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Location:  Napo Province, Ecuador
Type of Assignment:  Conservation and Sustainability
Project Duration:  Minimum 2 Weeks
Activities:  Conservation work at an Amazonian Biological Reserve.

    

The Organization

How is the Organization involved with the community?

The original biological reserve of 200 hectares was formed by several conservation organizations concerned with the rapid loss of the tropical Rainforests in the Amazon and the world.

Since then, the organization has been concentrating in development in these areas:

  • Conserve and protect the natural environment with its ecological systems.
  • Promote biological research.
  • Strengthen the technical capacity of the country in conservation biology.
  • Improve agricultural methods in the area through community extension programs.
  • Research non-timber products for alternative sources of income.
  • Develop reforestation models for the surrounding communities.
  • Maintain a live collection of the most important and endangered plants of the area.
  • Improve the health, nutrition and livelihood of the surrounding communities.
  • Be the model for environmental education.


Background to the project and its aims?

The project has very important projects to help the local communities surrounding us. One project is the Amazon Plants Conservation Center (CCPA), which is a center for experimental silviculture, botanical garden, and agroforestry extension programs.

Another project is the Organic Farm (GO), a demonstration and educational farm for the communities, seeking to produce alternative food sources as well as incomes.

The handcrafts extension program includes weaving with traditional and new natural fibers, Tagua nut carving, and is ever expanding to add the elaboration of remedies and soap.

The station offers a volunteer program to benefit those interested in protecting the tropical rainforests. With the extra help that the volunteers provide, the station can minimize operating expenses. The volunteers' labor, even when consisting of menial tasks, is valuable to the station and rainforest preservation.


What are the daily volunteer activities in the project?

The work schedule is very much flexible, but volunteers will be working in the following activities:

  • Working in the Amazon Plant Conservation Center, collecting and caring for medicinal plant and focusing on the propagation of endangered species.
  • New trail construction and new section establishment in the Botanical Gardens.
  • Organic Farming.
  • Caring and raising charapas, caymans, capybaras, guantas, and guatusas.
  • Walking through the forest to collect seedlings and seeds for the nursery or the farm.
  • Going to the farms of families in the local communities to help with organic methods of agriculture.
  • Sundays volunteers participate in workshops of handicrafts with the Quichua community. The handicrafts are hats or baskets weaving with natural fibers and making necklaces with seeds and carving Tagua nuts.

    If experienced, teaching English twice a week in the mornings at nearby schools. (There is also the opportunity teach English at the to the locals who wok/live at the reserve in the evenings after working hours.)

Program Details

Quick facts about the trip:

Project duration:  Minimum 2 weeks
Project Location:  Napo Province, Ecuador
Airport of arrival:  Quito (UIO)
Activities:  Conservation work at an Amazonian Biological Reserve.
Working hours: Monday to Friday from 7h30 to 11h30 and 13h30 to 16h00.
Requirements:  olunteer must be in good physical condition. Certificate of the following vaccines: Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG), Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever.


What's included:

Accommodation:  Volunteer cabins with space for 15 volunteers, in 3 cabins of two rooms each. Both sections have their own set of toilets and showers in separate buildings. You are supplied with a mosquito net, two sheets and a blanket. We have electric power 24 hours a day, but you should expect power failures. You can also have your clothes washed for a minimum price in the stations washing machine. There is a computer but no internet connection. In Tena there are several places where you can e-mail from or use the regular telephone.
The accommodation in Quito upon arrival is also included the first night before travelling to the project location. It will be at a host family and includes three meals, laundry service, and internet access.
Meals:  3 meals per day 7 days a week.
Airport pickup: In Quito and transportation to host family house.
Pre-departure Orientation and Onsite Training::  Volunteers receive a comprehensive workshop on being a volunteer in the project, safety and security in the destination country, culture shock, and pre-departure preparations.
Support::  24/7 during your volunteering time.


What's not included:

Flights, visas, insurance.
Other optional activities not included in program fee:

  • Spanish lessons (USD 8/hr for a one on one class, USD 5 in a group).
  • Visit to indigenous Amazon communities.
  • City tours and trips to surrounding areas.

Rates

Program Duration Cost (USD)
2 weeks 718.00
4 weeks 1,051.00
6 weeks 1,336.00
8 weeks 1,579.00
10 weeks 1,849.00
12 weeks 2,113.00
16 weeks 2,641.00
20 weeks 3,182.00
Additional weeks 267.00 per week

All Registration Fees are included in the prices above.