EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE RECONSTRUCTION
PACIFIC COAST Manabí Epicenter
Manta is located in the province of Manabi, on the Pacific coast. The port city of Manta, population approximately 218,000 people, is known for its tuna fishing industry. Manta is visited annually by domestic and foreign tourists for its magnificent beaches, located in the heart of the city.
On April 16, 2016, Manta was tragically affected by one of the greatest disasters in the history of Ecuador. The 7.8 earthquake caused catastrophic damage throughout the province.
The people most affected by this earthquake are the poorest and most vulnerable living in the city. Presently, there are thousands of people who are homeless, living in tents, or within the damaged walls of what once was their home, with no running water or electricity. For those whose homes were completely destroyed, they have moved to communal tent cities, with temporary structures built using tarps and sheets. For this reason, Mashikuna Ecuador has combined resources with FASE Foundation, and the Pacto Evangelical Church, in order to work and rebuild the houses for the affected families of Manta, because they need all the humanitarian help that can be provided.
The project aims to work on repairing the walls in houses that were not lost entirely, and rebuilding houses for those families who lost everything.
Volunteer Tasks: Manual labor for the reconstruction of the houses.
Day 1 - Arrive on Friday (transfer from Quito Airport to Accommodations in Quito)
Day 2 - Orientation (Mission, Vision, and Expectations of the Program)
Visit Colonial Quito.
Day 3 - Private transportation (provided) from Quito to Manta
Day 4 - Orientation at placement
Volunteer Work begins
Days 1, 2: Room and Board in a hostel located in the tourist area, “La Mariscal,” in Quito. Volunteers will stay in either single, double, or triple rooms, with communal areas and shared bathrooms. Basic services of hot water, electricity, and Wifi are provided.
Day 3: Travel to Manta in private transportation, approximately 9 hours; Dinner and Accommodations in Manta at a guest house. (Volunteers will stay here from night of Day 3 to remainder of time in Manta.)
Volunteers will stay in either single, double, or triple rooms, with communal areas and shared bathrooms. Basic services of hot water and electricity are provided.
Food: Daily Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are provided in the program during the weekdays. Volunteers will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the guest house.
Private Transportation is included in the program:
Airport transfers for arrival and departure to/from Quito
From Quito, to Manta, and back to Quito.
For tourist activities during the day of Orientation
Project Requirements: No previous training is required, but we ask our volunteers to be flexible, keep an open mind, and be willing to work.
Clothes: Quito is known as the “Land of Eternal Spring,” because of its mild, yet varied, climate. We suggest bringing comfortable layers. However, for Manta, we suggest old clothes, work pants, gloves, and sturdy tennis shoes, or boots, for the manual labor. Also, a hat and sunglasses are essential as the sun is pretty intense.
Transfer IN OUT (Airport transportation - Hotel)
Lodging (Monday to Friday)
Breakfast, lunch, dinner (Monday to Friday)
8 hours daily work
Orientation and support during the program
Voluntary service certificate
Materials and tools in situ
Guide with local staff
Emergency contact 24/7
1 Week $1,001.00
2 Week $1,171.00
3 Week $1,407.00
4 Week $1,643.00