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Ecuador Sustainable Agriculture

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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
Airport Pickup Emergency Ground Transport Hotel Meals Terrestrial
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

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 £ 599

Extra week £ 159

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

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisors will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.

There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.