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Community Development in the Andes, Ecuador

Otavalo, Ecuador

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Help an indigenous community in Ecuador’s northern Andes to preserve their language and identity by participating in their education, development, sustainable agriculture and indigenous culture projects as a volunteer. The Chilcapamba community are happy to participate in modern Ecuadorian life, but are concerned about the economic hardship and identity erosion that is commonplace among South America’s indigenous communities. If you want to immerse yourself in traditional Andean culture, beliefs and practices while assisting passionate community members in preserving their ways of life, this project will give you a totally unique volunteer experience. And if you’re an outdoors-y type or nature lover, it will suit you down to the ground!

P6180268

As a volunteer, you’ll get to:

  • Learn about Kichwa lore, customs, ancestral land and traditions first hand.
  • Live, work and play in the beautiful northern Andes, in a region that is the center of indigenous culture in Ecuador.
  • Practice your Spanish by being immersed in an Ecuadorian community.
  • Assist the community with any projects they are currently working on, whether it is in the fields of education, development, indigenous culture or sustainable agriculture.
  • Teach English, math or computer studies at the community elementary (primary) school.
  • Participate in a community-work day, when you will construct a home, repair a roof or even harvest a community member’s field.
  • Learn about sustainable farming while you assist in the community’s organic farming projects.
  • Work on community irrigation projects or their drinking water project.
  • Help to care for preschool children at the community daycare center.
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 1 Week
Impacts Building & Development
Priced From Priced From
US$ 604 |
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Dates & rates

Priced From
US$ 604 |

Detailed Project Pricing
1 Week USD 604
2 Weeks USD 747
3 Weeks USD 891
4 Weeks USD 1034
5 Weeks USD 1178
6 Weeks USD 1321
7 Weeks USD 1465
8 Weeks USD 1635
9 Weeks USD 1815
10 Weeks USD 1994
11 Weeks USD 2173
12 Weeks USD 2353

Project Start Dates

This project begins every Monday throughout the year.

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Work & Impacts

Childcare teaching

CHILDCARE & TEACHING

You will spend some of your time as a volunteer in the daycare center and elementary school that serve the community. Teaching the local children to speak English will be very helpful for the community, as their focus on tourism and cultural exchange often relies on a basic grasp of the English language. Being fluent in English will also benefit the local children in the future, as it will increase their chances of success in Ecuador, which is growing as an international tourist destination.

You will also assist in the care of the preschool children who attend the community’s daycare center. Helping them to become more and more independent will prepare them for elementary school, and having a positive, caring influence on the children will ensure that they remember your involvement at this critical time in their lives for years to come.

Community work

COMMUNITY WORK

All volunteers are required to participate in a day of selfless community work, where you will help less fortunate members of the local community with any job they need done – from building houses to repairing roofs to harvesting, depending on where your skills, talents and abilities lie.

Project work

PROJECT WORK

The main focus of the volunteers’ work in this program is on helping the community with their varied project work. Your contribution will depend on the stage the various projects are at, as well as your interests and expertise. Two of the projects that always need volunteer help are the community irrigation projects and the relatively new drinking water project. Projects will be related to anything from education to sustainable agriculture to the preservation of indigenous culture, so be prepared for anything and keep an open mind!

Farming

FARMING

There are numerous organic farming projects on the go in the community at all times. This is the perfect opportunity for you to learn about organic farming methods, and for you to get your hands dirty – literally! This is one of the most rewarding aspects of this program, as you’ll be able to see the fruits of your labors in a short space of time, as opposed to the other projects, which tend to only bear fruit in the long term.

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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Shop for traditional crafts

SHOP FOR TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

This part of Ecuador is known for its leather goods, and it is also a good place to buy traditional textiles as gifts to take back home. The nearby city of Otavalo is renowned for its bustling Sunday market – the perfect opportunity for you to practice your Spanish while purchasing truly unique and authentic traditional handicrafts that have been woven, painted, carved and molded by communities that have lived in this part of the Andes for centuries.

Go to a festival

GO TO A FESTIVAL

You will find that there is almost always some kind of boisterous festival happening in and around Otavalo, with traditional music and an air of celebration being almost expected throughout the year. The festival for the summer solstice (Inti Raymi) is one of the best to attend if you are developing a taste for traditional Andean music

GO HIKING

Whether it’s to the summit of the nearby Cotacachi Volcano or along the shores of Lake Cuicocha, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to hiking trails in the surrounding wilderness.

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ABOUT OTAVALO

About otavalo

About the Destination

The community where you will be doing your work is located about 30 minutes outside of Otavalo, near Cotacachi in the northern Andes. The surroundings of are beautifully green and mountainous, with spectacular rivers and lakes. The area is becoming more and more tourist-oriented, and it is likely that you will run into other foreigners on a regular basis.

You will be living with the indigenous community during your time as a volunteer, so you will learn a lot about local customs first hand. It is important that you approach your stay with an open mind and a willingness to learn and participate in day-to-day life. 

