Cloud Forest Protection

founded in 2003
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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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Get interesting cultural insights into rural life in Ecuador
Help protect our planet earth
Boost your resume with international volunteer experience
Explore a country that is famous for its rich biodiversity and dream beaches
Visit amazing places throughout Ecuador during your free time
Hiking in the cloud forest, swimming under a waterfall, the sound of animals in your ears, making your own cocoa from tree to cup, growing your own food ... This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+
Slow down your life, forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life and breathe fresh air all day long. If you like hiking in the cloud forest, swimming under a waterfall, hearing the sound of wild animals, making your own cocoa from tree to cup, growing your own food and getting to know a sustainable way of life - then you have come to the right place. Welcome to our cloud forest project!

The volunteer project takes place in a nature reserve located west of Quito in the middle of the Cloud Forest at the foothills of the Andes. This is where nature conservation, tourism and ecological agriculture are combined on 800 hectares of land. About 700 hectares of it are protected forests. In the remaining area, the owners receive tourists in wooden holiday homes or on a small campsite, practice sustainable agriculture and educate visitors and local communities about environmental protection.

The particular focus of this project is protecting existing forests, reforestation of areas that were previously used as sugar cane plantations and educational workshops to raise awareness of the value of the forest. The cloud forest has incredible biodiversity, that needs to be protected for future generations. Hundreds of different bird species live in this project alone, as well as many butterflies, amphibians and mammals. The latter include monkeys, deer, maders, weasels, wild cats, ocelots, agoutis, squirrels, peccaries, armadillos, skunks, sloths, spectacled bears, bats, and others.

The flora is also wonderfully rich in species. The project has a tree nursery where endangered local species are reproduced.

In this wonderful volunteer project, you can learn to do business in such a way that nature is not exploited and still enough for everyone is on the table. The local community is involved so that everyone supports this important development. 

If you like to be in nature and are good in working hands-on, you will love this volunteer opportunity.

Typical day

Volunteers help with different tasks in the areas of organic agriculture, forest protection & sustainable forestry, sustainable livestock farming, production of organic food, ecological construction methods and educational programs for visitors.

Among your tasks may be:

  • Reforestation
  • Collecting tree seeds, tree cultivation in the tree nursery
  • Maintaining hiking trails
  • Organic farming
  • Helping with planting vegetables and other crops
  • Helping with composting and fertilizing
  • Helping with natural pest control
  • Participating in the harvest
  • Construction and maintenance work
  • Redesigning and attaching signposts
  • Caring and rearing of farm animals
  • Helping in the production of homemade food such as cheese, butter, yogurt, bread, coffee, chocolate, etc.
  • Working in the medical garden
  • Developing material for educational events
  • Other tasks related to the operation of the reserve

Free-time activities

The nature reserve is about 90 km west of Quito in the foothills of the Andes. The terrain extends over altitudes between 1100 and 2000 meters. It is only about 100 km to the center of Quito, but due to the many bends in the mountains, despite the well-developed roads, it takes about 2 hours by car. However, the drive through the breathtaking mountain landscape with jungle is an experience in itself. For a weekend visit, Quito with its beautiful historical center (UNESCO World Heritage Site!), the many museums, pretty parks and plazas, is definitely worth a visit.

From the project site, about an hour's drive, you can find Santo Domingo. The town has about half a million inhabitants, and is the fourth largest city in Ecuador.

The Pacific can be reached in a four to five hour drive, where you can find beautiful sandy beaches, night life (e.g. in the popular holiday resort Canoa), good restaurants and surf schools - also a great option for a few days off.

The climate in the region of the nature reserve is warm and humid all year round, with temperatures between 16 and 30 degrees. Instead of the four seasons, there is a dry and a rainy season. The rainy season lasts from December to April. Don't worry, it will rain every day, but not all day long. In the dry season between May and November it rarely rains, but the climate is always moderately humid.

Usually the sun shines all year round in the morning and in the afternoon / evening clouds move over the forest, which is what the cloud forest owes its name to.
Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) or Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
CV and Application Form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by South America Inside
  • Shared room in the volunteer house
  • Full board
  • Airport pick-up in Quito and overnight stay in Quito*
  • Professional English-speaking advice
  • Translation of your application documents
  • Farm Work Placement in Ecuador
  • English-speaking in-country support
  • Handbook Ecuador
  • Intercultural guideline
  • 24/7 emergency number
  • Information regarding suitable travel insurance
  • Certificate of participation

* The costs for the bus ticket to the project are not included.
Airport Pickup at Mariscal Sucre International Airport

Pick-up in Quito, your arrival airport, is included with one overnight stay in the capital. The bus ticket from Quito to the project site is not included.

During your volunteer stay you will live in the Volunteer House directly on the grounds of the nature reserve. Dormitories and shared bathrooms are available in the typical local wooden house. The cozy wooden house has its own kitchen, a dining room and a nice outside area.

And what would a stay in South America be without hammocks for a nice siesta? You can also find them in the Volunteer House, so that everything is provided for the right mix of work and relaxation.

The volunteer stay includes full board. Since a lot comes straight from the garden to the table, you will likely reap what you find on your plate at lunch during your morning work - a great feeling! 

Alternative meals for those with special dietary needs can be prepared upon request.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Full board (3 meals / day) are included.

Internet Access
Good 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.
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


Details on arrival

The project is available year-round. The volunteer work starts with a "meet & greet" in Quito (accommodation and board included), so that you can get to know our volunteer coordinator in Quito. Afterward, you will continue your trip to the project site.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$331 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with South America Inside 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 Protection

Hiking in the cloud forest, swimming under a waterfall, the sound of animals in your ears, making your own cocoa from tree to cup, growing your own food ...


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