Organic Farm & Sustainable Tourism

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founded in 2003
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High­lights

Get to know how sustainable farming works
Help protect our planet earth
Become more passionate about sustainable farming & tourism
Boost your CV with international volunteer experience
Visit amazing places throughout Ecuador during your free time
Volunteer Work on an Organic Farm. The eco-farm offers everything to switch off from hectic everyday life, to get to know a completely new world and to find yourself. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
The 10-hectare organic farm in the mountains of Ecuador is much more than that. Here you will find a wonderful ecological place where volunteers and tourists do not exploit nature, but observe it very closely and live according to its rules. The organic farm is located in the middle of magnificent landscapes close to the Pacific coast of Ecuador with its dream beaches. The farm runs an eco-tourism project and hosts guests from Ecuador and abroad.

The owners, from New Zealand and Ecuador, are real experts in sustainable agriculture and tourism. Together they have created this oasis that fascinates guests from all over the world. They also run an environmental education project, to teach next generations about sustainable agriculture and environmental protection. 

You are in the right place on this organic farm if you can tackle things firmly if you are ready to embrace new things, enjoy getting to know other people and are willing to learn from them. While doing agricultural work, you will learn a lot about sustainable planting methods and environmental conservation. While attending tourists or local guests you can teach and learn - in any case, you get out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in a completely new reality of life. This volunteer experience will broaden your horizon and probably shift one or the other priority.

On the farm’s property, you will find typical local forests, orchards, pastures, alternative energy models, rotation areas for the rearing of large and small animals, holiday homes for tourists, communal accommodation, a large open-air kitchen, and cozy hammocks. 

The eco-farm offers everything to switch off from hectic everyday life, to get to know a completely new world, and to find yourself. As if that weren't enough, wonderful beaches at the Pacific are only a few kilometers away.

Typical day

When volunteering on the organic farm you will have a wide range of tasks. The responsibilities are redistributed on a weekly basis. You can indicate preferences if you are particularly interested in a work area. 

The working day on the farm is around 7 hours. The sun rises early in Ecuador and so does the workday. Before breakfast, volunteers help to water the plants and, if necessary, harvest some fruits for breakfast. The well-deserved breakfast at 7:30 a.m. tastes even better after this morning routine. 

The second morning shift is all about farming and planting: sowing, transplanting, composting, weeding and so on. The volunteers work hand in hand with the farm staff and the owner's family and are guided by an experienced person in the respective task.

The afternoon work revolves around the various projects: community work, arts / crafts, teaching, gardening, maintenance and construction projects ... there is something for everyone. At about 4 o'clock in the afternoon, work is over and everyone can enjoy their free time. On some days there are cultural offers or film evenings for the volunteers.

Possible tasks on this farm stay in Ecuador can be:

  • Participation in sowing, planting, watering and fertilizing the plants
  • Helping with weed and pest control
  • Helping with the compost production
  • Supporting with feeding and caring for the animals
  • Participation in the production of honey
  • Participation in the harvest
  • Supporting maintenance and construction work on buildings
  • Assisting with the maintenance of the trails and gardens
  • Participation in the creation of new gardens
  • Participation in PR and fundraising measures
  • Updating social networks
  • Art projects
  • Collaboration in the environmental school
  • English classes for locals
  • Tutoring for children in the community
  • Attending tourists and day guests
  • Other tasks that may arise
Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as the number of volunteers, 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

The organic farm is located close to the Pacific coast, about 400 km west of Quito, the country's capital. The region is characterized by hills covered with forests and agricultural land. Here you can immerse yourself in the authentic rural life of Ecuador, where the distances are longer, the clocks tick more slowly and the priorities are completely different than in hectic, modern cities.

The lovely town of Canoa beach is only a few kilometers away. So on days off you can unwind on the beach, plunge into the waves or take surfing lessons. At the weekend there is also some nightlife in the bars and salsa clubs.

The nearest bigger city, Bahía de Caraquez, is further south of Canoa on the Pacific, about 37 km from the farm. Bahía de Caraquez is a modern holiday resort popular with tourists from the capital with very good infrastructure, a beautiful beach and surrounding forests.

There are also a number of walks that can be done upstream from the farm or to Canoa through the mountains or other nearby towns and beaches. Canoa offers paragliding, horse riding on the beach, cycling, surfing lessons. Special features are the peaceful sunsets and the rich seafood food.
Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking
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 English (basic level) or Spanish (basic level)
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 from 07:30 - 16:00

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
Depending on the day of arrival in Ecuador, the program includes one to two nights in Quito (including full board).
Before you continue your trip to the volunteer place, you will take part in an orientation meeting with our local team in Quito.
Accommodation
While volunteering on the organic farm in Ecuador, you will live in a shared room in the volunteer house with shared bathrooms. Like all buildings on the farm, the Volunteer House is a rustic, but very functional and beautifully designed, wooden structure. The toilets are compost toilets and the water for the shower is heated with solar energy. 

You are asked to only use biodegradable shampoo and detergent on the farm and therefore bring them with you, as the farm depends on filtered rainwater and its own water treatment. For a small fee, you can also have your things washed and buy eco-shampoo on site.

There is internet on the farm that you can use outside of working hours.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
The farm stay includes full board - and in this case most of the food comes straight to the table from the farm's garden. You will probably even harvest your lunch yourself one morning.
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.
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 project can be booked and started year round. 

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)
$795
3 weeks
$905
4 weeks
$1,015
5 weeks
$1,125
7 weeks
$1,345
9 weeks
$1,565
24 weeks (max. stay)
$3,215
Average fees
$266 /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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Organic Farm & Sustainable Tourism

Volunteer Work on an Organic Farm. The eco-farm offers everything to switch off from hectic everyday life, to get to know a completely new world and to find yourself.

$266/week

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