Spring Volunteer Venture Overview
Join us for an exciting opportunity to connect with communities and contribute to their projects in highland Ecuador. We will work with the La Joya School for children with special needs and with indigenous communities high in the mountains, making friends, learning from each other, and helping dreams become reality. No special skills are required, just a willingness to learn, help, and have fun.
Get your hands dirty, working alongside community members to paint their community center. Work with children and help improve the facilities at the La Joya School. Be ready to pitch in with whatever projects are happening in the local community.
Even when you are not having fun working with a community, you will have a chance to immerse yourself in the local culture and soak up breathtaking scenery. You may visit the famous Otavalo market, take a cooking class at Kawsaymi Cooking School, hike to natural wonders, and meet local craftspeople.
After days filled with work and exploring, relax and socialize with your fellow volunteers at a comfortable inn in Otavalo.
Cost: $1,300 double occupancy, $150 additional for single occupancy. The trip fee covers all the basic expenses (food, lodging, transportation, activities) from when you land at the Quito airport until we drop you off there. (We provide one airport pickup on the first evening, and one bus back to the airport, on the last night. If your plans require different pickups or drop-offs, you will need to cover those on your own). Airfare is not included, and you'll want to bring extra money for personal expenses.
Sample Itinerary for Spring Volunteer Venture:
Arrive in the evening and settle in. We provide one bus to pick up the group from the airport and bring you to Otavalo.
Have orientation and visit the world-famous Otavalo market.
Work at La Joya School installing a new roof on one of the classrooms. Also take time to help the children eat and learn how to do household tasks using their educational furniture. In the afternoon, visit the Otavalango museum to learn more about local culture.
Continue the project at La Joya School and work with students in their school garden. In the afternoon, participate in a cooking class and learn about the plants cultivated by local families.
Beautify a community by helping to paint its newly-constructed community center. In the afternoon, learn about medicinal plants and enjoy a Pachamanka, a traditional dinner cooked in the earth.
Take an excursion to El Juncal, an Afro-Ecuadorian community to experience a culture very different from those of the communities we have already worked with. Visit a fruit farm and learn about the arts, history, and business efforts of this community.
Help community members clean the roadside drainage ditch that keeps access to their homes open. Have a celebratory dinner, then head back to the airport and fly out at night.