Animal Rescue Project in Ecuador

Location: Ecuador: Rural Areas

Term: Throughout the year

Program Duration: 2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks, 3-6 Months

Dates: Throughout year

1290 N. Williams St. Suite 303 Denver, CO 80218 United States

Call Us

Phone: (303) 321-8278

Fax: 303-847-5445


Volunteer at an animal rescue center in Ecuador with ELI and get the chance to gain valuable international work experience in environmental and wildlife conservation. The rescue center is south of Guayaquil. It houses about 300 animals which are being rehabilitated for release in the wild. In addition, the center facilitates three captive breeding programs involving endangered species: American Crocodile, brown-headed spider monkey, and the Guayaquil Macaw. The center was originally an aquaculture farm focusing on shrimp, tilapia, banana, and cocoa production.


- ELI volunteers are enthusiastically welcomed by the communities they work in and often form long lasting relationships with the people they meet in Ecuador

- While there is not a language requirement for this program, volunteers can take an optional Spanish course during orientation and will have opportunities to practice their informal Spanish with their host family and their coworkers

- Volunteers have evenings and weekends free for exploring the region

- Ecuador has much to see and do, such as relaxing on the beach, visiting one of the many art museums, or hiking through Cotopaxi National Park


No specific requirement required.

Minimum Education

High School

Intern Types
  • Sustainable Development
  • National Park
  • Animal Sciences
  • Zoology & Wildlife Sciences
  • Biology
  • English
  • Spanish

Cost in US$:

Costs vary depending on duration. Please contact us for details

Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

Pre-departure Support: ELI's staff is very knowledgeable and happy to help volunteers and interns to prepare for their travels.

Airport Pickup: Volunteers are met at the airport in Quito and provided with transportation to their host family.

In-country Orientation: Each volunteer program starts with a two to three day orientation which covers important topics on the logistics of living and working in Ecuador, city tours, help with transportation, and optional Spanish classes

In-country Staff Support: ELI's Ecuador coordinator has years of experience working with visitors to Ecuador. She is very resourceful and on call 24/7 in case of emergency.

Accommodations: Volunteers will stay with a local host family where they will be provided with a room and breakfast and dinner each day. By living with a family, volunteers will learn about the day to day rhythms of Ecuadorian life first hand as well as sample traditional meals not usually available in restaurants. Host families are eager to welcome volunteers and are a fantastic resource for learning about the local culture and sights.

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Veterinary Science
  • Animal Welfare
  • Wildlife
  • Tree Planting
  • Marine Conservation
  • Reforestation
  • Human Rights
  • Environment
  • Education
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Conservation
  • Business
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Biological Research
Typical Volunteer
There is no typical ELI volunteer. We work with people from all over the world and a variety of backgrounds. ELI has placed volunteers ranging in age from 18-81. Successful volunteers are flexible, upbeat, energetic, and inquisitive.
Age Range
18 and up
This Program is open to

Worldwide, American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi Participant. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Group living
  • Home-stays

Participants Travel to Ecuador


Application Process Involves
  • Resume
  • Written Application
  • Online Application
Year Founded