Environmental protection and teaching awareness in Ecuador
Quito, Chiriboga & the Coast September 11 - October 8, 2016
Volunteer project: The volunteer project combines two types of activities: reforestation and environmental work in Chiriboga and educational activities in a coastal community, teaching environmental protection practices in schools.
In the first part of the project, the volunteers will help in the Chiriboga Reserve, located 50 kilometers south west of the capital city Quito, at an altitude of 1,680 meters above sea level. The reserve is part of the cloud forest of the northern foothills of the Andes and is home to a great variety of birds and animals, including some endangered species. The volunteers will be involved in reforestation and nature protection work in the reserve.
For the second part of the project, the volunteers will travel to the Coast, to organize intercultural exchange activities with students, to spread environmental awareness and to take part in community work for the benefit of a village.
On the first day, the volunteers will have an introduction about the activities and aims of the project, about the schools and the communities which they will support in the second part of the project, as well as information about the local culture, food, customs and traditions. On the next day, the group will travel to the Reserve. The activities at the reserve will vary and may include: helping with reforestation projects, inventory of plants, monitoring and labeling of trees, cleaning water canals, maintenance of trails and opening new ones, etc. The volunteers will be split into groups to take part in different activities with the help of local University students.
At the end of the first part of the project, the group will come back to Quito for a free day and a visit to the Otavalo Market. The next day, the volunteers will travel to the Coast to assist in different areas. For the rest of the project, the volunteers’ main task will be giving talks in environmental awareness in the country schools. Depending on the volunteers’ skills in Spanish, they can assist teachers in the schools. The group will also do some community work.
Leisure time: In the free time, the volunteers can go to the beach or visit the La Plata Island (known as “the Galapagos of the poor”) to see the whales. The local host can give assistance with planning activities for the weekends.
Language: The official language of the project is English. However, basic knowledge of Spanish is required.
Accommodation: Accommodation and food in Quito and in Chiriboga is provided in houses, in shared rooms, where all the volunteers stay together. During the second part of the project, accommodation is provided with middle class host families. Three meals a day are provided except on the days off when the volunteers are usually away from the project site, travelling and exploring the area.
Location: Quito, Chiriboga (Pichincha Province) and the Coastal Lowlands Region
Age range: 18 and over
Extra fee: $400 US
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.