You must be able to speak English, Spanish.
When Can You Start?
You can start as soon as possible and stay for 1¾ month to 11 months
Description and Impact
Immerse yourselve in the amazon rainforest and Kichwa culture and use your skills to contribute to an integrative project for indigenous development as well as rainforest protection.
We are currently in the first phase of the project, which consists of preparing a solid base for all
future development of the institute. This includes: building a house for volunteers and its
warehouse, working together as the institute main gate, and walkway to the institute.
A detailed project of the house has been drawn, the building site has been cleaned up, materials and tools are being collected and timber is getting cut. Construction has started in June 2015.
Upcoming phases are designing the institute master plan, designing and building the walkway, designing the first and main buildings of the institute.
You will primarily be focused on follow up with the construction on site according to the project, depending on the current priorities and agenda, designing the main building of the institute and the walkway. All roles will require that this individual communicate and collaborate with local workers and other volunteers, keep updating regularly the local project leader, project manager and project architect/design team on construction progress, issues and on-site changes. Remotely, this may require images and text or Internet calls (internet is available on site). Other tasks may include ordering of required building materials and supplies, on-site solving of construction details, travelling to town (3 hours journey with motorized canoe) and manual work on site.
Within the current phase of the project there are three main outcomes:
- finishing the first building
- preparing a masterplan
- design of walkway and main institute building (depending on time of stay)
Additional Useful Skills
We Provide These Local Benefits
- Learning Opportunity
- Good For Groups
Before the main structure and roof will be erected, volunteers will live in a tent on site (provided with cooker and rain tarp) or, if the number of volunteer is low enough, they can be hosted in a nearby house. Later, they will live in the volunteer house during completion. Living conditions are rough compared to western standards and hygienic standards will be quite limited, especially in the early first phase as there wont be toilets, bathrooms or running water. Drinking water comes usually from rainwater or wells depending on the season, and can be filtered on site. Proximity to the Napo River make it easy for cloth washing and daily baths. Volunteers will pay for their own food supplies that can be bought in the closest town (In Coca, 3 hours by canoe) or at Saturday markets (In Providencia, 1 hour by canoe). Some food can also be found locally and bought from people of the community.
You will be able to experience the indigenous kichwa culture at first hand and live immersed in the Amazon rainforest. You have the possibility to get to know about their traditions as well as challenges within it changing environment. You will be able to use your skills to find solutions within a very different context to your day to day life. You will have the unique possibility to live back to basics, which will touch you in several ways.
You can learn about traditional technics, traditional medicines as well as get confronted with the western lifestyle influence.
You can book individual tours throughout the region with local guides to get to know more of the rainforest. Also Ecuador offers a great travel experience from the Andes to the Galapagos.