Oyster Reviews: Volunteering with wildlife in Ecuador

Find out what Oyster volunteers have said in these reviews of the volunteering on the wildlife sanctuary programme in Ecuador. To find out more about this project, visit our wildlife sanctuary page.

Ecuador“The volunteering itself was exceptional. I met the most wonderful people and had an excellent time. I felt supported by Oyster before, during and after my trip.”

Georgina, 2 weeks April 2018

A cutey looks out from behind a tree in his new home at the wildlife sanctuary in Ecuador

“I’m absolutely loving it here! The staff are all incredibly friendly and I’ve had so many great experiences here that I never thought I’d get to do, and have seen so many animals that I didn’t even know existed.””


Mark Lord, 2 weeks April 2018

See some amazing animals whilst in Ecuador at the wildlife sanctuary“Thank you so much for all your help getting us here! Daisy and I are having the most incredible time here, we are absolutely loving everything about it! The staff here are so kind and helpful and the animals are awe-inspiring to see, I would absolutely recommend this project to any animal lover.”

Charlotte Dines, 6 weeks March 2018

A bird sits on a volunteer's arm at the wildlife sanctuary in Ecuador“Everything is great! The staff are very knowledgeable, sometimes the work is difficult though. We have been into town a few times to be a part of the carnival activities, such as seeing the parade, enjoying ice cream and being sprayed with foam and paint! The place is amazing, and Ecuador is fantastic also”

Maya Shephard, 4 weeks February 2018

Ecuador wildlife volunteering colourful parrot“I enjoyed working with all of the animals. The hand on experience was incredible and not something that you are able to do everyday. My favorite part was being able to work so close with the monkeys. I’ve never had a dull moment with them and always found myself laughing while around them. The people here are really lovely and the whole experience is just simply amazing! Oyster Worldwide is by far the best gap year travel agency I have worked with. They made sure every small detail was taken care of and informed me of all of the possibilities that I would experience while in Ecuador. I would definitely recommend them to anybody looking to take a gap year.”

Kim Romero, 2 weeks September 2017

Volunteering at the wildlife sanctuary in Ecuador meets a monkey“Finally come to the end of my four weeks of volunteering here… Met a lot of really cool animals and people and it’s been a pleasure working with them all, from building climbing frames and releasing a snake back into the wild, wouldn’t change a minute of it…”

Kurtis Patterson, 4 weeks August 2017


Volunteer at the wildlife sanctuary meets one of the rescued animals“I have had an absolute blast this whole trip. The experience I have gained, the things I’ve learnt about the animals, the culture and it was so fun and beautiful. The work is hard but satisfying. Thank you for organising this – it’s been fantastic.”

Natasha Prindezis, 4 weeks July 2017


A volunteer with a monkey in Ecuador“The first week was great and I’ve experienced so much, I’m still in disbelief about it. Tonight, I’m on nocturnals for the first time and really excited about it.”

Simonetta Harding, 3 weeks July 2017



Baby monkey at the wildlife sanctuary“The first week was great and I’ve experienced so much, I’m still in disbelief about it. Tonight, I’m on nocturnals for the first time and really excited about it.”

Becky Linnitt, 3 weeks May 2017

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