Volunteers will usually find monkeys, kinkajous, felines, other mammals, macaws, and parrots at Merazonia.

Volunteer with Merazonia in Ecuador

Merazonia is a dynamic rescue and rehabilitation center for trafficked and abused Amazonian animals. Volunteers work with animals under strict guidelines and help maintain the grounds and enclosures. Learn more about the work, its requirements, and how to apply.

Jatun Sacha volunteers can choose from sites in the Amazonian or Coastal rainforest, Andean forest, or on the Galapagos Islands.

Volunteer with Jatun Sacha in Ecuador

Jatun Sacha (JS) is a self-sustaining nonprofit organization that owns and maintains five private nature reserves working closely with communities to “promote the conservation of Ecuador’s biodiversity”. Volunteers work eight-hour days and can choose from sites in the Amazonian or Coastal rainforest, Andean forest, or on the Galapagos Islands.

Volunteers with FBE can help with habitat preservation on the Galapagos Islands.

Volunteer with Foundation Bolivar Education in Ecuador

Foundation Bolivar Education (FBE, Ecuador Volunteers) is a Quito-based organization that facilitates volunteer opportunities all across Ecuador. Their work is focused on community development and the environment, and volunteers have a chance to study Spanish at FBE’s affiliated schools.

Baby tortoises at the Charles Darwin Station in the Galapagos.

How to Travel Responsibly in the Galápagos

The Galápagos Islands is a remarkable place in danger of being ruined by its own fame. If seeing the Galápagos is on your bucket list, it’s time to consider how you can visit this amazing place without contributing to its demise.

Moon Spotlight Quito

Moon Spotlight Quito is a full-color, 115-page compact guide covering Ecuador’s capital city and highlights of the surrounding Andes. Seasoned traveler and journalist Ben Westwood offers his firsthand advice on must-see attractions, as well as maps with sightseeing highlights, so you can make the most of your time. This lightweight guide is packed with recommendations […]

Moon Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands

This full-color guide to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps. Seasoned traveler and journalist Ben Westwood leads adventurers to off-the-beaten-path experiences in Ecuador, from riding a train up the steep switchbacks of the famous Nariz del Diablo (Devil’s Nose) to diving off of the Galápagos Islands, where the waters […]

A golden colored iguana moves across a white pebbled beach.

Getting around the Galápagos Islands

Getting around the Galápagos is easier than it used to be. You don’t need to worry if you’ve booked a tour already, but for other travelers, here’s how to get around by air, by boat, by bus, and on foot.