Join our 4-week adventure for a healthy dose of meaningful wildlife volunteering and cultural immersion! From Ecuador's adventure sports capital - Baños - to the lush and vibrant Amazon jungle, this is the ultimate Ecuador experience!
- Volunteer at an animal rescue centre in the heart of the Amazon rainforest
- Live and work amongst an indigenous community, savouring their culture and way of life
- Explore Baños during your free weekends – Ecuador’s adventure sports capital and gateway to the amazon basin
- Meet new friends and create unforgettable travel memories!
Day 1 - 10: Animal Rescue Centre
Get face-to-face and hand-to-paw with rainforest inhabitants as you volunteer at a rescue centre for wild animals. Macaws; boas; monkeys; ocelots and even caiman crocodiles are just some of the creatures the centre works to protect and rehabilitate after abuse by the black market trade in wild animals as pets. Warning: this phase of the program may contain cute fuzzy animals!
Of all the wildlife projects Gapforce supports, the animal rescue centre is possibly one of the most unique and meaningful, and you’ll be able to make a real impact on the great work being done.
Day 11 - 20: Tamandua Jungle Experience
It’s time to venture further into the jungle with a week's stay with an indigenous community. Learn the secrets of life in the rainforest - test your marksmanship with blow pipes; be cleansed in a traditional healing ceremony; try to keep up with the locals' dance routines; and dare to go on night-time walks into jaguar territory!
Day 21 - 29: Animal Rescue Centre
During your final week, you will head back to the animal rescue centre and take a more prominent role in the day to day running of the centre. By providing educational education to members of the public and running school and college visits you will help raise awareness among local, national and international tourists about the need to protect and respect wildlife and native flora.
Weekends will be spent in the nearby town of Baños. It is the perfect destination for weekend visits and has plenty of optional activities on offer - from bungee jumping, white water rafting, hiking, bars, restaurants and many more! Your Gapforce leader will help faciliate these activities.
- Pre-departure support
- Arrival pick up & Return transfer
- Gapforce Leader
- Local support staff
- All accommodation for the duration of the trip
- Three meals a day
- All internal transport
- Project equipment
- Trips & activities as listed in brochure
- Financial bonding
What is not included:
- Flights to/from destination
- Travel Insurance
- Visa & Vaccinations
- Spending Money
- Tipping & gratuities
How much spending money do I need?
You will need money for extra meals, drinks & snacks, as well as for any activities not on the itinerary. We advise you to budget for £70 / €80 / $100 per week (this is a guideline only).
Where will I be staying?
You will stay in a variety of diverse accommodations throughout your trip including local hotels and hostels, cabins in the Amazon and home-stays. Most accommodations will be dorm style with shared bathrooms
What is the food like?
You will be provided with all meals throughout your trip. Typical Ecuadorian food includes lots of rice, meat, beans, vegetables and fruit, regional dishes vary and local specialities will be made available! Vegan and vegetarian diets can be catered for, please check with us regarding further dietary requirements and/or allergies.
What type of transport will I be using?
You are responsible to getting yourself to and from the start point of the expedition. During the expedition, program transfers are included. Travel is a combination of day journeys using a range of transport including public and private buses and taxis. Please give us a call for more information on individual journey details.
Who takes part in this program?
This program is for anyone looking to explore one of South America’s most ecologically and culturally diverse countries. There is no prior experience required although the minimum age is 18 and you must also have your doctor sign our medical form confirming you are medically fit to participate.
Who will be supervising me?
Throughout your expedition you will be accompanied by a Gapforce Expedition Leader. At various stages of your expedition we utilise the services of local support staff including project coordinators, drivers and guides.
I absolutely loved this program! I was really scared going into it because I’ve never traveled alone before but I had nothing to worry about. Everyone I met was fantastic. They were down to earth, nice, and so much fun. I can not describe how beautiful Ecuador is, I’ve never been anywhere like it. My favourite part was definitely Yanacocha, I could literally stay there forever it was such an amazing experience. Banos pushes out limits as we went rafting and jumped off a bridge! I definitely recommend this trip for everyone but especially people who wanna get out of their comfort zone and meet fantastic people along the way :)))Sarah
I had a great time in Ecuador! I felt safe and supported everywhere we went thanks to the tireless efforts of our guide, Sara. This is the perfect program for someone who wants to travel but doesn’t want to go alone, or have the stress of planning it. I had no friends to come with and didn’t even know where to begin, now I’ve made friends that will last a lifetime and I loved not having to worry about where I was going, how I was getting there, or what I was doing since it was all pre-planned. Baños is a thrillseeker’s paradise with parasailing, white water rafting, bungee jumping and more, the jungle, animals, and people in Yanacocha/Tamadua made it a dream to volunteer there!Paula
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- Duration: 4 weeks
- Departures: March, July, November