Nature Reserve Conservationist

Volunteers participate in all our daily work in the nature reserve and learn what practical conservation work looks like.

Conservation work in the nature reserve

As a volunteer you will participate in all our daily work that is related with the conservation of our nature reserve and find out what practical conservation work looks like.

As a volunteer you will:

- build and maintain the trails in the reserve, this means building and repairing steps and cleaning the trails from leaf litter

- care for the organic garden; water, plant, sow etc in the garden and take care for fruit trees

- assist in bird monitoring, mist-netting and bird banding

- control camera traps and analyse mammal activity

- accompany us to local conservation workshops

- plan environmental education workshops for local kids

- clean and care for the bird feeding stations

- plant "living fences" trees and help in reforestation project

- write a blog post about the work in the reserve and share our wok on social media

Suitable for

Couples
Singles

Typical day

Work schedule


The work schedule will be discussed on a day-to-day basis as the activities often depend on weather conditions etc. A typical day at the nature reserve starts at 7am. You will have breakfast with your house mates and then start to work at 8am. In the mornings first the fruit feeding station need to be filled. Then you will continue in the garden, in the tree nursery or on the trails. Usually you will be working for about 5 hours until lunch time. Some days you can help to prepare lunch as well. There will also be days when you will assist in the biological field work and that means to start as early as 6am. The afternoons are always free and you can enjoy your free-time with a hike through the reserve, a swim in the river, or simply a book in the hammock.

Program Requirements

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

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Nature Reserve Conservationist Bird Monitoring Conservation in action Intern accommodation Accommodation Environmental Education Workshop Camera traps Bird banding

Free-time activities

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.
You can generally start your weekend trip on Friday afternoon (or Wednesday afternoon, if it is a long weekend) and come back Sunday night.
Costs for weekend-trips have to be covered by yourself. There is no refund for not staying at the station.

Swimming
Hiking
Museum/Opera

Services

What's included?
This includes food & lodging at the biological station, on-site transportation and taxes.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Accommodation

Interns 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)
$850
5 weeks
$1046
6 weeks
$1241
7 weeks
$1437
10 weeks
$2023
12 weeks
$2414
24 weeks (max. stay)
$4760

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
$205/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