in Ecuador with CRACYP
opportunities on our sustainable development projects are a rewarding
way to spend holiday time in Ecuador, to experience the reality of
sustainable development, or to learn new skills and practise your
Spanish. If you want to volunteer to gain experience for a
in this field, see our Development
read the whole of
this page before applying for a volunteer opportunity.
We do not offer paid work, only unpaid volunteer jobs.
volunteer opportunities are
available on our Volunteer Program on the mainland of Ecuador, in
the rural, subtropical agricultural area on the borders of the
provinces of Bolívar and Cotopaxi, in the foothills of the
Mountains. Volunteers help with a range of ongoing
projects in the area and will be based in an attractive little sugar
cane farming village. Volunteer tasks might include organic
farming, helping teachers in the local village school with its 30
students, researching excursions or developing materials for an
ecotourism project, raising awareness of health and safety
issues, teaching children about basic
planting trees. For details of what the volunteer
includes and how to apply, download the Volunteer Information Pack from
the link at the foot of the page. Reforestation
volunteers are urgently needed,
so if you're in Ecuador
and have a week or more to spare, apply now!
skills or experience in areas such as biology,
dental hygiene / dentistry
may be able to use these
skills on the volunteer program
or perhaps as an internship
project. We are
currently looking for volunteers
with experience in GIS / GPS (mapping)
or organic gardening.
also need Spanish speakers with experience in almost any field (e.g.
accounting and business issues, education, nutrition, literacy, public
health, first aid) to design
and present short workshops
to groups of women, youth, children and/or farmers - download the
volunteer information pack from this page and email for more
information - 1 week or more.
- contact us if you are a professional or aspiring journalist in
Ecuador who would
like to write short articles for CRACYP. If you have
some knowledge of at least one of the many areas related to
work (sustainable rural development, appropriate technology, organic
farming, ecotourism, Ecuador, environmental issues), you could help us
promote our work to a wider audience. Write to
volunteer("at")progresoverde("dot")org and tell us about your area of
and why you would like to write for us, suggesting a headline for your
Can I volunteer in a group?
Yes. If you have a minimum of 6 volunteers
including at least
Spanish speaker, for at least one week, we can design a volunteer
program especially for you - contact us for more information.
are welcome to participate in the ongoing volunteer program.
Will CRACYP pay my
accommodation or other costs? No.
We do NOT pay our volunteers, nor can we help with the costs
For details of costs involved and the food and accommodation
included, see the Volunteer Information Pack. Please do not
asking for paid work, we
only offer unpaid volunteer opportunities.
Why should I have to pay
can't afford to subsidise
your travel, accommodation and food - and even if we could, we would
instead use the
money to employ a local person, which would be far more sustainable.
Your Volunteer Contribution allows us to provide employment
area where there are virtually no other jobs available. We
don't believe that subsidised holidays for volunteers should
at the expense of job opportunities for local people in an area of
What is the difference
the Volunteer Program and the Internship Program?
The volunteer program is open to anyone 18 years old or over.
Volunteers do not need to have studied sustainable
The Volunteer Program does not include participation in the
monthly Development Workshops for interns. The Volunteer
Contribution does NOT cover filling out reports or forms for your
university or college; if you want to volunteer as part of your
studies, you need the Internship
Opportunities are available for 1 to 8 weeks. Internships are
4 to 12 weeks.
Do I need to speak
necessarily. The volunteer Program has an English-speaking
coordinator so you will be able to communicate with her and with other
volunteers. Even complete beginners at Spanish are welcome.
better you can communicate in Spanish, the more you will get out of
volunteering here. A lack of Spanish communication skills may
limit the range of volunteer tasks you can help with.
Can I use my specialist
a volunteer? Probably.
We try to make the most of what our
have to offer. If you have skills or experience in a
field, for example film-making, photography, permaculture or teaching,
let us know when you apply. We are currently in need of
photographers and entomologists
to identify and
photograph insects in the area of an ecotourism project, for
the Volunteer 2013 Information Pack
for more information about
costs, what is
included in the program and how to apply. Download
the Costa Volunteer Pack
to learn more
about the location of the Volunteer Program.
information about volunteering in Ecuador
Green Progress with CRACYP:
working holidays in sustainable
development, conservation and reforestation;
Ecuador volunteering opportunities in rural communities
and community projects;
volunteer jobs & voluntary work in Ecuador's
volunteer service: openings for consultants to use their professional