Are you a volunteer that can recommend a cause, project, or volunteer organization in Ecuador that can benefit from the extra visibility from being on ecuadorecovolunteer.org?
Here are a few questions to ask yourself or the volunteer organization you wish to nominate to find out if it is a good fit for ecuadorecovolunteer.org. This list will change and evolve in time as I get a better feel for what makes a great cause or organization.
Does the volunteer organization value innovation and is constantly evolving?
– What have the organizations administrators learnt in the time they have received volunteers?
– How has the program improved with respect to the impact it is making on the ground?
– If the volunteer program has indeed improved what metrics does it use to measure the difference between its past and present performance?
– What are some mistakes the volunteer program has made in the past and how did it deal with those mistakes and prevent them from happening again?
Does the volunteer program provide a safe and secure working environment for its volunteers?
– Does the organization have a track record of successfully working with volunteers?
– What level of support and training are given to the volunteers?
– Will lone women travelers feel safe and at ease and not have to worry about unwanted flirtatious advances? (Because of the misunderstandings that stem from cultural differences ecuadorecovolunteer.org prefers to work with women supervisors, families, entire communities, or organizations with a long and proven track record of receiving men and women volunteers)
Ecuadorecovolunteer.org refuses to work with the following type of programs:
– We refuse to work with any volunteer program based in orphanages because of the risk of further exploiting the children. Orphanage Tourism in general is bad news and should be avoided by volunteers at all costs all costs. If kids under the banner of education are involved then the safety net of parents and community is a prerequisite.
– Volunteer Organizations that operate with the sole purpose of making money. Volunteerism is big business and hence attracts unsavory businesspeople. Fortunately I have developed a sixth-sense to sniff these types of people out.
– “Animal Rescue Centers” that operate like zoo’s by keeping a stock of rare and endangered animals that are constantly being “rehabilitated” but are never actually let loose into the wild. This unfortunately is very common because once the volunteer administrators let loose their endangered animals the drawcard for tourists drops. Warning signs: if you have too much contact with the animals then you are probably at a zoo and not a rehabilitation center because human contact by nature is inhibitive to their rehabilitation.