• Volunteer in Ecuador on your Gap Year
  • Volunteer in Ecuador on your Gap Year
  • Volunteer in Ecuador on your Gap Year
  • Volunteer in Ecuador on your Gap Year
  • Volunteer in Ecuador on your Gap Year
  • Volunteer in Ecuador on your Gap Year

Volunteer in Ecuador - Camp Ecuador

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! It may one of the continent’s smallest countries but it’s offerings are astounding. 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. It offers its visitors 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.

"With Camps International you have a lot of freedom inside and outside the programme, at weekends volunteers are encouraged to explore the local area and have fun. There were so many unforgettable highlights; snorkeling with sea lions and alongside giant turtles was unreal."

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 on a wide range of initiatives designed to help improve living standards within their community. Many of the people we work with are living in poverty and don’t have access to proper education facilities, or the means to be able to generate enough income to support their families, so your help is desperately needed.

This volunteer experience also involves working on a range of vital wildlife conservation and environmental projects in some of the world’s most important and fragile ecosystems. These include 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! Working on several different projects during your time with us gives you the chance to benefit more than one area and see more of the country and it’s amazing people.

And 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? Or maybe try your hand at white water rafting down the Rio Napa? Or climb the mighty Cotopaxi, one of the tallest mountains in the world? Well now’s your chance to do something extraordinary! So, what are you waiting for...


  • Work on a wide range of important projects and initiatives to improve the standard of living for rural indigenous communities in the Andean highlands
  • Learn to speak Spanish or build on your existing knowledge
  • 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 (2-3 month programmes only)
  • Regular weekend excursions
  • Opportunities to scuba dive, mountain trek or explore the Amazon.

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What Will I Do?

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  • Cloud Forest

    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.
  • Amazon

    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.
  • Coastal Community

    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?

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  • Camp Costa

    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.

  • Camp Maqui

    Camp Maqui is located in Ecuador’s stunning Cloud forest, home to endangered spectacled bears. This peaceful location offers you jaw-dropping views in all directions.

  • Camp Amazonia

    Camp Amazonia offers an awesome jungle experience, as you live on the edge of the Amazon rainforest. Meet fascinating local people and view exotic tropical wildlife.

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