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South America Explore

Start your adventure with intensive Spanish lessons before heading to our animal sanctuary for a volunteer opportunity you’ll never forget. For your second project you’ll spend 3 weeks at our coastal lodge completing vital conservation work. Your weekends will be spent exploring the vast natural beauty of this stunning country. The famous South American nightlife, surfing, white water rafting, hiking, volcanoes.

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  • Program ID: #2459
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    Quito
    Ecuador
    0° 15' 49.2156" S, 78° 31' 48.9828" W
    EC

Ecuador Conservation Program

The benefits of volunteering extend to you - the volunteer, and to the local environment in Ecuador where you will serve.  Personal benefits include development of life skills, personal growth, friendship, increased self confidence, social awareness, and building independence.  An international volunteer experience will also enhance career prospects. When you volunteer with GVN, you can be assured you are helping a local grassroots organisation.

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Climate Change and Caterpillars in Ecuador

Earthwatch: Climate Change & Caterpillars in Ecuador

Explore the fascinating world of caterpillars to see how they protect themselves and respond to changes in their habitats. You'll work with Principal Investigator Dr. Lee Dyer and a team of researchers to find and collect caterpillars and their host plants. In the open-air laboratory, you'll help raise caterpillars at all stages of their life cycles and record their relationships with plants and parasites.

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  • Program ID: #2321
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  • Location:
    Quito, Ecuador Quito
    Ecuador
    0° 22' 59.9988" S, 77° 32' 60" W
    EC

Community Development in the Andes

This program located in the Andes aims to improve the quality of life of the 43 indigenous communities represented, by building a fairer, more egalitarian multi-cultural society, reducing poverty, expanding the electoral participation of local inhabitants and strengthening social organisation. Volunteers in Ecuador participate according to their fields of expertise and interests. Activities include: helping with administrative work, apiculture, hydro-technical projects, environmental education, the production and sale of traditional products including handicrafts, as well as working on organic farms and supporting teachers at local community schools.

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Amazon Animal Welfare Program in Ecuador

Based at an animal rescue and rehabilitation centre in the Amazon jungle, volunteers work in partnership with an indigenous Quichuan community. The program's mission is to rescue wild animals from unhealthy and illegal situations, such as animal-trafficking and mistreatment. The groups of animals are mainly primates, birds, and reptiles. Volunteer programs of this type in Ecuador – dedicated to animal welfare – are scarce.

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