2. Life in the program
The volunteer house, is located two blocks away from Puerto Lopez’s beach front. This house lodges up to 10 volunteers. It has electrical power, hot water, flushing toilets, kitchen with refrigerator, grill for BBQ, hammocks, and WiFi. The house does not have washing machines, although there is a spot to wash cloths by hand and hanging wires to dry. Also, note that there are laundromats in Puerto Lopez where you can take your dirty laundry.
The volunteer’s rooms have 2 bunkbeds, this means that there’s 4 people per room.
Sometimes volunteers will have to share rooms with volunteers from the opposite sex.
The bathrooms and showers are also shared by all the volunteers. For this reason, we ask volunteers to constantly help keep the house clean and organized. In the house there are computers that are used mainly for research activities. Nevertheless, the volunteers can make limited use of these for important personal matters.
The house at La Plata Island
There is a house in La Plata Island where staff and volunteers stay during several days at a time to carry out research activities. This house is the property of the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador. The services available in this house are basic. For example, drinking water is brought in from the mainland and there is limited electrical power. Hence, it is not possible to take a daily shower while in the island.
The program does not cover meal expenses neither in Puerto Lopez nor in La Plata Island. Nevertheless, the volunteers can make use of the stove, refrigerator, plates and other kitchen implements that are available in the houses. Also, note that we ask volunteers to refrain from consuming canned tuna while in the house. As it is well known the canned fish industry (especially tuna fisheries) causes a huge impact to the marine environment.