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CONSERVATION: WILDLIFE RESCUE AND REHABILITATION IN THE RAINFOREST

Help an animal rescue centre to care for abused, neglected or abandoned animals, rehabilitate and, where possible, release wild animals in the fight against trafficking, abuse and hunting of wild species. You'll work with an organisation dedicated to caring for animals that have nowhere else to go.

Some of the animals at the Rescue Centre are orphans because their parents were killed by hunters, others were rescued from animal dealers, and others were rescued from people who kept them in small cages!

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Price: £1,290 (approx. US$1,605) for 2 weeks
£1,645 (approx. US$2,045) for 3 weeks
£1,850 (approx. US$2,300) for 4 weeks
£220 (US$280) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 2 weeks to 12 weeks, subject to visa requirements
Start Dates: All year round – you choose your start and finish dates. You should arrive on a Saturday so that you have Sunday to relax and adjust to the high altitude.
Requirements: Minimum age 18. No qualifications needed, just a big heart and a love of animals and their conservation. If you are studying an animal-related subject or you are qualified, you'll be especially welcomed!! You should be reasonably fit as the area is big and a lot of walking is involved in a climate that is hot and humid.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation
Food (Mondays to Fridays only)
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Transfer from Quito to the Project Site and back to Quito
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Free T-shirt
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Food on the weekends, Return transfer to the airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 18.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in conservation overseas.
Also available as a summer placement in Ecuador or a short break activity.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten overseas volunteering holiday into Central and South America and the fascinating Ecuadorian culture.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping conserving animals in their natural environment and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

This Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre was founded in 2006 with the aim of protecting the wildlife of the Amazon region through the rescue and rehabilitation of local animals and plants.

The rescued animals at the centre have all been abused, neglected or abandoned. Some of the animals were orphaned when their parents were killed by hunters, others were rescued from animal dealers who were trying to traffic the animals out of the country. Some of them have even been removed from families who had kept these animals in captivity.

Unfortunately, the majority have suffered some sort of physical or psychological abuse. Some of the animals have been handed over to the care of the centre by Government authorities who have rescued or taken custody of the animals; others were voluntarily handed into the Centre by those families who realised that wild animals are not to be kept as domestic pets.

There are currently at least 40 different species of animals at the centre which include: Ocelot, tayra, capibara, parrots, monkeys, tortoises, and caimans amongst others.

YOUR WORK AND VOLUNTEERING ACTIVITIES:

Your help will be gratefully appreciated in some or all of the following activities:

  • The day-to-day care of the animals
  • Preparing food for the animals, including cutting up fruit, etc.
  • Helping to feed the animals
  • Helping new arrivals adjust to the Centre
  • General maintenance and cleaning of the Centre and its surrounds
  • Construction work; repairing and building new enclosures which will help to raise4 the quality of life of the animals
  • Cage and enclosure enrichment, again a vital part of raising the quality of life for the animals.
  • Assisting the vet when necessary
  • Other activities such as gardening, improving trails, making signs that will guide and educate the visitors.

SAMPLE WORK SCHEDULE:

You'll work from 8am to 1pm and 2.30pm to 5pm, Monday to Friday. On Saturdays or Sundays, volunteers work for a few hours in the morning because the animals still need feeding and looking after, but once all the tasks are completed, you are free for the weekend.

TOURISM AT THE CENTRE:

The Rescue Centre is also open for tourists to visit. They are charged a small fee for entry and these charges are the Centre’s main source of income. As animal welfare is not a high priority for many Ecuadorians, the background and mistreatment of each animal is explained to tourists, with the idea being to educate local and foreign visitors about animal protection issues. In general the visits are not guided, but tourists can read about each animal at the information sign at the cages.

ACCOMMODATION

There is a volunteer house with dorm rooms offering space for up to 14 people in total. There is a shared kitchen, bathroom and social area with TV and DVD player, hammocks and books. You will be provided with bedding and will also have access to a swimming pool. Facilies are basic but do include the following:

  • Electricity
  • Running water
  • Hot water
  • Internet
  • Laundry Service (you can wash your clothes by hand or pay to get your clothes washed).

