Conservation Volunteer Work in Ecuador, South America

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Work in the midst of the most spectacular Ecuadorian biodiversitiesConservation and Environmental Volunteer Project in Ecuador

Ecuador is one of the region's most ecologically diverse countries with rain, cloud and dry forest, mangroves, etc. but many natural habitats are being destroyed by deforestation and desertification. This exciting program offers the opportunity for volunteers to work in the midst of the most spectacular Ecuadorian biodiversities. Our unique conservation volunteer projects help to support and develop some of the most precious natural habitats on the planet. Volunteers in this project play an integral role by becoming involved in the local conservation efforts. As part of the project you will have the chance to live and breathe a new lifestyle as an active member of the community devoted to conversation.

The principal aim of this project is designed to broaden awareness of environmental issues; this is the conservation of eco-systems and cultural diversity, environmental education and sustainable development projects. You as volunteers will be contributing significantly to the success of protecting this ecological and biological reserves and sustainable use of natural resources. Your help is needed in the preservation, investigation, environmental education and management of the Ecuadorian flora, fauna and landscapes.

These conservation projects in Ecuador are located in various locations throughout this spectacular country such as Andes, Ecuadorian Coast, Amazonia and even Galapagos Islands.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Your work will vary depending on the needs and the length of your stay. Nevertheless, volunteers with an interest in general conservation are welcome to collaborate in great variety duties such as:

Tree nursery

This project is focused to the development and maintenance of the tree nursery on the national parks or reserves that produces to reforest it. The main task in this project is:
- Collecting tree seeds within and around the reserve
- Planting seeds and caring for seedlings (irrigation, liberation, etc.)
- Installing fences and creating nursery beds

Reforestation

The biological reserves or national parks count with several acres for reforestation. The work to be done in this area is:
- Clearing to be reforest
- Preparing areas for planting
- Planting tress install
- Maintaining reforested by weeding, etc.

Conservation Education

The main goal of this project is to teach to the communities that live inside of the park the importance of native flora and fauna, specifically how native plants can be used to increase their productivity in a sustainable way, allowing them to value their surrounding and the richness of nature.

For several years, staff of the park and volunteers have been implementing environmental education classes mostly directed to local children because they are the ones will be working the land in the future.

A series of activities such as the following are available:

- Continuing classes on the importance of natural resources
- Vacation classes on recycling and crafts with local seeds.
- Theatre activities during the celebrations of Arbor Day and Earth Day (annually).

Organic Agriculture

This project enables volunteers to gain a greater understanding of organic agriculture and other methods of non contaminating sustainable agriculture. There are no chemicals used at all for anything - all fertilizers are organic, and the pesticides are made of chili peppers and jalapeno peppers.

Volunteers at this project can participate in general activities related to agriculture such as sowing seeds, pricking, planting, weeding, pruning, compost making, harvesting, pest control and recycling organic waste among many others.

Skills/Qualifications

No prior experience or specific qualifications in conservation are required from volunteers wishing to join this project in Ecuador, only a willingness to share their time and work with nature. However, beginner to intermediate knowledge of Spanish is recommendable as well as individuals who are enthusiastic and interested in issues related to the environmental conservation in undeveloped countries. You should be prepared to become involved in physically demanding work.

Project Location

Our project is located in Mindo, Ibarra, Puerto Lopez, Amazon Region and Galapagos.

Dates, Duration and Application Deadline

The project runs all year-round for 2 - 24 weeks in length and start every Monday so volunteer should arrive 1 or 2 days early. Volunteers choose their own start dates. Applications are accepted up to 2 weeks prior to departure or start date.

 

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