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Ecuador Veterinary Internship

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Ecuador is a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America. Despite its diminutive size, it is bursting with vibrant culture, mesmerising landscapes, exotic tropical wildlife and pristine habitats. Including the all-consuming emerald rainforests of the Amazon, it is rich in rare and endangered species.

Ecuador has a picture-perfect capital painted in pastel colours, alive with cafés, clubs, bars, churches and museums. Markets where friendly locals sell their wares are surrounded by the hustle and bustle of traditional street life. In contrast, the peaceful and serene Andes provide a home for indigenous mountain communities and enigmatic mountain creatures alike. This captivating country contains a culture that is expressed in an abundance of wholesome and delicious cuisine, diverse musical forms and colourful festivals that will enliven your senses. Whilst it is South America's tiniest country, it has everything you could possibly want, including stretches of white sand beaches, expansive plains, steamy jungles and spectacular mountains. All this and more is waiting to be discovered on your spectacular Ecuadorian adventure!

This placement will allow you to take what you have learnt in the classroom and apply this in a practical way working hands-on with our experienced staff caring for the animals at this incredible wildlife sanctuary based in the forest. A moderate knowledge of Spanish would be useful.



  • Discover a a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America
  • Gain invaluable experience
  • Immerse yourself in a new and exciting culture


  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Moderate level of Spanish.
Airport Pickup Community Emergency Ground Transport Homestay Meals Mountainous Terrestrial Trekking CV
Location Ecuador
Activities Filing and keeping animal records
Caring for sick and injured animals
Operations (where applicable)
Animal check-ups / monitoring
Meat inspections
Food distribution
Transport Airport pick-up 
Accommodation Volunteer cabins / Dorms

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Airport pick-up 
Ground transfer to project site & in-transit accommodation
Local orientation
Project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


The aim of the Frontier-Ecuador Veterinary Internship is to provide volunteer support to this local animal rescue centre NGO. While this project does cater for a range of experiences, the centre is also in desperate need of experienced veterinary surgeons. If you are trained in a particular field such as veterinary science, biology or other related areas you may be able to assist more closely with a specific area of animal care and the technical functions of the centre, depending on your Spanish ability. Volunteers with limited veterinary experience, but that have other skills and interests such as photography, marketing or mural painting can help in promotional activities for the centre. Whatever your background all volunteers make a really important contribution offering their ideas and experiences and helping to improve the centre and its important operations.

The work that you will be involved in will be dependent upon your level of experience and the needs of the animal rescue centre at the time of your visit. The kinds of activities that you could be involved in whilst shadowing the local staff include filing and keeping animal records, meat inspections and the routine treatment of rescued animals. You will also assist with activities such as food distribution.

You could get the chance to observe veterinary operations or even the opportunity to assist with care treatments such as vaccinations and flea and tick treatments depending upon your level of expertise.  In some cases you may be involved in emergency rescues where an animal may have been mistreated or abused.

Your programme will typically run five days a week, Monday to Friday. This will provide you with a comprehensive learning experience whilst still giving plenty of time to see the sights and experience rural life in the local community.


You will be met upon arrival at Quito airport and transferred to a hostel for the night. The next day you will travel by bus from Quito to the bustling town of Tena in the Amazonian region, a journey of around 6 hours that will give you the opportunity to view Ecuador from a local's point of view. From Tena you will take a local bus for around 30 minutes to arrive at your project site. A member of staff will accompany you to and from the project site.


Volunteers live on site at the project, where there are a number of volunteer cabins. Each cabin is fitted with bunk beds, a bathroom and a living area, and whilst the facilities will be basic they will of course be clean. There is a communal kitchen where everybody eats together and a swimming pool next to the project site that volunteers are allowed to use free of charge.


Your food is included while on the project site, but not when you are in Quito. Volunteers and staff eat all of their meals together and vegetarians and special dietary requirements can easily be catered for. Food will be typically Ecuadorian fare, delicious and often characterised by rice, lentils, potatoes and beans.

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Ecuador offers a wide variety of extra activities, both adventurous and cultural alike, such as rafting, caving, hiking, and trips to thermal pools.  We prefer you to arrange and book these direct with local providers thereby contributing to the local economy.


4 weeks US$ 1,895

Extra week US$ 345


Weekly. The project begins on a Monday but you will need to arrive on Sunday in order to travel to the project the following day.

Monthly (please arrive Sunday in order to transfer to the project)

This project is not available on the following dates in 2019:

New Year: 1 January
Carnaval: 4-5 March
Good Friday: 19 April 
Labor Day: 1 May

Battle of Pichincha: 24 May
Indedpendence Day: 10 August
Guayaquil Independence Day: 12 October
Day of the Dead: 1 November
Cuenca Independence Day: 03 November
Christmas: 25 December - 01 January


Minimum of four weeks, up to a total of six months


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt


  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfer to project site & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Quito (UIO)



Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


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Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

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We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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