Organic Farming and Tropical Conservation

Trésor De Nature
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Coordinator | caroline
Coordinator | caroline
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High­lights

Gain knowledge in tropical biodiversity
Gain knowledge in agroforestry and permaculture.
Discover Equatorian landscapes, lagoons, grottos and waterfalls.
Taste the amazionian and equatorian gastronomy.
visit Banos, Puyo, Tena, Riobamba
Learning from nature in Puerto Misahualli in Equator, this program will offer you the opportunity to live in the heart of the Amazon forest with the locals. Come help us! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 20+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Why is your program important? This program is important because you lead by example and volunteer your time to change our paradigm. The village of Puerto Misahualli needs support to one day become an Eco-responsible village

Which social issues do you face? The Napo region is confronted with the problem of gold mining concessions which destroy the ecosystems and have a negative impact on the social life of the population.
How do you try to solve these issues? We offer economic alternatives to the population : cocoa, beehive, creation of a nature reserve and observation of wild animals, we educate the youngest about the protection of their environment.

Your mission is to participate in a global ecological program on our farm in Ecuador in order to promote food self-sufficiency thanks to the five-hectare agroforestry cocoa plantation (with 800 cocoas and more than 3000 trees of a hundred different varieties), to preserve the fauna at through our melipone hives (bees that do not sting) and our wild animal transit refuge.You help raise awareness of nature protection among young Ecuadorians: You will participate in:
  • Feed the animals in the center of the refuge.
  • Plant so that there is food for the animals (self-sufficiency of the refuge): chonta, morete, ungurahua, etc.
  • Make cocoa seedlings and other plants for the nursery
  • Planting and transplanting seedlings, restoring flora in the village of Puerto Misahualli, especially in schools
  • Plant new species of plants like turmeric, ginger, pineapple, taro, cassava, etc. in the vegetable garden
  • Cut and weed around young trees
  • Make cuttings and mulch with different organic materials such as perennial cashew to enrich the soil for cocoa trees.
  • Maintaining the cocoa trees, harvesting - Vanilla maintenance - Collect seeds from endemic mother trees in the forest
  • Maintain the ponds and the stream
  • Realize the design "medicinal plants"
  • Carry out awareness workshops with the local population

Typical day

Activities: 5 days a week

7:30 am: start of activities: the project manager explains, trains and shows the activities (why, how, where)
9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: lunch
9:30 a.m.: continue activities
1:30 p.m.: lunch
Free time: shower - descent to the village - reading - observation - cooking - board games

Free-time activities

There are several natural sites to discover and other activities:

- Several waterfalls: de Latas, san jacinto, pimpilito, los hippies, palmeras
- Forest excursions: discovery of the fauna and flora
- Community visits/crafts: shiripuno, ayllu warina, sinchi warmi, etc…
- Traditional cocoa production
- Lagoon visits: laguna azul, etc.
- Rafting/kayak/canyoning (region known for this activity)
- Cycling: specific routes
- Caves
- Lots of places to discover: Banos, Puyo, volcanoes, Papallacta (thermal waters, hot springs)
Climbing
Hiking
Safari/
Zoo
Sightseeing
Sports
Swimming
Water Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 20 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 (intermediate level) or English (basic level)
Education Requirements
agriculture, conservation environment tropical at level
Required Documents
Cover letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
speak spanish (notion)
In our farm, we speak, French (we are French) Spanish ans English, but the local population don't speak english
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 07:30 - 13:30

What's Included

Services by Trésor De Nature
- Accommodation is included in the budget. we have rooms with 2 or 4 beds. It's an eco-responsible house with dry toilets, rainwater harvesting.
- Also, Food is included in the budget, but volunteers must prepare their own meals. Only the meals of the week are supported, the weekend the meals are the responsibility of the volunteer.
The volunteers order the food (by phone) in the village in a shop. The merchant prepares the order and then it is delivered to us.
The association then pays.
- Pay local people to accompany you. The environment of the Amazon is specific, you must be trained in plants, risks, and animals

Accommodation
The volunteer is accommodated in the reception house of about 200 M2 of the farm which overlooks the plantation located in the heart of the forest.
- The water used is collected from rain (with 2 tanks). The house is supplied with electricity thanks to the hydropower plants of Ecuador.
- The house is inspired by traditional dwellings in order to preserve local know-how and minimize our impact on the environment.
- In this house, you will have at your disposal a dormitory (two per room), as well as common sanitary facilities: 2 large showers, 1 with hot water.
- Dry toilets with sawdust
- A large kitchen with a living room and two large terraces with hammock.
- For the internet, the connection is rather slow, but there is 3G with the operator TWENTY or CLARO.
Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
Food and water is included in the budget, but volunteers must prepare their own meals. Only the meals of the week are supported, the weekend the meals are the responsibility of the volunteer.
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

To reach us in Puerto Misahualli from Quito:
  • The collective taxi: 25$ per person in 3H/3H30 you are in TENA (If you ask the taxi to take you to Puerto Misahualli directly it is 35$ per person). Contact on what's app TAXI from QUITO to TENA or PUERTO MISAHALLI: + 593 99 536 1297
  • The bus is taken from the land terminal of QUITUMBE in Quito, as a reminder, it must be $8 per person and it takes 6 hours to get to TENA. the land terminal to then take the bus to Pueto Misahualli is 3 minutes away, ask the people ($0.90 per person). about 40 mins journey
  • When you arrive in Puerto Misahualli, Thorgal usually picks you up, a collective taxi ($3 per car) takes you to Alto Tuyano to our farm
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$320
3 weeks
$480
4 weeks (max. stay)
$600
Average fees
$155 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Trésor De Nature 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 Trésor De Nature during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Organic Farming and Tropical Conservation

Learning from nature in Puerto Misahualli in Equator, this program will offer you the opportunity to live in the heart of the Amazon forest with the locals. Come help us!

$155/week

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