Team up with an Ecuadorian NGO to reactivate and mobilize a rural community in the secret foothills of Loja, Ecuador



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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

 Min stay requested: at least 1 month

  • Description


    The team , welcomes you in to the life and times of this rural community seeking to reactivate their activities and renovate their outreach through the second half of 2021.

    We invite the international community to join us in these time of social and economic reactivation in the community of El Tambo. We are registered with the ministry of social and Economic Inclusion Registered in 2019 , however active for the past 20 years in events , engagements activities for Elders , women, children and farmers.
    Our organization is making our first unified effort to receive and engage with the international community to solve global issues together , with love , consciousness, and strategic skilled collaboration in order to preserve and develop the interest of the coming generation and the regeneration of our planets natural life cycles.

    El Tambo is located In the secret foothills between Malacatos and vilcabamba , this Parroquia , lost in time between the prehispanic trade route of the Incan andes between endless valley of farms , caves, waterfalls and clean fresh air. The community is ready to share their hidden treasures , with you.

    Below are the following Programs we are opening now for qualified candidates,

    Considerations before continuing

    1. A Moderate to advanced level Spanish competency is recommended for the professionals who will be actively engaging with the community of El Tambo.
    2. The candidates C.V. and Cover letter send along to the associations email. ( will be provided upon inquiry )
    3. The families in El Tambo have never before been engaged with by international professionals , They will receive you with great kindness and consideration. They are hoping for an alliance to form and work together for their growth and outreach for a greater and united future for their family´s. Your service will be very warmly received and considered on their behalf.
    4. Goals are impact oriented and Data Driven , Qualitative and quantitative experience is favored to aggregate consistent growth and monitored development directly alongside community goals.
    5. You will be treated as interns within our organization , If you are in University , you will qualify for college credits , and at the end of your stay you will receive a Certification for your service with the organization.
    6. Minimum stay is 3 months.
    7. Prepare for a life changing experience.

    The Following Programs have been selected by the organizations committee on

    Traditional Culinary Arts Program

    Here you will dive in to the food culture of rural Loja, aiding in the empowerment of a young mother led restaurant between vilcabamba and Catamayo.

    There is a Culinary sub culture in El Tambo , We invite a chef or Culinary arts professional to accompany and share experiences and recipes to add to the value proposition the restaurant Antojitos Criollos .

    There will be opportunities to Diversify the menu and host online workshops along with the chef´s of El Tambo.

    Introduce Vegetarian , nutrient dense plates and dishes that transition diets into healthier , more conscious diets

    Developing new pastry recipes for the city´s baker who is also the vice president of the Human Rights organization.

    Education and Youth Engagement

    You will be focused on Women and youth engagement to establish workshop programs around empowerment and support structures for women in the communities. Our local Experts will be able to work with you specifically in active immersion to mobilize change initiatives in the community.

    Youth Engagement initiatives are oriented in the establishment of a skill and virtue based academies that leverage the culture and teach skillets that can benefit and interweave the demographics of the community in a harmonious and constructive way.

    Social Workers

    Social Workers with specific Skillets and specializations are welcome to join us.


    Active Engagement with the community´s agricultural committee , Developing medium andm lonmgm terms solutions for regenerative agricultural practices with activities such as
    Seed Banking
    Soil Health
    Chemical and Fertilizer Transition program
    Water infrastructure and Distribution strategies and technologies
    Clean and regenerative Energy

    Assist into the promotion and tecnification of an Organic Fruit forest.
    The "hard" work on this project is done , over 80 varieties of plants fruits and vegetables , two functioning vapor and sauna baths specially engineered for medicinal plants and herb cleanses.
    the farm needs now a management plan , tecnifying a soil program for a circular waste management system with the guinea pigs hamsters , chickens and tilapias.
    Mangos coconuts , pomagranats sugar cane , multiple varieties of citrus , all now in harvest and full spring

    Barebones Tourism

    In this Program you will stay with the president of one of the 42 barrios in the Parroquia of El Tambo , with Manuel his wife Yolanda and his 3 kids , on their farmstead on the top of the mountain.
    You will be in charge of preparing Eco trails that lead to never before seen waterfalls in which we will be introducing for reforestation and Forest Regeneration program in the winter.
    you are encouraged to engage with the barrio as there has been very little contact in this part of Ecuador.

    This program is for people who are looking for an engaging experience where they will be far away from the city , but WILL have cell service which can connect for WhatsApp and basic connectivity.

    There is also another Series of Waterfalls to create publicity and natural trails through.

    Public Relations

    This Program is for professionals wanting to get involved deeply with the evolution and trajectory of the community , interviewing and generating content to bring greater opportunities to these forgotten communities , many times struggling to stay afloat, we want to empower autonomy and independence.

    We are looking forward to hearing from you

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Here in the community they will be in a rural integration with the native community here. It is recommended that you have medium to high Spanish proficiency. You will have the opportunity to live an alternative life in a place where the mountains are lost in time , waterfalls with healing properties and elders with much sacred knowledge to share.

    there is something for everyone here , we want to introduce this program to a few lucky people who can receive a raw and exciting welcome in to a never before immersed community.

    Welcome !

  • Help


    We encourage any candidates looking to focus on any of the UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS to please specify a project of contribution they beleive they can add to the progression and well being of the barrios here in el Tambo.

    We are a group of professionals who are supporting on the ground and internationally for the transparency and justice for the rights of People in latin America and are always open to connect with passionate individuals with experience looking to lead from behind and empower unity peace and prosperity in the smallest of actions.

    Especially reach out if you work of have experience in water distribution and infrastructure , Enviornmental sciences , datacollections, computer sciences , journalism , civil affairs , humanitarian work , agriculture - regenerative soil science.biologist or enviornmental engineers who are interested in data collections in our microclimate as well.

    We are encouraging applications from families with children to exchange the education of young people in the community,

    also young professionals who wish to put their profession into practice by a certificate from our association registered in the ministry of inclusion and social economy

    Also parents or retired people who wish to attend or lead trainings for farmers and community members.

    Volunteers capable of giving workshops for rural farmers are encourage to apply.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange

  • Accommodation


    A room or an independent house, with a desk, please specify your type of food to be able to notify the community restaurant to be able to attend to your food needs, there is also a store in the community.
    With the pandemic you are encouraged to be safe and careful minimizing your outing to the local cities. you are close to the airport of catamayo,
    along with the more well known communities of malacatos and vilcabamba.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Please Reach out if you are a digital nomad with interest in our program

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 398717198499