Maintaining hiking trails, working in the organic garden, working in agroforestry, supporting eco-tourism projects.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Yes, full board is provided (3 meals per day)