Program Details

The interns can work for one week to one year and the program is offered year round. Those with interest or experience in agroforestry or microenterprise will find the program educational and a good resume builder. Volunteers will be able to practice thei
Location:
Quito, Ecuador
Program Type:
Intern Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Year Round
Work Types:
Business

Program Overview

Program Description:
Volunteer in the Amazon and work with indigenous farming families to help sustain economic development through cultural preservation and conservation. This project works with a fair-trade market method to help generate additional income and sustain natural resources by educating farmers in permaculture and sustainable land use. EcuaExplora is a leading volunteer organization throughout Ecuador. This specific project is located near the small village of Fatima which is about a 30 minute drive outside of Puyo, the remote capital of Pastaza province that divides the southern and northern regions in the Amazon.

The interns can work for one week to one year and the program is offered year round. Those with interest or experience in agroforestry or microenterprise will find the program educational and a good resume builder. Volunteers will be able to practice their conversational Spanish with locals and staff members. Partner with field technicians to visit individual family farms, participate in cultural exchange events and guayusa tea ceremonies. Volunteers will have weekends to explore the region on their own such as visiting the beach or the Cloud Forest

Airport pickup, first night´s accommodation, health, safety and cultural orientation to Ecuador, coordinator escort to project site, project orientation by local staff, accommodation in a rustic cabin with cold showers and dry composting toilets, self-serve breakfast and two meals/day prepared by on-site cook, health/safety/cultural orientation, program supervision, and 24 hour staff support. Fees do not include airfare, insurance, any VISA fees.
Setting Description:
Volunteers will help manage organic nurseries, support composting management, assist engineers in the maintenance of organic agroforestry plots, and much more. Volunteers will live in shared rustic cabins with other volunteers and have use of communal dry composting toilets and cold showers (which are quite refreshing after sweating the day away in the jungle). The local staff prepares three meals a day that are eaten communally. A minimum basic Spanish speaking level is required, though higher is preferred.
Cost:
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