Teaching in the Heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon

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High­lights

In Yasuní, you have the unique opportunity to work in the most biodiverse place in the world.
Work within the indigenous Huaorani community, teaching English, sports and much more!
Actively involve yourself with the organization and the project.
Roll up your sleeves and help building playground equipment or other objects.
Go on an incredible trip in the Amazon with a local Huaorani guide.
In Yasuní, in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, you can work in the fields of eco-tourism, sports and/or as an English teacher and get to meet the indigenous Huaorani. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
In Yasuní you´ll work in the fields of sports and/or as an English teacher. Furthermore, in this unique location, students can follow internships in fields like psychology, pedagogy, biology, anthropology and do biological/environmental research in the ECY research center.

Our volunteers and interns reside in the ECY (Scientific Station Yasuní), which is a modern center for research in the middle of the jungle. Every day you and your fellow volunteers take a van to the Guiyero community and visit a traditional Huaorani tribe. In Guiyero you give English lessons, you play sports with the local kids and you help building playground equipment or other objects. For the group of teenagers, in which alcoholism is a growing problem, we organize (sporty and creative) activities. Deep in the Amazon, you´ll get to learn the secrets of the mysterious jungle and its inhabitants.

Typical day

On a typical day, you'll sit down for breakfast around 8:00 AM, then head to the local Huaroni community with the other volunteers and teach English to different age groups in the morning. Afterwards, you will return to the research center for a hearty lunch before indulging in sports classes or creative activities in the afternoon, depending on your preferences and talents. In the evenings and on weekends you go out with a guide to see more of the national park.

Free-time activities

This project location is famous for its unique jungle hikes, led by a local guide from the Huaorani tribe. Furthermore, Yasuní is the perfect place to relax and recover from the hectic life in the big city.

Swimming
Sightseeing
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Sports

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 (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High school level
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 09:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Foundation Local Dreamers

The payment includes room & board, the project fee and preparation & guidance.

Airport Pickup at Mariscal Sucre International Airport

When you arrive at airport Mariscal Sucre, our driver José Luis will be waiting for you at the gate. We always provide him with some pictures of you, so he will for sure recognize you. Together with José Luis you will make a one-hour drive to our office in the centre of Quito. At the office, one of our coordinators will welcome you and show you around in the neighborhood. After a little small talk we will bring you to your host family/ the volunteer house where you have all the time to recover from your flight.

Accommodation

You have your own bedroom and bathroom, possibly together with another volunteer.

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Three extensive and delicious meals per day are included.

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

This project runs throughout the year. Because Yasuní National Park is a protected national park and it is not accessible to tourists, you will enter together with one of our coordinators.

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)
$1,288
5 weeks
$1,610
9 weeks
$2,898
17 weeks
$5,474
50 weeks (max. stay)
$16,100
Average fees
$322 /week

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

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Teaching in the Heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon

In Yasuní, in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, you can work in the fields of eco-tourism, sports and/or as an English teacher and get to meet the indigenous Huaorani.

$322/week

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