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Oyster Worldwide Gold Residential – volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary in Ecuador

Head to the edge of the Amazon rainforest to volunteer in a wildlife rescue centre and sanctuary. You will be working with some amazing Amazonian animals such as monkeys, caimans, birds and big cats, all whilst enjoying the rainforest setting and rural Ecuadorian life.

What’s it all about?

The sanctuary is currently home to over 200 rescued animals. Many of them have come from the cruel pet trade, although some have been involved in traffic accidents. The main aim of the centre is to release the animals back to the wild where possible, however for those that have been kept for years as pets, this simply is not possible.

You will be joining a team of about 10 volunteers caring for these mistreated animals. You will help with food preparation, feeding, cleaning enclosures, creating enrichments and improving the enclosures. You will be working 6 days per week.


You can join the project for 1 – 12 weeks at any time of the year.

Accommodation and food

The accommodation is on-site in the heart of the sanctuary. You will be sharing a room with up to 5 other people, with communal bathroom facilities. There is a swimming pool on-site, and basic access to wifi.

Three meals each day are provided from Monday – Friday, however the weekend is self-catering.

Free Time

There is the chance to head into the Amazon rainforest in your free time, or go to the local town of Banos to do white water rafting, zip lining or relax in the hot pools.

How do I get involved?

For more information please go to https://www.oysterworldwide.com/project/wildlife-sanctuary-volunteering-ecuador/

Alternatively, please contact Destination Manager, Anne, at [email protected] or on +44 (0) 1892 770771.