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Arajuno Road Project Charity Profile
The Arajuno Road Project aims to create a structured curriculum within the jungle schools of Ecuador, with volunteers helping to create a stable learning environment. The Arajuno Road Project also aims to use local communities skills and resources to help develop the communities and preseve the rapidly depleting rainforest.
Arajuno Road Project Volunteer Information
The role of the volunteers within the project is crucial to its success. Funding and equipment cannot be properly utilised without people to manage them. The centre has 12 enclosures housing over 100 animals. Volunteers help clean and maintain the cages, feed the animals and build more enclosures allowing the centre to accommodate more rescued animals.
Unlike many other volunteer programs, the Arc gives volunteers the chance to offer and use their ideas. Volunteers at the animal rescue centre are a part of the team, they make decisions and are responsible for the animals on a par with the staff. Volunteers get to make a real and active difference to the lives of the animals.
Volunteers work as one team. There are typically around 10 volunteers at the centre who all work on the same goals and objectives. Some jobs (such as building a new enclosure) are complex and may take days or weeks to complete. Volunteers will split into small groups to work on particular tasks according to preference and ability.
Each morning the volunteers meet to discuss the days tasks in the meeting hut. Then volunteers clean the enclosures, prepare the food and feed the animals. This does require some interaction with the animals (sometimes with a monkey around your neck) but this is kept to a minimum wherever possible. The rest of the morning and the afternoons are spent maintaining the enclosures and areas of the centre, like paths, building new enclosures and jungle trips.