Around the time this website was started the vast majority of volunteer programs in Ecuador and across South America cost thousands of dollars per month.
This was a time most of the money that volunteers paid did not go to the communities or conservation projects running the programs – instead it went to predatory tourism companies that had a stranglehold over the voluntourism industry in its infancy.
The vision for this organization however was to create a social enterprise that is sustainable, transparent, shared its progress over the years, while using low-cost volunteer work as a vehicle for change.
Since then ecuadorecovolunteer.org has gone through a number of growing pains but has matured to the point where it connects volunteers with conservation projects and NGO’s on the ground without my constant supervision.
Volunteer’s like you can now contact conservation projects and community development programs directly instead of dealing with middlemen.
There’s also a Suggest a Program and the more people that recommend high quality, trustworthy and always-improving volunteer programs the more likely it will be added to ecuadorecovolunteer.org
The suggestions chosen as well as the volunteer programs already listed here go through a rigorous selection process: having followed trends in the industry for several years I am well aware of the damaging influence that voluntourism can have on the developing world.
ecuadorecovolunteer.org does not make or receive any money. It merely refers traffic it receives from search engines to good causes around the country.