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Volunteer at Animal Rehabilitation Center Ecuador



Our animal rehabilitation center is part of the Sumaco biosphere reserve and part of the "Selva Viva" rainforest protection project. We strive to reintroduce viable candidates to their natural habitat, provide the best possible conditions for animals staying permanently in the centre, and offer environmental education - with an emphasis in conse […]

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Dates of program:
Year round

Duration of program:
4 weeks minimum

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 18+

US$250 per month which includes all food and accommodation. Accommodation is usually 2 people per bedroom, although single rooms are available.

Other information:
You won’t find a beach holiday or a petting zoo at our animal rehabilitation centre, but you will certainly be rewarded by a once in a lifetime experience, surrounded by a beautiful tropical rainforest and all its creatures.


True contribution
"It was such an honour to work for this project! They do truly good work to rescue the animals and release them! Animals are their number one priority and it was so refreshing to meet like-minded people. The work is hard, we clean cages, carry the food buckets and do give tours to the visitors all day but it was so rewarding and we go to bed with that feeling that we have contributed to wildlife! The volunteer’s house is really nice by the river and I have made friends for life there!"- Maureen Doyle
Amazing experience
"The time in the rescue centre was one of the most intense, tiring, rewarding and incredible times of my life. Waking up with monkeys jumping in the trees in front of your sleeping room. Out of carrying fruits for the animals we made a fun challenge with fresh fruits as a reward. Seeing people’s reactions when telling them the fates of the animals was amazing. And just be around all this amazing creatures, knowing that you do the best you can to give them a life as close to nature as possible or observe the almost human look in the monkeys eyes when you clean their cages was just heart-opening! But even though it was so tempting: Don't touch the animals! And when you have your day off, there is nothing better than a cosy hammock and a dip in the river."- Christina Gebler

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