NGO Taxi South America

Surf & Help - Marine Wildlife Conservation

Guayaquil, Ecuador show on map
Pacific Coast of Ecuador:

Surf, preserve nature and protect endangered marine wildlife.

Let's get rid of plastic in our oceans! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

With increased tourism, keeping the ocean intact is getting more and more difficult. That’s why we’ve teamed up, not only to surf together, but also to work collaboratively to help preserve our grand piece of paradise; its unique beauty and wonder never cease to amaze us.” If you share the same mindset, come join us!

Objectives:

  1. Marine wildlife rescue and environment conservation: We rescue animals from the beach and care for them until they can be released into the ocean again (if possible). We also create campaigns to educate the locals and tourists about our precious marine environment at the equator.
  2. Addressing the root of the problem: AVOIDING PLASTIC! The main objective, however, is to try and regulate the amount of plastic feeding into our oceans. We hope we can soon start with an initiative that convinces local shop, bar and restaurant owners not to hand out disposable plastic cups and bags but use reusable materials instead.
Come and join us to...
  • rehabilitate marine life that has been affected by pollution so that they can be reintroduced back into their natural habitats and survive.
  • help local residents learn about the impacts of marine plastic pollutions and ways they can help to reduce this terrible problem.
  • help the local community improve their economic situation.
  • create a bond between the environment and the community.
  • microfinance initiatives to protect the environment.
  • protect seabirds, sea turtles, whales, and all other marine life from extinction so wildlife can continue to flourish and its splendor can be enjoyed by all.
  • provide an inspiring, educational and enjoyable opportunity for you so you learn about, protect and enjoy interaction with some of the most wonderful marine life in the world.
Please support us and have amazing fun at the same time!

Typical day

On a typical day, you’ll work on the project in the morning. In the afternoon, you’ll practice your Spanish or learn a new trick or two riding the waves from winners of South American surfing competitions. 

In the evening, you might lounge around the barbecue at camp. Afterwards, maybe head out to the campfire on the beach where you’ll gaze in wonder at the sunset’s ever dazzling, ever changing play of color, directly over the sea. Feast your eyes on it! 

A fellow Surf and Volunteer team member’s comment sums it up:

 “We live and love surfing. We make a living, above all, doing the things we love, and the ocean is an integral part of it"

That’s why we say: 
El surf con objeto!
(surfing with a purpose)

Details on Arrival

Only two camps left for 2018! 

Autumn Camp
Sunday, Sept 30 – October 21

Christmas and New Year's Eve Camp
Saturday, December 01 – 22 

Christmas and New Year’s Special                                  
Saturday, December 22, 2018 – January 02, 2019: BOOK 11 DAYS extra for only 499,00 EUR!

Camp Start Dates 2019: 
Every 1st Sunday of the month

Free-time activities

The Pacific Coast of Ecuador offers a wide range of things to do during your free time:

  • Surfing
  • Diving
  • Mountain biking
  • Horse riding
  • Beach volleyball 

Compared to neighboring countries, Ecuador, geographically speaking, is relatively small. Therefore, after you’ve completed your camp work, excursions to somewhat “more distant” destinations are very easy to pull off and in a minimal amount of time. 

Explore the Andes and the Amazon jungle!

  • Canyoning
  • Hiking to some to a vulcano
  • Hiking in the Amazon rainforest
  • Going by boat through the Amazon rainforest
  • Downhill mountain biking
  • Horse riding
  • Tubing
  • Climbing

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Sightseeing
Diving/Snorkling
Shopping/Souvenirs
Hiking
Museum/Opera
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 English (basic level) and Spanish (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Program requirements:
You don’t need to have any special technical expertise, only sincere personal commitment and a love for the ocean and nature are required. For the surfing lessons you need to be physically fit, and able to swim. It goes without saying that whatever kinds of project-related expertise you may bring to the table will be gladly received and put to good use.

Language Requirements: Basic Spanish would be good. The program already includes a 1 week intensive Spanish course.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 12:00 - 17:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
NGO Taxi South America (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 NGO Taxi South America
  • Lodging: in the volunteers‘ dorm at camp (or, for a surcharge, in a bamboo bungalow).
  • Usage of all facilities (incl. a swimming pool, jacuzzi, DVD and TV, WiFi etc.).
  • Group pickup or transport from airport by car and bus.
  • Pre-arrival pack.
  • Welcome dinner (BBQ).
  • Complementary t-shirt.
  • FREE 20 hour Spanish course.
  • FREE 1 week surf course included! Take a course with pros, taught by pros (for beginners, intermediate and experts).
  • FREE whale watching excursion (only during September’s camp).
  • FREE Christmas party (only during December’s camp).
  • FREE New Year’s Eve Dinner (only during December’s camp).
  • Surf and Help Challenge: A surf competition for all levels and a competition on tasks within your area of commitment (only if a minimum of 15 people has been reached).
  • Comprehensive NGO Taxi Support Packet (see section Additional Information).
  • On-site support through your volunteer coordinator.
  • 24 hour support.
Airport Pickup at Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport

Group pickup or transport from airport by car and bus.

Accommodation

You will stay in shared dorm rooms or in bungalows, and the camp is equipped as follows

  • Swimming pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Laundry service.
  • Garden
  • Gym in town (cost not included)
  • Language school nearby. (Optional: You can also book your language course in the capital, Quito)
  • Communal area with TV and DVD
  • Free Wifi
  • Kitchen (self-catering: kitchen facilities at campsite, grocery shopping nearby (3min walk)

Dorm Room Bungalow
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. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport (GYE) in Guayaquil. 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
3 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,349
6 weeks
$ 2,649
9 weeks
$ 3,989
50 weeks (max. stay)
$ 10,000
Average fees
$ 325 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Guayaquil/Ecuador between 3 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. NGO Taxi South America 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 NGO Taxi South America during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas South America Ecuador  Guayaquil, Guayaquil
Reservation
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