Contribute to the restauration of our damaged environment

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Program Description

This family and small-scaled business was founded in 1995. It works under the principals of ecological restoration, permaculture and agroforestry to make the world a better place to live. It is located in El Limonal in the north of Ecuador with a subtropical climate (4 hours from Quito). It offers volunteer work and a Bed-and-Breakfast with excursions and organized hikings in the surrounded areas. This restoration center is a good place to learn about the unique biodiversity of Ecuador and to discover the variety of tropical fruits which grow on the property.
In this property, sustainable, organic forest-farming is put in practice, based on the principles and techniques of ecological restoration, agroforestry and permaculture. The tasks of the volunteers depend on the season:

In the dry season a lot of energy will be spent on digging and maintaining irrigation swales, transplanting seedlings in bags and watering the plants in the tree nursery.

In the wet season the work is focused on pruning trees, cutting weeds, planting trees and bamboo, harvesting fruits, etc. Some jobs, such as compost making and carrying it to the plants, are ongoing all year round. Other duties of the volunteers can be: administrative work, painting signs, trail building or transplanting seedlings in the afternoon.

The week schedule is from Monday morning till Saturday at noon. But occasionally, volunteers can leave Friday noon for a long weekend.

Highlights

Immersion into local culture
Lend a hand to people in need, or protect local environments
Improve your language skills
Build up your CV with meaningful work experience
Share your own culture with others
Master your understanding of local customs
Build new friendships

Qualifications

Basic Spanish knowledge advantageous but not required
minimum 18 years of age
Minimum 1 week commitment to your project
A volunteer visa if you plan to stay for longer than 3 months
interest and passion for local culture
A monthly fee for food and accommodation and an application payment, which varies depending on the organization you volunteer with.
international health insurance, including liability and accident insurance
A completed Experience Report of at least 500 words upon completion of your volunteering project in Ecuador and and the right to publish it online.
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Volunteer Types

Environment

What`s Included

Placement with a great partner organization
Pre-trip welcome package
Orientation meeting in Quito
Accompaniment from the school to the project on your first day
Access 24-hour emergency hotline
Free afternoon activities
Visa assistance
Certificate to recognise your participation as a volunteer in Ecuador
Personalized assistance to help you find accommodation in Quito and beyond

Program Locations

Tena, Ecuador

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Program Details

Provider:
Ailola Quito Spanish School
Location
  • Ecuador: Tena
Terms:
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
1-3 months
Languages:
Spanish
Participants:
Worldwide
Cost:
varying placement fees, please contact us for more information
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