Volunteering Abroad Shouldn't Cost the Earth

Cultural Exchange Creation Ecuador

 

Description

The mission is to bring together foreigners and locals through sustainable tourism, culture, education and ecology, to create a more meaningful and prosperous world. We’re in the early stages - buying the land in March 2021 - but we have big ambitions! We aspire to regenerate local ecosystems, build pride in indigenous culture, provide dignified employment opportunities, offer a wide variety of unique eco & community tourism experiences, and ensure volunteers like you learn valuable skills, meet extraordinary people and leave with unforgettable memories.

Having volunteered and supported volunteers for many over the years, we understand that you want to find meaningful work, whilst utilising your skills and learning new ones. Therefore, for those who are responsible and self-motivated, we can work with you to design your own personal project during your stay (40% of work time). The rest of the time will be spent on project priorities.

Current project priorities:

Ideas for personal projects:

If these sound interesting, but you don’t think you have the skills, don’t worry, your commitment, self-responsibility and enthusiasm are most important of all; you can use your stay as an opportunity to learn new skills. We ask for 5 hours of your time a day, 4 days a week. In exchange, we will provide you with lunch on your workdays and exclusive volunteer accommodation to build bonds with like-minded, international travellers. You have free use of the kitchen to prepare other meals and we can give you the run-down of the best things to do in the area with your days off.


Details

Organisation:
El Terreno

Location:
Guaranda

Qualifications/Skills:
None: Your commitement, enthusiasm and responsibility is the most important!

Dates of program:
Year round

Duration of program:
2 weeks minimum

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 18+

Cost:
Free: we provide lunch during work days and accommodation.

Other information:
With your time off, you can take a walk around any of the beautiful local trails around the communities, down to the river or jump in a taxi to savor the spectacular could-covered sunset. There are regular buses into town if you would like to go shopping, try the local food or learn about Guaranda’s Carnaval - the most infamous in the country. For a day’s outing, don’t miss hiking up to Chimborazo’s refuge and enjoying a hot chocolate at over 5,000m above sea level. Alternatively, take a tour around the salt mines and micro-businesses of the nationally renowned village of Salinas de Guaranda. If you prefer warmer climates, within an hour you can drop down to sea level and go hiking in protected virgin forests in the search of pristine rivers, tropical birds and immense waterfalls. Bolívar really has it all (minus the tourist traps!).


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