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Environmental Protection Ambassador

General maintenance around the research station and the hiking trails, working in the organic garden

The project

This project was established in 2009, it extends over 15 hectars of land right in the transition zone of the mountain rain forest and the tropical Andes. It is located in the region of Pichincha which is very well known by international biologists and researchers for its breathtaking flora and fauna. The project is a few kilometers away from San Miguel des los Bancos, no public transport arrives directly to the station so most people go by foot or car. 

Like the station is located in one of THE hotspots of biodiversity in Ecuador, it makes the site home to a wide variety of animal inhabitants as well as a variety of different plants and trees. There are over 228 different types of birds, monkeys, pumas and other mammals living on the land of the project.

Your work

You will be working outdoors every day, this means that volunteers should be willing to do the physically demanding labour which comes with this project. Also bring a good amount of team spirit which is vital in creating a good fun working atmosphere. Your work schedule will be told to you on site with the project management team. The tasks vary depending on workload and weather.

On your typical day you will be tasked with: Keeping the station clean and well maintained, expand trails and clear trail paths, take care of the organic garden which is a major food supply to the project, also taking part in enviromental education lessons to visitors and tours. 

If you have any other skills or ideas you would like to bring to the team then feel free, they are always welcome to new ideas!

Suitable for


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).
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level)
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 08:00 - 16:00

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

Contact Project Manager

Free-time activities

You will have a lot of free time on this project and there are many different activites to choose from such as many sports, with many volunteers spending there time visting the centre or hiking looking at the wildlife and amazing views.

Contact & Reservation
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Services by South America Inside

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


Volunteers will stay in a volunteer house which holds 10 people, with bedrooms shared with around 2-4 beds in each. The volunteer house hast a kitchen and dining room, with space to relax in hammocks, at one´s disposal. There are hot showers, toilets and electricity for around 3 hours per day. Internet is limited and a small price has to be paid for any use. There is no washing machine but most volunteers hand wash clothes.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Yes, full board is provided (3 meals per day). It is mostly vegetarian meals with lots of rice, fruits and vegetables. Volunteers must prepare there own breakfast with the food provided.

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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
25 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in San Miguel de los Bancos/Ecuador between 4 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.
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.

Get ready to volunteer in Ecuador

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Ecuador. Please check the visa regulations for Ecuador.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Ecuador and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Ecuador.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ecuador.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Mariscal Sucre (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.
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