Conservation and Eco Tourism Assistant

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High­lights

Explore Ecuador, one of the most amazing and diverse countries in the world
Boost your CV with international volunteer experience
Grow as a person by improving your intercultural skills
Improve your Spanish skills by practicing on a daily basis
Visit amazing places throughout a country that is famous for its breathtaking landscapes and historic sites
Maintaining hiking trails, working in the organic garden, helping in agroforestry, supporting eco-tourism projects. The Cloud Forest is amazing work place! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

This volunteer project will take place at an eco lodge in the northwestern Andes Mountains of Ecuador. It is beautifully situated in the middle of the cloud forest at an altitude of almost 1,900 meters. The area is a global "hotspot" of biodiversity. Over 1500 different plant species, including orchids, bromeliads and other wonderful plants can be found here. In addition, more than 390 exotic animal species live in this area, including the endangered Andean spectacled bear.

The lodge was established 40 years ago as an agricultural cooperation with the intention of providing farming families with no income alternatives with a place to grow crops and raise livestock. Over time, however, it became clear that the remote cloud forest is poorly suited for these purposes and that it is far more valuable to the inhabitants and the environment to keep the forest intact. Therefore, the cooperation today is committed to the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. In addition, it strives to regenerate large parts of the forest with indigenous trees.

In the meantime, eco-tourism has also become an important source of income. This allows sustainable protection of the cloud forest and informs visitors about the sensitive ecosystem.

As one of the few projects in this area, this volunteer program plays an important role in intensifying environmental protection and eco-tourism, and to make visitors aware of the special features and the need for nature conservation. The communities in the surroundings also benefit from the project and the volunteers who work for the well-being and education of the locals, especially children.

The volunteers not only share the small wonders of the cloud forest with the locals, but are also welcomed by the great hospitality, the lively music, and their enthusiasm for nature. You will work directly with the locals, which provides you ample opportunities to get to know Ecuador in its original state, off the beaten track, to improve your Spanish language skills and gain insider knowledge about the cloud forest and local communities.

Typical day

The volunteer project at the eco-lodge dates back to the year 2000 and welcomes both individual volunteers and groups. The help of volunteers is an important part of maintaining and sustainably protecting the huge protected area that the Lodge operates. At the same time, eco-tourism is a sustainable and alternative source of income for the lodge, which is very important for the preservation of the cloud forest. The lodge is very committed to animal and environmental protection. On the other hand, eco-tourism is a very labor-intensive business and the lodge is grateful for every volunteer who wants to get involved. Your tasks are primarily in the outdoor area.

Here is a list of possible activities that may come to you:
• Maintaining the amazing hiking trails through the jungle
• Maintaining the facilities of the lodge and guest houses
• Agricultural projects: cultivation of coffee and sugar. Production of "panela" (sugar) in the traditional way
• General Maintenance: There is always something to do around the lodge. Buildings need be repaired, extensions must be built or facilities redesigned.

Usually you work from Monday to Friday, about 5-8 hours daily. Please keep in mind that working hours always depend on workload, weather conditions and unplanned situations. Flexibility is needed!


Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, weather, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.

Free-time activities

You can spend the weekends relaxing, swimming in the river, doing sports, hiking, enjoying the outdoors or participating in activities with the local community. 

For longer trips (e.g. weekend) we recommend a visit to Quito, the country's capital. With its rich pre-Columbian history, Quito was founded on the ruins of an Inca city, and nowadays offers everything a modern traveler may need. Quito remains one of the best preserved historic city centers in Latin America and UNESCO declared it a world heritage site. This huge city stretches over a fabulous Andean valley surrounded by volcanic peaks. Among its streets, you can find 40 churches and chapels, 16 convents and monasteries with their respective cloisters, 17 squares, 12 convent and refractory courtyards, 12 museums and innumerable beautiful patios.

On a day-trip you can also visit the "Middle of the World", the place with the line that divides the planet earth in the northern and southern hemisphere. An amazing place and a Must See!

Further north is Otavalo, the largest indigenous market in the world. To the south, you can visit Latacunga and the Cotopaxi National Park, with the very high volcano of the same name. Further southeast the cities of Ambato and Baños are worth a visit, with the spectacular view of the Tungurahua volcano, which can be climbed to the top. 
Especially Baños is real fun place to visit due to countless of sports and adrenaline activities.

Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

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 Spanish (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV and Volunteer Questionnaire
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

  1. Accommodation in volunteer house
  2. Full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  3. Consultation from our experienced staff
  4. Translation of application profile
  5. Volunteer work placement
  6. Advice regarding travel insurance
  7. Advice on local travels
  8. Orientation session upon arrival
  9. Orientation kit
  10. Country handbook
  11. Local support
  12. 24/7 Emergency Number
  13. Certificate of Participation

Accommodation

You will be staying either at the lodge at the heart of the cloud forest at a height of 6,200 feet, or in the volunteer house down the valley. Where you stay depends on your working area. On both cases you live in bedrooms shared by either two, four or eight people. Please note that some of the dorms might be mixed gender. At the lodge there is limited electricity but at the valley it is 24/7.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Full-board is provided (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
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

The volunteer work can be joined throughout the year. The start and end date can be set flexible, according to your availability and travel plans. Ask our experienced staff to coordinate your participation in this meaningfull volunteer project.

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$690
3 weeks
$860
4 weeks
$1,030
5 weeks
$1,200
6 weeks
$1,270
24 weeks (max. stay)
$4,430
Average fees
$265 /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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Conservation and Eco Tourism Assistant

Maintaining hiking trails, working in the organic garden, helping in agroforestry, supporting eco-tourism projects. The Cloud Forest is amazing work place!

$265/week

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