Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center in Puyo

Tour to the Rainforest in Ecuador Volunteering in the Rainforest in Ecuador


Volunteers get the opportunity to live and work directly in the Refuge and Rehabilitation Center for Wildlife from the Amazon Rainforest. You will take care of animals, help in the conservation of the environment and learn about different indigenous cultures from the Amazon region. Experience life in the Amazon Rainforest that few get the opportunity to see.

Volunteer Responsibilities

You will be feeding and observing the different animals, like monkeys, parrots, macaws, turtles and snakes. Maintenance and cleaning of the enclosures as well as diverse works in the park and in the house are further tasks. For your time in the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center you will get a certificate.


  • Minimum stay for volunteering is one week.
  • Volunteers need to be at least 18 years to participate, unless accompanied by a relative.
  • Spanish is not a prerequisite, however, trying to learn the language is always welcome.

Program Fee

The program fee is 130 USD per week for the first 4 weeks and from the fifth week on it is 110 USD per week.

Included in Program

Lodging in shared rooms with other volunteers, 3 meals per day, laundry, wifi, courses and a certificate.

Location and Free Time Activities

Puyo is located in the province of Pastaza and can be reached by bus from Quito in about 6 hour or from Guayaquil in 8 hours. The Refuge and Rehabilitation Center is situated 2 km out of Puyo and volunteers can visit the nearby city of Puyo in their free time. There, volunteers have access to stores, travel agencies and can organize whitewater rafting trips, jungle tours or trips to indigenous communities. You can also go hiking, visit waterfalls or explore the exotic biodiversity of the area on your own.

Background of the Project

The future of the forest and its inhabitants are our biggest concern. In Ecuador, the desforestation puts in danger the survival of the Amazonía. Illegal hunters and poachers are leaving thousands of orphans’ destined to be sold as pets or toys. They finish their lives sadly in cages, tied, mistreated or in laboratories. The Ecuadorian Amazonia has the biggest biodiversity in the world and we should take action now.

In 2005, a working group was formed and they created the first refuge for wildlife in the province of Pastaza. The Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center opened its doors to the public the following year. Located near the town of Puyo, aims to offer a new family to orphans and environmental education.