Protected Amazonian Animal Sanctuary

Volunteers will be working inside the best Animal Rescue Center Puyo that helps rehabilitate endangered animals rescued from deforested land and from the black market in animal trafficking.

Protected Amazonian Animal Sanctuary

USD 285 per person

Why This Volunteer Work Project is Important

The Protected Forest Sanctuary runs one of the most successful breeding and rehabilitation programs in Latin America for endangered wildlife that were displaced due to deforestation. The sanctuary has been successful in completing their goal of rescuing rare and exciting animals from the cruel billion dollar black market and animal trade.  Now the rescued animals are free to live safely without fear of poachers and bulldozers on the 53 hectare of pristine rainforest on the Protected Animal Sanctuary.

Typical Day Volunteering

Volunteers will be working inside the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest helping maintain the  sanctuaries environment for animals that live in the property like monkeys, as well as other endangered animals like rare and exotic birds, snakes, alligators, and frogs. Volunteers will be highly active in reforestation efforts, which is important for providing the animals with the native food they need. The surrounding territory in the Amazon has been deforested after generations of logging, cattle ranching, and now the cultivation of sugar cane. The sanctuary also works closely to the local community educating about caring for the environment, and capacitating locals in the fight against oil companies that are interested in their lands.

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Volunteer Tasks

– Creating and maintaining ecological pathways for animals to roam freely inside the sanctuary

– Register animal species that are in the sanctuary

– Study native plant species that attract animals to the sanctuary

– Work in the recycled greenhouse, where native plants and trees are being grown to continue reforestation
– Teaching children in local school the importance of environmental awareness

*Please take lots of photos of insects to increase the Animal Rescue Centers database research catalogue.

Volunteer Expectations

-Volunteers will be volunteering between Monday to Friday with weekends free for leisure time or travel around Ecuador.
-Apt to simple living
-Able to be self sufficient
-Volunteers must bring their own food to the community. There will be a kitchen provided on site.


– $465 USD per month
– $410 USD three weeks
– $350 USD two weeks
– $285 USD one week
* 2 week minimum
* Maximum 4 Volunteers at a Time

Price Includes:

* Day 1: Airport pickup and first nights accommodation in Quito
* Day 2: Transfer to orientation in Riobamba / home stay
* Training and Support
* Work Reference / Volunteer Certificate
* Contribution to the community


Price Does Not Include
*Meals, however food is relatively cheap to buy in the local market in Puyo

*Volunteers also receive discounts on Mountain Climbing and Trekking Expeditions with Ecuador Eco Adventures

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  • Departure/Return Location
    Puyo, Pastaza Province, Ecuadorian Amazon
  • Departure Time
    Monday 9:15 AM for a departure at 9:30 AM
  • Return Time
    Friday Afternoon
  • Dress Code
    long pants and long sleeved shirt, swimmers, shorts
  • Included
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