Volunteers will be living with an indigenous Cañarí Tribe known as the Nizag Community who are made up of direct descendants of the Incas. This community is nestled in the Andes in a valley called Nizag next to the “Nariz del Diablo” or Nose of the Devil canyon made famous by the Devils Nose Train. Nizag is perfect for the volunteer who require little supervision and like initiating their own projects.
Expected Tasks While Volunteering:
– Organic Farming
– Taking Care of Animals
– Community Work
A Typical Day While Volunteering:
The Cañarí people of the Nizag Community are an ancient culture who speak the local language of Quichua natively and Spainsh as a second language. Expect to wake up every morning to a fascinating culture that continues the same traditions it practiced during the Incan empire before the Spanish ever arrived.
Why This is Important:
By helping these Indigenous Villages rise out of poverty and become more self sufficient we will be reducing the ‘rural exodus’ of poor farm workers into dangerous slums with high unemployment in the big cities like Quito and Guayaquil. It also helps the community create a more environmentally sustainable way of living by encouraging conservation and reducing the reliance on exploiting the natural resources in the environment for money
The Volunteer Perfect for this Program:
– Intermediate level of Spanish will make your stay in the community much more rewarding.
– Is eager to learn about Organic Farming
Price per person:
– $350 USD per month
– $300 USD three weeks
– $250 USD two weeks
– $200 USD one week
– Support from www.ecuadorecovolunteer.com
– Lodging in the communitary house for visitors
– A Work Recommendation Letter if you spend 1 month volunteering
Minimum Time Spent Volunteering:
– 1 week
Volunteers will be volunteering between Monday to Friday with weekends free for leisure time or travel around Ecuador. You will have to take your own food to prepare the meals in the kitchen facilities. Check out other travellers volunteer reviews.
Ecuadorecovolunteer.org first came online in 2007. It is one of Ecuador’s oldest and most trustworthy online directories for volunteers to connect with high quality volunteer programs in Ecuador’s Andes mountains and Amazon rainforest or on the Pacific Coast & Galapagos islands.
This website does not make any money. Volunteers are encouraged to talk directly with the organisations doing the amazing grassroots conservation and community work on the ground in Ecuador. Jake the Aussie behind Ecuador Eco Volunteer can be contact via twitter: twitter.com/chekhovdispatch