Cloud Forest Environmental Protection

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Coordinator | Nicole
Coordinator | Nicole
Work on projects to protect the Cloud Forest and improve the long term prospects of the communities who live within it. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

The program

This incredible environmental project places volunteers into the magnificent Ecuadorian Cloud Forest.  Volunteers have the unique opportunity to work out of a biological station situated in the reserve and undertake tasks that will preserve this amazing tropical forest for future generations. The program aims to to restore and maintain the reserve as well as work with the local community on educational and agricultural projects for future sustainability.

Goals of this Project:

  • To preserve the unique Cloud Forest reserve 
  • Work on projects to protect the diverse environment and improve the long term prospects of the communities who live within it
  • Educate the local people and the rest of the world on the importance of this to the world
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange between international volunteers and the local indigenous communities.

How you can help

Volunteers are essential to the success of this project and many of the goals could not be achieved without a willing volunteer labour force. The scope of the project is broad and volunteers could find themselves involved in maintenance and reforestation tasks, agricultural work on a small organic farm in the reserve, data collection and research related activities or environmental education iniatives and community service.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Assist with garden and forestry programs
  • Assist on educational programs
  • Assist with research projects

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:00am Breakfast in the communal area

8:15am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor

8:30am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

A tea break and lunch break will be fitted in during the day, but often the timing of breaks will change based on the needs of the local staff and number of volunteers on hand.

4:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

Evenings: Free time to simply relax, hang out with your fellow volunteers, have dinner together, then relax some more!

Free-time activities

The Cloud Forest reserve is located 3 hours from Quito in Pichincha Province. This unique environment is created as the Ecuadorian Andes transition to the Pacific coast. The result is an elevated tropical forest that contains a vast array of bio-diversity and is simply stunning to behold. Living and working in the Cloud Forest is an unrivalled experience for those who love nature and the outdoors.

Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Sports

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) or Spanish (basic level)
Required Documents
Emergency contact
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
This 'hands-on' project is best suited to those who are either pursuing a career in conservation/environmental studies, or who simply wish to explore an interest in this field. However, the project is open to all. Importantly though, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Dedicated pre-departure support
  • Exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner! 
  • Airport pick-up on arrival 
  • Orientation & full safety briefing on arrival
  • Accommodation
  • Food & Meals
  • 24/7 local support network 
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Lifetime LV Alumni Membership
  • The opportunity to make a REAL difference!
  • Certificate of Completion (on request)
  • LV registration fee
Airport Pickup at Mariscal Sucre International Airport

Volunteers are collected from the airport on arrival and taken to the Volunteer Apartments in Quito to spend their first 4 nights settling in.  An orientation session will take place to provide information about Quito and the project.  This provides an excellent opportunity to explore the city and ask the local team any questions.

On Monday transport is provided to the project site to meet with the local staff and settle in to live at the Biological station.

  • Program Arrival Day: THURSDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SUNDAY
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito, Ecuador (Code: UIO)
Accommodation

Volunteers on this project have the unique opportunity to stay on-site in the Biological Station situated in the Cloud Forest Reserve.   

Rooms are shared, dormitory-style, and split by gender.  Facilities are basic but comfortable in keeping with the location. Electricity is available 24/7 but volunteers are asked to use it sparingly and showers are cold water only (thankfully the temperature is mild year round).  Wifi is not available whilst in the Cloud Forest

Volunteers spend the first four nights (Thursday - Sunday) in the Volunteer Apartments in Quito, settling in before heading to the Cloud Forest on Monday.  The volunteer apartments are self-catered which provides an opportunity to sample the local cuisine by eating out or to purchase ingredients and prepare meals in the volunteer apartments. Upon completion of the program volunteers typically stay the Saturday night in the volunteer apartments in Quito also before flying out Sunday. 

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Three meals per day are provided at the project and are included in the program fee. Volunteers are expected to help with cooking and cleaning up (using a roster-based system), so everyone contributes at meal times – bringing a wonderful ‘family’ feel to this project.  


Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ecuador.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ecuador provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
3 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
3 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,049
4 weeks
$ 1,298
5 weeks
$ 1,418
6 weeks
$ 1,558
7 weeks
$ 2,298
8 weeks
$ 2,459
9 weeks
$ 2,666
10 weeks
$ 2,838
11 weeks
$ 3,045
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,206
Average fees
$ 308 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Cloud Forest Environmental Protection

Work on projects to protect the Cloud Forest and improve the long term prospects of the communities who live within it.

$308/week

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