Volunteering abroad in
sustainable development is a great way to develop work skills and/or
new language. The best volunteer opportunities allow you to
make a real contribution to genuine development projects benefiting and
involving the local community. True development is generated
by and with local people, not implemented on them from outside.
years of experience with volunteers and with sustainable rural
development. Genuine development is a very challenging field
to work in, but offers many opportunities for personal and professional
growth. We offer the chance to participate in and
assist with our ongoing development work
- with all its frustrations, delays and challenges, but also its
genuine progress, successes and achievements. See our Volunteer
& Intern News for some examples of what our
volunteers are achieving.
Our volunteer and intern
opportunities are quite different from many of agency "voluntourism"
experiences with their glossy brochures. We don't offer
service experiences' on stage-managed
projects. Our projects and people are the real thing.
We often face delays and things don't always go right the
first time, but our interns and volunteers are participating in
authentic grassroots development and learning the skills to succeed in
the real world.
you are interested in voluntary work overseas or a "working holiday",
please first think about what you
want to do, why you want to volunteer and what you have to offer.
service in a developing country can be incredibly rewarding, intensely
frustrating, exhilarating, tough, great
and uplifting, and may leave you in tears of despair or joy - possibly
on the same day. It is certainly not for everyone, but if you
think it's for you, we want to hear from you!
We tailor each volunteer
experience to the individual. We like to use your
experience or technical skills, etc., but might also need you to help
manual work at times. You may be upset by the
poverty or frustrated by the bureaucracy and it may take a while to
down to 'Ecuadorian time', but this is real development, warts and all,
not the sanitised 'holiday volunteer program' version.
If we're not the right
or internship for you, search around on the internet to
find the one which suits you best. Make sure you know whether
your chosen volunteer organisation is a responsible charity or agency
with worthwhile projects, or just a holiday company making a big
profits from your good intentions. We wish you fun,
achievement and satisfaction in your volunteering.
Work in Ecuador for Green Progress with CRACYP
Volunteer Jobs, Volunteering Opportunities and Working Holidays in
Sustainable Rural Development
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