Join us for an unforgettable experience

Volunteering at amaZOOnico is a truly special and life-enriching experience. The work is hard, but incredibly rewarding; our volunteers are essential for us to operate, and you will see from day one how your input is truly making a difference to us and the animals. You will also have lots of fun with like-minded people along the way!

Life as an amaZOOnico volunteer

  • Help with the daily work of caring for the animals - feeding, cleaning, enrichments

  • Learn about wildlife management and support conservation hands-on

  • Work hard and make new friends with volunteers from all over the world

  • Deliver environmental education through guided tours of the center

  • Experience life in the jungle!


  • Minimum 18 years old

  • Minimum commitment of 4 weeks (the longer you stay, the less you pay!)

  • Cover food and lodging expenses (maximum of $399 per 4 weeks non-refundable / $249 for Ecuadorians. This includes a free amaZOOnico t-shirt)

  • Passion for wildlife conservation

  • Professional attitude

  • Ability to perform strenuous activities in hot, humid rainforest conditions

  • Comfort residing in a remote tropical location, with limited communication

  • Comfort working and communicating in a multicultural context

  • Fluent English or Spanish

Why volunteer with us?

  • Do something good for the animals and the planet

  • Learn about wildlife management and conservation

  • Experience the beautiful Amazon Rainforest

  • Become immersed in a unique multicultural setting

  • Make long lasting friendships

  • Join Liana Lodge (our neighbor and conservation partner) tours for free

  • Join our forest guards on patrols around Selva Viva for free

  • Internship/volunteer certificate


Our volunteers tell us the work is hard, but also super rewarding!

🧽 Maintenance of animal enclosures

🍌 Preparation of animal food

🐒 Animal feeding

🎣 Preparation of animal enrichments

🔨 General maintenance of the center

💬 Guided tours with a focus on conservation

Other tasks might be assigned according to the skills of the volunteers:
Graphic design, welding, public speaking, painting, repairing materials, good writing, etc.

Just tell us your skills and we will figure out how we can use them best!

If you can't join us in person, we are also looking for people with computer skills to help with everything from social media to app development to graphic design. Drop us an email!

Feeding the peccaries

Leading a guided tour

Cleaning the woolly monkeys' cage

Trying out a blow dart at a local indigenous community


On the button below, you'll find answers to common questions. If you don't find the answer you need, please feel free to send us an email and we will be happy to help info@amazoonicorescue.org

If you are interested in helping us, but can't join us in person, drop us an email. We are in need of people with computer skills to help with everything from social media to graphic design to app development!


Steps to become an amaZOOnico volunteer:

  1. Fill in the application form above.
    We will get back to you within a week.

  2. If your application is accepted, you will then need to make the volunteer fee payment to reserve your spot.

  3. Come, help, and enjoy !

Program Fees

The program fee covers your food and lodging expenses. The minimum stay is 4 weeks. We offer a discount of $10 per week for week 5 to 8 and $20 per week for week 9+.


4 weeks $399

5 weeks $488.75 $498.75 ($10 saved)

6 weeks $578.50 $598.50 ($20 saved)

7 weeks $668.25 $698.25 ($30 saved)

8 weeks $758 $798 ($40 saved)

9 weeks $837.75 $897.75 ($60 saved)

10 weeks $917.50 $997.50 ($80 saved)

11 weeks $997.25 $1097.25 ($100 saved)

12 weeks $1077 $1197 ($120 saved)


24 weeks $2034 $2394 ($360 saved)

36 weeks $2871 $3591 ($720 saved)


*Exceptional candidates from developing countries who can not afford to pay the full fee can apply for a discounted rate by sending their CV and motivation letter to: info@amazoonicorescue.org