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AGROECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION ON THE ECUADORIAN COAST

Join forces with educators, farmers and citizens in this organic farm built around the idea of creating an environmentally sustainable way of life.

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The project

Join forces with educators, farmers and citizens in this organic farm built around the idea of creating an environmentally sustainable way of life. The farm was founded in 1989 and consists of many acres of lush, natural rainforest with trees and plants for food in a few different gardens located around the area. Everything is planted and grown organically and there are a wide number of different plants and trees that sustain those living on the farm. They also have a number of pigs and guinea pigs that are used as a means of generating fertilizer. Additional animals include horses, chickens, and some fun loving rescue dogs.

Get the opportunity to live on a farm and eat fresh, local, organic food daily. They will serve you 3 vegetarian meals per day! The housing area is also full of relaxing areas, with hammocks, tables for group meals, and a small library. Wednesday afternoons are reserved for “cultural activities” which can be walking to a waterfall, fishing in the river, hiking, or a trip into Canao. The largest town nearby is the popular beach destination of Canoa, filled with hostels, great food, and surf lessons, many volunteers head there on the weekend.

Dates/Length

Project available year-round. 2 weeks to 6 months durations available.

 

Costs

2 weeks – $1610
1 month – $2140
2 months – $3200
3 months – $4260
Each extra week – $265

Location details

Accomodation is at the big house                   of the farm.                 Three vegetarian meals per day are included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Requirements

Spanish level: Basic User A1. Must be 18 and over, with valid passport and health insurance

Itinerary Sample

Mondays to Fridays:
6:00am morning routine (animal feeding and cleaning, harvesting, irrigation and preparing breakfast).
Each person is allocated to a new routine each week, which runs from Tuesday through to the following Monday, and we always try to organize so that people get to do a variety of different routines during their stay.  Routines are not mandatory at weekends, as people are free to go elsewhere on Saturdays and Sundays, but help in the routines on these mornings is always welcome and much appreciated by the staff!

Role of the volunteer

There are different routines every day, including feeding the animals, cleaning the pig habitats, working on the different methods of compost, spending time in the garden, weeding, planting, fertilizing, or harvesting. Additional projects include helping the local construction/maintenance staff, helping with the preparation of meals, cleaning up after meals, and the production of marmalades and other organic goods that the farm sells.

Anyone interested in finding funds/fundraising, working on the website, or other graphic design projects are always needed and appreciated.

Skills required

This internship is geared towards individuals with a desire to work with the preservation of ecosystems, enviromental education and willingness to learn and help.

What’s Included?

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Accomodation

Available during the length of the project (Either at the project or local homestay families with 2 meals included)

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Transfer from Quito to project

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Cellphone

Local cell phone is included with a refundable deposit of $50

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Aiport pick-up/ drop-off

EcuaExplora staff ready to transport you

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Support 24 hours

On the ground EcuaExplora staff available

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First weekend accomodation

In a hostal in Quito with breakfast

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Orientation

(includes city tour and lunch)

Not Included

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Meals not specified

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Transportation to/from the homestay to the project each day

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Optional extras

Add $70 for day excursion upon arrival.
Add $50 per week for 6h Spanish classes if in Quito.

Sounds amazing? Want to be part of something important?

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