Animal Care Volunteer Work in Ecuador, South America

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Animal Welfare Volunteer Project in Ecuador

Wild animals are illegally captured from their natural habitat in different parts of Ecuador and sold to collectors. Most of these animals have been neglected and in any case they often get seriously injured since they are tremendously abused by people or are kept as pets. The aim of this project is to collaborate in the animal welfare with some animal rescue centres, animal sanctuaries and zoos throughout Ecuador which hosts a huge variety of animals, some of them victims of unhealthy and illegal situations, some others with birth defects or simply animals that have been born within the centres. The purpose of the centres is to take care of the animals.

The centre provides the animals with shelter and wherever possible, the animals are reintroduced into the wild. However, many of the animals come to the centres with permanent disabilities and as a result there are many animals at the centres that cannot be returned to the wild.

This project focuses on all aspects of animal welfare and it is ideal for anyone interested in animal volunteer work abroad. There are many opportunities to volunteer and feel part of a group dedicated to creating a more humane world for animals. Volunteers will work to improve the lives of animals at the centres with the intention, where possible, of successfully re-introducing them to the wild.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Volunteer jobs with animal welfare centers or zoos can vary depending on the place and placement. However, while you are at the centers, you will mainly be involved in the day-to-day care of the huge diversity of animals at the centre. You will help and be involved in task such as: feed and care for the animals, as well as cleaning and repairing living areas and helping to improve facilities to create a more natural environment for the animals. This involves teaching the animals how to eat, fend for themselves and other natural behaviours whilst monitoring their progress along the path to being re-introduced to the wild.


This project is an ideal opportunity for animal-loving volunteers. Everyone can help and make a real difference in the lives of animals. There are no specific qualifications required. However, basic knowledge of Spanish and good physical shape/health are highly recommend.

Project Location

Our project is located in Ibarra, Cuenca, Amazon Forest.

Dates, Duration and Application Deadline

The project runs all year-round for 2 - 24 weeks in length and start every Monday so volunteer should arrive 1 or 2 days early. Volunteers choose their own start dates. Applications are accepted up to 2 weeks prior to departure or start date.


Registration fee $ 100.

Program fee $ 600 for 2 weeks and $ 200 every extra week.

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Oe3-163 Mosquera Narvaez St. and America Ave.
Quito - Ecuador / South America
P.O. Box: 17-03-798

Tele/fax: (593-2) 2543231, (593-2) 2239443
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