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Ecuador Teaching & Farming

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Ecuador is a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America. Despite its diminutive size, it is bursting with vibrant culture, mesmerising landscapes, exotic tropical wildlife and pristine habitats. It encompasses the all-consuming emerald Amazon, rich in natural resources and home to a wealth of fascinating creatures.

Ecuador has a picture-perfect capital painted in pastel colours, alive with cafés, clubs, bars, churches and museums. Markets where friendly locals sell their wares are surrounded by the hustle and bustle of traditional street life. In contrast, the peaceful and serene Andes provide a home for indigenous mountain communities and enigmatic mountain creatures alike. This captivating country contains a culture that is expressed in an abundance of wholesome and delicious cuisine, diverse musical forms and colourful festivals that will enliven your senses. Whilst it is one of South America's tiniest countries, it has everything you could possibly want, including stretches of white sand beaches, expansive plains, steamy jungles and spectacular mountains. All this and more is waiting to be discovered on your spectacular Ecuadorian adventure!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America
  • Work on a pioneering organic farm
  • Immerse yourself in a new & exciting culture

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum 18 years
  • Basic Spanish recommended
Airport Pickup Community Emergency Ground Transport Hotel Meals Teaching Terrestrial Qualification
FAST FACTS
Location Ecuador
Activities Giving classes in English, art and sport
Artwork, translating, preparation of info and materials for the school
Maintenance work
Nursery work, sowing seeds, filling bags, pricking out
Reforestation work, planting, weeding, mulching, staking, pruning
Creation & maintenance of vegetable gardens
Compost making
Planting, harvesting crops
Help in the preparation of food
Making banana circles
Preparation for groups of visitors
Help in feeding & caring for the animals
Feeding worms & separating worms from the humus etc.
Transport Airport pick-up & drop-off
Accommodation Shared volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK TEFL training and certification
In-country Accommodation
Food
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Ground transfers
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The life of the local community is seriously under threat in the developing world. Industrial development and environmental pressures have led to subsistence farming practises being more and more difficult. With the effects of climate change ever-present, the need for education and sustainable practises is greater than ever. On your Frontier expedition you will work with the generation of tomorrow, helping them learn new languages and skills, whilst helping them develop and maintain their delicate way of living. For a truly life-changing experience you will be able to gain knowledge of Spanish to take back with you, wow your friends, and use to further your career.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

You will be both working and learning on this organic farm which pioneers alternative agriculture techniques and renewable energy sources. You can also assist in eco-tourism and education projects in surrounding communities.  The Organic Farm plays an important role in demonstrating and teaching alternative agricultural techniques and energy sources like biogas, solar power, composting systems, worm culture, water recycling, reforestation and forage systems, permaculture, and general organic farming techniques. The farm now receives many community and student groups who come to learn about these alternatives. Tourism and eco-education are other aspects of the farm. Visitors to the farm can relax, take in the local natural attractions and learn about sustainable agriculture and living practices.

The farm also operates an environmental school for children in the area, providing comprehensive general education along with ecological and sustainable agriculture programmes. Volunteers can on occasion participate in work at the school helping with general activities related to environmental education with the children.

Some of the activities may include:

  • Giving classes in English, art and sport;
  • Artwork, translating, preparation of info and materials for the school;
  • Maintenance work in the environmental school;
  • Nursery work, sowing seeds, filling bags, pricking out;
  • Reforestation work, planting, weeding, mulching, staking, pruning;
  • Creation and maintenance of vegetable gardens;
  • Compost making;
  • Planting, harvesting crops;
  • Help in the preparation of food (especially if you are interested in learning about typical food);
  • Making banana circles;
  • Preparation for groups of visitors (groups of farmers from different parts of the country sometimes stay over night);
  • Help in feeding and caring for the animals;
  • Feeding worms and separating worms from the humus etc.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You'll fly into Quito where you'll be met by the friendly in-country staff. After acclimatising and receiving orientation you will be transferred to your project site.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will stay in a comfortable shared volunteer house at the centre. The house has basic facilities and is located close to where you will be working.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three meals a day. Your diet will consist of a variety of nutritious and delicious local dishes. Vegetarians will delight in the varieties of rice and bean combinations that are available!

a truly great trip!  | 8 May 2012
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Learning by osmosis  | 31 Aug 2010
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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers are welcome to explore this fascinating region, where bars, open-air restaurants, cafés, museums, and famous monuments are in plenty! A range of cultural and adventure trips can be arranged. Ask your hosts to book these with local providers and contribute directly to the local economy.

COSTS

4 weeks £ 899

Extra week £ 159

DEPARTURE DATES

Monthly (please arrive on the first Monday)

This project is not available during following dates:

25th of December to 1st January

29th January to 5th of February

8th and 9th of February

23rd of March to 25th of March

24th of May

DURATION

4 weeks or longer

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Ground transfers
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Quito (UIO)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisors will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.

There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.