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Amazon Animal Welfare Program in Ecuador
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Amazon Animal Welfare Program in Ecuador

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Amazing, Fantastic volunteer experience

My niece (16 yrs old) and I (66 yrs young) volunteered at Love Volunteer's Animal Rescue Center Program in Ecuador for two weeks. It was an incredible experience and I would recommend it highly. The owner manager and coordinator are very dedicated to the animals and work hard to keep the center and interaction with the animals as close to their natural habitat as possible. Their work is truly remarkable and they rely heavily on volunteers. Be prepared to do whatever is needed. We prepared the animals food, fed them, cleaned their living environments, and did lots or=f repairs and building around the Center. It can be hard work but it is so necessary. And the other volunteers make it fun. We met wonderful volunteers from all over the world and became family very quickly. We looked out for each other. On our time off, we went to Banos, a very fun, touristy area about an hour bus ride from the Center. It was a great break and there were so many different activities to do. They have also just opened a new Eco Lodge, which is deeper in the jungle and volunteers at the Animal Center can stay for an exceptionally low cost. Be sure to take advantage of all there is to do in the Amazon. I admire the job that the owner, Jorge, is doing and hope others will dedicate their time and money to this very worthwhile Center.

  • Love Volunteers responded to this review July 15, 2018 at 7:33 PM

    Dear Jan,

    Thanks to you and your niece for providing valuable input on the program and for this incredible review, encouraging others to assist the Animal Rescue Centre in continuing to protect and provide for the animals.

    We are so grateful for your time and effort on this placement and the important feedback you provided throughout. It's fantastic that you both enjoyed yourself so very much and we hope to welcome you back on this or another of our incredibly deserving placements in future.

    All the very best to you both for all of your future endeavours.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Volunteering in Ecuador

I did a six week volunteer placement at an animal rescue and rehab center in Puyo, Ecuador. Working at the project, was such a wonderful experience, my favorite placement (I've done 4) so far. Very well organized, lots of contact with the animals and meaningful work. In addition to our daily rounds of feeding the animals and cleaning their enclosures we had a variety of other projects, maintaining and creating animal habitat and enrichment. The accommodations and the climate were somewhat challenging, just what you would expect living in the Amazon jungle. The staff at the center are wonderful, kind, helpful and inclusive. Ecuador is a wonderful country to visit, lots of variety in climate and activities. Something for everyone!

  • Love Volunteers responded to this review April 11, 2018 at 5:25 PM

    Hi Lisa,
    Thanks for this amazingly informative and concise account of volunteering with the animals in Ecuador. It's been such an honour to have you on our programs over the years and to have you share your experiences with others is invaluable in encouraging and preparing future volunteers.

    Thanks so much and we look forward to seeing where in the world you will go to help next!

    The Team @ Love Volunteers.