- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: Ecuador
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Credit Awarded: None
- Program Length: One Week, Two Weeks, Six Weeks, Four Weeks, Two Months, Quarter, Three Weeks, Five Weeks
- Start Month: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
- Category: Environmental Conservation
- Selective: No
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Cabins
- Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
- Financial Aid: Not Available
Make the Amazon rainforest your home as you help care for rescued animals in an amazing wildlife sanctuary. Work with over 200 animals including monkeys, forest cats, caimans, and tortoises. The Amazon Rainforest and the Adventure Sports Capital of Ecuador are just on your doorstep!
This is a great experience for anyone with an interest in animal welfare; whether you are taking a holiday with a difference, an intrepid gap year or a career break, this project offers great scope for learning and contributing.
Eligibility: General level of fitness required
Hear the birds calling, watch the monkeys playing, and experience first-hand the new life that these rescued animals have been given. The animals come from a variety of backgrounds, such as having been kept in zoos or illegally as pets, knocked over in traffic accidents or smuggled in the illegal pet trade. Where possible, these animals will be rehabilitated to the wild.
The sanctuary spreads through about 8 hectares of beautiful woodland, providing a bright and natural environment for about 35 different species. Volunteers become fully immersed in life at the sanctuary, gaining experience of working in animal care that is second to none. You may also have the opportunity to visit the wild release site whilst volunteering in Ecuador, especially if a release is imminent.
• Feed an Amazonian big cat, catch fish for a caiman and listen to the cheeky monkeys chattering
• Jump into the pool to freshen up after a hot day in the rainforest – bliss!
• Visit a remote Amazonian ecological reserve, the release site for many of the rescued animals
• Get adventurous in your free time with white water rafting, zip lines, bungees and thermal baths