• Ecuador
    • Amazon
2 to 20 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Age Max
Year Round
Small Group (1-15)
Travel Type


Starting Price
Price Details
Program includes:
All food
Full Internet
Private Bathroons
Social Areas

Program does not include:
Transportation to the center
Alcoholic Beverages
COVID-19 protection measures (e.g. masks)

Volunteer requirements:
Letter of motivation
Valid travel insurance (foreigners)
Informing the center in advance about allergies and/or dietary requirements
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Equipment Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
May 25, 2023
Mar 28, 2023
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About Program

Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth, and a territory of huge international importance for nature conservation and sustainable tourism. Ecuador faces one of the most serious problems on our planet - wildlife trafficking; often motivated by scientific purposes, commercialization of skins, or live species.

The "Los Jaguares" Rescue Center volunteer program aims to create a space for the protection of endangered species, responsible tourism, education, and community development, through training, inclusion, and the integral participation in these spaces of all local stakeholders and tourists.
While every experience at the Los Jaguares Rescue Center is different for volunteers or interns, the following activities - relating to jaguar and wildlife care, handling, and management, and environmental education - can be included during your time with us. Also depending, on the length of participation and interests, different activities could enrich your experience.

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Program Highlights

  • Become more passionate about conservation, social and environmental topics
  • Live with a host family, have contact with native communities and improve or learn spanish
  • Live close to our jaguars, cougar, coati, parrots, and others, share your time with them
  • Have an incredible experience visiting Ecuador, one of the most biodiversities countries in the planet, we travel to amazing waterfalls, old towns, jungles or mountains
  • We provide a safe and nice place for travelers, especially women

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Program Reviews

5.00 Rating
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  • Impact 4.9
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.9
  • Value 4.9
  • Safety 4.9
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best expérience

Une expérience vraiment merveilleuse, qui a laissé de beaux souvenirs, une marque indélébile dans notre cœur et notre mémoire. Nous sommes restés une semaine et il a été difficile pour nous de partir, comme un petit pincement au cœur. Augustin et Enrique sont des personnes bienveillantes, avec qui nous avons beaucoup échangés. C’était un plaisir d’être quotidiennement avec eux. Ils prennent soin des animaux et c’est une si belle cause. Nous vous encourageons à vivre cette expérience hors norme. Merci pour tout.
Olivier et Ophélie

18 people found this review helpful.
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Great experience in a center that matters

The center is an amazing place, we volunteered there for 3 weeks. However it has no funding apart from donations and is in need of help. The impact of the refuge is huge : almost half of jaguars in captivity in Ecuador are offspring of animals rescued by the center.

The vet and his team (Agustin and Mateo) are amazing to guide volunteers to learn about the animals and care for them (all animals rescued from illegal trade in the Amazon) : jaguars, puma, coatis, monkeys, parrots...

Projects to improve the center are very diverse : we worked on building a pool for the jaguars, decoration, educational speeches, children games, social media, building a meditation area, renovating the kitchen for animals, improve the feeding methods...

We really felt like we could help and share ideas. And lots of opportunities to have fun !!

  • Beautiful and unique animals (3 jaguars in very close proximity)
  • Welcoming and fun environment
  • Amazing nature, landscapes and biodiversity in the Amazonian forest
  • It rains a lot in the Amazon
  • Still a lot of work to do regarding the general cleanliness of the zoo
  • The city of Macas is not a touristic town (don't expect to find sushis for example)
18 people found this review helpful.
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Centro de rescate los jaguares

English Translation:
During the time I was in this place I had very good experiences and the activities were very entertaining that allowed us to learn about important facts about different species, in addition to the conservation of flora and fauna.
We also learned how to work as a team during the activities we did every day, which helped us learn more about the fauna and flora of our country.
I also found it a nice experience to be so close to various animals that live in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Durante el tiempo que estuve en este lugar tuve muy buenas experiencias y las actividades fueron muy entretenidas que nos permitieron aprender sobre datos importantes de diferentes especies, ademas de la conservación de la flora y fauna.
Ademas aprendimos como trabajar en equipo durante las actividades que realizabamos cada dia lo cual nos ayudo a aprender mas sobre la fauna y flora de nuestro pais.
Tambien me parecio una bonita experiencia estar tan cerca de varios animalitos que habitan en la amazonia Ecuatoriana.

