South America Inside

Conservation and Eco Tourism Assistant

Nanegal, Ecuador show on map
Maintaining hiking trails, working in the organic garden, working in agroforestry, supporting eco-tourism projects. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

The Project

This project is located in the cloud forests of northwestern Ecuador, this region has a very unique wildlife with over 390 species of birds, different species of bears and much more. The center was formed over 30 years ago, to provide lands to local families so they could grow crops and raise cattle. 

As the years went on it was obvious that these mountains were not suited for that purpose, so now the center is dedicated to the conservation and management of natural resources. Eco-tourism has been developed and provides income to locals which funds the protection of the forest. The volunteer program is crucial as it plays an essential role in enabling the development of the conservation and local community as a whole. The locales likes to share their culture and friendship with visitors from around the world. 

Your Work

Volunteers on this program work alongside members of the local community, this helps volunteers understand the everyday life of the locals. 

Eco-tourism is very demanding and volunteers are crucial in helping with the workload at the center. On a typical day volunteers will: 

  • Maintain trails and guest cabins 
  • Do general cleaning and helping in the kitchen
  • Working in agroforestry projects such as coffee plantations, etc.
  • Maintain the lodge 
  • General repairing of devices etc  

Volunteers are also encouraged to help in developing the research projects or do their own research, if possible. Animals that have been investigated recently are the Andean spectacled bear and different species of unique birds.

Free-time activities

On your free time you can do different activities such as playing football with the locals, bird watching, hiking and also indulging in the culture. The project is surrounded by amazing nature and many opportunities to spend your free time in the outdoors.

Swimming
Concert/Music
Sightseeing
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Program 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
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 from 07:30 - 15:30

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
South America Inside (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

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.
Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 660
3 weeks
$ 815
4 weeks
$ 970
5 weeks
$ 1,125
6 weeks
$ 1,280
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,070
Average fees
$ 250 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Nanegal/Ecuador between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ecuador.
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.
  Americas South America Ecuador  Nanegal, Pichincha Province

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