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Feedback from our volunteers

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Brochures

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Community Development in the Andes, Ecuador

Otavalo, Ecuador

how would you like us to contact you?
via phone
Full Name*
Email*
Phone Number
*Required

Help an indigenous community in Ecuador’s northern Andes to preserve their language and identity by participating in their education, development, sustainable agriculture and indigenous culture projects as a volunteer. The Chilcapamba community are happy to participate in modern Ecuadorian life, but are concerned about the economic hardship and identity erosion that is commonplace among South America’s indigenous communities. If you want to immerse yourself in traditional Andean culture, beliefs and practices while assisting passionate community members in preserving their ways of life, this project will give you a totally unique volunteer experience. And if you’re an outdoors-y type or nature lover, it will suit you down to the ground!

P6180268

As a volunteer, you’ll get to:

  • Learn about Kichwa lore, customs, ancestral land and traditions first hand.
  • Live, work and play in the beautiful northern Andes, in a region that is the center of indigenous culture in Ecuador.
  • Practice your Spanish by being immersed in an Ecuadorian community.
  • Assist the community with any projects they are currently working on, whether it is in the fields of education, development, indigenous culture or sustainable agriculture.
  • Teach English, math or computer studies at the community elementary (primary) school.
  • Participate in a community-work day, when you will construct a home, repair a roof or even harvest a community member’s field.
  • Learn about sustainable farming while you assist in the community’s organic farming projects.
  • Work on community irrigation projects or their drinking water project.
  • Help to care for preschool children at the community daycare center.
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 1 Week
Impacts Building & Development
Priced From Priced From
US$ 604 |
Back to Top

Dates & rates

Priced From
US$ 604 |

Detailed Project Pricing
1 Week USD 604
2 Weeks USD 747
3 Weeks USD 891
4 Weeks USD 1034
5 Weeks USD 1178
6 Weeks USD 1321
7 Weeks USD 1465
8 Weeks USD 1635
9 Weeks USD 1815
10 Weeks USD 1994
11 Weeks USD 2173
12 Weeks USD 2353

Project Start Dates

This project begins every Monday throughout the year.

Back to Top

Work & Impacts

Childcare teaching

CHILDCARE & TEACHING

You will spend some of your time as a volunteer in the daycare center and elementary school that serve the community. Teaching the local children to speak English will be very helpful for the community, as their focus on tourism and cultural exchange often relies on a basic grasp of the English language. Being fluent in English will also benefit the local children in the future, as it will increase their chances of success in Ecuador, which is growing as an international tourist destination.

You will also assist in the care of the preschool children who attend the community’s daycare center. Helping them to become more and more independent will prepare them for elementary school, and having a positive, caring influence on the children will ensure that they remember your involvement at this critical time in their lives for years to come.

Community work

COMMUNITY WORK

All volunteers are required to participate in a day of selfless community work, where you will help less fortunate members of the local community with any job they need done – from building houses to repairing roofs to harvesting, depending on where your skills, talents and abilities lie.

Project work

PROJECT WORK

The main focus of the volunteers’ work in this program is on helping the community with their varied project work. Your contribution will depend on the stage the various projects are at, as well as your interests and expertise. Two of the projects that always need volunteer help are the community irrigation projects and the relatively new drinking water project. Projects will be related to anything from education to sustainable agriculture to the preservation of indigenous culture, so be prepared for anything and keep an open mind!

Farming

FARMING

There are numerous organic farming projects on the go in the community at all times. This is the perfect opportunity for you to learn about organic farming methods, and for you to get your hands dirty – literally! This is one of the most rewarding aspects of this program, as you’ll be able to see the fruits of your labors in a short space of time, as opposed to the other projects, which tend to only bear fruit in the long term.

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Shop for traditional crafts

SHOP FOR TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

This part of Ecuador is known for its leather goods, and it is also a good place to buy traditional textiles as gifts to take back home. The nearby city of Otavalo is renowned for its bustling Sunday market – the perfect opportunity for you to practice your Spanish while purchasing truly unique and authentic traditional handicrafts that have been woven, painted, carved and molded by communities that have lived in this part of the Andes for centuries.

Go to a festival

GO TO A FESTIVAL

You will find that there is almost always some kind of boisterous festival happening in and around Otavalo, with traditional music and an air of celebration being almost expected throughout the year. The festival for the summer solstice (Inti Raymi) is one of the best to attend if you are developing a taste for traditional Andean music

GO HIKING

Whether it’s to the summit of the nearby Cotacachi Volcano or along the shores of Lake Cuicocha, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to hiking trails in the surrounding wilderness.

Back to Top

ABOUT OTAVALO

About otavalo

About the Destination

The community where you will be doing your work is located about 30 minutes outside of Otavalo, near Cotacachi in the northern Andes. The surroundings of are beautifully green and mountainous, with spectacular rivers and lakes. The area is becoming more and more tourist-oriented, and it is likely that you will run into other foreigners on a regular basis.

You will be living with the indigenous community during your time as a volunteer, so you will learn a lot about local customs first hand. It is important that you approach your stay with an open mind and a willingness to learn and participate in day-to-day life. 

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Feedback from our volunteers

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Brochures

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how would you like us to contact you?
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Email*
Phone Number
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