Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
Where: In the Andean highlands outside of Otavalo, Ecuador. Lodging will be at a lovely inn with great food, free wi-fi service and friendly staff. Ecuador is in the Eastern time zone and uses U.S. dollars. The weather should be in the 70’s during the day and quite cool at night.
Who: Anyone with an interest in gardening, volunteering, Ecuador, cross cultural learning, and having fun! And you must be able to walk comfortably on uneven terrain and be in good physical condition so you can participate in our activities.
Why: To help 23 communities who have joined together and created an operating nursery to raise native trees to plant in their watersheds and protect their water supplies. We will be collecting seedlings, weeding, planting trees, etc. The nursery is run by a dedicated plant-lover, Matias Perugachi. You can see a video of him on our blog. We will also help children with their school garden. And, we will learn about another culture and biome.