Overall Rating:/ 10The volunteer experience was fantastic! It was truly a life changing experience. The owner and manager of the animal center are extremely dedicated and hard working.
Ecuador is beautiful. We stayed in the capital, Quito for a few days before and after our volunteer time and it was very clean and the people extremely nice.
Project & Staff
Oh my gosh, I can't say enough positive things about the owner (Jorge), manager (Raul) and coordinator (Seb). They are extremely dedicated and knowledgeable. Their hearts are definitely with the animals and keeping the center as close as possible to the animals natural habitat. They believe strongly in ecological conservation and education.
Volunteering at the Animal Conservation program involves hard work. Expect to do whatever is needed to keep the animals healthy and the center as natural as possible. With that said, the support from the coordinator and other volunteers is amazing and fun. Take your own towel as the center does not provide them. The center just started providing laundry on site for a small fee which is a great benefit. It is easy to get into the closest town for meals, groceries or entertainment. Take advantage of your weekend time off and visit Banos, a very cute, touristy town about an hour bus ride from the center Or the new Eco lodge that the animal center has just opened. It is deeper in the jungle and volunteers can stay there at a fraction or the cost of tourists. It is an amazing place.