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We now have a new offer that will allow visitors to experience the best of both worlds in only two weeks. Do our Summer Volunteer Program Abroad with a two-week break on your hands, you can come to Ecuador and spend the first week volunteering and the second week visiting key attractions, and exploring the rich culture and many landscapes of Ecuador, from dense Amazon jungle to the volcanic peaks of the Andes. Or, if you would like to volunteer for a longer period in Ecuador, you can extend your stay in the volunteer program and take part in Volunteer-Ecuadorian expeditions at the same time.
The Amazon: Travel by canoe with your guide on one of the vast rivers of the Ecuadorian jungle. Explore trails covered with lush and diverse vegetation and learn about some of the flora and fauna unique to this region.
Share the customs and traditions of some of the jungle cultures such as the huaorani or tagaeri people. You can join night walks to watch the caimans, fish for piranhas or participate in a shamanic ritual with the indigenous people. Your trip to the jungle will be an unforgettable experience.
The Coast: Besides being one of the most important ports of the country, the province of Esmeraldas also boasts mangroves, exotic islands, some of the best beaches in Ecuador and, best of all for beachgoers, the warm water of the Pacific Ocean. The Choco bioregion is known for its incredible plant and animal biodiversity. You will know the Afro-Esmeraldas culture, swim and taste the best food in Esmeraldas beaches.
The Andes: At 19,347 feet, Cotopaxi is the world’s highest active volcano, and once you’ve seen this snow-capped wonder you will never forget it. South of Cotopaxi, at the foot of the fearsome volcano called Tungurahua, is the city of baths, or Baños. Baños is a paradise for nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, photographers and, of course, bathers! Immerse yourself in this striking landscape and enjoy horseback riding, rafting or mountain biking. Another Andes town, Papallacta, is famous for its natural hot springs. This is an idyllic place to relax, surrounded by the stunning scenery of steep green hillsides and towering mountains. Finally, no visit to the Andes is complete without a trip to Otavalo, the largest indigenous handicraft market in South America where you can browse, bargain and buy items from the locals.
The first Summer Volunteer Program Abroad group will run from July 17th to July 31st, 2014.
The second Volunteer-Ecuadorian summer expedition group will run from August 7th to August 21st, 2014.
(You can also take part of the program any month of the year with minimum two participants).
Program Fee: Summer Volunteer – Ecuadorian short term expeditions (2 weeks) US$ 790
Included: Orientation and support during the time you are volunteering and on expeditions, pick up airport, seven days of volunteer work, seven days of trips, transport (for the 7 days of the trip), three meals per day, accommodations, rafting, and entrance fees to parks.