Central America & Caribbean
Caribbean Dominican Republic Costa Rica Mexico More countries
Asia
India Indonesia Bali Nepal Sri Lanka Thailand Chiang Mai More countries
Europe & Oceania
Australia, Fiji, New Zealand Greece Portugal More countries
Western Africa
Gambia Ghana Sierra Leone Togo
Middle Africa
Cameroon
Northern Africa
Egypt Morocco
Southern Africa
Botswana Namibia South Africa Cape Town Swaziland
Eastern Africa
Kenya Madagascar Malawi Mozambique Seychelles South Sudan Tanzania Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe
Middle East
Israel
Southern Asia
India Maldives Nepal Sri Lanka
Eastern Asia
China Mongolia
South East Asia
Cambodia Indonesia Bali Laos Malaysia Borneo Myanmar Philippines Thailand Chiang Mai Vietnam
North America
United States of America
Caribbean
Bahamas Cuba Dominican Republic Grenada Haiti Jamaica Saint Lucia Trinidad and Tobago
Central America
Belize Costa Rica El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Mexico Nicaragua Panama
Latin America
Argentina Bolivia Brazil Amazon Rainforest Chile Colombia Ecuador Galapagos Paraguay Peru Suriname Uruguay Venezuela
Europe
Croatia Finland Germany Greece Hungary Italy Portugal Romania Russian Federation Spain
Oceania
Australia Fiji New Zealand
Humanitarian Aid
Childcare & Daycare Support Medical & Health Orphanages Sports Teaching & Education
Community Services
Building & Construction Community Development Culture & Arts Human & Women's Rights NGO Management & Support
Environment & Conservation
Animals & Wildlife Environmental Protection Farming & Agriculture Marine Conservation Round Trips & Camps
Made for Meaningful Travel
Volunteer World's mission has always been to ensure fairness, transparency and high quality within the meaningful travel industry. Due to its great usability & unique design, media claims Volunteer World to be the "AirBnB" for volunteer abroad opportunities - and we do not disagree on that!
The World's Largest Volunteer Abroad Comparison Platform
Volunteer World is the world's leading comparison platform for international volunteer opportunities. We guide you through a safe and easy application process. Planning your next meaningful trip with Volunteer World gives you free access to:
Your Extra Layer of Security
Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by your volunteer organisation.
South America Inside

Conservation and Eco Tourism Assistant

Nanegal, Ecuador

Maintaining hiking trails, working in the organic garden, working in agroforestry, supporting eco-tourism projects.

The Project

This project is located in the cloud forests of northwestern Ecuador, this region has a very unique wildlife with over 390 species of birds, different species of bears and much more. The center was formed over 30 years ago, to provide lands to local families so they could grow crops and raise cattle. 

As the years went on it was obvious that these mountains were not suited for that purpose, so now the center is dedicated to the conservation and management of natural resources. Eco-tourism has been developed and provides income to locals which funds the protection of the forest. The volunteer program is crucial as it plays an essential role in enabling the development of the conservation and local community as a whole. The locales likes to share their culture and friendship with visitors from around the world. 

Your Work

Volunteers on this program work alongside members of the local community, this helps volunteers understand the everyday life of the locals. 

Eco-tourism is very demanding and volunteers are crucial in helping with the workload at the center. On a typical day volunteers will: 

  • Maintain trails and guest cabins 
  • Do general cleaning and helping in the kitchen
  • Working in agroforestry projects such as coffee plantations, etc.
  • Maintain the lodge 
  • General repairing of devices etc  

Volunteers are also encouraged to help in developing the research projects or do their own research, if possible. Animals that have been investigated recently are the Andean spectacled bear and different species of unique birds.

Free-time activities

On your free time you can do different activities such as playing football with the locals, bird watching, hiking and also indulging in the culture by going to dances in nearby towns.

Swimming
Concert/Music
Hiking
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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level)
Health Declaration
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 07:30 - 15:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at South America Inside are happy to help you.

Contact Project Coordinator
Contact & Reservation
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Included Services

Extra security layer by Volunteer World
Volunteer World is the world's leading comparison platform for international volunteer opportunities. We guide you through a safe and easy application process - including all necessary payments. Planning your next meaningful trip with Volunteer World gives you free access to our:
Quality Assurance
High ethical standards & transparent social impact
Flex Option
Change your reservation at no extra costs
Refund Guarantee
We refund your fees if South America Inside cancels your trip
Resolution Support
We cover your back no matter what happens
Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by South America Inside.
Services by South America Inside

Consultation of our experienced staff | Translation of application documents | Placement in volunteer project | Orientation on arrival | Orientation kit | Local support | 24h-Emergency Number | Accommodation in volunteer house | Full board (3 meals per day) | Advice on travel insurance | Flight booking service (optional) | Certificate of participation | Application fee

Accommodation

You will be staying either at the lodge at the heart of the cloud forest at a height of 6,200 feet, or in the volunteer house down the valley. Where you stay depends on your working area. On both cases you live in bedrooms shared by either two, four or eight people. Please note that some of the dorms might be mixed gender. At the lodge there is limited electricity but at the valley it is 24/7.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Full-board is provided (3 meals per day).

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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$640.00
3 weeks
$795.00
4 weeks
$950.00
25 weeks (max. stay)
$4,205.00
Average fees
$244.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Nanegal/Ecuador between 2 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside 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 South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
Americas South America Ecuador Nanegal, Pichincha Province
zoom="6"

You might be also interested in

Wildlife Rescue Assistant
Alajuela, Costa Rica South America Inside Agency | South America Inside
Help take care of exotic animals that have been rescued and assist with environmental education! Experience the Costa Rican rainforest!
Take Care of Exotic Animals
Villa Tunari, Bolivia South America Inside Agency | South America Inside
Volunteer in the Bolivian rainforest! Climb trees with capuchin monkeys, walk with feral cats, and take care of other exotic wild animals.
Care for Children in Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica South America Inside Agency | South America Inside
Help take care of children in the beautiful country of Costa Rica. Organize games and activities for the children and make them smile!
Work in a National Park in Chile
Patagonia, Chile South America Inside Agency | South America Inside
Help preserve and maintain the most famous national park in Chile! Assist at the visitor's center, work in reforestation and environmental education
Work in a Day Care Center
San Jose , Costa Rica South America Inside Agency | South America Inside
Do you love working with children? Help out at a day care center where you can organize activities and be a positive influence for children from low-income families.
Take Care of Parrots
San Jose , Costa Rica South America Inside Agency | South America Inside
Help support parrot conservation efforts in the rainforest by directly interacting with and taking care of Costa Rican parrots!
© Volunteer World