Volunteer in Ecuador

Preserving the cloud forest and rebuilding houses after the earthquake in Ecuador
Quito, Chiriboga & Esmeraldas       July 4 - July 21, 2019
Quito, Chiriboga & Esmeraldas       August 1 - August 18, 2019

Volunteer project: The volunteer project combines two types of activities: environmental work in Chiriboga, Pichincha Province and construction activities in the Province of Esmeraldas.

The first part of the project takes place in the Province of Esmeraldas where we are supporting several families who suffered total or partial destruction of their homes in the earthquake that hit the Ecuadorian Coast in 2016. In this project, we are building houses for two of the affected families. The construction will be done in several stages. We will start with building the foundations of the construction with the help of family members. This will involve work with concrete, brick masonry, blocks and wood. The houses will have 3 rooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and a social area.

In the second part of the project, the volunteers will experience life in the forest in 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 help protect and preserve one of the few remnants of the cloud forest.

Environmental volunteering in Ecuador

Volunteer will be involved in the following activities:
- Organic agriculture: cleaning and care of trees, fruit trees and construction of an orchard.
- Waste management: create conditions for proper waste separation and facilitate recycling.
- Soil restoration: cleaning and maintenance of roads and trails to promote soil conservation; planting of different plant species in the paddock area.
- Protection of water: protection of water sources with native species planted around riverbeds and streams to prevent drought.
- Recycling of material: use of materials such as tires, pallets and old wood to build furniture for the use of volunteers.
- Help in construction: we frequently improve the infrastructure to make more comfortable the volunteers' accommodation. Our goal is to build more bedrooms for the accommodation of future volunteers and the task is to build the base of the bedrooms.

The work in the reserve includes working with tools such as shovels and machetes, being in contact with the ground and plants. Volunteers should be ready to get dirty and accept manual tasks as they arise.

Study theme: Raising awareness about the importance of forest conservation and its impact on water protection through non-formal education and field experience.

Leisure time: In the free time, the volunteers can do any kind of group activities such as sports, swimming in the river, walking around, or simply enjoy time around a campfire.

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

Accommodation: Accommodation is provided in houses, in shared rooms. 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 and the village of Esmeraldas

Terminal: Quito

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: $330 US
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Long-term projects in Ecuador