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Check out our 10 week multi-project in Ecuador and see all the exciting adventures we have in store!
Prepare yourself for the ultimate South American experience that is sure to take you off the beaten track. Starting your adventure in Quito, Ecuador’s historic capital for two nights, you’ll get chance to soak up all the culture on offer before setting off to more extreme environments!
After your vibrant introduction, you’ll head off to your first volunteering destination. With the Andes as a dramatic back drop, nestled between volcanos, flowing streams and luscious countryside, you’ll find Otavalo, your home for the next 2 weeks.
Help the women of Chilcapamba develop their new artisan market
Develop the school buildings and playgrounds
Play with the children at the local kindergarten - e.g. art, sports, games, teaching English etc
Help to plant and harvest staple food crops to be consumed locally.
As a reward for your hard work over the past two weeks, the next week will be spent backpacking along the famous Ruta de los Volcanes travelling from Quito to Quilotoa. On this venture you’ll kayak your way across great lakes, stroll enormous lagoons, take a dip in some of Ecuador’s geothermal baths and try your hand at some white water rafting.
The fun doesn’t end there. Setting off from the town Riobamba you will take the snowline up the mighty Chimborazo Volcano, and summit this iconic giant! Don't think it's going to be easy though as it stands at a huge, 20,565ft!
With Ecuador’s varied landscape, you now get to explore its more tropical regions. Having headed west of the mountains, i'ts time to embark on project number two!
Down in the lowland jungle, deep in the equatorial tropics is home to the countries last remaining indigenous Tsachila tribes. Be prepared to immerse yourself into ancient tribal culture and rituals, play football with the kids, and trek through the dense jungle. With a short walk to the local town, you can even catch a bus to the local beaches and watch the sunset over the sandy shores of the Pacific.
Help with everyday chores: cooking, building, fishing and making traditional jewellery
Build a botanical garden; the healing power of plants is central to their cultural heritage
Preserve traditional building methods by helping local people collect and use sustainable materials from the jungle rather than concrete and corrugated iron sheeting
Help show the Tsachila that sustainable cacao production is far better for business and the environment than clearing the land for palm oil.
This island needs no introduction; set 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador and home to a vast variety of rare species, you are bound to have some memorable encounters! Flying into Santa Cristobal, Galapagos’ most eastern island, you begin your conservation project called Hacienda Tranquila where you’ll take a hands on role in restoring the surrounding environment.
Maintaining irrigation systems
Leading horse riding sessions and teach educational classes to children
Aid in the development of eco friendly, high yielding farming methods for the farmers in the area
Bring new vegetation to the area, ready for the introduction of the Giant Tortoise to Hacienda Tranquila.
Finally, you’ll get the chance to visit the mighty Amazon rainforest, where the Gaia Amazon Centre will provide a program of activities for you to learn about the Amazon and its cultures, including a canoe river tour, hiking in the primary rainforest, fishing, tubing and a trip to the butterfly farm.