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NGO Latacunga, Ecuador

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Learn spanish while helping 100+ rescued dogs near the Cotopaxi volcano

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Connect with nature
7 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
Connect with international travelers
6 travelers recommend this host to meet travelers from all around the world
Accepts couples and pairs of volunteers
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What you offer


Hours per day
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Social Work
Help with volunteer work in local projects and communities.
Help with a wide range of repairs or building.
Animal Care
Help look after and take care of animals.
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What you get


Days off per week
Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.
Private Room
You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.
Shared Dorm
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
Get a certificate of completion after you finish your experience.
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The Experience

We have 127 rescued dogs living at our big farm! We need to take them for walks, play with them and feed them. We are inviting volunteers to help us mostly feeding the doggies, making them happy and cleaning the house. Close by is the huge Cotopaxi volcano, many rose farms and pristine nature sites. This is a complete rural location, with good views and great hills for running, biking, horseriding, etc.

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Additional Fee Required

Volunteers are expected to give a one time contribution of $15 for the basic housing expenses.


  • Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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1 week

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15 Reviews


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How this experience will transform you

7 Get in touch with nature

6 Meeting international travelers

5 Meeting locals

5 Developing environmental awareness

5 Creating true social impact

4 Immersing in the local culture



It has been quit an experience at Sabia! The first day we already found an abandoned puppy which we could luckily take home with us. After a week of giving him lots of food and love he really felt like home at Sabia and was everbody;s favorite. Also all the other are so sweet, if I could I would take them all home with me. The view of the Cotopaxi is amazing! And also the views you’ll have during the walks with the dogs are stunning.

If you love dogs and nature this is the place to be!

3 days ago



The Farm is really far away from the next town. The way there goes through unsafe territory with probability of being robbed. Fausto is welcoming and Kind but does not really care too much about you. The room he gave us was a little bit dirty and had no storage for clothing. Also bathroom and kitchen were untidy and dirty. We only stayed one night but the tasks were cleaning the dogcages. It seemd like this had not been done for a long time which made it a little disgusting. The farm is no more what it looks like on the internet! Fausto was injured and lost his wife which broke the system!

6 days ago



Well i had a great time. The family is extremely nice and vary welcoming ,the views are stunning mt Cotopaxi is out my back window . There are great walks to go on and every one makes you feel like a friend pretty much right away.,but bring GLOVES i was the only one who did and i felt bad for every one els. And be ready for hard work, also the closest store is a 30 min walk but they will take you in the truck pretty much when ever you ask in a tiny village and they don’t have much so just be prepared. Water proof boots are kinda a must. But its a great place a good time a vary relaxed.

10 months ago



My experience was wonderful: Victor, Mayra, Santiago and don Humberto are kind and generous people. The place is amazing, nice views and people in Sigchos. Besides, Fausto don Fausto in Sabia, are inspiring men, the dogs sanctuary is a deeply recommended place to stay, a little paradise on earth. Thanks to all these amazing people.

about 1 year ago

Santiago replied

We were really lucky to have been able to host for Lenin. He is very nice and respectul and we learned a lot from him. Lenin was good at working with his hands and always willing to help with any task. Lenin showed also that he is a great teacher and I was very impressed by his respect and communicative skills at his classes. Thanks a lot Lenín. It was great to meet You! We hope that you come back soon with your amazing team.



La experiencia en Sabia fue muy buena, ame trabajar con los perritos y poder contribuir en una labor tan bonita, Fausto es una excelente persona y me acogió muy bien en su casa. Aunque el refugio queda retirado de la ciudad, se puede realizar muchas actividades de conexionado con la naturaleza. Agradezco mucho la hospitalidad del anfitrión!

about 2 months ago

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