Animal Care and Rehabilitation Volunteer

Animal Protection Ecuador - Quito, Ecuador
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-625 Location: Quito, Ecuador Sector: Wildlife and the Environment Category: Animals and Wildlife Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

PAE is an organization dedicated to promoting animal welfare and protection through education, population control, health initiatives, rescue and relocation. They provide quality veterinary services at low cost and run various endeavours with excellence.

As a animal rescue assistant volunteer at PAE one of the main responsibilities would be to help to sensitize and educate the general population concerning a harmonious relationship with animals, as well as encourage individual responsibility for the environment.

A animal rescue assistant volunteer's duties may include a wide range of activities from the general care of the animals to assisting staff in the adoption process or the educational sessions for the general public.

Animal rescue assistant volunteers at this placement need no special educational requirements but it is important for volunteers to have an affinity with the animals and that they are willing to get dirty as the animals jump and play for attention. Volunteers need to feed and provide care, time and affection to the animals.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Animal Care

An animal rescue assistant volunteer will help with the daily duties involved in the care and maintenance of the animals: feeding them, playing with them (exercise) and making sure their kennels, as well as the cat litter boxes are clean everyday.


The campaign activities are varied and diverse, for example an animal rescue assistant volunteer may be asked to: help produce and deliver informative pamphlets to the communities; create new events with your co-workers to obtain funds for the organization or to help develop and implement sessions on care of domestic animals.


Animal rescue assistant volunteers may be asked to help in some of the many duties involved in the adoption process of animals. Some of these duties would depend on the knowledge of the Spanish language of the volunteers.


Animal rescue assistant volunteers will help with the sterilization of surgical equipment and the cleanliness of all areas. They will also assist with the ordering, restocking and/or record keeping of supplies and equipment.

Host Organization Details

Animal Protection Ecuador

The bond that humans have with animals is very narrow, however, our anthropocentric and utilitarian approach has led us to see them as mere objects. We depend on animals in many ways and we are so used to their service to mankind that we tend to refuse, ( perhaps unconsciously), to recognize that they are living beings like us, able to feel and experience pain and suffering.

The unfriendly way mankind relates to other species, is wreaking havoc on our planet and causing the world, as we know it, to rapidly change.

Legal Status: The Foundation maintains its operating permits and environmental certificates, complying with its legal obligations to the IRS and its affiliated labor IESS staff.

Principles: Animal Protection Ecuador works under international standards, recommendations of the ICAM (International Coalition for Handling Pets) and based on the science of animal welfare developed by the University of Bristol in England.

In this science is defined a state of permanent mental and physical health of the animals in harmony with the environment.

This status is based on respect for ALL 5 FREEDOMS: Freedom from hunger, thirst and malnutrition Freedom from fear, anxiety and distress Freedom from discomfort by physical or thermal conditions Freedom from pain, injury and disease Freedom to express natural behaviors

Mission: PAE is an organization dedicated to promoting animal welfare and protection through education, population control, health initiatives, rescue and relocation. They provide quality veterinary services at low cost and run various endeavors with excellence.

Vision: To be a self-sustaining organization, recognized as a national benchmark in animal welfare, responsible for the change in the human relationship towards animals in Ecuador.

Objectives: Sensitize and educate the population concerning this harmonious relationship with animals Encourage individual responsibility to the environment Use all available media to spread the message of protection and animal welfare Develop, promote and support protection legislation and welfare and ensure compliance Generate community services that improve the quality of life of animals Achieve self-sustainability through the effective and efficient delivery of services, plans, programs and projects Rescue animals, at risk, by plans and programs according to the various cases Reduce to manageable levels canine and feline population, urban and rural, through sterilization

When They Were Founded

Animal Protection Ecuador, (PAE), was founded by a group of people concerned about the suffering and abuse that humans,(voluntarily or involuntarily), violated on animals. They were greatly concerned with the indifference that people demonstrated towards animals. An example being the number of people that walked by a injured or dying cat/dog on the street without giving assistance.

Animal Protection Foundation of Ecuador, PAE, was founded and legalized in Quito on August 3, 1984 by the Ministry of Social and Economic Inclusion under the original figure of association and foundation which was subsequently reformed on March 2, 2005 with Ministerial Agreement # 4883 as an nonreligious, nonprofit, nonpolitical entity, with legal and private law, founded for the defense and protection of animals.

How Are They Funded

Ecuador Animal Protection Foundation, (PAE), is a not-for-profit organization founded for the defense and protection of animals.

PAE receives international support through its membership in the World Society for the Protection of Animals, (WSPA) and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, (RSPCA).

Donation Requests

Food for animals Medical supplies for animals Medicine for animals Blankets for animals Toys for animals

Placement Location Information

Quito, Ecuador

PAE Animal Protection is a volunteer program aimed at saving the lives of animals that are at risk, either cats or dogs.

PAE provides medicine and veterinary care free. The organization provides a temporary home to an animal that needs special care such as, animals that are in poor health and need to take medications or need constant personal attention, as well as puppies/kittens in need of constant care.

The organization provides the food, time, care and love for these animals. Temporary home care helps for at least a month until the animal is in a position to be adopted.

All necessary precautions are specified by the veterinarians and strictly adhered to by all concerned.

