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Volunteering Ecuador Program

Zanja Arajuno is 100% self-supported so your support is very valuable to us. Volunteering Ecuador

We receive volunteers, interns, students and researchers




We do not require specialty in a specific area but we do request that you have the predisposition, initiative, commitment and interest in conserving and interacting with native fauna.

The minimum stay is one week. Work is 4 hours daily Monday through Friday.

Program Objective : To form new international relationships in solidarity that cross socio-environmental borders, providing an opportunity to share life experiences that will guide the volunteer’s ideas about conservation upon return to their country of origin.


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Students and interns:

We prefer applications related to studies of or expertise in conservation biology and social sciences (anthropology, economics, sociology, education, communication). Necessary equipment and materials should be provided by the applicant. We request that the applicant coordinates with Zanja Arajuno and their institution to prepare a work plan including number of hours, objectives, expectations, skills, abilities and interests in pertinent subjects.

Program Objective 1: To promote, through specific investigations and social interaction, local and interactive activities in diverse aspects of the defense of Amazonian life. .

Program Objective 2: To design, through participatory approaches in multidisciplinary fields, strategies that strengthen and improve the sustainability of Zanja Arajuno in order to foster a culture of conservation.

Activities: For specialized sciences, we suggest the following

Conservation biology: research protocols and manuals, inventory of biological resources, group tours and guides, husbandry, management and monitoring of wildlife, veterinary medicine, help with community life strategies, systematization of experiences, participatory mapping and GIS.

Anthropology, Economics, Sociology: data collection and analysis of results (interviews, surveys), studies of the advance of capitalism in the Amazon.

Communication: coverage, systematization, dissemination and research (reports, flyers, newsletters), political and organizational activity support (events, workshops, conferences, meetings, seminars, campaigns, local projects), design and management of web sites and social networks.

Education: Design of modules and materials for research and environmental education, alternative methods in education, proposal of and methodological application of conservation workshops and camps for children.


Groups of visitors (schools, colleges and universities) with short stays and advance planning of activities with the applicant institution.

Program Objective: To practice theoretical knowledge taught by their institutions through practical experiences driven by common goals set by students.

Activities: Guided tours or observation. Workshops about management of wild fauna and socio-environmental problems in the Amazon. Community service. Environmental education camps and art.



Professionals, specialists, undergraduate or graduate students in fields related to socio-environmental sciences and conservation who wish to apply their studies in a conserved area.

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Objective of the program

Information gathering and socio-environmental studies of biological resources in Zanja Arajuno (herpetology, ornithology, mammalogy, ichthyology, entomology, botany, ecology, etc.) for the design of more effective conservation strategies.


Can be planned in coordination with Zanja Arajuno.

Additional activities:

Night hikes and tours of Zanja Arajuno (52 ha in size), visit to waterfalls (special package *), participation in agricultural work, English classes, environmental education and art in the community school Mariscal Sucre (cane cultivation transitioning to organic production), discussions about Amazonian issues and biological and cultural diversity.

You can make donations to the school (educational material, notebooks pens, markers, etc.), or to Zanja Arajuno (equipment, books, infrastructure, materials).




Volunteer house (not a hotel): 5 shared rooms with bunk beds, sheets, blankets, and awnings. 2 bathrooms, 1 kitchen with some cooking utensils (pots and cutlery) and 1 refrigerator. The number of people can vary week by week. Coexistence and reciprocity are important for solidarity in work. Volunteering Ecuador

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Capacity: 18 people.



Basic services like electricity and water (phone for emergencies or coordination). We do not have internet or hot water.

The house does not include personal hygiene products (towels, soap, shampoo, toilet paper). You should provide groceries, matches, water, salt, sugar, coffee, oil, condiments, etc. These can be purchased at the supermarket in the city of Puyo, to which you can take a taxi.

Tip: Bring rubber boots, swimwear, raincoats or ponchos, as well as sunglasses, hat, lightweight clothing with long sleeves, flashlight, sandals, slippers, and work clothing.

Cost (per person per day):

  • USD 30 (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • USD 15 (not including food)

* Hike to waterfalls with local staff or guides from Zanja Arajuno (with confirmation)

Departure: 06h00

Return: 15h00

Includes: Snack lunch (13h00)

Fee: $ 15 per person


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