Ecuador

Amazon Community Development

Project Description

The Amazon Project takes place in and around the Amazonian town of Macas. The community hopes to develop a sustainable economic base by introducing micro enterprise tourism businesses run by local families. Volunteers wil help build an interpretive ecological trail near the school, rebuild a park impacted by recent road construction, and to create a micro enterprise tourism business for a local family.

Accommodation

Participants will stay in a local hotel four per room with all of the usual amenities and meals will be served at a local restaurant.

8 Day Project Schedule

  • Day 1 Arrive Quito Ecuador
  • Day 2 - 6 Volunteer Project
  • Day 7 Recreation Day
  • Day 8 Depart Quito Ecuador

Rest and Recreation

Participants will explore the feasibility and logistical challenges of developing a mountain biking micro enterprise opportunity for a local family. The recreation day will be spent mountain biking from the Atillo Lakes in the highlands down through the Amazon Rainforest to MaCAS.

Project Service Fee

The One Week Project Service Fee is $885.00 per person. This includes all in country transportation, insurance, accommodations, meals, bilingual guide, tools and equipment, project coordination, mid program recreation activities. (International airfare is not included.)

Space Is Limited

Fill out and return a Group Signup Form to reserve your space


 Congal Ecology and Community Development

The Congal Reserve was created in 2000 and is located in southwestern Esmeraldas province, close to the town of Muisne. The Congal Reserve features beach, estuarine, mangrove, wetlands and humid tropical forest habitats which account for the regions high biodiversity and local endemism. Congal is part of the Mangrove Wild Life Refugee of Muisne and is in the buffer zone of the Mache Chindul National Ecology Reserve. The Reserve influences over 500 hundred hectares of publicly owned mangroves and was the first mangrove reserve of it kind created in the Muisne area.

Program Description

Volunteers will be able to participate in projects including mangrove and tropical humid forest restoration, marine conservation, community outreach and direct involvement, management of aquaculture and forestry systems, organic farming, biological inventories and maintenance of Reserve facilities. The raising of terrestrial and aquatic wildlife species is one of the main projects being developed at Congal. It includes land crabs, agouti, fish, clam species and organic shrimp, and in the future green iguana hatchlings. Since October 2004, the Reserve is carrying out a sea turtle monitoring program in order to determine their conservation status.

Accommodation

The Congal accommodations have

  • Safe and clean sleeping areas (2-4 per room)
  • Clean and functional bathroom facilities
  • Showers
  • Sanitary food services (excellent seafood)
  • Access to medical support
  • Onsite communications
  • Electricity
  • Fresh water

8 Day Program Schedule

  • Day 1 Arrive Quito
  • Day 2 - 6 Volunteer Project
  • Day 7 Recreation Activities
  • Day 8 Return to USA

Rest and Recreation

The project is located on what is one of Ecuador's most beautiful beaches and provides ample opportunities for a variety of beach activities such as snorkeling and boogie boarding. Other possible activities include rainforest hiking, rafting, and horseback riding. Costs for all mid program recreational activities are included in the project fee.

Project Service Fee

The One Week Project Service Fee is $885.00 per person. This includes all in country transportation, insurance, accommodations, meals, bilingual guide, tools and equipment, project coordination, mid project recreation activities. (International airfare is not included)

 Space Is Limited

Fill out and return a Group Signup Form to reserve your space