Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
Ecuador is a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America. Despite its diminutive size, it is bursting with vibrant culture, mesmerising landscapes, exotic tropical wildlife and pristine habitats. It encompasses the all-consuming emerald Amazon, rich in natural resources and home to a wealth of fascinating creatures and indigenous communities.
Ecuador has a picture-perfect capital, painted in pastel colours, alive with cafés, clubs, bars, churches and museums. Markets where friendly locals sell their wares are surrounded by the hustle and bustle of traditional street life. In contrast, the peaceful and serene Andes provide a home for indigenous mountain communities and elusive mountain creatures alike.
This captivating country produces a culture that is expressed in an abundance of wholesome and delicious cuisine, diverse musical forms and colourful festivals that will enliven your senses. Whilst it is one of South America's tiniest countries, it has everything you could possibly want, including stretches of white sand beaches, expansive plains, steamy jungles and spectacular soaring mountains. All this and more is waiting to be discovered on your spectacular Ecuadorian adventure!
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Work at the centre ranges from the daily care of individual animals, to maintenance and construction within the park, to leading groups of visitors around the centre and providing them with information on the work that is done. The centre is family run and offers shelter to rescued animals, as well as those confiscated from the illegal pet trade.
Volunteers that run the tours of the park can do so in either their own native language, or in Spanish, depending on their ability. Individuals who have professional experience in subjects such as veterinary science or biology may be able to assist with those aspects of the centre’s work.
Volunteers should be aware that this is a working animal rescue centre, which cares for a wide range of animals for whom it is not possible to be released back into the wild as many of them are either not native to Ecuador or simply do not possess the natural survival instincts that are so important. The work at times can be difficult, particularly when new cases are admitted to the centre so volunteers should be prepared for the reality of this type of work. Resources are limited and yet the influx of confiscated or rescued animals continues. To support the maintenance and improvement of the centres facilities the gates are opened up to visitors to help fund this project and as such your time will be split between these two work areas.