Volunteer Needed in Surf, Yoga, Spanish School and an organic cafe in Ecuador



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    At the moment we have put the volunteer program on the cafe on hold as we are making internal changes. We are still working with volunteers for a our children's school. At the moment we are full but we are accepting resumes in April for the 20219/2020 school year.

    It is about living in the moment, moving forward and enjoying who and where you are, reconnecting your mind, body and soul. We have created a space where people can come together not only for abroad but also in the community.

    Along with offering surf classes and rentals, yoga classes and workshops, Spanish classes we also have a small cafe that offers, desserts, speciality coffees, juices, tea. We are trying to provide different services not taking away from any other locals business but contributing to the overall growth of the community. We don't have rooms which allows us to work with every business in town and more equally importantly gives us our evenings free.

    We have one yoga class 7 days a week 9am-10:30. We also offer private classes and these are usually done in the evenings.

    During the remainder of our day we have Spanish classes from 11-5. At the moment we have 10 local teachers who work on contract for us. The cafe is open 10:30-7 as well. Surf classes occur depending on tide and swell. At the moment we have one permanent surf instructor along with my husband but in the high season we had up to 3 teachers working at one time.

    Owners Profile
    We are a family with small children 6 and 3, we have 3 cats and 1 dog. My husband and I are originally from Canada but have been living in Ecuador for over 10 years. The school has been open since 2010 and each year it gets better and better. We have a great team and are always looking for ways to learn and grow.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are hoping people leave this experience with an appreciation on how fortunate we are, in first world countries. Also that you really don't need a lot to find happiness.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help


    We are looking for volunteers you are easy going, easily adaptable, can multi task and are looking to experience what it is to live and be apart of a Ecuadorian community.

    At any given time we have one available. We can accommodate couples.

    You will be a part of our day to day operations. Also included is help with Social Media. The shifts are 5hr per day 5 days a week. We encourage our volunteers to take advantage of all of our services.
    Another part of of the positions is help in the garden, help with organize events for the kids surf club and we also are involved in twice a month surf days for local disabled children and encourage our volunteers to be apart of it. We are also always looking for further ways to help the community.

    In exchange you will have accommodations, free yoga classes and surf classes and surf board (when the teacher and boards are available), as well as bike to travel around town and discounts in the cafe. Your accommodation is a three bedroom house which you will be sharing with our yoga teacher and another volunteer it has with wifi and hot water. We look for a minimum of 2 month commitment no exceptions. We require basic Spanish as you will be volunteering with our local staff in Spanish.

    We have just recently opened a children's school, it is an alternative school based on a mix of waldorf principles and child based learning or inquire based learning. The curriculm is in english. The school day is Monday to Friday 8:30 to 12:30 with a weekly 1 hr meeting every friday. Our school year is from September to the June. We are looking for 2 full time teachers for the full school year. We are looking for a volunteer that has experience teaching children whether this is in a traditional classroom setting or something less traditional. We would love the volunteer to have experience teaching yoga as we incorporate pranayamas, mantras and asanas in the classroom. Our curriculum uses art, music, dance, surf and lots and lots of fun. If you are interested please send your CV to rootsandwingsayampe@gmail.com. This is a paid exchange.

    We are looking for open minded individuals who are looking for a change of pace. We love if our volunteers are interested in yoga or surf and will do all we can to help them to improve. We left our life in Canada for a more positive, peaceful way of life, we are not looking for drama or negativity. If you are happy, open, love to bake and are easy going then this is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Mainly English but basic Spanish is required

  • Accommodation


    A two bedroom house it has with wifi, full kitchen and hot water

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Ayampe beach is a beautiful spot which has great surf conditions with a spectacular backdrop of Los Ahorcados islet. From the hills overlooking the beach you can enjoy fabulous ocean views and picturesque postcard sunsets.

    The beach is right on the edge of lush tropical forest. In addition to surf, spanish and yoga classes there is a great variety of activities in the area:

    • Horseback tours (beach and jungle)
    • Parque Machalilla
    • Los Frailes
    • Scuba Diving, Snorkel tours
    • Whale watching (June thru October)
    • Coastal Jungle Hikes (Rio Ayampe)
    • Jocotoco Reserve
    • Surf Tours
    • Paragliding
    • Fishing tours
    • Agua Blanca sulphur pools
    • Kayaking
    • Bike Rentals
    • Salsa Classes
    • Reiki Courses & Massage

    Ayampe is well located between the surf mecca of Montanita, and the tour mecca of Puerto Lopez. Ayampe attracts those who want access to activities, but also appreciate tranquility.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    4.5 hours a day 5 days a week

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