Support the reintroduction of macaws, victims of illegal trafficking and ecosistem destruction. Help in the whole recovery, reproduction, adaption and release process.

The project

Private reserve located in the coast of Ecuador, with the original purpose of protecting a hummingbird specie, which is critically endangered and inhabits just in this small area. Although work is still being carried out to preserve this species, one of the most important works is the Great Green Macaw subspecie (Ara ambiguus guayaquilensis) reintroduction. This specie is critically endangered as well, with less than thirty (30) individuals in wild.

The species became extinct from this area more than fifty years ago. The goal is to establish a wild population in the reserve and its surroundings with the support of foundation and parks which work with captive breeding macaws; and in this way, create corridors so that the species can move within a less restricted area.

The project work is done both in the maintenance of the aviary, cleaning of cages, feeding and monitoring of the birds; as in environmental education and community awareness. 

Between June and September each year, whales come to visit the Ecuatorian coasts, so you´ll be able to watch them jump and dance, from October to February, turtle´s nesting season is here, and you will work at the nest monitoring and relocation.





Project available year-round. 2 weeks to 6 months durations available.



2 weeks – $1750
1 month – $2300
2 months – $3400
3 months – $4500
Each extra week  – $275

Location details

The project location is in the Coast. Accommodation is with a host family, 2 meals are included: breakfast and lunch.



Spanish level: Basic User A1. Must be 18 and over, with valid passport and health insurance

Itinerary Sample


Mondays to Fridays

8:00 to 16:00  (1 hour for lunch)  work in the designated tasks at the protected area (data collection, monitoring of birds, collecting native fruits and seeds for daily food preparation,  aviary maintenance and cages cleaning)

Monitoring days

5:00 to 13:00  Fieldwork: Depending on the season, this will include going to the forest and climbing trees to monitor nesting sites.


Role of the volunteer

Assist on the project tasks like data collection, monitoring of birds, collecting native fruits and seeds for daily food preparation,  aviary maintenance and cages cleaning; support with environmental education in local communities.



Skills required

This internship is geared towards individuals with a desire to work with the preservation of ecosystems and fauna, environmental education and willingness to learn and help.

Professionals in the fields of biology, zoology, ornithology, environmental sciences or other related areas could assist with more technical functions.


What’s Included?



Available during the length of the project (Either at the project or local homestay families with 2 meals included)


Transfer from Quito to project



Local cell phone is included with a refundable deposit of $50


Aiport pick-up

EcuaExplora staff ready to transport you


Support 24 hours

On the ground EcuaExplora staff available


First weekend accomodation

In a hostal in Quito with breakfast



(includes city tour and lunch)

Not Included


Health insurance (REQUIRED)


Meals not specified


Transportation to/from the homestay to the project each day


Optional extras

Add $60 per week for 6 hours Spanish classes if in Quito.

Sounds amazing? Want to be part of something important?

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