Volunteer in an Animal Rescue Center

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Ecuador: Ibarra


Volunteers get to work hands on with the animals to make their stay comfortable. Volunteers role in the projects is to support and work with the local staff among many things at the center. Volunteers can collect food in the surroundings, if possible do some reforestation as this will be food for the animals, clean cages, give water and food to animals, repair and build cages, make and repair toys in the cages, show visitors around in the center and inform them about what happens with the animals, clean and repair the paths and infrastructure in general, assist the veterinarian that comes from time to time etc. As the center has to find their own financial support they also work as a Zoo for visitors that by paying entrance will support the work while they can learn about the problems animals face with humans and how they end up in centers like this.


Project Location

The project is located in Ibarra which is located about 2.5 hours away from Quito to the north. On an altitude of about 2,200 meters or 7,200 feet, Ibarra was first founded in 1606 but after getting destroyed in an earthquake in 1868 it was re-founded in 1872 and is therefore the youngest city in Ecuador.

Ibarra is also known as the White City after its many colonial white houses.

Program Duration

2-4 Week, 5-8 Week, 9-12 Week, 3-6 Month


Volunteers can begin their project placement on any Monday of the month throughout the year.


Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the beginning of the program. Volunteers need to have an open mind and love for animals and environment to work in this program. The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference. Basic to intermediate Spanish recommended.

Volunteers need to bring Rubber boots and working gloves as well as working clothes.

Minimum Education

High School


  • English

Cost in US$:

2 weeks: 630

Program Fees Include:

What are you Paying For?
* 24 hrs Assistance and support from VS Staff
* Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
* Airport Pickup
* Orientation
* Food
* Accommodation
* Travel & Medical Insurance

What's NOT Included?
* Airfare
* Visa and Visa extension fee
* Airport taxes
* Local Transportation
* Any personal expenses

Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Animal Welfare
  • Conservation

Age Range

17 years or older

This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Group living
  • Home-stays

Participants Travel

Independently or in Groups

Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Resume

Typically The Application Process Time is

2-8 weeks

Institution Affiliates:

WYSE Work Abroad