Animal Shelter Puyo, Ecuador

45 reviews45

Ayúdanos en nuestro Santuario Natural

Top Host
This host receives lots of worldpackers and has a high average rating, being recognized by the community as a Top Host.
Help a sustainable project
9 travelers confirmed that this host is actively contributing to a more sustainable future for everyone!
Higher chance of approval
This host has recently approved volunteers and is looking for more applications.
Connect with nature
27 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
Learn about sustainability
21 travelers learned about sustainability working with this host
Needs help immediately
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.
Help clean the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.
Kitchen Hand
Help prepare, finish and serve meals.
Building & Repairing
Help with a wide range of repairs or building.
Help grow plants and cultivate gardens
Additional Fee
This host charges a fee in addition to the cost of the Worldpackers annual plan.

Additional fee required

This host charges a fee in addition to the cost of Worldpackers’ annual plans.


US$ 10

Per day

Fee pays for

  • Benefits for travelers
  • Materials for volunteer activities
  • Donation to project


Los voluntarios aportarán 10 dólares diarios para la compra de materiales de trabajo, plantas, abonos, pago de mano de obra.

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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.
Team Dorm
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other people.
Shared Dorm
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.
Basic Internet Access
Basic speed internet for you to work remotely
Holistic Therapies
You can take part in any of our therapeutic activities for free.
Free Events
Get free entrance for the best events in town.
Permaculture Course
Take part in our Permaculture course for free.
Language lessons
Take free language classes at our place.
Dance classes
Take free dance classes at our place.
Yoga classes
Take free yoga classes at our place.
Free Hiking Tours
We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!
Free Tours
We’ll take you on tours and rides around town. For free!
Free Parties
Get free entrance for the best parties in town.
Get help from the Worldpackers support team in case you need it, at any point of your trip.
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Stay at least
5 days

The Experience

Creamos un lugar de reconexión con la naturaleza y contigo mismo, nuestro labor es proteger y mantener 24 hectareas de bosque amazónico.

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  • Beginner Spanish or Beginner English
  • Welcomes solo volunteers, couples, and partners of volunteers

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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45 Reviews


Host & Team


Hours & Tasks


Animal Shelter


Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

  • 27 Get in touch with nature
  • 21 Learning about sustainability
  • 21 Developing environmental awareness
  • 20 Meeting locals
  • 20 Practicing Spanish
  • 16 Immersing in the local culture

This host contributes to Sustainable Development Goals

  • 9 15. Life on land
  • 6 3. Good health and well-being
  • 4 13. Climate action

New Zealand


My girldfriend and I had a great time with Diego at Arutum the shelter! It was a great experience learning from Diego. My tasks involved shaving and sanding bamboo, carrying rocks for an infrastructure project Diego was building and weeding the garden. It was awesome to learn about how sustainable bamboo is and its uses! Each day/night we did unique activities such as going to the river, cacao ceremony, walking in the jungle, Ortiga plant ceremony, making pilche bowls. The fresh cooked meals and fruits were amazing and Diego was super tentative to all our needs. Thank you again Diego! ❤️

5 days ago

United Kingdom


I had a really good time here. The food was amazing - we ate fresh fish and tried lots of new fruits and veg every day! With every meal we had homemade tea too. In the mornings we made breakfast and we worked from 8-12 before making lunch. For the work we were helping prepare the bamboo for the new project - sanding etc, and weeding in the garden. In the afternoons we did some medicinal rituals, walked to river and in the jungle, made our own bowls from a Pilche plant, did yoga and relaxed in nature! Diego was happy to show us anything we were interested in and answered all our questions.

5 days ago

United States


My experience here was really good. It is a very beautiful area and pretty quiet so I took a lot of time to myself to relax and just enjoy being here. The work was as agreed and wasn't difficult. Communication was a little hard for me, but that's because I don't speak Spanish well so it was a great learning experience to be able to start recognizing the words people were saying. Facilities are simple but clean and the rooms were comfortable. I'd definitely recommend this place to anyone looking to get away into nature for a bit and disconnect.

5 months ago

United Kingdom


Unfortunately I couldn't stay as long as I'd have liked but Diego and his family made the effort to make the most of my time. Diego was really patient and helpful as I tried to improve my Spanish. he answered all my questions before I arrived and accommodated my changes. The accommodation is basic (it's the rainforest) but clean and neat and has all you need. You can be disconnected but there's also access to fast good WiFi. Short but memorable experience!

5 months ago



The house is wonderfully located and the work was great and not too hard, as it is only for up to 4 hours a day. I enjoyed my time as the food, bed and people were great. Definitely recommend!

6 months ago

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Hosted by Diego

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