Activities related to agriculture, make handcrafts, community tourism
The project is in a region where 90% of the population is indigenous. Their main language is Kichwa, while the second language spoken is Spanish. Due to past volcanic activities the region disposes of very fertile land.
The people of the region of Imbabura and Otavalo are very well known in South America, even on an international level, due to their traditional handicrafts and animal markets held every saturday. As a volunteer you will get the chance to live with these communities, and help with the production of handicrafts. Most families income rely on these craftworks. Volunteers who are not necessarily adept at manual tasks will help on the local farms to support the agricultural production, which is used for personal consumption by the families, while the remaining stock is sold in local markets.
On a typical working day you will help the local women make handicrafts, learning there culture along the way, if you are not able to do this then you will be doing manual tasks labouring on local farms. If your main interests is children then let us know prior and we will arrange you to carry out activities at local schools by assisting teachers.
By taking up this opportunity you will be able to experience this culture and live happily among the people learning and teaching new skills on a regular basis. Keep in mind that families work hard to provide and obtain the necessities in order to live, with your support whilst being there is essential to them.
There are many activities to do in your free time such as exploring around the volcanic lands, as well as many people hike the local area to see the great views Ecuador has to offer.
In this project you will be living with one of the families of the indigenous community of Cotacachi. You will have your own bedroom either in their house or a guest house close by. Bathrooms and other living areas will be shared. By living with the family it means you will be able to absorb all of the culture, while also improving your spanish skills.
Yes, Full Board is provided (3 meals per day)