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Mission Statement

A Tropical Rainforest Paradise:

Monte Saíno Natural Resource Conservation Center Volunteer Program

The objective of Monte Saíno Conservation Center is to promote sustainable management of natural resources among local community members through conservation efforts. Monte Saíno offers volunteer opportunities through a range of environmental projects.

Description

A Tropical Rainforest Paradise:

Monte Saíno Natural Resource Conservation Center Volunteer Program

To the southwest region of the province of Esmeraldas, you find Punta Galera, the last remnant of preserved coastal rainforest in Ecuador, located in the transitional zone of two important eco-regions, El Chocó and Tumbesina. This area is one of the 25 hotspots in the world due to the incredibly high biodiversity of species. Monte Saíno Conservation Center is situated only 6 km/3.73 miles from the coastal community of Cabo de San Francisco.

Monte Saíno Natural Resource Conservation Center is situated in a protected forest reserve that consists of 209 hectares/ 516 acres of land. The Center is managed by EcoCiencia, (Ecuadorian Foundation for Ecological Studies), a private non-profit organization with headquarters based in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Monte Saíno and EcoCiencia have pioneered conservation projects in the area for more than six years.

Website

http://www.ecociencia.org

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by Gillian M. from AU (2009-05-12 23:04:25.0)
I emplore anyone considering volunteering with Ecocienca NOT TO WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THIS PROJECT. For a ridiculous amount of money - you will spend your days sitting around the jungle doing nothing. I had over 3 weeks at the project site, in which time we accomplished next to nothing. We had a few hours of planting trees, and a few hours of collecting seeds. Nothing more was accomplished. There are so many fantastic opportunities in South America, particularly Ecuador. There is no need to waste your time and money on an organisation which sadly does not take its position or its volunteers seriously. There were 2 other volunteers with me on the project, all of us paid for one month, but decided to leave early despite having paid upfront, because we were wasting our time and felt the project to be a complete shambles. Upon leaving, I felt the organisation's response to my complaints to be incredibly rude. Overall I am disgusted with this organisation.
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