Volunteer in the Amazon or the coast of Ecuador on this environmental conservation project and gain an incredible insight into the bio-diversity of this region. Founded in 1985 with its original conservation centre in the Ecuadorian Amazon, this premiere biological preservation foundation is committed to research and habitat restoration in natural areas deemed the most at risk by international conservation organizations. In 2000 a coastal location was established to continue its amazing work, including an ecotourism programme.
Despite its small landmass, Ecuador is renowned for its mega-diversity due to its variety of life zones, including: mangrove swamps, dry tropical forest, tropical cloud forest, and tropical lowland rainforest. Of the world’s known bird species (about 9,000), tiny Ecuador is home to over 1,500.
This environmental conservation and community education initiative offers volunteer opportunities in six biological stations and reserves around Ecuador. You can choose to volunteer in the Amazon rainforest or on the coast and volunteer work includes reforestation, environmental education, community service and development, plant conservation, agroforestry, organic agriculture, sustainable aquaculture, teaching English, public health, field data collection, and scientific research. Come and volunteer and help this amazing work continue, contributing to the sustainability of these essential wildlife conservation initiatives.
Why choose this project?
The project employs local staff but volunteers also have an important role in supporting their efforts. There are many practical environmental projects such as reforestation, park maintenance, tending to the plants, helping with research projects and educating local school children about the issues facing Ecuador’s environment and wildlife, tasks which cannot always be accomplished in full by the staff alone. Your assistance will help the project proceed in full stride and as well you will gain an understanding of many of the challenges facing environmental projects. This invaluable experience can always be added to your CV/Resume as well.
Role of the volunteer
Your specific volunteer role will depend on your particular project and location, which will be determined by your skills and interests. Volunteers in the Amazon can get involved in trails in the forest to collect seeds and learn about the flora and fauna of the region, trail maintenance, maintenance of the botanical gardens, seed collecting, soil preparation, tree nursery maintenance, monitoring of rare and endangered bird and monkey species, and aiding in eco-tourism by building fun and informational trails for tourism sites. Some environmental education may also be involved at certain times of the year. For coastal locations, volunteer will work on mangrove restoration and initiatives protecting bio marine species. Other duties will focus on direct interaction with the local community in schools, hospitals or the cocoa livelihoods cooperatives.
Your work will vary slightly according to your location but Kaya’s advisors will help you choose the best location for you with regards to your skills and interests.
No specific skills are required to participate. A knowledge of Spanish would be helpful but is not a pre-requisite for your acceptance onto the project. The main requirement is a positive attitude, willingness to work hard on each project. You should be interested in reforestation or biodiversity and be passionate about steps to help conserve the environment.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To gain a greater understanding of the biodiversity in the area
To use your skills and interests to benefit the local community, environment and wildlife
You want to participate in adventurous activities in the surrounding area
Projects for volunteers are available in a number of locations across Ecuador and volunteers have the opportunity to explore the depths of the Amazon rainforest from the Ecuadorian coast to high up in the Andes mountains in their time off or after their placement has finished. Explore trails, go hiking, explore the beautiful cities with their art and museums and spend time soaking up the culture in local cafes. At night time, attend a dance class, have in meal in one of the restaurants or relax in a local bar. The choices are endless and the options will vary depending on your project location.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2 – 26 weeks
- Cost: £1368/$2395 for 2 weeks
£225/$393 for each week thereafter
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Ecuador; various locations in the Amazon on and the Coast
- Project activities: Reforestation, maintaining the grounds, research, teaching (in some locations)
- Project availability: Projects run year- round
- Arrival day: Twice monthly on a Friday. Please speak to an advisor.
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared room in a volunteer house or cabins
- Hostel stay while in Quito, including Breakfast
- Food: 2 meals per day during your project placement
- Airport pick up and drop off in Quito
- Training: Orientation in Quito, pre- departure pack, on-site orientation and project induction included
- Transfer to the projects
- Support: 24-hour support
- Local SIM card: All volunteers are given a local SIM card to use in their mobile phones. The network of the SIM is CORDA and your phone must be unlocked to be able to use it
- Excursions planning: Staff will help plan activities and excursions (activities may cost extra
What is not included
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Transfer to and from your project
- Meals beyond those indicated above
- Optional intensive Spanish classes 1-week programme £355 / $621 including accommodation
- Optional excursion on the Sunday on your arrival weekend please speak to an advisor if you want to know more
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
HAVE A QUESTION?
We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.
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