Volunteer Vacations (1 week – several months Flexible)
CLOUD FOREST CONSERVATION
EXPLORE THE MIGHTY ANDES MOUNTAINS, LUSH, GREEN CLOUD FORESTS, AND CLOSE KNIT RURAL COMMUNITY LIFE
Program focus: cultural exchange, sustainable development & agriculture, conservation, rural community life, reforestation, rural micro-business development
Upon evening arrival into Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport, you will be met by your program coordinator, and together you will travel via private transport to a small community an hour north of Quito, nestled deep into the mountains and surrounded by volcanoes.
Volunteering in our cloud forest community is conservation focused, such as reforestation, sustainable land use, reserve trail maintenance, and helping to identify and register the highly endangered Andean Spectacled Bear are a few possible volunteer projects in which you may participate. Volunteer work is dictated by the needs of the community and the reserve and are subject to change.
During your stay in the cloud forest, you will also have the opportunity to help milk cows, feed farm animals, make cheese and organic marmalades, and make crafts out of natural and recycled materials. During your downtime you are free to hike the community’s pre-incan trails, swing off the edge of the World on a rope swing, play soccer and volleyball with the community members, and spend quality time with your host family and new friends.
The cloud forest is a breathtakingly beautiful ecosystem with dramatic mountain views, lush year round. The people who inhabit this paradise are the most kind and welcoming as can be, and this destination is a favorite with many of our travelers. You can expect to work hard, play hard, and make lifelong friends and memories.
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COAST AND TROPICAL JUNGLE
EXPLORE THE TROPICAL RAIN FORESTS, THE UNIQUE INDIGENOUS TSACHILA CULTURE AND THE PACIFIC COAST OF ECUADOR
Program focus: language and cultural exchange, sustainable development & agriculture, conservation, indigenous community customs and traditions
Genuine Adventures Traveling Abroad’s Stay & Teach Cloud Forest program is a unique and often life-changing opportunity to experience indigenous Ecuadorian life and have an authentic cultural exchange experience. Travelers are placed with an indigenous community not far from the Pacific Coast of Ecuador. This unique indigenous culture is like none other in Ecuador and only has 7 communities and only exists in the tropical forests of the Pacific Coast.
The Tsáchila indigenous nationality has less than 10,00 members and welcomes volunteers to partake in reforestation and sustainable construction. Men of this ethnic group are easily distinguishable for an elaborate head decoration that they style by shaving the temporal areas of their heads and shaping the remaining hair into a helmet-like feature with a mixture of grease and red colored achiote.
The Shinopi Cultural center consists of a volunteer cabin and several homes of Shinopi residents. Residents assist volunteers in projects such as reforestation, construction of cabins ,and agriculture. During your stay, you will learn the mythology of the Tsachila people, the shamanic rituals and the Safiki language.
When not engaging with the community, you will have the opportunity to travel to the coast of Ecuador and enjoy activities such as surfing, snorkeling and whale watching. This is truly the experience of a lifetime and the destination of dreams.
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Specialized Group Trips
GATA caters to all types of groups, many with special interests or specific goals. The following are some examples of groups trips we facilitate:
- Team building and leadership trips
- Women’s retreats
- Therapeutic trips for youth and adults with special needs
- Corporate retreats
- Alternative Spring Break service trips for University students
- Special Interest/ Sport Specific groups
- Rock Climbing
- Scuba Diving
- Latin Dance
- Rafting/ Kayaking
- High Altitude Training
- Research & Academics