Merazonia is a new rescue center for trafficked and abused Amazonian animals located on 250 acres of rainforest, in Mera, Ecuador.

Volunteers are needed to help put their energy and creativity into the construction of the refuge. A typical day involves helping to put finishing touches on our living quarters, build trails, construct animal cages, tend to the organic garden, and brainstorming with us projects that use your talents (any hot tub builders out there?). We also encourage volunteers to take time to explore the land, relax by the river, or swim in our waterfalls. Once we have animals, volunteers will help to feed, care for and enrich the lives of these animals.

While we are transitioning to living in the rainforest, we have a comfortable and modern house in town from which we commute each day. The commute includes a 15 minute walk through the rainforest to our land. We ask for a $50 weekly donation from volunteers to help cover housing costs. Food costs are generally about $15 a week.

The minimum stay is one week, and for anyone interested in staying with us as a long term volunteer, we are open to negotiating responsibilities and costs. In the Amazon, the weather runs from brilliantly sunny to downright wet (it is the rainforest), so we recommend raingear and layering work clothes (and Licorice if you really want to get in good with the managers).

We are also currently looking for an assistant manager or two to help us manage the construction and running of the refuge. We are unable to make this a paid position, but offer lovely accommodations in the jungle, and the chance to make a difference in an up- and-coming refuge. We like to think of it as an amazing learning experience (it has been for us!) and an impressive resume builder (You should see our letters of recommendation! Dazzling!). Please email if interested.

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