1. Program overview
You will be collaborating with our partner a local NGO, which provides tools and resources to indigenous communities and farmers’ associations in order to work towards their vision of sustainable development in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Their work encompasses two core areas: community development and environmental management. This volunteer placement offers a unique combination of environmental, social, and business areas that allow volunteers to receive a unique experience and participate in a diverse range of activities. Doing so helps support the growth of this budding social enterprise that’s centered on the sustainable harvest of Guayusa – a very important plant for the kichwa culture of the rainforest. It is used as tea by the native people of the Rainforest of Ecuador and has interesting spiritual connotations.
From trekking into the depths of the jungle to harvest guayusa leaves, to working alongside our technicians and engineers to develop and understand new agroforestry methods of growing guayusa, to participating in cultural exchange events and guayusa tea ceremonies, volunteers will experience first-hand the breadth of a trend setting international NGO and the indigenous Kichwa culture. Additionally, volunteers will also have the opportunity to develop their own research projects.
- Minimum time commitment: 2 weeks
- Spanish level recommended: Beginner or no Spanish