Volunteer at this devoted Animal Rescue Center in the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle and help combat widespread illegal animal trafficking. We include a 1-week full immersion FREE Spanish course because we believe that it will allow you to have a greater impact on the project, as you will be able to interact with local people and communities and share knowledge and skills. The Spanish course is catered to your project and will teach you specific vocabulary that you will need during the placement. Highlights Caring for the center’s mistreated, neglected or abandoned animals Informing both the local and international communities about the predicament of these vulnerable animals Educating visitors and maintaining the environment Touring the Amazon jungle with short treks in your free time Generating a lasting relationship between the community and the environment Volunteer duties are diverse and include interaction with the centers 'exotic animals’, general conservation, and visitor education. So if you want to create a positive future for these mistreated animals, while exploring the world’s most remarkable rainforest, then read on! Challenges Illegal animal trafficking in Ecuador is far-reaching, the trade is the fourth most profitable illegal activity in the world. In 2014, the number of trafficked animals rescued by authorities was approximately 8,000. Most exotic animals are taken from their natural rainforest environment in order to be sold on the domestic or international market. Animals most at risk from trafficking are being sold as pets, they include reptiles, mammals, birds, fish and insects. Solutions In recent years, several non-profit rescue centers have opened within Ecuador with the aim to rehabilitate, care for, and release back into the wild captured exotic animals. Although wildlife trafficking is now officially an illegal activity, the law can be hard to implement, especially in the outlying regions of the Amazon, therefore these important shelters are at the leading edge of the fight against illegal trafficking. We need your assistance to keep these centers in working order. Together we can stop this cruel industry! Come and join us to: Work closely with vulnerable animals under the supervision of the center. Learn about the process to rehabilitate different breeds of animals. Give close care and attention to mistreated, neglected or abandoned animals. Rehabilitate animals and teach them how to survive in their natural habitat. Release the animals back into the wild and give them a second chance in life. Inform both local population and visitors on issues concerning illegal trafficking. Create a lasting relationship between the community and the environment. Free-time activities Explore the Andes and the Amazon jungle! The Amazon jungle will be an entirely new environment for you, offering limitless adventures! Why not spend your free evenings chilling out in a hammock, socializing with fellow volunteers or meeting local neighbors. Spend weekends exploring the world’s most famous rainforest, or going on fun, short hikes. Or just spend 'quality time’ hanging out with the wonderful animals you are helping live a better life. INCLUDED SERVICES: Food and accommodation Pick up and transport from the airport Complimentary T-Shirt Comprehensive NGO Taxi Support Package, Pre-arrival package and on-site support 20-hour intensive Spanish course Transport to project site in the Amazon rainforest (see transportation) 24-hour support PRICING Official Camp Dates: Start dates every 1st/3rd Sunday of the month USD 1349 - 1st month USD 1299 - 2nd month USD 1249 - 3rd month Individual Start Dates + $150 (Any Sunday of the month) + $250 Chose your start date and change it up to 3 times before your trip* *Last date change up to three weeks before your departure. Contact us for more information, we want to get to know you!
Date Posted: Jul 25, 2022