Welcome

The Tandana Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports community initiatives in Ecuador's Otavalo Canton and Mali's Bandiagara District as well as offers intercultural volunteer experiences. Tandana comes from a Kichwa root meaning "to gather together" or "to unite" and it represents the spirit of our work. Learn more.





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Join Hands with Us

Our community initiatives support community members in Ecuador and Mali as they work toward their dreams of education, health, food security, water resources, environmental conservation, income generation, and more. Together, we are making those dreams come true.





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Travel with Intention

Our volunteer programs offer visitors the unique opportunity to be guests rather than tourists, form intercultural friendships, participate in a rich indigenous culture, and make a difference in the lives of new friends. Trips With Intention provide individuals, groups, and families with unforgettable experiences in Ecuador and Mali.




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Learn From Anywhere

Our virtual offerings allow individuals and groups who cannot travel with us to engage with our friends in Ecuador and Mali. From interactive remote cultural activities that give a glimpse into Kichwa life in Otavalo to remote speaker’s bureaus on real-life issues like the effects of climate change in Mali, and student exchanges, we offer many different ways to build global connections and awareness. Read more about our Remote Connection offerings.




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Mission & Values

We support the achievement of community goals and addressing global inequalities through caring intercultural relationships. Responsibility, respect for people and their culture, win-wins, inclusiveness, and organic evolution, are among our core values. Read more about our approach.




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Where We Work

We are committed to operating in areas we know well and working with people of longstanding and genuine relationships. At this time, our work is in highland Ecuador and Mali's dry plateau country, which not only offer amazing cultural and natural opportunities but most importantly are home to friends and communities we can collaborate with confidently. Learn more about our partner communities.





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Give With Intention

Our community partners have many initiatives that they are working on to strengthen their communities. Donors can make it possible for them to advance on one of these important projects or programs.






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Our Stories

One of the best ways to get to know us and our work, our partners and friends, volunteer opportunities, and what we can accomplish together is through the stories on External link opens in new tab or windowThe Tandana Foundation Blog. Check out our latest posts below and check back every Sunday for the newest blog post. We cover everything from our projects in Mali and Ecuador to staff and volunteers, as well as our guiding philosophy.






Mar
3

‘This trip blew me away’: My second Tandana volunteer experience

I am just back from my second trip to Ecuador with a group of fellow Ohio State University Master Gardener Volunteers which was hosted by the Ohio-based Tandana Foundation. The foundation, whose mission is to support the achievement of community goals and address global inequalities through caring intercultural relationships that embody mutual respect and responsibility, -; Continue reading "‘This trip blew me away’: My second Tandana volunteer experience"
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Feb
25

Learning through interculturality

Interculturality gives us the opportunity to know other people better. And in fact Ecuador is made up of different cultures which gives us the opportunity to enjoy a cultural diversity. English Français Aprender a travéz de la interculturalidad La interculturalidad nos da la oportunidad de conocer mejor a las personas. Si bien es cierto, Ecuador "; Continue reading "Learning through interculturality"
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Feb
18

My latest trip to Ecuador with my family was another special, sweet, and safe experience

International news outlets have recently covered stories of startling developments in Ecuador. A TV station in the coastal city of Guayaquil was broken into and abruptly interrupted live on air with troubling images of men with guns and bombs. A notorious criminal/gang leader escaped from prison in that city as well. Español Français As the -; Continue reading "My latest trip to Ecuador with my family was another special, sweet, and safe experience"
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Feb
11

Painting a bright future for herself and her community

First, I want to say that I am almost finished with school. I’m in the last semester, and after several introductory workshops on painting, drawing and sculpture, I finally decided to focus more on painting since I like it better. English Français Pintando un futuro brillante para ella y su comunidad En primer lugar quiero ++; Continue reading "Painting a bright future for herself and her community"
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Feb
4

‘I’m very, very happy thanks to my studies’

In this video, Oumou Pamateck, a beneficiary of the Dr. Ash B. Varma Scholarship Program in Mali, shares her appreciation for the opportunities the scholarship provided her. English Español “Je suis très, très heureux grâce à mes études” Dans la vidéo, Oumou Pamateck, bénéficiaire du programme de bourses Dr Ash B. Varma au Mali, partage (tm); Continue reading "‘I’m very, very happy thanks to my studies’"
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