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22 days
Starts in
Quito
Ends in
Quito
For everyone who is ready for a unique experience in Ecuador. In this 3-week program you get the chance to combine travelling with learning Spanish, discovering and enjoying local life, getting an adrenaline kick with some adventure, and gaining experience while working in an animal rescue center in the Amazon.

Are you ready for this WOW opportunity?
Experience a beautiful part of Ecuador in a vibrant and cool environment.
Your adventure starts in Baños for a week of Spanish and adventure, then head up to Puyo for 2 amazing weeks volunteering with the Amazon Animal Rescue.
Itinerary

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Volunteer Introduction Week in Baños

You start with an Introduction Week in Baños so you will go well prepared to your project. This first week gives you an idea about life in Ecuador, shows highlights of the city and its surroundings, includes 20 hours of Spanish Group lessons, an in-depth volunteer preparation including language specifics, and other fun elements such as a Half-Day Canopy tour, and a Half-Day Bike Tour.

Sunday: Arrival in Baños. Your host will be waiting to welcome you and take you to your homestay.
Monday: 4 hours of Spanish classes. Afternoon homework time.
Tuesday: 4 hours of Spanish classes. Afternoon Half-Day Bike Tour.
Wednesday: 4 hours of Spanish classes. Afternoon homework time.
Thursday: 4 hours of Spanish classes. Afternoon Half-Day Canopy Tour.
Friday: 4 hours of Spanish classes. Afternoon homework time.
Saturday: Free day for you to enjoy Baños.
Sunday: Travel to the Amazon Animal Rescue centre

Volunteer Activities

Volunteers are needed to help with the following activities:

- Day to day care of the animals
- Cutting up fruit, preparation of diets, feeding the animals
- Helping new arrivals adjust to the center
- General maintenance and cleaning
- Construction work; repairing and building new enclosures
- Cage and enclosure enrichment
- Assisting the vet when necessary
- When required, helping with the release of animals into their natural habitat
- Other activities such as gardening, improving trails, making signs for visitors

The more hard work you put into the project, the more reward you get! Show initiative, work independently and don’t be afraid of working hard. They need all the help you can give them.

Work Schedule

You will work from 08:00 to 12:00 and 14:30 to 17:00, Monday to Friday. On Saturdays OR Sundays, volunteers work for a few hours in the morning as the animals still need feeding and looking after but once all the tasks are completed you are free for the weekend. It is important that you are on time and punctual to work.

Animals Living in Yanacocha
As it is a rescue and rehabilitation center, the population of the center is never stable, but fluctuates both in quantities as in species. Most commonly the species that will be in the centre are the following:

A variety of monkeys - capuchin monkeys, chorongos or woolly monkeys, white-bellied spider monkeys and the red titi monkey
Red and Yellow Macaws which are the most common macaws found in the Amazon Rainforest.

Animals Release
Animals in danger of extinction, and animals affected by trafficking, often cannot return to their natural habitat, so it is important that whenever possible they are released back into the wild. At the animal rescue center, we care about that, and many of the animals we rescue are released into a region called Tamandua. Volunteers will have the opportunity to help the coordinators prepare, transport and release the animals into their natural habitat,

It is an arduous task and the walk into the release site is long, but it’s certainly is worth it!

* Note: The release of animals is done when possible and necessary. It is not always possible volunteers can help with this activity.

Other Projects in Yanacocha
Although the main goal of Yana Cocha is animal wellbeing and restoration of the animals to their natural habitat where possible, they also run other projects, such as conservation and research at its private reserve, and environmental education at schools and communities.

Specific Volunteer Advice on Working with Animals
Please remember that not all of the activities are "fun" but they are necessary for the well-being of the animals and the sanctuary. Also, the more involved you get in your work the more responsibility you will be given as a volunteer once you have built a certain level of trust with the animals and workers.
Please check with your local doctor regarding any vaccinations that you may need before travelling to Ecuador; however rabies and tetanus vaccinations are recommended.
This project is for animal lovers who do not mind getting their hands dirty!

About Your Location

This project is located 10 minutes from the jungle town of Puyo. Travelling by bus from Banos will take you approximately 4/5 hours to reach. Bus fare is not included, and at your own expense.

Public Holidays

The language school is closed on the following public holidays:

2021
9-11 Oct
2-3 Nov
24-25 Dec

What is included

- Administration fee
- Orientation meeting
- 24/7 local emergency contact
- 20 hours of Spanish classes with local teacher
- Half day Bike tour
- Half day Canopy tour
- 2 weeks volunteering
- Wifi

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

Minimum age of 18
All foreigners entering Ecuador are obliged to have a valid health insurance
Basic English
Basic Spanish is an advantage, but not required

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.
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Accommodation

Accommodation
- Airport arrival transfer in Quito
- 1 night accommodation in a hostel in Quito
- 7 nights at homestay accommodation in Baños
- 13 nights shared accommodation at the project

Accommodation in Quito
The first night's (arrival day Saturday) accommodation in Quito is in 4-bed dorms with shared bathroom at a Selina Hostel, unless you are making your own way to the project. Then the arrival day at the project is Sunday.

Selina Hostel is located in La Mariscal, a vibrant neighborhood where you can find exciting night life, and lots of restaurants and cafeterias. La Mariscal is located 30 minutes walking from Quito´s Historic Center, which was declared Humanity’s Cultural Heritage in 1978. Here you can find the most beautiful churches and squares that have been preserved and maintain a lot of history and traditions within them. Museums are also available to visit.

Facilities:
- Free Wi- Fi
- Sightseeing
- Night life
- Live Music
- Movie Room
- Bar
- Shared Kitchen
- Wellness Area
- Yoga Lessons
- Contactless Check-in

Accommodation in Banos
Staying with a host family is a great way to put your Spanish into practice in daily conversation and also to experience the everyday life of a middle class Ecuadorian family. You will be provided with your own room.

Accommodation in Puyo
There are volunteer cabañas with dorm rooms, offering space for up to 17 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 have access to a swimming pool and wi-fi. Accommodation is basic, and it is your duty to keep your living area clean.

Local transport

Transportation
Local buses to Baños and Puyo (tickets not included)

You can also purchase a private airport transfer to your hostel in Quito and transfer to the local bus station in Quito.

Meals

Breakfast at hostel in Quito and homestay in Baños is included. Banos has lots of good cafes and coffee shops.
3 meals a day while at the volunteer project are included on weekdays, and on Saturdays only breakfast is included but there is a small kitchen for making food and good cafes nearby.

Please be aware

Climate
The jungle climate is hot and humid with occasional rain. High rainfall occurs between December and March.

What to Bring
Comfortable and light clothing
Rubber boots
Insect repellent
Sun cream
Long sleeve shirts and t-shirts
Quick drying trousers
A fleece/ jumper for the evenings
Rain jacket
Flashlight

Weekends
Most volunteers go to Baños at the weekend after they have finished their work on Saturday morning and return back to the centre on Sunday evening. It takes around 1-1½ hours by bus and costs approximately USD 2. If you want to spend the weekend at the centre you can buy food nearby and cater for yourself.

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