In search of adventurous, energetic people to help develop an ecological ecotourism construction project, Puyo, Ecuador



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  • Description


    Location: We are located about 2 hours from Puyo by bus. From puyo take the CENTINELA of the ORIENTE bus to sector of villano until the community of Chuyayaku.

    Puyo is the capital of the province of Pastaza, with approximately 62,016 inhabitants and an area of 104km2. Puyo offers rich diversity in the flora and fauna of the Amazon. It is a tourist spot for those who want to be part of nature and enjoy the tranquility of the jungle.

    Pastaza is home to several Indigenous or ancestral nationalities: SHUAR, KICHWA, WAORANI, ANDWA, SHIWIAR, ACHUARS and SAPARA, each with their own customs and histories.

    The inhabitants of Chuya Yaku focus on agriculture as their main source of livelihood, however there are other products that are cultivated by the community. It should also be noted that the majority of the produce grown is used for provision within Chuya Yaku.

    The majority of the families work in the production of coco. Others grow fiber, naranjilla, maize, cassava and other products.

    Most of the inhabitants of the community create elaborate typical handicrafts including ceramics, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings with seeds and other local materials. These products are sold locally.

    It is a topic of interest for the local population, combining the richness and biodiversity of the landscape with cultural exchange. We hope to contribute a new economic alternative for the community of Chuya Yaku by combining ecoturismo with daily agricultural activities.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Volunteers can visit indigenous communities, swim in the river, visit Puyo, walk to the jungle with people from the community and enjoy the beautiful and relaxing landscape. The main benefit is to experience an indigenous culture, the daily life of each of the locals, learn the Kichwa language, learn or improve Spanish, learn to cook local food, gain experience in the field of planting the products of the area , experience new customs and live with the forest.

  • Help


    We need people (men and women, students) who want to collaborate in the project. The daily work is 3 hours a day from Monday to Friday. In the afternoons volunteers are free to swim in fish in the nearby river. Saturdays and Sundays are free, and volunteers often visit the community during the weekends.

    The activities are agriculture: planting and harvesting crops in the area.

    The project has limited resources and there is no store nearby. Please bring your own food with you. You can buy groceries in Puyo.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Español, Kichwa

  • Accommodation


    Volunteers stay in a shared wooden family house that hosts up to 2 people with a partner. There is a kitchen with wood for cooking.

    Clean with piped water and bathe. There is no electricity available in the family project.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are sorry for the posible mistakes in the English text, we don't speak English

    sentimos los posibles errores en el texto en inglés, no hablamos inglés.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 2-3 hours a day, 5 days a week

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