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Sustainable Economic and Community Development in Ecuador

Volunteer in Ecuador on this economic and community development initiative and work alongside 40 families who are aiming to preserve their values, culture and environment while building sustainable livelihoods for themselves. Keen to maintain a sense of community the families, with the support of NGOs, started a forestry project which grew to incorporate organic gardening, small dairy processing factories, jam making and ecotourism. These activities have become sustainable because the area was designated a protected area meaning that no incentives were offered therefore avoiding monoculture, agrochemical use, logging and mass tourism. The initiative is now supported by scientific research projects which aim to preserve the flora, fauna and cultural specialism of the area. With a wealth of activities on offer this initiative is a remarkable placement for volunteers to help support sustainable economic and community development.

Spring Break Volunteering on a Sustainable Community Project in Ecuador

Spend your Spring Break volunteering in Ecuador on this sustainable economic and community development initiative supporting 50 families in their fight to preserve their cultural identity and community. In 1995, with support from NGOs and international cooperation, the project was started and and focused on community organisation and conservation. Using sustainable approaches including organic gardening, the use of small-scale dairy processing factories, jam making from local resources and ecotourism they have been building sustainable livelihoods and manageable tourism.

The area was designated as a protected area meaning that no incentives were offered therefore avoiding monoculture, agrochemical use, logging and mass tourism. Scientific work in the area have helped to restore the biological and cultural basis by running research projects. Come and volunteer and help the project to continue the progress that has been made while enjoying a full day excursion to Quilotoa volcano and experience one of the most beautiful lagoons in South America.

Family Volunteering: Ecotourism and Community Development in Ecuador

Volunteer in Ecuador on this ecotourism and the whole family will enjoy living in a tight-knit community, working on small conservation projects designed to the preserve the unique location high in the misty cloud forest.
A small community of 50 families work together everyday to develop economic alternatives that allow them to improve their quality of life without losing their principles, values and traditions. From humble beginnings, the project began in 1995 as a forestry conservation effort and later gained the support of NGOs and international cooperation. It was then that the project was able to implement sustainable productive activities such as organic gardening, small dairy processing factories, fruit for making jams and ecotourism.

A few years ago, with the support of other organisations, this location was declared as a protected area. In order to achieve conservation sustainably, there has been no use of monocultures, agrochemicals, logging, or mass tourism. Further, several scientific research programs focus on helping to rescue the biological and cultural wealth of the area, with the objective of improving the quality of life of its people through the sustainable use of natural resources.

Education Outreach for Child Workers in the Markets

Volunteer and provide education outreach for child workers in the markets in Ecuador. Based in Quito you will help educate children, aged three years old and upward, who work up to ten hours a day. They work in the markets, streets and countryside of Ecuador to support their families. This intervention programme takes a proactive approach, traveling to the markets around southern Quito, setting up tents, and providing an early-years education program for the younger children, and homework support for those older. By meeting these children on their turf, the program has achieved great success in recruiting and maintaining attendees to the pre-school programs, along with an ultimate reduction in the children’s work hours and in drop-out from public schools. The program also carries out workshops and informational sessions for families of the children addressing issues such as hygiene, nutrition and domestic violence

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Quito,Outside PuyoEcuador, NAEcuador



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