Volunteering in times of Corona

Great news: Merazonia is open for volunteers! In this article we list the requierements to enter Ecuador and life at Merazonia. Volunteers from Europe, America and Ecuador have made the trip and can answer specific questions or worries you have, or you can e-mail or WhatsApp us.

All passengers entering the country must present either a vaccination certificate (two doses and at least 14 days validity), or a negative PCR test performed up to 72 hours prior to departure. Interprovincial busses are running again and cost about $8. We work with various reliable taxi drivers. if you prefer private transport. The ride costs around $130 one way from Quito  but we can put you in touch with other volunteers so you can travel together.

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Life in the jungle

Merazonia itself is tucked away in the jungle with plenty of fresh air and natural attractions of its own. There is a lot of space to move around in (and animals to take care of!). Currently there are 10 to 15 people working here, a mix of managers and volunteers, working side by side for the wellfare of the animals.

We have prepared ourselves and put protocols in place for when a corona case is suspected. There is also a very highly regarded German-Dutch run clinic in Shell (15 minute drive) that can do tests. They also see patients for any kind of any other medical issue.

Corona protocols

On site, things run normal again. People can go explore nearby (exploring caves, waterfalls, bike rides), or visit Puyo or Baños. Often volunteers still prefer private transport which is available from Mera. For more general volunteer info click here.

View Merazonia Wildlife office volunteer houseWe have also opened our office/house for volunteers to spend their free day. This house is a few miles down the road from the centre and overlooks the Pastaza valley, the Amazon basin and the mountainous national Park, Sangay. The views are breathtaking! The house has several rooms, electricity and wifi (and a domestic cat, see photo). We ask for a small extra fee to spend the night here.

Controlled relaxation

The nearby Swiss Bistro is open in the weekends and is a longstanding favourite among volunteers. They offer great food, a swimming pool and beautiful views towards the Merazonia reserve and the National Park Llanganates we border. Other local places woth a visit include La finca de Josue, Cascada el Kilo and Mera's famous viewpoint over the Amazon.

We are aware that there is still a lot of uncertainty in the world and that traveling comes with a risk. But we hope this article clarifies things for you, and family members, so you can make a well informed decision. You can always contact us, and some of our recent arrived volunteers are also willing to share more details of their experiences with you in person.

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