Most but not all of the voluteer programs listed on ecuadorecovolunteer.org charge a small fee in exchange for accommodation which keeps them sustainable.
Ecuadorecovolunteer.org itself does not receive any money from volunteers or from the volunteer programs listed and is purely a free service to help good causes get a little extra traffic.
Do I have to pay extra for accommodation?
For most of the volunteer programs accommodation during the weekdays is included - and volunteers usually take advantage of the weekend to travel and explore Ecuador.
Other volunteer programs - such as Foundation ARCA - does not include accommodation but can organize a homestay or guesthouse for volunteers if they are asked in advance.
Fortunately, accommodation is very reasonably priced in Ecuador, and a clean and comfortable hotel can cost anywhere between $8 to $25 per night
Is Food Included in the volunteer price?
Food is normally not included in the volunteer program unless the program explicitly states that breakfast, lunch, or dinner is provided.
Fortunately, however, food is very reasonably priced in Ecuador and an average lunch which comes with a soup, a plate of rice, chicken, and vegetables, and fresh juice costs between $1.50 and $3.50, depending on the town or city.
The volunteer programs do have kitchen facilities available where you can prepare your own food which can be purcahsed in corner stores or supermarkets.
Is Ecuador vegetarian friendly?
While Ecuador is not the holy grail for vegetarians, like India, you will love all the fresh, organic fruits and vegetables available from the local markets.
As most of the volunteer work programs do not include food you should have no problem preparing nutritious vegetarian meals in the kitchen facilities provided.
Am I required to volunteer on the weekends as well?
As mentioned above the volunteer work programs normally run between Monday to Friday so you get the weekends free for leisure and travel time to explore Ecuador. Working on the weekend is to the discretion of the program coordinator.
What can I do on the weekend?
What can’t you do?! The great thing about Ecuador is that its small geographical size and incredible biodiversity makes it easy to travel around the country. You can wake up in the morning deep inside the Amazon rainforest and after a five hour bus ride later be climbing 6,000 meter volcano in the Andes.
There are also great deals for volunteers at Ecuador Eco Adventure
Is Transport Provided While Volunteering?
Volunteers have to make their own way to the volunteer programs which are located around the country.
Fortunately travel in Ecuador is very cheap and it is a relatively small country compared to Argentina, Brazil, or Colombia.
How much does it cost to travel around Ecuador?
Traveling around Ecuador is easy and very cheap because of the government petrol subsidies. As a rule of thumb a one hour bus ride in Ecuador costs a little over $1.50 USD.
Can I still volunteer if I cannot speak Spanish?
While some of our volunteer programs require an intermediate level of Spanish, you can get by with only basic 'survival Spanish' on other volunteer programs like the Animal Rescue Center.
Its always good to make an effort to learn the basics of a language while traveling in that country.
What is the best way to learn Spanish?
Ideally you should learn basic Spanish before you come to Ecuador to increase your ability to interact with locals once you get here.
Some of the volunteer programs - such as ASONIC, which require an intermediary level of Spanish - can offer Spanish lessons along with the volunteer work.
Do I Need a Visa to Enter Ecuador?
Ecuador gives most nationalities an automatic 90 day visa when they enter the country without having to apply. However, it is always best to check the Ecuadorian government's immigration page to see if your country is required to obtain a visa in advance of arriving.
How do I extend my visa to stay longer than 3 months?
If you wish to stay for longer you can renew your visa in Quito or Guayaquil by getting either the 12×9 Tourist Visa which costs $200 which allows multiple entries and an extra six months to stay in Ecuador.
Check the Ecuadorian government's immigration page for the latest in visa rules and requirements.
What clothes should I pack?
Ecuador is one of those amazing countries where you be surfing on the beach in the morning and walking on snow in the afternoon. Make sure you pack warm clothes for winter along with summer and beach clothes for when you are in the hot humid Amazon or chilling out on the beach.