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The animal rescue center is in a rural jungle setting near the city of Puyo, which is located close to Baños, a tourist-friendly city and gateway to the Amazon basin. As a volunteer, you will have the chance to take part in excursions of your own planning or join our adventure introduction week before the program.
This center was established in 2006 with the aim of rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife from the Amazon jungle. Most of the animals at the center have all been injured, mistreated or abandoned. Some of the animals were orphaned when their parents were killed by hunters and other animals were saved from wildlife traffickers who were trying to export them out of the country.
The rescue shelter is a true haven. It has several sections for the animals, one of the most impressive being Monkey Island, which is only accessible via a pedestrian bridge. These animals are in need of loving volunteers to care for their daily needs.
Your volunteer responsibilities will be assisting in the care of the rescued animals at the shelter. Day-to-day tasks include cutting fruit and preparing other food for the animals, feeding the animals and participating in maintenance tasks around the shelter. This may include the building, repairing of and cleaning of enclosures as well as general cleaning.
Some of your tasks may include:
A typical day: Volunteers will work from 8:00 AM- 12:00 PM and then from 2:30-5:00 PM, Monday to Friday. On either Saturday or Sunday, volunteers will work a few hours in the morning and once tasks are completed, will have the rest of the weekend free.
Internet: WiFi is available in the common areas of the wildlife center.
Laundry: While at the project, laundry facilities are available in the town of Puyo, 15 minutes away for a fee. Accommodations: Volunteers will stay in shared cabins with bunk beds in same-gender rooms, with up to five other volunteers. The cabins are very simple and rustic, with the shared bathroom facilities located in a separate shelter next door with cold water only. The program is built for adventure rather than comfort.
Food: At the center, 3 meals per day are provided, Monday-Friday. Breakfast usually includes cereal and fruit, and lunches and dinners are often traditional South American dishes such as rice and beans. Ingredients for breakfast are provided on the weekends and there is space to cook other meals. There are markets in the town of Puyo where volunteers may purchase food for lunch and dinners on weekends.
Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:
Culture week in Baños
Join our exciting culture week in Baños before you volunteer and get the chance to learn Spanish, relax in thermal hot springs and join the famous bike and canopy tours. Baños is the gateway to the Amazon basin and the “Adventure Capital of Ecuador”. You can easily book the culture week once we accept you to the program.
Extra fee: US$350 for 7 nights, this includes:
Aside from the intro week, volunteers can take part in other activities for an additional fee during their free time. Listed below are a few suggestions.
Travel Highlights in Puyo:
Botanical Gardens Las Orquideas is a beautiful botanical garden with 6.75 hectares. This garden focuses on the education and preservation of Ecuadorian flora and fauna.
The Ethnic and Archaeological Museum is an excellent choice for history-lovers; this museum has artifacts that date back to around 2,000 BC.
Travel Highlights in Baños:
Rafting Baños Ecuador is for the thrill-seeking volunteers! Guests here have the choice to white water raft down either the Patate or Pasta Rivers.
Ziplining: For the adrenaline junkie, Baños is home to a ziplining tour company that features over 2,000 meters of zipline fun.