Ecuador Amazon Wildlife Sanctuary

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1. In Brief

Ecuador is a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America. Despite its diminutive size, it is bursting with vibrant culture, mesmerising landscapes, exotic tropical wildlife and pristine habitats. It encompasses the all-consuming emerald Amazon, rich in natural resources and home to a wealth of fascinating creatures and indigenous communities.

Ecuador has a picture-perfect capital, painted in pastel colours, alive with cafés, clubs, bars, churches and museums. Markets where friendly locals sell their wares are surrounded by the hustle and bustle of traditional street life. In contrast, the peaceful and serene Andes provide a home for indigenous mountain communities and elusive mountain creatures alike. This captivating country contains a culture that is expressed in an abundance of wholesome and delicious cuisine, diverse musical forms and colourful festivals that will enliven your senses. Whilst it is one of South America's tiniest countries, it has everything you could possibly want, including stretches of white sand beaches, expansive plains, steamy jungles and spectacular soaring mountains. All this and more is waiting to be discovered on your spectacular Ecuadorian adventure!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover a a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America
  • Rehabilitate & care for Ecuador's precious wildlife
  • Immerse yourself in a new & exciting culture

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum 18 years
  • Basic Spanish recommended

FAST FACTS

Location Ecuador
Activities Animal feeding & care
Helping with park maintenance
Building animal enclosures
Transport Airport pick-up 
Taken to project site
Accommodation Shared volunteer cabin

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Local orientation
Project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

PADI DIVE TRAINING

On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Working in a sanctuary for rescued and confiscated wild animals from the Amazon basin region of Ecuador you will help give these animals a second chance. You may be assisting with animal feeding and care, helping with park maintenance or building animal enclosures.

If you are trained in a particular field such as veterinary science, biology or other related areas you may be able to assist more closely with a specific area of animal care and the technical functions of the centre, depending on your Spanish ability. Volunteers with other skills and interests such as photography, marketing or mural painting can help in promotional activities for the centre. Whatever your background all volunteers make a really important contribution offering their ideas and experiences and helping to improve the centre and its important operations.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You'll fly into Quito where you’ll be met by the friendly in-country staff. After acclimatising and receiving orientation you will be transferred to your project location in the Amazon basin region, southeast of Quito.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will stay in a comfortable shared volunteer cabin at the rescue centre. The cabins are basic with beds and reading lamps and a hammock outside. There are flushing toilets and (cold) showers in a separate building next to the cabins.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Volunteers contribute around $20 per week to buy food in the local market, and organise the cooking amongst themselves. Vegetarians will delight in the varieties of rice and bean combinations that are available!

4. The reviews

All your favorite guests!  | 16 Apr 2012
2 weeks simply wasn't enough. I only got to scratch the surface of this wonderful sanctu...

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An Unbelievable Experience in Ecuador  | 30 Sep 2009
My experience in Ecuador was absolutely fantastic. It was the first time I have ever done this ty...

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Ecuador offers a wide variety of extra activities, both adventurous and cultural alike, such as rafting, caving, hiking, and trips to thermal pools.  We prefer you to arrange and book these direct with local providers thereby contributing to the local economy.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,345

4 weeks US$2,545

Extra week US$445

DEPARTURE DATES

Monthly (please arrive on the first Sunday)

This project is not available on the following dates:

February 8th and 9th (CARNAVAL)

March 25th (VIERNES SANTO)

May 1st (DIA DEL TRABAJO) 24th (BATALLA DEL PICHINCHA)

August 10th (PRIMER GRITO DE INDEPENDENCIA)

October 9th (INDEPENDENCIA DE GUAYAQUIL)

November 2nd (DIA DE LOS DIFUNTOS) 3rd  (FIESTAS DE CUENCA)

December 25th-26th (Christmas)

January 1st (New Year)

DURATION

You can join this project for a minimum of 2 weeks

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up 
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Quito (UIO)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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