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Ecuador Organic Farm & Reforestation

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Ecuador Organic Farm & Reforestation

Assist by working in the organic fruit and vegetable gardens, take care and manage the animals and work in the tree nursery and with the reforestation projects.

Prices from $1,195

Ecuador is a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America. Despite its diminutive size, it is bursting with vibrant culture, mesmerising landscapes, exotic tropical wildlife and pristine habitats. It encompasses the all-consuming emerald Amazon, rich in natural resources and home to a wealth of fascinating creatures. Ecuador has a picture-perfect capital painted in pastel colours, alive with cafés, clubs, bars, churches and museums. Markets where friendly locals sell their wares are surrounded by the hustle and bustle of traditional street life. In contrast, the peaceful and serene Andes provide a home for indigenous mountain communities and enigmatic mountain creatures alike. This captivating country contains a culture that is expressed in an abundance of wholesome and delicious cuisine, diverse musical forms and colourful festivals that will enliven your senses. Whilst it is one of South America's tiniest countries, it has everything you could possibly want, including stretches of white sand beaches, expansive plains, steamy jungles and spectacular mountains. All this and more is waiting to be discovered on your spectacular Ecuadorian adventure!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America
  • Work on an organic farm in the stunning northern Andes
  • Immerse yourself in a new & exciting culture

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Basic Spanish recommended

FAST FACTS

Location Ecuador
Activities Working in the organic fruit & vegetable gardens
Taking care & managing animals
Working in the tree nursery
Working with the reforestation projects
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Shared volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment and visa advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Food
Airport pick-up
Ground transfer to project site
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

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 work and learn on an organic farm and reforestation project in the northern Andes. The cultivation of thousands of native trees provides the means for the communities to undertake essential reforestation activities, as well as develop sustainable agriculture projects as alternatives to environmentally destructive agriculture and industrial practices. Reforestation projects assist in the control of erosion, improving water supply and soil quality, and bring important biodiversity back to the region. The reforested areas have the capacity to neutralise or absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide, one of the greenhouse gases contributing to global warming and climate change. This project also operates as an organic farm, cultivating fruit and vegetable and livestock, and testing out and employing methods of sustainable agriculture.

Volunteers are essential to the success of this project. Volunteers assist by working in the organic fruit and vegetable gardens, taking care and managing animals and working in the tree nursery and with the reforestation projects. Whilst undertaking this work, volunteers learn about organic agriculture, agro-forestry, animal management (cows, pigs, llamas, guinea pigs etc.) and the conservation of native forests.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You'll fly into Quito where you’ll be met by the friendly in-country project staff. After acclimatising and receiving orientation you will be transferred to your project location, 1.5 hours north of Quito in the Andes.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will stay in a comfortable shared volunteer house at the farm. The house has basic facilities and is located close to where you will be working.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three meals a day based on freshly harvested organic vegetables grown in the garden. Your diet will consist of a variety of nutritious and delicious local dishes. Vegetarians will delight in the varieties of rice and bean combinations that are available!

Ten Most Recent Reviews for This Project

A highly recommended and rewarding experience  | 11 Jul 2018
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A real farming Experience  | 17 Jun 2018
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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers are welcome to explore this fascinating region, where bars, open-air restaurants, cafés, museums, and famous monuments are in plenty! A range of cultural and adventure trips can be arranged, talk to your hosts and book these directly and help to support the local community.

COSTS

2 weeks $1,195

Extra week $345

DEPARTURE DATES

Monthly (please arrive on the first Monday)

This project is not available on the following dates in 2017:

New Year: 2 January

Carnaval: 27-28 February

Good Friday: 14 April 

Labor Day: 1 May

Battle of Pichincha: 26 May

Indedpendence Day: 11 August

Guayaquil Independence Day: 9 October

Day of the Dead: 2 November

Cuenca Independence Day: 3 November

Christmas: 25 December

DURATION

You can join this for a minimum of 2 weeks

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfer to project site
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Quito (UIO)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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