We need volunteers for a Cultural Project in Puerto López, Machalilla National Park, Ecuador

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  • Description

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    Volunteering with us!
    Thank you for visiting this page — we couldn’t do any of the work we’re doing without the help of the wonderful people like you who want to donate their time!

    We offer a variety of opportunities for you to make a difference in the lives of local Ecuadorians and visitors alike by providing educational opportunities, working with ecological projects, and more. As a volunteer, you yourself will benefit also by being able to get to know local people, discover hidden talents, learn new skills, improve old ones, and practice your Spanish! Volunteers make close connections with the community here in Puerto López and leave with a sense of achievement, a new family, and a new outlook on life.

    We are selective with our volunteers, and we expect them to be professional, honest, dedicated, flexible, and overall positive. Volunteers need to be over the age of 18 and able to commit at least 15 hours a week for a period of one month. In addition, volunteers commit at least 2 hours a week helping with general household chores in addition to keeping their own rooms/areas clean. The volunteer community (which we hope you become a part of!) strives to maintain a friendly, happy, and clean home!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Other
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • Help

    Help

    Below are various ways that you can help as a volunteer; you can “mix and match” the different roles listed depending on your skills and wishes as well as the needs of the program at the time of your Puerto López stay.

    If you think you can contribute in a way that is not mentioned, please let us know and we would be happy to consider it. We are constantly changing and improving, and we always welcome new ideas!

    English Teachers
    Teach small-group English classes to children and adults; most classes are at a very basic level. Puerto López is a growing tourist destination and the ability to speak English helps locals, as many work in areas connected to the tourist industry.
    Skills needed: Fluent English speaker, some Spanish helpful; ability to work with limited resources, develop and execute lesson plans, create exercises, and think creatively.

    Language Exchange Coordinator
    Plan and execute our weekly Language Exchange meetings (“Intercambios”), which provide an opportunity to practice English and Spanish while meeting new people and learning about new cultures. All our volunteers & students, as well as locals and visitors to Puerto López, are invited to participate in our Intercambios.
    Skills needed: Some Spanish & English, experience teaching and/or with cultural exchange

    Reading Club Leader
    One of our main goals is to promote literacy in Puerto López. We have a small library with offerings for all ages, although the focus is on children. Because the concept of a “lending library” is not part of the culture here, books are only available to be read on site during the Reading Club but also are an option for children to bring home. In general, books are not widely available here. The leader helps teach library patrons how to take care of books, develop reading and comprehension skills, and learn to love reading! The leader monitors the library during club hours, maintains and organizes the books, and helps maintain and make suggestions for our Amazon Wish List.
    Skills needed: Intermediate Spanish, interest in promoting literacy & a love of reading

    Kids’ Club Leader
    Elementary school children come to Club de Niños twice a week for 90 minutes of structured reading and other learning activities, arts and crafts, games, etc. Kids’ Club leaders plan and run the activities during the club.
    Skills needed: Love for kids, energy & creativity (think camp counselor!); intermediate Spanish in order to help with the reading activity; Spanish helpful for other areas.

    Kids’ Club Assistant
    While the leaders of Kids’ club are responsible for planning the activities that week in Kids’ club, you will be responsible for assisting in the activities for that week. You may be assigned to direct a certain activity by the leader. Otherwise, your support is needed to keep everyone on track.
    Skills needed: Love for kids, energy & creativity (think camp counselor!); intermediate Spanish in order to help with the reading activity; Spanish helpful for other areas.

    Building, Yard and Garden Maintenance
    We always welcome help in maintaining and improving the building and yard/garden.
    Skills needed: Those you might be able to offer!

    Youth Club Leader
    Like Kids’ Club, there is a youth club here. The leader is responsible for planning the activities around the monthly theme and carrying out the activities with the youth. Monthly themes could include health, environment, reading, theater, art, etc… (any ideas welcome). The activities should be fun mixed with a little bit of education.
    Skills needed: Advanced Spanish, creativity, love for youth, patience.
    You may have a specific skill and idea to offer – please let us know! Examples of skills/projects offered in the past: puppet making, drama, sports, website development/editing, organization of our resource, volunteer program marketing, fundraising, music, cooking….

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Volunteers House
    -Dormitory room avaliable in the foundation

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Volunteer Fee and Donations:
    There is no cost to volunteer with us.

    In addition, donations are always welcome. We have a Wish List; the items on this list are generally not easily available in Puerto López/Ecuador, or available at a much higher cost, or of lesser quality. If you are interested in purchasing something from our wish list, due to the uncertainty of shipping things to Ecuador, please make a purchase prior to coming to Ecuador and bring the item(s) with you. You will see many smiling faces when you arrive with your gift(s)!

    Cash donations are also welcome; please contact us about the best way to do this if you are interested in making a cash donation.

    “Every donation that you leave helps a child learn to love to read.”

    How to Apply
    If interested in volunteering, please contact us via Workaway

  • A little more information

    A little more information

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

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    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    15

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    This host charges a fee

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Art projects
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