Sustainable Living Camp

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founded in 2012
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High­lights

Grow alternative methods of food production using sustainable systems.
Study the fundamentals of permaculture and organic farming for over 60 crops.
Activities such as making chocolate, hiking, shrimp fishing, clay face masks
Hang out with cows, horses, ducks, cats, dogs, pigs, and guinea pigs.
Visit Cotopaxi volcano, Quilotoa loop, Puerto Lopez, Isla de la Plata & Quito.
Pacific Coast of Ecuador:

Understanding Sustainable Living Techniques While Volunteering on a Working Farm.

This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Do you enjoy outdoors and some good labor intensive work? Then look no further, we are offering you the perfect chance to take part in a one of a kind volunteering program, living harmoniously with the environment around! Why not work on this real-life farm and gain new knowledge and skills regarding crop cultivation, animal care, organic farming, and authentic production techniques.

Objectives:
This informative 4-week program combines the chance to volunteer on a working farm with learning about the principles of organic farming and permaculture. It is set up as an educational farm, so as a part of your orientation you will do the self-guided farm tour across 30 information stations to get some first-hand experience of new and exciting farming methods which are bound to change the world around us for generations to come. So, if the idea of working outdoors, understanding  plant cultivation and revolutionary ways of food production, and assisting in a worldwide effort to create a more sustainable future appeals to you, this is the project for you!

Typical day

The morning and afternoon have different duties: Morning duties focus on agriculture. Afternoon duties focus on work within the local community, building, maintenance, and administrative tasks

Regular morning projects include natural fertilizing, sowing seeds, planting, weed and pest control, composting, caring for animals, and recycling of organic and non-organic waste. 

Regular afternoon projects consist of construction tasks, painting murals, organization of information panels, infrastructure upkeep, maintenance of paths and trails, marmalade making, sauces and vinegars, communication and social networking (according to your interests).

Working hours are from Monday to Friday between 8.30am-12pm and 1.30pm-4pm.

Free-time activities

There are a number of exciting free-time activities to enjoy on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador

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

Unlike neighboring countries, Ecuador is relatively small geographically. Therefore heading off to explore “more far away” destinations is very achievable and in a small amount of time, once you’ve finished your camp work. 

  • Enjoy the Amazon jungle & the Andes!
  • Canyoning
  • Hiking to some volcanos
  • Hiking in the Amazon rainforest
  • Going by boat through the Amazon rainforest
  • Downhill mountain biking
  • Horse riding
  • Tubing
  • Climbing

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
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 English (basic level) or Spanish (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
It's important volunteers have a reasonable level of physical fitness, but there are less demanding activities if you have physical challenges. As a rule, as with anything within South America, there are times you’ll be required to respond with good judgement and cope with new situations.
Language Requirements: Please speak English with your project leader, and Basic Spanish is a bonus!
(Contact us if you want to improve your Spanish by attending a Spanish course in advance).
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by NGO Taxi
Services Included
  • Three meals a day, seven days a week (when you are present on the farm).
  • Nearest town pickup.
  • Pre-arrival information pack.
  • Welcome dinner.
  • Free t-shirt. 
  • Protective gloves and rubber boots.
  • Certificate of achievement when the project is finished. 
  • 24 hour support.
Excluded Services
  • Local transport when on the farm.
  • Food & drinks when off the farm during the weekend.
  • International flight.
  • Spanish lessons.
  • Insurance.
  • Airport Taxi
  • Housing
  • Food
NB: Please contact us for a special price if you wish to stay longer than 50 weeks!
Airport Pickup at Manta Airport

    • There is a surcharge for Pickup at the closest airport.
    • Pickup from the nearest town is included in the project price (There are instructions on how to get from the airport to the nearest town). 
    • We can provided group pickup or transport from the airport by car and bus.
    • There are regular onward buses to other major Ecuadorian centers close to the farm, as well as several other small towns on the way.  

    Accommodation

    Shared dorm rooms or in bungalows are available and the camp has the following facilities:

    Dorm-style accommodation is available on the farm for all volunteers (2 to 12 people). You can also upgrade to their simple but very comfortable bamboo and straw cabañas for an extra charge. All accommodation includes either mosquito nets or screens, power outlets, and either a shared or private bathroom with a solar-powered shower (each unit has its own unique layout). Please be aware that as you will be staying in the jungle, you may receive the odd insect visitor in your room!

    Food & Beverages

    Three delicious wholesome meals are served daily and shared with all guests. The ingredients are picked fresh from the farm, although a few ingredients are delivered from towns in the area. Vegetarian and vegan meals are served for most of the meals, although occasionally fish or chicken is on the menu! The farm can cater for any special dietary requirements if we are notified in advance. Red meat is not served. 

    There is filtered water served on the farm, and fresh bottled water is on offer across Ecuador. Please bring your own reusable water bottle to avoid plastic waste. 

    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 Manta Airport (MEC) in Manta. 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

    1st and third Sunday of the month
    (Individual arrival dates possible, surplus applies). 
    Availability
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Duration
    4 - 50 weeks

    Program fees

    Costs: Prices in USD
    4 weeks (min. stay)
    $1,296
    8 weeks
    $2,233
    12 weeks
    $3,161
    16 weeks
    $4,205
    20 weeks
    $5,248
    24 weeks
    $6,292
    50 weeks (max. stay)
    $23,324
    Average fees
    $395 /week

    The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. NGO Taxi 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 NGO Taxi during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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