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PROJECTS - ANIMAL & WILDLIFE

Amazon Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation - ECUADOR

Animals native to the Amazonian jungle are in danger of animal trafficking and abuse. By volunteering at this animal center, you will help birds, primates and reptiles rehabilitate from their abuse injuries. Over 140 acres of Amazonian forest are under this center’s care, but it takes a lot of hard work and funding to keep it going! You will be involved in helping the animals recover as well as educating the local community about the importance of caring for the animals or help them plant crops.

  • Minimum: 2 weeks
  • Location:  Pastaza Province, Ecuador
  • Lodging/Meals:  Volunteer House; 3 Meals per day at the project (volunteers rotate helping with cooking)

Animal Shelter - ARGENTINA

This animal sanctuary works to rehabilitate and look after hurt or abused animals. Since 2010 it has grown to care for all types of animals from dogs and cats to goats, pigs, cows and rabbits. Volunteers’ tasks include feeding the animals, maintaining the grounds, small repairs, exercising the dogs, and helping in the organic garden.

  • Minimum:  1 week
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Lodging/Meals: Hostel (Private Stay and Home Stay options available on request); Some Meals included – Breakfast every day, Dinner 3 nights per week, Lunch not included

Animal Therapy - ECUADOR

This rewarding program uses horses and dogs as therapy for those with special needs and disabilities. Your tasks will include prepping the horses for therapy (feeding, cleaning, and other maintenance duties) as well as working directly with patients. The horses provide not only an emotional connection for those in need but can also improve the patient’s coordination and balance. While the horses are the primary focus of this project, you may also help with the dogs.

  • Minimum: 1 week
  • Location: Quito, Ecuador
  • Lodging/Meals: Volunteer Apartment, Self-Catered or Home Stay, 2 Meals per day included (Breakfast & Dinner)

Save the Sea Turtles – COSTA RICA

Many sea turtle species around the world have become endangered and this program in Costa Rica is devoted to research efforts, re-education programs, and finding ways to save this beautiful animal. Some of your tasks could include: making sure turtle eggs will survive while they are laid on the beach, introducing baby turtles into the wild, protecting eggs from poachers, and help in the turtle hatcheries. While the breeding season is January to May, volunteers from May onwards can help with other projects to improve beach conditions and infrastructure so the turtles have a better chance at survival.

  • Minimum:  1 week
  • Location:  Various Locations, Costa Rica
  • Lodging/Meals: Guest House; 3 Meals per day included at the project (volunteers rotate to help with cooking)

Turtle Conservation - GUATEMALA

The purpose of this program is to help conserve the sea turtles on the pacific coast of Guatemala, so the sea turtle population will not be lost forever. Through widespread conservation efforts, research and re-education programs, volunteers will help protect the many species of sea turtles that inhabit the Pacific. Volunteers are needed to protect and nurture the clutches of eggs across beach nesting grounds, support the efforts of local biologists and assist in the rehabilitation of injured turtles.

  • Minimum: 2 weeks
  • Location: Guatemala, Various
  • Lodging/Meals: Volunteer House; 2 Meals per day included (Breakfast & Dinner)

Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Center – COSTA RICA

The animals at this center are in desperate need of care due to humans taking over their habitat or they are victims of physical harm. The animals that are able to recover are reintroduced into the wild if possible. Because these centers rely on private donations and volunteers, your research and time are much appreciated. Most of the animals at the center include spider monkeys, sloths, turtles, some wild cats, macaws, and tapirs. Your tasks will range from cleaning the enclosures, giving them exercise, feeding (including the babies!), collect needed materials from the rainforest, and more.

  • Minimum:  1 week
  • Location:  Various Locations, Costa Rica
  • Lodging/Meals: Guest House; 3 Meals per day included at the project (volunteers rotate helping with cooking)