What do volunteers do?
Volunteers work in a variety of activities depending on the changing local needs. They generally work four to six hours a day. To protect the reserve, they participate in basic construction, reforestation and trail maintenance assignments. Volunteers may also be involved in organic farming initiatives. Tasks include maintaining medicinal gardens, working in tree nurseries and participating in activities like compost maintenance and seed collection. Additionally, depending on the time of year, volunteers can visit the local Quichua community to work on the agriculture, conservation and education projects the community is involved in.
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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