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Living in Ecuador > Volunteering in Ecuador: Introduction

 

Volunteering our efforts towards helping others while living abroad promotes cultural immersion while providing an enriching personal experience. Ecuador's myriad foundations and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) offer a number of volunteer opportunities, ranging from teaching in schools, making products, preservation of ecosystems and house construction. In addition, one can organize a volunteer experience through the several international foundations that operate programs in Ecuador.

Volunteering positions are broadly divided into two categories: 1) Working directly with a community or Human Development and 2) Nature Conservation. The former involves positions such as teachers, helping with basic service projects and the development of products and small businesses. The latter encompasses tasks such as helping with endangered species, reforestation, studies of wild flora and fauna and ecological conservation.

Foundations and Organizations in Ecuador

Ecuador Volunteer
Ecuador Volunteer, is a non-profit organization that offers volunteer work opportunities abroad in social, environment, educational and community areas around Ecuador.
The main objective of our programs is to offer an experience of cultural exchange, as each one of our projects looks for work of brotherhood and help with local people. We design alternative solutions for the problems of these sectors, contributing both to the construction of new hopes and a better world.
Contact: Francisco Pastor
Telefax: (593 2) 2564488
Website: www.ecuadorvolunteer.com
Email: info@ecuadorvolunteer.com

The San Miguel Eco Project
The homepage of a community project which offers exciting trips to the rainforests of Northwest Ecuador and is working with volunteers to increase the opportunities for local people.
Email: admin@ecosanmiguel.org

Global Volunteer Network
This non-profit organization place volunteers in community projects in China, Ecuador, Ghana, Nepal, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Thailand and Uganda. Their vision is to support the work of local community organizations in developing countries through the placement of international volunteers. "We believe that local communities are in the best position to determine their needs and we provide volunteers to help them achieve their goals" -Colin Salisbury. The program in Ecuador allows volunteers to take part in different nature reserves throughout the country.
Contact: Colin Salisbury
Marsden Street - Lower Hutt
Wellington - New Zealand
Tel. ++ 64 4 569 9080 / +++ 64 4 569 9081
Email: info@volunteer.org.nz

Yachana Foundation
At the Yachana Foundation, we are dedicated to finding sustainable solutions in the struggle between the ideals of rain forest preservation and the realities of life in the Ecuadorian Amazon. We work with local communities to develop community-based medical care and ecotourism programs, establish sustainable agricultural practices, improve education, provide environmentally sustainable economic alternatives, and conserve the rain forest.

Yachana Foundation employs an innovative development model based on a non-profit/for-profit organizational structure. The non-profit Foundation has created two for-profit companies, Yachana Lodge and Yachana Gourmet, to finance its fight against poverty and disease and the destruction of Ecuador's imperiled rain forest.One hundred percent of the profits from both companies support Yachana Foundation's rain forest conservation, poverty reduction, healthcare, and community development projects, guaranteeing their long-term financial sustainability.

For more information on how you can help, please click here.

Projects for Peace - Ecuador
Projects for Peace is a non-profit, non-religious, all volunteer based incentive, which believes in the overwhelming power of many distinct, but equal voices to initiate positive change in the developing world. Formed in 2004, with the primary goal of uniting small community based projects in Ecuador, we strive to improve the quality of life and provide technical assistance and education to women, indigenous groups, and other disenfranchised minorities. Through the use of new technologies, we empower the creative minds behind newly energized forms of traditional products and activities. Our projects concentrate on providing long term benefits for all stake holders, while protecting the community's cultural and environmental uniqueness.

Website: www.projectsforpeace.org/

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