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This project takes place in two main locations – first, embrace Ecuadorian culture in the capital city of Quito and then head to the secluded rainforest area of Arajuno to volunteer with rescued monkeys and other animals.
Quito is located in the Andes Mountains, which provides beautiful, scenic views of the majestic landscape. Six hours to the south lies Arajuno, in a secluded area of the rainforest. The nearest town, Puyo, is one hour away, allowing volunteers to live peacefully in the middle of the serene, enchanting rainforest.
This sanctuary was established in 2006 and currently provides a safe haven for over 60 animals, mostly tropical rainforest monkeys but also other native animals that have been injured. Many of these animals were abused or abandoned by those in the local community who kept them as pets. The sanctuary is family-run and sits on over 75 hectares of land. In addition to caring for injured animals, the sanctuary also works with the local community to promote conservation and wildlife education. Whenever possible, animals are released from the sanctuary back into the wild.
During your first week of this volunteer program, you will improve your Spanish skills with 20 hours of lessons, as well enjoy an introduction to the culture and local landscape of Ecuador. Fun activities during this week could include a private salsa lesson, a city tour of Quito and a visit to the Equator.
Starting with your second week, you will make your way to the monkey sanctuary where you will be involved in a variety of tasks. Day-to-day tasks include cutting fruit and preparing other food for the animals, feeding the animals and participating in general maintenance around the sanctuary.
Some of your tasks may include:
A typical day: Volunteers will work Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM -12:00 PM and have a break before returning to work from 2:30 – 5:30 PM. On Saturdays volunteers feed the animals and clean the volunteer house before having the rest of the weekend free.
Holidays: Holidays will not affect the animal project, but they will affect the first week of Spanish classes. Volunteers will receive all 20 hours as promised, but may have to make up hours on non-holidays.
The holidays for 2020 are as follows:
The holidays for 2021 are as follows:
Internet: During orientation week, WiFi will be available at an additional cost near to the student house. During the project, WiFi is not available at the project site, but is available in the nearby town of Triunfo (20 minutes away.)
Laundry: During orientation week, laundry facilities are available nearby for a small fee. While at the project, laundry facilities are not available and volunteers should expect to wash clothes by hand.
Accommodations: During orientation week volunteers will stay in same-gender, double rooms in the student house with communal bathrooms and a shared, fully equipped kitchen. At the project volunteers will be in shared, single-gender rooms in a cabin with up to 7 others. There is a dining cabin with a kitchen which volunteers can use to prepare meals. Please note there is no electricity at the project accommodations. There is just a power generator which is switched on at night normally from 18:30 until 20:30 so that people can charge cameras.
Food: During orientation week, volunteers will need to purchase and prepare their own meals.There is a fully equipped kitchen in the student house and markets nearby. At the project three meals are provided: breakfast will be prepared by volunteers individually, lunches will be prepared for them and volunteers prepare dinner for the group on a rotating basis. On weekends volunteers prepare their own meals in the self-catering kitchen.
Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:
Aside from the travel highlights enjoyed during orientation, volunteers can participate in other activities during their free time for an additional fee. Listed below are a few suggested activities that are located in two of the closest towns.
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 option 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.