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    Kaya Gap Year: Wildlife Conservation in Ecuador

    Kaya Gap Year: Wildlife Conservation in Ecuador


    • Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destinations: Ecuador
    • Credit Awarded: None
    • Program Length: Six Weeks, Four Weeks, Two Months, Quarter, Three Weeks, Five Weeks
    • Start Month: September
    • Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
    • Selective: No
    • Gender: Coed
    • Ages: 18, 19+, 19
    • Housing: Cabins, Other
    • Affiliation: Gap Year Association
    • Financial Aid: Payment Terms
    • Minimum Cost: $1,000 - $2,999
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    Are you looking to take a break from school, or explore the world and your interests before the next phase in your life? Here at Kaya Responsible Travel, we offer culturally immersive, supported and exciting gap year programs (and don't worry, it doesn't have to be a year! It could be a month or two!). This one takes place in the Ecuadorian Amazon, where you can work with a range of animals - from parrots to wild cats!

    More About Us

    Our destinations are "non-traditional" in the sense that they're off the beaten path, and here at Kaya, we're all avid travelers and volunteers, so you can rest assured that our personalized support will go a long way towards making your experience memorable.

    If you're concerned about responsibility, safety and sustainability in travel and volunteering, you can also feel at ease knowing that responsible travel is what we do, and that our mission is to uphold sustainable development. We have stringent Covid-19 protocols in place and we've only reopened programs where we are confident we can deliver experiences that are of low risk to you and to the communities you'll come to know while you're abroad.

    Program Details

    If you're interested in protecting wildlife and the environment, this is the program for you! 

    If you're excited by the prospect of working with and caring for parrots, monkeys, turtles, wild cats, capybaras, caymans and more, we would suggest learning more by visiting our website. But just to give you a taste of what life will be like there, you'll have the chance to become a part of a team (low-risk because you'll be in the middle of the Amazon with Covid-19 protocols in place!) at an animal sanctuary that engages in the rescue and rehabilitation of local wildlife. Many of the animals in this rescue center's care were abandoned or trafficked, and the ultimate goal is release back into the wild. During the pandemic, many more animals ultimately needed care, and the rescue center could use your help. So if you're interested in hands-on, hard, rewarding work, and if you want to learn more about the earth's precious biodiversity, look no further.