South America has always been top of the list for independent travellers and Ecuador guarantees a once in a lifetime volunteer experience for you. This amazing country really does have it all and is definitely South America’s best-kept secret! Nowhere on Earth can you experience so much natural beauty and diversity, and all the excitement that comes with it, in such a small place! Ecuador boasts abundant wildlife viewing and startling contrasts of scenery, from misty tropical cloud forests and windswept highlands, to snow-capped volcanoes and palm-fringed beaches, and all within a day’s drive of the capital, Quito.
Volunteering in Ecuador is a rewarding experience and filled with adventure. You’ll be living and working alongside wonderful local people in the Andes, Amazon and along the Pacific coast. Many of the people we work with are living in poverty and don’t have access to proper education facilities, or the mean to generate enough income to support their families. Your help is desperately needed and will be hugely appreciated.
Many of our programmes also involve working on a range of vital wildlife conservation and environmental projects in some of the world’s most important and fragile ecosystems. These range from Ecuador’s cloud forest, which is home to spectacled bears, the stunning Pacific Ocean where you may be lucky enough to see humpback whales, and the mighty Amazon rainforest, home to around 10% of all species on Earth!
If that isn’t enough to keep you busy, you can add an adventure activity to your volunteer experience. Why not visit the world-famous Galapagos Islands for the ultimate wildlife experience? There are also opportunities to book, scuba diving, white water rafting or a trek of the mighty Cotopaxi, one of the tallest mountains in the world.
(some elements are dependent on your month of travel and programme duration)
- Work on a wide range of important projects and initiatives to improve the standard of living for rural indigenous communities in the Andean highlands
- Participate in vital conservation initiatives to protect Andean and Amazonian wildlife and the environment, including spectacled bear conservation
- Work alongside a coastal community to improve facilities and help us develop a ground-breaking marine conservation initiative
- Learn to speak Spanish or build on your existing knowledge
- Regular weekend excursions
- Opportunities to scuba dive, mountain trek or explore the Amazon
Camp Ecuador video
What Will I Do?
The ultimate Amazon experience as you live and work alongside local people in the rainforest. Learn about local traditions and help support the conservation of wildlife.
Work on a wide range of exciting wildlife and community activities. Based in Ecuador’s awesome cloud forest, help protect endangered animals and support local people.
Support a wide range of marine conservation and community projects on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador. Support sustainable fishing activities and help marine wildlife.
Where Will I Stay?
Camp Maqui has been called the 'tree house' as it open on one side and surrounded by trees, and certainly feels like a home.
Welcome to life in the rainforest at Camp Amazonia; hot and humid and loud and densely green. A totally new and eye-opening experience.
Camp Costa is set on a beautiful beach overlooking the warm and sunny Pacific Ocean, where it’s possible to see dolphins, sea lions and humpback whales.