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Jatun Sacha Foundation offers volunteer opportunities

About the Program

Jatun Sacha Foundation offers volunteer opportunities in their reserves and biological stations, in order to give volunteers field experience in various areas such as reforestation, environmental education, service and community development, wildlife conservation, agroforestry organic agriculture, sustainable aquaculture and scientific research.

Volunteers have the choice of some activities from several options, and meet other activities that are fixed for all developed under the supervision of resident, researchers, environmental education instructors and administrative staff at each field station.

In 2008, more than 1000 national and international volunteers to support conservation activities carried out at different stations. Most of these volunteers come from countries like USA, Germany, Canada, France, Denmark, Holland, Australia, England, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Japan, China, India, Brazil, Mexico, Switzerland, Ireland, Portugal, Costa Rica among others. This program not only gives you the opportunity to travel to a new country, wonderful places to visit and live with people from other cultures but also develop new skills, gain field experience where you can participate in activities and which seeks to preserve the forests and improve the quality of life of local communities.

Join the efforts of the Jatun Sacha Foundation to protect forest ecosystems, aquatic and páramo in Ecuador.

 


Where can you volunteer?

Volunteers can assist in the various reserves located in the main regions of Ecuador: Coast, Highland, Amazon and the Galapagos Islands. Reservations preserved forest habitat types: tropical forest, montane forest of high and low moor, cloud forest, rainforest, mangroves and dry forest. In the reserves there are a number of activities that involve volunteers, maintain the infrastructure of the stations, trails, patrolling of the reserves data collection of different types, research assistance (not on all bookings) eradication of introduced species (Galapagos). Voluntary work is highly appreciated by the Foundation. We thank all the volunteers who have come to our reserves, they are very important in day to day what is the conservation of ecosystems in Ecuador.

Jatun Sacha:Tropical Rainforest
Jatun Sacha: Tropical Rainforest

The station offers the volunteer program for those interested in protecting the rainforest.

Guandera: Upper Montane Forest and ParamoGuandera: Upper Montane Forest and Paramo

The station offers the volunteer program for those interested in protecting the last remnants of Andean forest that once covered the Andes of Ecuador.

Bilsa: Tropical RainforestBilsa: Tropical Rainforest

The station offers the volunteer program for those interested in protecting the remaining critical of the tropical rainforest of Ecuador.

Congal: Tropical Rainforest and MangroveCongal: Tropical Rainforest and Mangrove

Volunteers and / or interns interested in working with the Congal Biomarine Station will participate in a wide range of activities.

San Cristobal: Forest of the Galapagos IslandsSan Cristobal: Forest of the Galapagos Islands

The station offers the volunteer program for those interested in preserving the Enchanted Islands.


Your contribution

Contributions to the volunteer program vary according to the number of weeks and the reserve where they want to work. Contributions cover the three daily meals, accommodation costs in the cabins of the reserves, the costs of coordination, organization and support of various activities before and during their stay in the reserve.

  • Cash delivered to the office Jatun Sacha in Quito.
  • Personal Check (U.S. dollars).
  • Travelers Checks (U.S. dollars).
  • Bank transfer from your home country (U.S. dollars).
  • Should be sent in advance and communicated to the Coordinator of Volunteers.
How can you send us your contribution?
  • Cash delivered to the office Jatun Sacha in Quito.
  • Personal Check (U.S. dollars).
  • Travelers Checks (U.S. dollars).
  • Bank transfer from your home country (U.S. dollars).
  • Must be submitted in advance and communicated to the Coordinator of Volunteers.
The data for the bank transfer is:
  •    Bank name: Banco de Pichincha
  •    Bank’s address: 10 de Agosto y Salinas
  •    Swift Code: PICHECEQ
  •    To: FUNDACION JATUN SACHA
  •    Address: Eugenio de Santillan N34-248 y Maurian
  •    Current account: 3001382004
  •    Phone: 2432 240

Conditions for volunteers

Please consult the Volunteer Program Coordinator (volunteer1@jatunsacha.org) to organize the dates of arrival to Ecuador.


