We are a conservation NGO conserving Ecuador's biodiversity through community sustainable development, education, research, and ecotourism for more than three decades. One of our most important activities right now is growing different aspects of our own ecotourism operation. Through our ecotourism operation we educate visitors at the same time that it provides crucial income for many of our non-profit activities such as patrolling our protected area, doing research, education, and creating local employment.
Our place offers an amazing opportunity to meet environmentally-conscious travelers from all over the world at the same time that you can share our local culture and practice your Spanish. Living at our cloud forest is living in a natural paradise blessed with some of the earth's highest biodiversity on earth, including yearly visits of the endangered and elusive Andean Spectacled Bear. Where the lodge is located we enjoy a mild warm weather year-round and don't have an incidence of tropical diseases.
We need your help hosting guests, giving wildlife presentations, organizing daily tours within the reserve and helping coordinate worker's calendars, help coordinate production of our organic garden and kitchen needs, help finish our yoga platform, and coordinate the work of other volunteers.
Help with Eco project
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
You will learn first hand what it takes to run an eco-lodge in the most biodiverse place on earth. Your teammates will be locals who are amazing bird guides, bamboo workers and cooks. Local guides know so much about local uses of plants as well as how to spot and name birds and other animals. Locals are into playing soccer (football) and ecuavolley (Ecuadorian's version of volleyball). Our guests come from all over the world and consist mostly of an environmentally friendly type of people.
We are looking preferably for couples. We would appreciate people with experience and interest in different aspects of ecotourism, including restaurant/hotel, woodwork as well as interest in teaching English to your fellow workers. There are many moments where we could use Workawayers help to: organize daily duties of the entire team, organize daily hikes and tours, help greeting our guests, help giving the briefing to our guests, run the slide presentations about wildlife to our guests right after dinner, fill out the account ledger, plan and do work in our organic garden, finish the woodwork of a yoga platform, and to create materials for natural history tours.
Volunteer travellers would join a team of at least 10 permanent local employees at the lodge and reserve, supervised by a local manager. In addition we also host students from local universities often come to do their internships with us. The permanent staff of the ecotourism operation includes: a local manager, three ladies from the community who take turns as chefs in the kitchen. When we have larger groups, we hire other members of the community to help in the kitchen. We have two permanent guides and hire other members of the community when we have larger groups. There are two permanent local employees who work in trail and general maintenance of the lodge, one lady works in housekeeping and one person works the night shift as operation assistant.
Spanish and English
Workawayers will be provided a private bedroom with shared bathrooms in the scientific station; which is a quaint wooden house with great views of the forest. Food is provided at the lodge's restaurant when there is at least one guest (most of the time). When we don't have guests, workawayers would have to cook their own meals at our lodge's kitchen. We are in a wildlife reserve in the tropics, so workawayers should not be afraid of spiders, bugs or animals in general.
Ecuador is an amazing country to know and visit. Public transportation and roads are better than most neighboring countries such as Colombia or Peru, or similar countries such as Costa Rica. Somebody said that Ecuador is a small country that summarizes the world. There are dozens of indigenous nationalities that have kept their cultures, dozens of different ecosystems from snow-capped mountains to lush virgin forests to white-sand beaches to desert areas. Of course, once in Ecuador, workawayers can also visit the Galapagos Islands. If you decide to stay at our cloud forest reserve during your time off, you can hike our trails, lay in a hammock, read a book and just rest and relax.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week