FOOD:

You'll be provided with three meals per day on Mondays to Fridays only – they will consist of local ingredients and cooking. At the weekends you will need to cater for yourself. You can buy ingredients at the supermarkets in Puyo and use the kitchen facilities to prepare your own meals, or you can eat out.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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LOCATION:

This project is located 10 minutes from the jungle town of Puyo and is approximately 5 hours by bus from Quito.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Spanish Lessons Optional Add-On in Ecuador

1-WEEK SPANISH COURSE PRIOR TO STARTING YOUR MAIN PROJECT:
¿Cómo se dice en Español??? There is no better way to learn a language than to live it, eat it, breathe it and speak it in a Spanish-speaking community!! You can learn Spanish as an Optional Add-On to your main Project.
Prices:

  • OPTION 1: One-Week Intensive Spanish GROUP Course:
    20 Hours per Week: £385, includes accommodation for the week
  • OPTION 2: One-Week Intensive Spanish PRIVATE Course:
    20 Hours per Week: £435, includes accommodation for the week
  • OPTION 3: One-Week Super-Intensive Spanish Course: (If you have no Spanish at all and are doing a project in the Galapagos or one of the Conservation projects near Puyo, you'll be required to take this course.):
    20 Hours per Week Group Lessons PLUS 10 Hours per Week Private Lessons, 30 Hours in total:
    £495, includes accommodation for the week

All the teachers at the school have taught Spanish for 8 or more years and between them they have developed a great many resources to make the lessons lively and fun. The classes are highly focused on the development of communication skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing.) The school also periodically organise interesting and enjoyable activities in order to introduce the Ecuadorian and Latin culture to their students - most recently they've been cooking Ecuadorian dishes in classes! It's a great, fun way to learn!

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Learn Spanish in Ecuador, having fun!

SPANISH LESSONS CONCURRENT WITH YOUR MAIN PROJECT:
Price:
10 Hours Private Lessons per Week: £75 per week
20 Hours Group Lessons per Week: £150 per week.

GROUP LESSONS: There are usually a maximum of 6 students per group.
PRIVATE LESSONS: One-to-one tuition. If you prefer to tailor your lessons, you could choose how many hours of lessons you'd like a week - from 2 to 40!

LOCATION:
Quito is a wonderful city, with a population of 2.4 million inhabitants. It is full of exciting history to explore. There is always something to do in Quito, whether you'd like to experience some culture or join in with the cosmopolitan, modern way of life. Cultural highlights include the old town, the cable car and the Equator, museums and monuments. There is also a range of shopping malls, a zoo, an ice skating rink, and plenty of restaurants and bars serving wonderful cocktails and tasty food.

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LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

LOCATION - PUYO:
Puyo is the provincial capital of Pastaza housing some 25,000 residents. It also provides a crossroads for visitors arranging various tours to the jungle and forest reserves. If you're an early riser, the views of the incoming rolling mists are spectacular dissipating into cloud form as the day rolls on. This attractive jungle town is also the crossover point for further onward routes into the northern and southern oriente as well as travelers journeying back to Baños and Ambato.

In recent years, Puyo has become noted by tourists for its incredible natural beauty. Surrounded by mountains, forest, rivers and natural valleys, the abundance of surrounding wildlife and scenery is absolutely breathtaking. The city also has a good infrastructure, providing visitors with good accommodation and a variety of activities. The annual festivals that are celebrated by the locals are also a special treat.

QUITO:
Ecuador's capital, Quito, lies in the north of the country, some 15 miles from the equator and with the Andean Mountains and valleys as a backdrop. It's 10,000ft altitude keeps it cool, with spring like temperatures year round. It was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in the 1970's for its preserved historic Latin quarter. The city also contains a thriving 'new town' popular with younger generations for its restaurants, shopping and nightlife. There are lots of restaurants and "Patio de Comidas" where you can pick up an excellent value lunch or dinner.

There is always something to do in Quito, whether you'd like to experience some culture or join in with the cosmopolitan, modern way of life. Cultural highlights include the old town, the cable car and the equator, along with a multitude of museums and monuments. Modern highlights include a range of shopping malls, a zoo, an ice skating rink, and plenty of restaurants and bars serving wonderful cocktails and tasty food - you'll find anything from traditional Ecuadorian cuisine to Thai and Italian!

GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS:
The Galápagos islands lie some 600 miles from the coastline of Ecuador. Formed by volcanic eruptions into the sea, they contain species found nowhere else on the planet and are one of the most significant sites in the world; most notably because this is where Charles Darwin's theories of evolution were inspired and shaped. This rocky and at first glance inhospitable terrain is home to giant tortoise, swimming iguanas and fearless blue footed boobies.

The marine reserve here is equally impressive, boasting encounters for divers and snorkellers with penguins, marine turtles, manta rays and sea lions, amongst others. Around 90% of the islands are protected areas, with visitor numbers restricted and some sites off limits altogether to ensure conservation.

THE AMAZON:
The Amazon is the worlds largest remaining tropical rainforest, occupying about one third of Ecuador. To get some idea of its scale, first you need to know that Ecuador's share of the Amazon represents just 2% of the whole rainforest; most of it belonging to Brazil (60%) followed by Peru (13%). Important nevertheless as the Amazon in Ecuador remains relatively untouched, has good infrastructure to make for easy visitation and is home to numerous indigenous settlements which welcome outsiders.

THE ANDES:
One of the greatest mountain ranges in the world, they split Ecuador in two running from the north of the country down. Indigenous communities have cultivated the land in the Andean Highlands for thousands of years, selling their produce in bustling market towns. Catch a glimpse of the abundantly colourful markets, showcasing traditions of ancient civilizations and Inca descendants.

Mountaineers will love the peaks of the 'Avenue of Volcanoes' an area in the central highlands with a number of active volcanoes. Whilst each climb is different and most are incredibly challenging, the rewards along the way are numerous. Dense forest, waterfalls and spectacular views across the valleys below await the intrepid few. Other hot pursuits in this region include walking, rafting, biking or camping.

PACIFIC COASTLINE:
This 2000km coast is fringed with pristine sand beaches, sweeping bays, mangrove forests, crashing waves and tranquil fishing villages. The ports and fishing villages are an important part of Ecuador's economy, delivering fresh sea food and imported goods. At certain times of the year you can see Humpback whales arriving from Antarctic waters to mate; splashing their fins and exhaling gushes of water. Marine birds are also in abundance along the pacific coastline, with sightings of the albatross, one of natures largest birds, being common.

TRAVEL:

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AIMS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:

The Challenges
This project works to protect Ecuador’s dry tropical forest located on the coast of Ecuador. The reserve is located in Bahia de Caráquez, a coastal town in the Manabí province of Ecuador. Today only 2% of Ecuador’s dry forest remains intact resulting in a loss of habitat for the native flora and fauna of the area. Many of the coastal forests have been deforested for agriculture and fragile habitats such as dry forests, mangroves and other wetlands have been lost or severely degraded.

The western forests of the Ecuadorian coast are considered to be the most fragile in the world due to the high number of species found in such a small area and this reserve aims to preserve the forest whilst educating others about conservation practices.

In the reserve to date more than 100 species of birds have been recorded, some 23 species of mammals, 7 species of reptiles, 4 species of amphibians and a variety of plant life. It has even been declared an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International and DarwinNet.

Our Goals
The reserve stretches across 110 hectares crossing many different ecological regions from sea level to mountains. It's aim is to continue with, and increase, the valuable conservation, research, environmental education, sustainable development, and promotion of natural resources in the region. Another objective is to continue and hopefully increase its support of the municipal authorities and civil society in Bahía de Caráquez, which has been declared an “eco-city”.

Our Achievements:
We have created the plant nursery, with clear sites ready to plant new trees. In the last years we made observation and researching, collecting, identifying, classifying and photographing native flora and fauna. The reason is because we need to know if the flora and fauna have increased.

With the help of volunteers, we have started teaching the locals English and assisting in environmental education.

Through volunteers and their help, we’ve managed to start ‘Ecoclub’ which works with the children from the local area and encourages them to participate in a conservation club where they learn more about the reserve, the local area and they also carry out fun educational activities. This helps educate and make them aware of how their lives can affect the environment.