WORK WITH INDIGENOUS MESTIZO COMMUNITIES
Work in a variety of areas such as health, environment, education, communication, agriculture, education with rural communities in the Andean Region.
This is a non-profit, class-based, organization constituted by forty-one communities, and various peasants, indigenous, and mestizo base organizations in the Northern Andean zone. It was created in 1977, after a long socio-organizational process that was headed by a group of young indigenous Cotacachi intellectuals. The desire to eliminate the conditions of discrimination and poverty, which the majority of rural and indigenous peoples faced in the area, was the main motivation for uniting the communities and beginning this project.
They implement, programs, projects, and activities with the participation of communities. This organization fights for food sovereignty through access to water and land, the conservation of biodiversity, the promotion of agricultural production and other productive, sustainable alternatives and fair marketing of our products. Being education and health rights, they demand access for all and generate innovative proposals with an intercultural approach.
Project available year-round. 2 weeks to 6 months durations available.
2 weeks – $1360
1 month – $1830
2 months – $2770
3 months – $3710
Each extra week – $235
The project location is the Northern Andes. Accomodation is with a local host family and it includes 2 meals per day: breakfast and dinner
Spanish level: Independent user B2. Must be 18 and over, with valid passport and health insurance
It will depend on the arriving date, the project and the community where volunteers are going to be working. But in general working hours are from 8:00 to 17:00 with 1 hour lunch break.
Role of the volunteer
Volunteers will work in the areas of health, environment, education, communication, and the construction of community infrastructure (water, roads, and electricity). They also provide training programs in socio-organizational skills, agricultural and livestock management, cultural revitalization, sports and recreation. You will have the opportunity to work in one of the 5 following areas; Organizational strengthening, water land and biodiversity, Agricultural production and other productive alternatives, Intercultural Health, or Identity, Justice, Education and knowledge management.
Applicants should be opened, flexible and eager to learn about a different culture. According to the program that will be chosen, applicants should have a base in: Organizational strengthening, water land and biodiversity, Agricultural production and other productive alternatives, Intercultural Health, or Identity, Justice, Education and/or knowledge management.
Available during the length of the project (Either at the project or local homestay families with 2 meals included)
Transfer from Quito to project
Local cell phone is included with a refundable deposit of $50
Aiport pick-up/ drop-off
Ecua Explora staff ready to transport you
Support 24 hours
On the ground Ecua Explora staff available
First weekend accomodation
In a hostal in Quito with breakfast
(includes city tour and lunch)
Meals not specified
Transportation to/from the homestay to the project each day
Add $70 for day excursion upon arrival.
Add $50 per week for 6h Spanish classes if in Quito.