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Environmental protection and teaching English in Ecuador
Quito, Chiriboga & Jipijapa          September 13 - October 10, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteer project combines two types of activities: reforestation and environmental work in Chiriboga and educational activities in a coastal community, teaching basic English, computer classes and environmental protection practices in schools.

In the first part of the project, the volunteers will help in the Chiriboga Reserve, located 50 kilometers south west of the capital city Quito, at an altitude of 1,680 meters above sea level. The reserve is part of the cloud forest of the northern foothills of the Andes and is home to a great variety of birds and animals, including some endangered species. The volunteers will be involved in reforestation and nature protection work in the reserve.
For the second part of the project, the volunteers will travel to the Coast, to teach basic English lessons and organise intercultural exchange activities in schools of the Canton Jipijapa in the province of Manabí.

On the first day, the volunteers will have an introduction about the activities and aims of the project, about the schools and the communities which they will support in the second part of the workcamp, as well as information about the local culture, food, customs and traditions. On the next day, the group will travel to the Reserve. The activities at the reserve will vary and may include: helping with reforestation projects, inventory of plants, monitoring and labeling of trees, cleaning water canals, maintenance of trails and opening new ones, etc. The volunteers will be split into groups to take part in different activities with the help of a forest technician. We will also continue with the construction of a multi-purpose hall, where in the future we will give Environmental classes and information to students and volunteers.

At the end of the first part of the project, the group will come back to Quito for a free day and a visit to the Otavalo Market. The next day, the volunteers will travel to the Coast to assist in country schools in Jipijapa. For the rest of the project, the volunteers’ main task will be teaching basic English classes in different schools in Canton Jipijapa. Depending on the volunteer’s skills in Spanish, some participants can give talks on environmental protection. The group will also do some community work.

Leisure time: In the free time, the volunteers can go to the beach or visit the La Plata Island (known as “the Galapagos of the poor”) to see the whales. The local host can give assistance with planning activities for the weekends.

Language: The official language of the project is English. However, basic knowledge of Spanish is required.

Accommodation: Accommodation and food in Quito and in Chiriboga is provided in houses, in shared rooms, where all the volunteers stay together. During the second part of the project, accommodation is provided with middle class host families of Jipijapa town (one or two volunteers per family). Three meals a day are provided except on the days off when the volunteers are usually away from the project site, travelling and exploring the area.

Location: Quito, Chiriboga (Pichincha Province) and Jipijapa (Manabí Province)

Terminal: Quito

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: $400 US

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.




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