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Volunteer in Ecuador – Most affordable programs with IKPVA!!

Volunteer in Ecuador rescuing a rural community inside the Ecuadorian cloud forest and learn Spanish. The highly affordable 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.

Programs to Volunteer in Ecuador 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 programs to volunteer in Ecuador to choose from, including:

        • Organic farming,

        • Reforestation in the Cloud Forest,

        • Teaching English,

        • Community Development,

        • Arts & Crafts and Special projects.

        • Volunteer 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

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Volunteer in Ecuador Rescuing an Amazon Community and Learn Spanish

As a volunteer in Ecuador with Iko Poran, you can choose of a different mix of opportunities in a remote village inside the Ecuadorian cloud forest in the Andean mountains to the north of the country. Your work as a volunteer in Ecuador will help this unique rural community in order to develop their projects towards a sustainable future. During you stay, you will experience the amazing culture and learn Spanish.

Projects to Volunteer in Ecuador

As a volunteer in Ecuador, you can choose to  teach English, or work in the vegetable gardens, in the medicinal plant section. At the reforestation project in the cloud forest, you will plant trees and work at the plant nursery. There is a great opportunity to develop your artistic talents as well, at the Artisan shop, working with arts and crafts. Moreover you can plant coffee trees and pick coffee beans, hand milk cows. As an environmental volunteer in Ecuador, you can create footpaths in the cloud forest with the ecological project. As a volunteer in Ecuador, you will have a very personal experience with a flexible approach, which guarantees that different volunteering activities can be chosen and tried during their placements.
All of this is complemented by a wide range of leisure activities.
Join us for the experience of your lifetime!!

Ecuador – one of the most bio diverse countries

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.

Waterfalls in the cloud forest where our Volunteer in Ecuador program takes place


Ecuador’s Natural Gems: Amazon Rainforest, Galapagos Islands, Beautiful Beaches

Hummingbird and a flowerEcuador 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. During your free time you may visit the mystical Amazon rainforest and the Andean peaks. Moreover, the natural paradise of Galapagos Islands is not far away. Finally, you can just laze around on one of the amazing beaches on the coast.


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!



Projects to Volunteer in Ecuador

Volunteer in Ecuador works in the tree nursery together with a farmerVolunteer with Organic Farming

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 plants a tree in the field

Environmental Volunteering in Ecuador: Reforestation of the Cloud Forest

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.  Since the cloud forest and the trees within form a vital part of the life and work of the community, this reforestation 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.


Las Tolas village where our Volunteer in Ecuador program takes place
Las Tolas village where our Volunteer in Ecuador program takes place

Volunteer in Ecuador on Community Infrastructure Development

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 Teaching English

Volunteer in Ecuador with a dozen of children in front of the school

When you choose to volunteer in Ecuador teaching English, 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 as a volunteer in Ecuador, 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 you as a volunteer in Ecuador to give lessons in a playful and interactive way; this will definitely make lessons more effective.



A Volunteer in Ecuador works in the artisan shop Volunteer in Ecuador at the Artisan Shop

Volunteer at an Artisan Shop in Ecuador to help creating income for the local people. While you learn to make crafts and jewellery, you will learn about the culture and history of Ecuador. 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!



Volunteers laughing in the kitchen with cake all over their facesSpecial Projects to Volunteer in Ecuador

Many volunteers have developed special volunteer projects during their stay in this community. One volunteer in Ecuador 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.



Most Affordable Fees to Volunteer in Ecuador!

Please Note:

  • 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.

Volunteer in Ecuador Program Fees

What is included in the program fee?
  • Orientation
  • 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 the program to volunteer in Ecuador more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.

Participants in our programs to volunteer in Ecuador 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 of the Programs to Volunteer in Ecuador

Projects to volunteer 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 in Ecuador 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.


Requirements to volunteer in Ecuador

You must be at least 18 years old at the start of the placement as a volunteer in Ecuador. Exceptions can be made for under 18’s accompanied by a guardian or with a parental consent.

As a volunteer in Ecuador, you must have adequate volunteer travel insurance.


Language Requirements for Ecuador Volunteers

Knowledge of basic Spanish is desired but not a pre-requisite for your work as a volunteer in Ecuador. 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). As a volunteer in Ecuador, you can 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.



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