What do volunteers do?
Volunteers work in a variety of activities depending on the changing local needs. They work four to six hours a day. To maintain and protect the reserve, they participate in basic construction, reforestation and trail maintenance assignments. Volunteers are also involved in organic farming initiatives to amplify the self-sustainability of the reserve. Tasks include maintaining medicinal gardens, working in tree nurseries, feeding chickens and pigs and participating in activities like compost maintenance and seed collection. Additionally, depending on the time of year, volunteers visit the local Quichua community to serve on agriculture and conservation projects the community is involved in. There is also a possibility to teach English in a nearby elementary school. The children are 6 to 12 years old and depending on the time of year volunteers generally go once or twice a week.
1. This description is intended only as a broad overview of the work. There is no typical day or script to follow. Remember, volunteers are serving in the developing world where conditions can change in an instant. Being flexible, open and able think on your feet are crucial characteristics of a good international volunteer. It is each volunteer’s role to fit in with their project and not the other way around. We expect volunteers to contribute wherever the need arises, even if it means being involved in activities they were not expecting to work in. Being able to adapt, adjust and fit in is challenging, but also what makes international volunteering so special.
2. Volunteers must attend a 15 to 30 minute check-in in Quito on the Sunday prior to their placement beginning on Monday. Volunteers leave by bus for the reserve on Monday morning and arrive at the reserve in the afternoon or evening. In the Preparation Booklet that volunteers receive when they sign up, we provide all the details about arriving in Quito and then travelling to the reserve.
3. Prior to arrival, volunteers must provide a police background check. Without it, volunteers will not be allowed on the project.
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