To organize the dates of arrival to Ecuador and hospital stay for the season before booking your airfare to their country of origin.

Financing:

  • Volunteers should pay their own expenses in Ecuador, including airfare to Ecuador and living expenses during their stay in the country.

Volunteer Costs:

  • Volunteers should pay a fee for applying for the program plus a program fee based on the number of weeks left. The program fee includes three meals daily in the reserve, accommodation in the cabins of the season, the coordination, organization and support of their activities before and during their stay at the station.
  • Payments must be paid before entering the reserve for an orientation meeting with the Program Coordinator in the Office of Jatun Sacha in Quito.

Insurance:

  • Volunteers should have their own insurance and be required to sign a certificate that releases the Jatun Sacha Foundation of any responsibility for illness or accident in Ecuador.

Volunteer Time:

  • The minimum duration for volunteers is 2 weeks. A visa is required if the volunteer wants to stay for more than 90 days in Ecuador.

Work Schedules:

  • The day of volunteer work is 8 hours, 22 days per month, so will have 8 days of vacation per month.

Professional Requirements:

  • The college degree is not required to be approved by the Volunteer Program. Potential volunteers should be interested in topics about conservation, biodiversity, ecology and nature.
  • For biological stations and Congal Bilsa, the volunteer must provide their own preventive medical treatment for diseases like malaria, while performing their volunteer work at those stations.
  • Volunteers need to average $ 20 per week to cover additional expenses such as drinks, community visits, mail, among others. Please take notes of small denominations ($ 5 USD or less).

Days of admission to the stations:

  • Bilsa: every day.
  • Guandera: every day.
  • Jatun Sacha: every day.
  • Congal: Monday through Thursday
  • San Cristóbal: every Monday and Wednesday.

¿What to bring?

  • Rubber boots, rain gear and a flashlight are the most important tools to bring. Other items of interest are: blankets or sleeping bags, insect repellent, sunscreen, water bottle, bathing suit, knife, sunglasses, plastic bags (ziplock), and binoculars. Due to wet conditions for most of the seasons, light clothes are recommended, which can dry out easily. For Guandera Biological Station, warmer clothing is recommended due to cold temperatures at night.

×Please consult the Program Coordinator of Volunteers. (vounteer1@jatunsacha.org) to organize the dates of arrival to Ecuador and hospital stay for the season before booking your airfare to their country of origin.

Apply now

To apply for the volunteer program have to fill out the form below to reserve space in the chosen field stations and dates. Once you do this, the volunteer program coordinator will contact you. Also, please check your folder spam if you do not receive our response immediately.


Aplication Form: You must fill in all the data.

We would love to hear from you! Please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you shortly.
  • Selected biological station(s)

After you have received information from the Volunteer Coodinator you just need to apply by sending the following things:

  • Application letter indicating: experience in conservation activities, future interests, reasons for applying, preferred station and participation dates (participation dates are needed to guarantee space availability).
  • Doctor’s note stating you are fit to participate in all activities required of you OR Proof of international travel Insurance.
  • 2 passport size photographs.
  • You have an original project include the work plan (2-5 pages).
  • US$ 47 Application Fee, $67 for Galapagos

You can send the documents by e mail or mail and the application fee via bank transfer, check in USD currency or cash to Fundación Jatun Sacha at:

PLEASE DO NOT SEND MONEY ORDERS.

  • Programa de Voluntarios
  • Fundación Jatun Sacha
  • Applicant’s Name
  • Casilla 17-12-867
  • Quito – Ecuador
  • Sudamérica

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× ¡¡Visit the station and get a discount Guandera 25% for groups of 4 persons or more!!
Places are limited by season. Live a unique experience in the Ecuadorian Andes, you’ll love.

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