Oyster Worldwide: Volunteer at a Wildlife Sanctuary in Ecuador

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Work hands-on with primates
Work hands-on with primates
Help to care for animals in Ecuador
Help to care for animals in Ecuador
Looking after native animals in Ecuador
Looking after native animals in Ecuador
Meet some beautiful wildlife in Ecuador
Meet some beautiful wildlife in Ecuador

About

A wonderful project for those who want to help mistreated animals to be rehabilitated where possible, or live out their days in comfort and safety within the grounds of this fantastic sanctuary.

In approximately 8 hectares of beautiful Ecuadorian woodland, you will be volunteering with about 35 species of native animals that have previously been kept in cages in inadequate zoos or used in the illegal pet trade. From big cats to primates, from birds to caimans, there are some incredible animals here that need your help.

You will be helping with feeding, providing enrichments and interacting hands-on with many animals. You will be cleaning, building structures, performing general maintenance around the sanctuary, and pitching in with other volunteers through cooking and cleaning in the communal areas.

Your wonderful log cabin accommodation is located in the heart of the sanctuary and you will be sharing with other like-minded volunteers.

Highlights
  • Work with a wide variety of incredible animals, helping to give them a life as close to the wild as possible.
  • Live on the fringes of the Amazon rainforest, and enjoy exploring this amazing environment in your free time.
  • Enjoy white water rafting, bungee jumps, hot pools and more on your weekends.
  • Live and work with likeminded volunteers from all around the world.
  • Gain valuable experience, perfect for any resume.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

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  • Impact 10
  • Support 10
  • Fun 10
  • Value 9
  • Safety 9.5
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holly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

trip of a lifetime

Yanacocha has captured my heart with both the staff and animals playing a huge role in my experience. The other volunteers are friends I will have for life, 4 weeks living together and working in such a unique and amazing environment bonds you in a way nothing else can. We were given experiences that others can only dream of; releasing a huge boa among other animals back into the amazon rain forest after assisting with its rehabilitation in the park is definitely a highlight. Feeding the animals was always entertaining especially when the monkeys couldn't decide if it was more important for them to get cuddles from the volunteers or eat the fresh fruit we were giving them. You won't be disappointed if you chose to volunteer at this park, I already want to go back.

What would you improve about this program?
When I stayed there we had no hot water for showers although the park owners constantly had repair people out trying to fix the issue
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Isobel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spiritual awakening in ancient amazonia

The greatest trip I have ever been on yet. Everything went exactly to the plan and ran smoothly. There were no bad experiences and nothing went wrong because oyster worldwide is amazing at organising and planning. Transfers were always there and on time so we never got stranded or arrived anywhere late. Everybody was so friendly and helpful. The hostels we stayed at were lovely and so were the people running them.

What would you improve about this program?
More food.