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SOCIAL AND SOLIDARITY ECONOMY NGO

Work with a social and solidarity economy NGO that promotes associativity, sustainable production, and fair trade, to improve the quality of life of vulnerable families in the country.

The project

 

Non-profit institution created in 1985 from the initiative of the Ecclesial Base Communities of the South of Quito. It was born from the association of grassroots communities and popular organizations, to respond to the need for alternative and solidarity marketing systems. This entity works in favor of vulnerable sectors in eighteen provinces of the country. It has 5300 members grouped in 400 cooperatives located in urban and rural areas. One of its objectives is to bring together small food producers in order to increase their strength in relation to the national and international market. Its organizational system is democratic and participatory.

One of its objectives is to bring together small food producers in order to increase their strength in relation to the national and international market; they also wanted to avoid the intermediaries to get better and more fair prices for the producers.

Nowadays, they work in some other fields like cacao exportation, Andean products, agroindustry food and sustainable tourism.

Dates/Length

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

Costs

2 weeks – $1750
1 month – $2300
2 months – $3400
3 months – $4500
Each extra week  – $275

Location/ Accommodation

The project location is in Quito. Accommodation in Quito is with a local host family and it includes 2 meals per day: breakfast and dinner

Requirements

Spanish level: Basic user A2. Must be 18 and over, with valid passport and health insurance

Itinerary Sample

Mondays to Fridays

8:00 to 13:00 work in the different areas the foundation manages (at the office or with the producers)
13:00 to 14:00 lunch 
14:00 to 17:0 keep working in the designed project

Role of the volunteer

Assist in the areas the

Skills required

Environmental Education Internship: This internship is geared towards individuals with a desire to help. Applicants should have enterprising spirit, flexible personality, caring, dynamic, and responsible.

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

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)

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Weekly activities

in Quito

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Spanish classes

 In Quito, 6 hours per week (2 weeks).

Not Included

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Health insurance (REQUIRED)

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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 $60 per week for 6 hours Spanish classes if in Quito.

Sounds amazing? Want to be part of something important?

 

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