  • Nos ayuda a conocer sobre la conservación de especies.
  • Mejora nuestros conocimientos en diferentes temas.
  • Permite interactuar con personas de diferentes lugares.
  • Distancia
  • Poca información
  • Ninguna
35 people found this review helpful.
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Prácticas de áreas naturales en el Centro de rescate Los Jaguares

Translated by Go Overseas:
Volunteering at the Los Jaguares Rescue Center is a great experience. It fosters camaraderie among colleagues, site managers, and people from other parts of the world who come to the site. Likewise, the work that these types of institutions do for the protection and shelter of wild animals is much appreciated. The activities to be carried out are basically the feeding of animals and the maintenance of their habitats, for which it is good to write down their diets.

Original version:
Realizar voluntariado en el Centro de rescate Los Jaguares es una gran experiencia. Fomenta el compañerismo entre colegas, los administradores del lugar y personas de otras partes del mundo, que llegan al lugar. De igual forma, se aprecia de mejor manera el trabajo que hacen este tipo de instituciones para la protección y resguardo de animales salvajes. Las actividades a realizar son basicamente la alimentación de animales y el mantenimiento de sus habitats, por lo cual es bueno anotar sus dietas.

  • Alojamiento
  • Comidas incluidas
  • Practicar el inglés
  • Lejanía de la ciudad
  • Trabajo que requiere esfuerzo físico
35 people found this review helpful.
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Los Jaguares Rescue Center

Una de las mejores experiencias de mi vida.
El trato recibido por parte del equipo del centro ha sido perfecto en todo momento, si eres apasionado de la naturaleza y amante de los animales Los Jaguares es tu sitio. Vas a conocer gente extraordinaria y lo más importante vas a vivir una experiencia inolvidable.
Esta cerca del pueblo de Macas ( tienes autobús cada 15 minutos al lado del centro) tardas como unos 10 minutos en llegar al pueblo y puedes encontrar de todo. El centro tiene muy buenas instalaciones , buena conexión internet , y las comidas que no han dado durante mi estancia han sido increíbles.

38 people found this review helpful.
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amazing experience

that was just the greatest experience of my whole life, I keep everything in memory and I am so glad I lived this with those amazing people.
can't thanks them enough for all that they bring me !
Paty is a divine cooker
El doctor Enrique is the kindest man in the world
Augustin is amazing and will take you wherever you want to, I loved spend time with him.
with all of them, it was so simple and so confy to be with them
I just recommand to everyone to go there ! if you had doubt, don't ! you will not regret this.

  • kindness
  • work into the center
  • localisation & location & food
  • i dont see any
36 people found this review helpful.
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it's worth it totally. you learn not just from animals but also from culture because you don’t just work you also travel around the nearby cities.
If you’re planning to do an internship or be a volunteer don’t think it too much and just do it. The staff is amazing and you make friends there so don’t be afraid to travel alone

  • You make friends
  • Lovely experience
  • You don’t just work you also travel around cities
  • The weather doesn’t always let you work because of the rain
  • you have little resources to work because the government doesn't support them
36 people found this review helpful.
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Muchas gracias!!

I was very pleased with my overall experience.
Enrique and Agustin were welcoming, friendly, generous with their time and knowledge.
I met passionate people who, just like me, care about the well-being of animals. The group life was exceptional.
I feel privileged to have shared the daily life of so many fascinating animals.
Moreover, I had the chance to improve my Spanish.
Oh, and it's really safe for solo women travelers.
I only spent a week at the center. If I had to do it again, I would stay there a lot longer!

  • Interactions with animals
  • Friendship and team work
  • Excursions during holidays
37 people found this review helpful.

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