Environment preserving and protecting

Volunteers help us with trail maintainance in the reserve, organic gardening, carpentry and daily tasks like cooking ,refilling bird feeders and more.

Volunteer Work

During the past years, Un poco del Chocó has received volunteers from all around the world. There is no special knowledge required to volunteer with us; it is more important to have a genuine interest in living amongst the wilderness and in preserving and protecting our Mother Nature. 

Volunteers will be lodged at the basic but cozy station house. On the upper floor there are four double rooms with bunk beds. Two rooms have bunk beds with a lower double-sized mattress, so we can also host couples. Downstairs you'll find the kitchen, dining area and a small laboratory. There are two warm-water showers right next to the main house. The toilets are outside: 10 meters away from the main house we have three outhouses. On the balconies, you can enjoy the view of the forest canopy.

The volunteers usually cook together, which is not considered work, but part of socializing and living together. The food is mostly vegetarian. We cook typical Ecuadorian food (rice, plantains, legumes, yucca etc,) as well as pasta, potatoes and lots of vegetables.

Since a few months the station house is solarpowered. Given that there is enough sun, electronic devices can be used and charged during the day. Usually the solar energy lasts until the evening. For the rest of the night we use candles and flashlights.

For internet we use a mobile modem device. The internet can be used on weekdays from 4.30 to 6.30 pm. As there is only one connection we have to organize the use of the internet weekly.

Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Groups

Typical day

Work schedule

Your daily work place is outdoors and you should be willing to do hard physically demanding labor, get dirty and bring a good amount of team spirit. Your work schedule depends on the current workload and the weather and will be discussed every day with the volunteer supervisor. Mainly, the volunteers help us to maintain and expand the trails that lead through the reserve. People with a "green thumb" can take care of the organic garden. The tasks could be planting herbs and crops, watering and cultivating, and harvesting and sowing. Moreover, volunteers help to keep the station clean and well-maintained. If you have special skills in carpentry or in handicrafts, you are more than welcome to use these skills during your stay. The station also needs some maintenance from time to time.

As a volunteer you normally work Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. You are free in the afternoon and on weekends.

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) and Spanish (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV and motivation letter
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 13:00

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Environment preserving and protecting The Station House River Pachijal Working on signs for trails Accommodation Volunteer helping with carpentry Cooking together Group photo

Free-time activities

In your freetime you can explore the reserve, have a swim in the river or visit a nearby waterfall.
For a weekend-trip we can recommend the nearby village Las Tolas. You can stay with a family and get an insight to rural Ecuadorian life. The community tourism project offers different activities. You can visit the ecological jewelry work shop, a coffee plantation, one of the waterfalls or the archeological museum in Tulipe.
Otavalo with its indigenous crafts market or Mindo with its different outdoor activities are also worth a trip.

Swimming
Hiking
Museum/Opera

Services

What's included?
Your fee includes lodging at the station house and three meals.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Accommodation

Volunteers will be lodged at the station house. On the upper floor there are four double rooms with bunk beds. Two rooms have bunk beds with a lower double-sized mattress, so we can also host couples. Downstairs you'll find the kitchen, dining area and a small laboratory. There are two warm-water showers right next to the main house. The toilets are outside: 10 meters away from the main house we have three outhouses. On the balconies, you can enjoy the view of the forest canopy.

Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

We usually prepare lunch and dinner together from Monday to Friday. All other meals (breakfast or food on weekends) you have to prepare yourself or with your house mates.

The food is mostly vegetarian. We cook typical Ecuadorian food (rice, plantains, legumes, yucca etc,) as well as pasta, potatoes and lots of vegetables. Costs for food include three meals. For those who like to eat sweets or snacks we sell a small variety at the station!

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
Costs
4 weeks (min. stay)
$440
5 weeks
$543
6 weeks
$645
7 weeks
$748
10 weeks
$1055
12 weeks
$1260
24 weeks (max. stay)
$2490

You can volunteer at the project site in Las Tolas/Ecuador between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Un poco del Chocó will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$107/week
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 Un poco del Chocó during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Las Tolas via Ayapi s/n, Las Tolas-Gualea, Las Tolas, Ecuador