanish in Ecuador!

 
You can take Spanish lessons in Quito, Ecuador, before your project. There are 20 hours of lessons per week.
 
Group Lessons and Accommodation in a Student House:
 
EUR Quito
1 Week 230
2 Weeks 440
3 Weeks 640
4 Weeks 840


Individual Lessons and Accommodation in a Student House:
 
EUR Quito
1 Week 280
2 Weeks 520
3 Weeks 740
4 Weeks 970
 
Please check "Language Training Required" in the form, with your desired duration (minimum 20 hours for one week).
 

Travel Health Insurance

 
We recommend the following travel insurance that is meant specifically for participants of internships, volunteering, language study, working holiday, and courses abroad. It is available for travelers of all nationalities and usable for all countries, except your home country. You can also add a journey liability insurance.
 
Just click on the link, fill in the form and you will get a confirmation email.
 
 
 

Amazon

 

Amazon Rainforest and Puerto Quito

 
 
In addition to Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, Ecuador is among the Amazon countries. About 42 percent of the area of Ecuador is covered by rainforest. This is only 2 percent of Amazonia. However, despite the small size of Ecuador, the presence of about 20,000 plant species, 1,500 bird species, more than 840 amphibians and reptiles and over 300 species of mammals, places it among the countries with the greatest biodiversity.
 
Unfortunately, Ecuador is also the highest in terms of the destruction of this unique ecosystem. The oil reserves and oil production especially cause considerable damage to nature and man with the mining, logging and deforestation for agricultural use.
 
Our project site, "animal protection project in the Amazon rain forest”, is located near Arajuno, about 1 hour’s drive from the Ecuadorian jungle town of Puyo to the northeast, surrounded by nothing but the breathtaking rainforest. 
 
Puerto Quito is a small town with about 3000 inhabitants, about 140 km north- west of Quito. The area is less than 200 meters high and thus, in the lowlands west of the Ecuadorian Andes. The area is dominated by agriculture and there are also a number of ecotourism offers. The town has developed as people increasingly settled here to take up farming only in the 1960s and 1970s . The agricultural production is mainly cocoa, bananas, various tropical fruits such as papaya, oranges or pineapple and corn.

Getting There

 

Getting To Ecuador

Ecuador
 
Quito (UIO) has an international airport. When flying from Europe, you will have take at least two connecting flights on the way to Ecuador. If your transit airport is in the US, you will have to carry out the ESTA registration prior to departure.
 
You can also fly to the international airport of Guayaquil (GYE) and fly from there, if necessary; take a domestic flight to Quito (between 40 and 60 USD / 31 to 48 EUR) or by bus (about 10 to 12 USD/ 8 to 10 EUR, 8-10 hours). The bus station is right next to the airport.
 
For projects in Puerto Quito and in the Amazon Rainforest (near Puyo), it is best to fly to Quito.
 
From Quito, you travel to Puerto Quito by bus. If you want to spend time in Quito, we can organise that for you.
 
For projects in the Amazon rainforest, you drive from Quito by bus to Puyo. The journey takes about 6 hours and the ticket costs 6-8 USD/ 4-5 EUR. In Puyo, you will be picked up from the bus by a responsible person and the onward journey by jeep is another one hour.
 
For projects in Puerto Lopez, we recommend you fly to Guayaquil. There are buses daily from Guayaquil to the coastal town of Puerto Lopez. The journey takes about 4 1/2 hours. The bus ticket costs about 4-6 USD/ 3-5 EUR. The bus station in Guayaquil is located in close proximity to the airport. There are also direct buses to Puerto Lopez from Quito, but they last more than 12 hours and cost 10-12 USD/ 8-10 EUR.

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