The Amazon rainforest contains great natural and cultural treasures. Now you can explore! You can feel the warmth and kindness of the Kichwa native families and know their lifestyle. As a fact, you will immerse yourself in an authentic cultural exchange and experience with them the teamwork from a different perspective. Moreover, you can support them in the development of the touristic community center that seeks to preserve the traditions while you will involve in their worldview and perception of time.
The program of cultural preservation and community tourism is one of the most important development alternatives for the community as well as for volunteers because it form deep bonds of multiculturalism with local families and increasing the quality of life by providing knowledge, resources and improvement of basic services. As a volunteer, you will learn about the local indigenous culture, traditions, language, lifestyle and customs that will motivate the community to value their identity. Learn more about the indigenous cultures of the Amazon! You can make the difference to stop internal migration of this town, as an effect of creating new opportunities for development.
A Day as a Volunteer
- 7:00 to 7:30 Traditional Amazonian breakfast
- 7:30 to 12:30 Volunteer work in agriculture with a native family
- 1:00 p.m. to 14:00 Traditional lunch
- 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Volunteer work in improving trails
- 17:00 to 18:00 Development of crafts
- 19:00 to 20:00 Dinner
- Soil preparation
- Maintenance of botanical garden
- Maintenance of ecological trails
- Improving infrastructure
- Working with craftswomen
- Training for project members
- Support for gathering food and traditional fishing
- Rising anthropological data, for creating cultural information material
The project is located 45 minutes from Puyo city where is a volunteer house, in the style of traditional huts in the Amazon. The house is located within the project and an Amazonian native family who maintain traditional indigenous customs manages it. In fact, volunteers can live and assimilate the essence of their culture. This cottage sleeps up to six people in single beds; it has two floors and their respective nets. The roof was made by palm leaf and the infrastructure was made by wood. If there are more volunteers, the project provides two large tents with capacity for four people each. The property has no electricity and no running water; for that, reason volunteers work in water supply across the river when it is summer or capture rainwater through a large tank during the wintertime and thus use this natural resource for use of bathrooms and showers. Volunteers must adapt to live like the rest of the native family, using the bathroom that is located outside the cabin and taking the outdoor shower when water is elevated in the tank or otherwise in the river close to the project. There is no laundry service, so volunteers can wash their clothes in the river or take it to a laundry service in Puyo city.
- Pre-arrival information and support
- Workshop to highlight aspects of the project
- Workshop orientation about safety, location and culture
- Coordination pick up service from the airport
- 24-hour emergency phone
- Long term experienced staff
- 24/7 in-country support
- Safe accommodations
- Accommodation and food
- Safe Projects
- Monitoring and regular check-ins during the volunteer program
- International phone call in EVF’s office
- Local phone calls from our office in Quito
- Certificate of Participation
What’s Not Included
- International Airline tickets or fees related to travel
- Visa costs and expenses related to the necessary paper work
- Cost for Airport pick-up service
- Travel insurance
- Costs associated with vaccinations and personal medications
- Meals or food outside of the program
- Local transportation
- Expenses related with cultural and/or tourist activities
- Personal expenses / Items for personal
Abilities: One of the most important points to participate in our volunteer programs in Ecuador, is the adaptation to the culture, be willing to support in whatever is necessary, have delivered, be solidarity. More than any kind of experience you need to come with a open mind and the desire to help.
Age: The age range to participate in our volunteer programs in Ecuador, is 14 to 70 years. If you are a minor and you want to join the team of volunteers, don’t forget to send the letter of authorization of your parents or encourage them to participate together with you in this wonderful experience.
Language: We recommended you to participate like volunteer in Ecuador, evaluate your fluency in the language. The ideal for internationals non-spanish speaking volunteers is reach an intermediate level of Spanish. You will have a better communication and relationship with the members of the work team, coordinators and local persons.
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Insurance: Travel insurance is required of ALL volunteers and must cover: 1) transportation in case of emergency, and 2) repatriation in case of death.
Vaccinations: We recommend these vaccinations for your volunteer program in Brazil: Hepatitis A y B, diphtheria, tetanus, typhoid.
Costs: To participate in our programs, volunteers must do a payment that is the main source of financing and support for projects and volunteer platform has EVF. This contribution serve to cover the lodging cost, feeding, operational, logistical and administrative expenses. In this way we support the sustainability of projects. Don’t forget to check the costs and dates of each of the program.
Foundation will provide all possible assurances. The volunteer don´t have any kind of problem and your experience in the country be unforgettable. We take care to provide security training at the time of arrival. We recommend follow our advices.