Volunteers work taking care of endemic animals such as turtles and blue-footed boobies. Also , volunteers work in the conservation of native plants.
This is an area located in the southern zone of the province of Manabí, containing a population of approximately 5,000 habitants.
It is in a dry tropical forest, with mostly primary vegetation. The plants from the Cactaceae (cactus) family standout, like the candelabra and the mulatto. There is also the lignum vitae, or ‘wood of life’, locust trees, and madero negro, a tropical hardwood. All of these plants have a great commercial and medicinal value.
Among the most represented birds there are sea birds like blue-footed boobies, frigates, and petrels, and also land birds like cucubes, tangaras, and hummingbirds. Of course there is also the presence of majestic humpback whales, which is a special chapter in the fauna of the area. The whales bring in tourists from all over the world to witness the spectacle that they offer.
The marine currents determine the climate along the coast of Ecuador. From December to April, the warm current from Panama (also known as el Niño) has an average water temperature between 18 – 20ºC. In the months from June to September, the cold current from Humboldt comes from the south. This current causes water temperatures to be 15-17°C and air temperatures to be 16-18°C during the summer months. The Humboldt Current is of great importance for the survival of many birds, mammals, and fish that find their food sources in the sea. The current drags miles of tons of food, like fish and plankton to Ecuador.
WHAT TO BRING
· Toothbrush and toothpaste
· Basic First Aid kit (treatments for insect bites, sunburn, minor cuts, stomachache, motion sickness, diarrhea, and personal medication, etc.)
· Towel (light or quick-dry)
· Biodegradable soap and shampoo
· SPF 30+ sunscreen
· Insect repellent and a strong anti-itch cream
· Other personal essentials
For Field Work
· Lightweight quick dry long-sleeve shirts
· Quick-drying (light cotton or nylon, not denim) long pants that can get dirty
· Wide brimmed hat to provide full-face protection from the Sun.
· Work gloves
· Re- usable water bottle (at least one liter, one US quart)
· Small daypack
· Flashlight (headlamp recommended) and spare batteries or rechargeable batteries;
· Good quality waterproof jacket
· Alarm clock/watch
· Multi-tool such as Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman tool, (do not pack this in your carry on luggage when flying)
NOTICE: The most important thing to bring is a sense of humor, patience and an open-minded attitude!
Volunteers can contribute in a private rehabilitation centre for wild animals where they will work with some native people . Volunteers help us care for animals, as well as continue to construct enclosures and trails to improve the centre. Some of the other activities that the volunteers will carry out are the following:
Volunteers can visit beaches such as Los Frailes, Puerto López and Montañita. They can also visit the" Isla de la Plata", which is a island located inside the Machalilla national Park. In this island, you can find blue-footed boobies . "Isla de la Plata" is a cheaper alternative to Galapagos. You can practice snorkeling or other water sports in this place.
When a volunteer arrives to the aiport in Quito, he / she will be picked up by a person of the Organization ( Laura Córdova or someone in charge) . It will take 45 minutes from the aiport to the host house, but it depends on the traffic.
• A bunk bed or 2 individual beds with their own mattress, sheets, pillow, towel and comforter.
• A closet for clothes.
• A small table and nightstand.
• Hangers for clothes.
• Mosquito net.
three meals per day are provided , vegetarian food is avaible
Meals are based on a diet of seafood, chicken and beef, and are complemented by tropical fruits and grains. It is important that the families know if there are vegetarians in the group so that they can prepare a different menu.
Important Reminder: Participants must advise of their dietary needs (e.g. if they are vegetarian or have any allergies) prior to their departure.