WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
Ecuador is a very poor country and fluctuating oil prices, the 1990s Asia crisis, and the effects of the El Niño climate phenomena, which cause considerable damage to the infrastructure and harvests, have led to a decline in living standards for much of the population. In 1999, according to the World Bank, 69% of the population live below the poverty line, of these 34% in absolute poverty.
The Frontier-Ecuador Ecuador Project aims to build skills in poor rural and urban communities throughout the country, giving them better chances to succeed in the future. It also aims to foster environmental regeneration by improving facilities for ecotourism.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
You will be working with a local organic farm which pioneers alternative agriculture techniques and renewable energy sources. You will be assisting in eco-tourism and education projects in surrounding communities. The Organic Farm plays an important role in demonstrating and teaching alternative agricultural techniques and energy sources like biogas, solar power, composting systems, worm culture, water recycling, reforestation and forage systems, permaculture, and general organic farming techniques.
The farm now receives many community and student groups who come to learn about these alternatives. Tourism and eco-education are other aspects of the farm. Visitors to the farm can relax, take in the local natural attractions and learn about sustainable agriculture and living practices. The farm also operates an environmental school for children in the area, providing comprehensive general education along with ecological and sustainable agriculture programmes.
Volunteers may have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities including:
Work in the environmental school, maintenance or giving classes in English, art and sport.
Artwork, translating, preparation of info and materials for the school (Spanish required)
Preparation for groups of visitors (groups of farmers from different parts of the country sometimes stay overnight)