COMUNNITY DEVELOPMENT / ECOTOURISM
AMAZON - Sacha Waysa
The indigenous community, "9 de junio," is located in the beautiful Ecuadorian Amazon in the Napo province. This very small community, which consists of a little more than 80 people, are farmers, raising crops such as the Guayusa Tree, medicinal plants, rice, green bananas, corn, custard apples, chonta, or palm shoots, and much more. In addition to crops, this community raises livestock, which includes chickens, pigs, and tilapia. Volunteers to this community have a unique opportunity to interact with people that still hold the same customs and traditions as they did in the 80 + years since its founding. Many still wear the traditional dress, and perform dances in thanks for the food provided them by Pacha Mama.
The following are projects that the community is currently working on:
Construction of cottages that will serve to accommodate tourists and encourage tourism to their community. These cottages will also provide needed income to improve their quality of life.
Improvement of the hiking and/or walking paths that were created to showcase the natural beauty that exists in their surroundings. The community is currently working on clearing paths and trails with laborers from the community using their traditional, hand-made tools.
Creation of a botanical garden that will be used to rescue the different species of plants that grow in the area. Once fully grown, these unique plants will be reforested throughout the Amazon to ensure the preservation of the flora that already exists.
Making handmade crafts of clay, which you can learn during your stay in the program.
Visit the many beautiful, completely natural, tourist attractions near this community: the Jumandy Caverns (golden rock formations), Ark Zoo in Tena, Ceremony Caves Temple, Sacred Valley of Petroglyphs, Monkey Island, the Grand Canyon Waterfall, and the Misahualli River, where extreme sports are practiced, such as kayaking and rafting.
Work on building the accommodation cottages
Creating and maintaining the botanical garden
Reforestation of the plants
Handmade crafts with clay
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 and Dinner
Day 3 - Private transportation to the community and guidance in the placement
Day 4 - Begin work on projects in the community
In Quito, Friday and Saturday: 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.
In the community: With a host family, volunteers will have their own separate rooms inside the host family’s house; 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 their host family’s house. Food will be the typical food of the area.
Private Transportation is included in the program:
Airport transfers for arrival and departure to/from Quito
From Quito, to the Amazon, 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, be willing to work, and have a keen sense of adventure.
Clothes: Quito is known as the “Land of Eternal Spring,” because of its mild, yet varied, climate. We suggest bringing comfortable layers. However, for the Amazon is very hot and humid, typical to a tropical rainforest.
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