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Ecuador Sustainable Agriculture

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Ecuador Sustainable Agriculture

Participate in all activities involved in the running of the farm, including sustainable agriculture, such as nursery work, the education of the local community and ecotourism.

Prices from US$1,045

Ecuador is a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America. Despite its diminutive size, it is bursting with vibrant culture, mesmerising landscapes, exotic tropical wildlife and pristine habitats. It encompasses the all-consuming emerald Amazon, rich in natural resources and home to a wealth of fascinating creatures.

Ecuador has a picture-perfect capital painted in pastel colours, alive with cafés, clubs, bars, churches and museums. Markets where friendly locals sell their wares are surrounded by the hustle and bustle of traditional street life. In contrast, the peaceful and serene Andes provide a home for indigenous mountain communities and enigmatic mountain creatures alike. This captivating country contains a culture that is expressed in an abundance of wholesome and delicious cuisine, diverse musical forms and colourful festivals that will enliven your senses. Whilst it is one of South America's tiniest countries, it has everything you could possibly want, including stretches of white sand beaches, expansive plains, steamy jungles and spectacular mountains. All this and more is waiting to be discovered on your spectacular Ecuadorian adventure! 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America
  • Help to develop vital agricultural techniques
  • Promote the advantages of eco-tourism

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Basic Spanish required

FAST FACTS

Location Ecuador
Activities Nursery work, sowing seeds, filling bags, pricking out
Reforestation work, planting, weeding, mulching, staking, pruning
Creation & maintenance of vegetable gardens
Compost making
Planting & harvesting crops
Work in the environmental school maintenance or giving classes English, art & sport (Spanish required)
Help in the preparation of food (especially if you are interested in learning about typical food)
Making banana circles
Simple construction
Artwork, translating, preparation of info & materials for the school (Spanish required)
Preparation for groups of visitors (groups of farmers from different parts of the country sometimes stay over night)
Painting
Help in feeding & caring for the animals
Feeding worms & separating worms from the humus etc.
Teaching team strategy & team selection
Transport Airport pick-up
Escorted to placement site
Accommodation Dormitory in the orphanage

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment and visa advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Food
Airport pick-up
Ground transfer to project site
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

You will be both working and learning on this organic farm which pioneers alternative agriculture techniques and renewable energy sources. You can also assist in eco-tourism and education projects in surrounding communities.  The Organic Farm plays an important role in demonstrating and teaching alternative agricultural techniques and energy sources like biogas, solar power, composting systems, worm culture, water recycling, reforestation and forage systems, permaculture, and general organic farming techniques. The farm now receives many community and student groups who come to learn about these alternatives. Tourism and eco-education are other aspects of the farm. Visitors to the farm can relax, take in the local natural attractions and learn about sustainable agriculture and living practices.

The farm also operates an environmental school for children in the area, providing comprehensive general education along with ecological and sustainable agriculture programmes. Volunteers participate in general activities, related to agriculture, education and tourism, and have a similar timetable to the family and other workers on the farm.

Some of the activities include:

  • Nursery work, sowing seeds, filling bags, pricking out
  • Reforestation work, planting, weeding, mulching, staking, pruning.
  • Creation and maintenance of vegetable gardens.
  • Compost making.
  • Planting, harvesting crops.
  • Work in the environmental school maintenance or giving classes English, art, sport (Spanish required)
  • Help in the preparation of food (especially if you are interested in learning about typical food)
  • Making banana circles
  • Simple construction
  • Artwork, translating, preparation of info and materials for the school (Spanish required)
  • Preparation for groups of visitors (groups of farmers from different parts of the country sometimes stay over night)
  • Painting
  • Help in feeding and caring for the animals.
  • Feeding worms and separating worms from the humus etc.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You'll fly into Quito where you'll be met by the friendly in-country project staff. After acclimatising and receiving orientation you will be transferred to your project location.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will stay in a comfortable shared volunteer house at the centre. The house has basic facilities and is located close to where you will be working.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three meals a day. Your diet will consist of a variety of nutritious and delicious local dishes. Vegetarians will delight in the varieties of rice and bean combinations that are available!

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Ecuador offers a wide variety of extra activities both adventurous and cultural like rafting, caving, hiking, and trips to thermal pools.  We prefer you to arrange and book these direct with local providers thereby contributing to the local economy.

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,045

Extra week US$295

DEPARTURE DATES

Monthly (please arrive on first Monday)

This project is not available on the following dates in 2017:

New Year: 2 January

Carnaval: 27-28 February

Good Friday: 14 April 

Labor Day: 1 May

Battle of Pichincha: 26 May

Indedpendence Day: 11 August

Guayaquil Independence Day: 9 October

Day of the Dead: 2 November

Cuenca Independence Day: 3 November

Christmas: 25 December

DURATION

Minimum of 2 weeks

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfer to project site
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Quito (UIO)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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