If a volunteer wants to adopt an animal once home, the elapsed time shall apply, as well as the standard adoption process.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Walk up the street of Gaspar de Villaroel, to the main street of Eloy Alfaro. Wait at the bus station there for the bus called COLON - CAMAL, (this is one block from BaseCamp). Get off at the America Station and walk one block east to Rumipamba Street. The PAE organization building is about 100 metres down this street on your left.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 7 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:20

Weather in the Area

Because Ecuador is located on the Equator line, Quito's weather is very unique. Due to the Equator, Ecuador has no seasons; there is summer and winter. The year has six months winter and six months summer but the number of months for each changes from time to time.

Because Quito is so high up in the mountains, the sun is very strong and the wind blows really hard; it can get pretty cold at night. Quito always has a temperate climate with temperatures ranging from 10 to 27 ° C.

City/Village Description

Quito or also called "Luz de America", is the capital of Ecuador; a country located in South America, on the Equator line. Quito is considered one of the most beautiful cities in South America because of its amazing colonial architecture, historical sites, fantastic landscapes and panoramic views all surrounded by incredible mountains, rivers, parks and volcanoes.

Quito was founded in the 16th century by the Incas Tribe and is located at an altitude of 2,850 meters above sea level.

Centro de Quito, (colonial city) is the largest and best conserved colonial city in South America; this is why the UNESCO named it a "World Cultural Heritage Site" in 1978. The city's structure on the 320 hectare compound is an outstanding example of superb architecture from the sixteenth to the twentieth century; surrounded by volcanic stone with very narrow streets within, (built stone by stone), there is much to see.

The historic centre of Quito has ancient colonial homes, priceless churches, chapels, monasteries, convents, as well as plazas, museums and republican buildings with interesting architecture.

Once outside of the historical centre of the city, Quito takes on a completely different personality in the “new town” where many high rise and government buildings are found.

Though Quito is old and historic, the public transportation is fairly efficient and the city is served by a network of buses that travel throughout most of the areas; it is a cheap way of getting around. Since the city is very long and narrow, it is divided into three zones and many buses run in each zone of the city.

Currently, the heart of the capital is full of vigour and culture, such as "Heritage Nights" where citizens and visitors can enjoy the unique attractions in the, "jewel in the crown of Ecuador", through images and videos.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Clínica de Atención Diaria VozAndes
Carapungo 2a. Etapa
TEL 1: (593 2) 2262 142 Fax: (593 2) 2269 234

Placement Address

Animal Protection Ecuador
Antonio De Ulloa N34-85

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Ecuador at our BaseCamp Center in Quito. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Ecuador. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Ecuador you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

BaseCamp Ecuador

BaseCamp Ecuador
BaseCamp Ecuador Address

Juan Rodriguez E8 - 72 Y
6 De Diciembre
Quito, Ecuador

BaseCamp Ecuador Contact Details

Tel: 593 2-254-7737 (Guest House Jazmines)
Mobile: 593-0-998-221-438

BaseCamp Ecuador is located in the trendy Mariscal district of Quito. Within easy walking distance of banks, restaurants, internet cafes and more; BaseCamp in Quito is perfectly situated for any need. Whether you are taking advantage of the rich and vibrant night life of La Mariscal or visiting a local market, BaseCamp Ecuador is always just a few minutes away.

There are six dormitory style guest rooms and five wash-rooms. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided. There are two common areas on the main floor, including a small resource centre, containing books, magazines, games and other Ecuadorian publications. As well there is a large selection of local movies and documentaries which are available for guest viewing. In addition to the two common areas, BaseCamp Quito has a rooftop terrace, the perfect spot to watch the street come awake with a morning cup of coffee, or spend an afternoon relaxing in the sun.

BaseCamp Quito is also the orientation and training centre for international volunteers visiting Ecuador. In addition to accommodation and meals, BaseCamp Quito also provides volunteers with orientation, Spanish Language training (1 - 8 weeks), placement consultation and work plan seminars, as well as follow up and continued support while volunteers are at their placements. All of these services are available to guests who are interested.

Living With a Host Family in Ecuador

Living with a host family in Ecuador is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

In the case of a volunteer lodge or ranger station (which is often the only option for placements within a National Park), volunteers will be living in dormitory type accommodation and meals will be provided in a mess hall or dining area.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Ecuador.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Ecuador

  Registration Fee
  1 Week
  2 Weeks
  3 Weeks
  4 Weeks
  5 Weeks
  6 Weeks
  7 Weeks
  8 Weeks
  Additional Weeks

Ecuador wildlife and conservation placements require an additional $7 USD per day fee to cover park fees and accommodation. All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried

Program Dates

Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Feb 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022 Apr 01, 2022
May 06, 2022 Jun 03, 2022 Jul 01, 2022
Aug 05, 2022 Sep 02, 2022 Oct 07, 2022
Nov 04, 2022 Dec 02, 2022 Jan 06, 2023
Feb 03, 2023 Mar 03, 2023 Apr 07, 2023
May 05, 2023 Jun 02, 2023 Jul 07, 2023
Aug 04, 2023 Sep 01, 2023 Oct 06, 2023
Nov 03, 2023 Dec 01, 2023 Jan 05, 2024


These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

Give us a Call
Canada / USA 866-646-4693 (toll free)
UK 866-646-4693 (toll free)
Australia 866-646-4693 (toll free)
International 613-353-3000
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