Volunteer in Ecuador – Most affordable programs with Iko Poran!!
Volunteer in Ecuador in a rural community inside the Amazon rainforest. The volunteer programs range from ecological volunteer work, including organic farming and reforestation, community infrastructure projects to teaching English and the work in an Artisan shop.
At a glance:
Location: Rural community inside the Amazon rainforest
Available all year round
Arrival dates of the volunteer programs: 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month
Many volunteer programs to choose from, including organic farming, re-florestation, teach English, Community Development, Arts & Crafts and Special projects. Programs may be combined.
Accommodation: home stays – all meals included
Program fee includes: orientation, accommodation, 3 meals per day, placement, and 24×7 support
Program fees starting at only $150 for 1 week
No transfer fees on top
Wide range of volunteer programs to match all skills & interests
Volunteer in Ecuador – Overview
This charming country is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the World and offers some of the greatest wonders of nature. It is a very inexpensive country with great food and friendly people. Actually, Ecuadorians are the nation’s greatest treasure: kind, warm-hearted, tranquil and generous.
Ecuador’s Natural Gems: Amazon Rainforest, Galapagos Islands, Beautiful Beaches
Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in South America, which makes it very easy to travel around, and it has everything one would expect from a country. In your free time you may visit the mystical Amazon rainforest; the Andean peaks; the natural paradise of Galapagos Islands; or just laze around on one of the amazing beaches on the coast.
Volunteer Work in Ecuador
With our Iko Poran Volunteer in Ecuador program you have the chance to help a unique rural community to develop their projects towards a sustainable future while experiencing an amazing culture and language.
Volunteer Opportunities in Ecuador
Volunteers have the opportunity to teach English, work in the vegetable gardens, in the medicinal plant section, plant trees as part of the re-forestation project, work in the plant nursery, work in the craft workshop, plant coffee trees and pick coffee beans, hand milk cows, create footpaths in the cloud forest, and much more. Volunteers have a very personal experience with a flexible approach, which guarantees that different volunteering activities can be chosen and tried during their placements.
Leisure Activities in Ecuador
This is complemented by a wide range of leisure activities for the free time, such as: horse riding, bird watching, swim in rivers and waterfalls, visit the museum and enjoy the stunning cloud forests.
Join us for the experience of your lifetime!
Volunteer projects in Ecuador
In addition to everyday family opportunities in town such as feeding animals, hand-milking cows, cultivating vegetables in the organic community farm and weeding gardens, working in the plant nursery, creating footpaths in the cloud forest, the community has several specialised farming volunteer opportunities.
Volunteer in Ecuador in a project with a long lasting positive result. The community have been asked by the local government to plant and grow 20,000 trees to use for re-forestation work across the region. Alongside this, the community group have also come together and bought a piece of land, where they would like to plant coffee plants and trees to grow and use for re-forestation work in the area. The cloud forest and the trees within them form a vital part of the life and work of the community and this re-forestation project will make a big difference. The community would love volunteer assistance to contribute towards this important project and to the community for years to come.
Through this project you can really change a lot on the community’s life conditions. Iko Poran volunteers should be creative and have a lot of energy since there is a wide range of projects they can help with: improving farm lands, improving housing conditions, building infrastructure, helping with community education, etc. You can leave you mark in the community. You really are the one to decide what you would live more – and believe us, they will be thankful forever!
Volunteer in Ecuador in our teaching project. As a volunteer, you will have the chance to change individual path of life. Learning English will make it much easier for children and adults to work with tourists and also other volunteers. Many people in the community are interested, or already in the process of learning English. So you can offer them private or community lessons.
The local school is also open for you to teach the language and help with other educational subjects. Most of all, it is extremely important to give them attention and affection while teaching as this is what they need the most. We suggest Iko Poran volunteers to give lessons in a playful and interactive way; this will definitely make lessons more effective.
A catalyst for change in the community the “taller” was the first group to consciously create an environmentally sustainable source of income in the community, more than 10 years ago. Mariana and Renee now sell modern and traditional jewellery and crafts made from seeds and other materials that they sustainably grow and harvest in the cloud forest.
As an Iko Poran volunteer in Ecuador participant you will work in their shop and learn to make crafts and jewellery, as well as the history of reforestation efforts in the community, and the indigenous story of the Yumbo people. If you are an artsy, want to help a low-income community and be close to their culture, this is a perfect match for you to do all of this and be immersed in a new culture and language!
Many volunteers have developed special volunteer projects during their stay in this community. One volunteer learned to cook Ecuadorian cuisine with the town’s Chef Hermenia. When she returned to her country she held a benefit dinner featuring Ecuadorian cuisine. With the proceeds she bought a tank of water to the entire community and made a big positive impact in the lives of all inhabitants.
We are open to any new ideas and suggestions to utilise your special talents or interests.
Affordable Volunteering in Ecuador – Program Fees
- The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
- All of the projects incur a registration fee of US$ 199.00 on top of the program fee.
What is included in the program fee?
- Accommodation for all projects
- 3 meals per day
- Support from local staff & Program supervision
- In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay
- In-country administration costs
- Donation to support the local project
There are no hidden costs. These projects are the most affordable to volunteer in Ecuador.
Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making volunteering abroad more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.
Participants in our Ecuador programs normally find US$ 20 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country.
The program fee should be paid to the host country and it is due 30 days before the project start date.
Please bring small bills to the community; it is hard to find change sometimes.
Volunteer in Ecuador – Project details
The project is in a rural community set in the beautiful Ecuadorian cloud forest in the Andean mountains to the north of Ecuador. It is 2,5 hours by bus from Quito, Ecuador’s capital.
Brimming with exciting activities for adventurous travellers, a variety of important volunteer and learning opportunities, and a community grassroots reforestation program. It is a trend-setting community, deeply rooted in the traditions of its Yumbo ancestors.
Accommodation & Meals
You are provided with a private room and three traditional Ecuadorian meals per day. The village is centred around a street, which runs through the middle and most of the homestays will be around this and the centre of the village, within a 5 minute walk. During your homestay you will experience the tranquillity and kindness of Ecuadorian lifestyle, culture and cuisine. We can cater for vegetarians and other dietary requirements.
Start & Duration
Projects in Ecuador start on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month.
The bus from Quito to the community departs at 5:00pm everyday and the community together with host families greet volunteers when they arrive. You usually arrive in Quito over the weekend to get the bus on Saturdays or Sundays. You can choose to volunteer from 1 to 12 weeks.
Orientation takes place on Monday, or on the next day after the arrival if you arrive in a different day.
You must be at least 18 years old at the start of the placement. Exceptions can be made for under 18’s accompanied by a guardian or with a parental consent.
All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance.
Language Requirements for Ecuador Volunteers
Knowledge of basic Spanish is desired but not a pre-requisite. You will already learn a lot staying with a local family, but if you would like to speed up your learning, we recommend that you take advantage of a very affordable Spanish course taught by a lady from the community: only U$ 5 per hour.
Ecuador has quickly become the safest country in Latin America (South and Central America). You feel totally safe and confident to explore the country.
The community is perfectly safe, but when in Quito you should take some precautions and be careful with your possessions.