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
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.
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.
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!