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11. Posted by Eleniki (Full Member 125 posts) 9y

Fundacion Jatun Sacha has an excellent reputation in Ecuador. I am volunteering with this organization in September. But it depends what you want to do - Jatun Sacha is concerned with the conservation of different ecological environments within Ecuador, and has many reserves and compounds around the country, in 'hotspots of bio-diversity' which range from mangrove swamp to sub-tropical pre-montane cloud forest to rain forest. But even if you volunteer in one of these places, the work is hugely diverse too. There is even the possibility to teach in community schools in these rural areas, and to combine this with conservation and environmental work. Google Jatun Sacha and you'll get their excellent website.

12. Posted by briana (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

I am currently living in Ecuador and volunteering but didnt go through a program. I dont know the costs of these programs but it seems silly to pay to volunteer. I live in a beautiful apartment (10 dollars a night) above a Spanish school and the director helped me find various places to volunteer at. He has connections with schools, hospitals, a farm, etc. I can give anyone more info if interested.

13. Posted by Eleniki (Full Member 125 posts) 9y

There are some very good paying volunteer placements though. You can be lucky and unlucky.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 21, 2007, at 11:09 AM by Eleniki ]

14. Posted by Eleniki (Full Member 125 posts) 9y

Quoting briana

I am currently living in Ecuador and volunteering but didnt go through a program. I dont know the costs of these programs but it seems silly to pay to volunteer. I live in a beautiful apartment (10 dollars a night) above a Spanish school and the director helped me find various places to volunteer at. He has connections with schools, hospitals, a farm, etc. I can give anyone more info if interested.

I understand you thinking it's silly to pay to volunteer, Briana, and at this stage you have more experience in the field than I do, but I will be paying around $1000 to live in a beautiful compound in the middle of a cloud forest for 10 weeks, bed and board (3 home-cooked meals a day) plus lecture/hikes in the jungle weekly with reserve staff, plus a carefully planned programme of volunteer work, containing many options depending on skills and interests, from planting saplings to stripping invasive species from new trees to feeding the humming birds to documenting orchid, butterfly and bird species to working in the organic vegatable garden to teaching a few hours of english to the local kids in the community school through the forest. We also get to visit an indian village community once a month, to learn about their lifetyle and integrate with them a little. I could not hope to find a fantastic programme like this without paying some administration and research fees, yet still I think my costs are not that much above what you will be paying, when you take your apartment, food and other daily expenses into account. I also like the fact that I am helping to fund a hugely worthwhile organization which helps the people of Ecuador to protect and sustain their own unique and very important environment through any fees I and other volunteers pay. I think you get what you pay for, as a general rule, and if you don't pay, it could be fine, but just not as rewarding and educational as a paying placement.

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