|My-Quito.com : eco
tourism in Ecuador
- Gap Adventures South America
- Eco Tourism and Volunteer Work
- In many ways Ecuador is the
ideal place to work in nature conservation, combining huge bio-diversity
with indigenous communities. Choose your project according to
your interests and do take up references first. A few of the
opportunities are free, many not. Volunteering is likely to be
more expensive on the Galapagos, and you will have to add the
cost of getting there and Island Tax.
- For readers accounts on volunteering,
it is worth looking through the trip reports at South American Explorers.
- James worked with Jatun
Sacha on restoring shrimp farms at Bunche near Muisne during
in his gap year -read more on his blog.
As you can see, it was a tough time!
Bear Conservation Project
-monitoring and protecting the rare spectacled bears of Ecuador.
Volunteer opportunities. Loads of info about these beautiful
Ecuatoriana de Ecoturismo
-ASEC fue fundada en 1991, por un grupo de empresarios, conservacionistas
y catedráticos con una clara visión del desarrollo
de la actividad en Ecuador y en el mundo. La misión de
ASEC es: Promover la Armonía entre el Turismo, la conservación
y la sociedad.
- Ceiba -Foundation for Tropical Conservation
-run the El Pahuma Orchid Reserve and the Lalo loor Dry Forest
Survival Fund (CSF) -a
non-profit organization dedicated to the survival of the Cofan
indigenous culture and its rainforest environment.
- CRACYP -Rural Reforestation and Progress Network
Corporation -a not for profit organisation that facilitates reforestation
and sustainable rural development in communities in the foothills
of the Western Andes in Ecuador. On their companion site, www.farmstaysecuador.org,
tahey offer homestays with local families.
- Eco Volunteer Up
-non-profit organization run a group of Ecuadorians who work
with volunteers on forestry conservation, and supporting rural
- Ecuador Volunteer.com -Tandachina, is a non-profit organization that
offers volunteer work opportunities abroad in social, environment,
educational and community areas around Ecuador.
Natura -La Fundación
Ecuatoriana para la Protección y Conservación de
la Naturaleza, NATURA, es una organización no gubernamental,
sin fines de lucro y de asociación voluntaria, creada
el 25 de julio de 1978 para la conservación del ambiente.
This is the most significant Ecuadorian organization working
in this field.
- Global Vision -volunteer for expeditions, conservation projects
and TEFL with this UK/USA charitable trust.
Sacha -a nonprofit private
Ecuadorian nongovernmental organization dedicated to the conservation,
investigation, management of ecologically important habitats,
and environmental education and community development. Volunteer
to work on biodiversity conservation at one of a number of biological
stations in Ecuador.
- New Era Galapagos
-volunteer with projects on the Galapagos Islands -NEGF is based
in San Cristobal and was started in 1996 by a partnership of
resident conservationists and volunteer American English teachers.
Blanca Ecotourism Project
-community-run ecotourism -nature-based, minimal impact, educational
eco-tours provided by local people near San Luis de Pombil.
-nine Quichua-Communities in the Sumaco Biosphere Reserve on
the Upper Río Napo offering an eco-tourism program and
possibilities for cultural exchange.
Muchacho -Guacamayo Bahía
tours is a tour agency in Bahía de Caráquez which
is dedicated to Responsible tourism, and environmental work.
Tupari - Unión
de Organizaciones Campesinas de Cotacachi (UNORCAC) is an organization
representing the rural and indigenous people in the canton of
Cotacachi. They offer tours and trekking, staying in native lodges
in Imbabura Province.
Sacha Foundation - Sinchi
Sacha means "Powerful Jungle" in the native quichua
language. Sinchi Sacha Foundation is a non-profit NGO interested
in the sustainable development of society through the promotion
of handicraft production, eco-tourism projects with a communal
component, environmental education and the empowerment of the
- Volunteer Abroad -volunteer programme offers the opportunity to
teach and nurture children in Quito.
- Volunteer Ecuador
-new horizons volunteer program -in operation since 1997, they
help integrate local Ecuadorian help organizations with volunteers
- Yachana -Marc is a Professor of History, Division
of Social Science at Truman State University and has written
widely on the social history of Ecuador -extensive information
on native peoples of Ecuador.
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