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About the Institution
The Foundation is a private, non-profit Ecuadorian organization founded in 1989 to promote biological conservation, research, environmental education and management of natural resources.
The foundation offers a volunteer program with opportunities to develop a wide variety of activities including reforestation, environment education, community service, plant conservation, agro forestry, field data collection and reserve maintenance which are carried out in each biological station and under the supervision of residential staff, researchers, environmental education instructors, and the administrative personnel of each reserve.
Volunteer programs are distributed through five reserves located in different regions of Ecuador.
Description of the Work
PARAMO: The station lies on a transitional ridge where the forest abruptly ends and turns to paramo grassland. At 3,100 to 3,600 meters above sea level, the forest is unique on a world scale because it possesses a surprisingly diverse flora and fauna for such a high altitude site. Norman Myers has recently classified the Andean Mountain forests as the world’s first “conservation hotspot”. You can be involved in activities regarding inventories and research assistance, maintenance, seed and data collection, reforestation, botanical gardens, classes on conservation for local school children and adults, enhance organic agricultural methods.
Keep in Mind
Each reserve is located in different climate areas of Ecuador. Please write to us for more information about each reserve and volunteer activities, transportation, what to bring, requirements, entrance days, etc.
Time: Minimum 2 weeks
Regular Time Schedule: Volunteers are expected to work 8 hours a day, from Monday to Friday. (This could be flexible in some cases). If you are interested in planning and developing projects, the required minimum time is 3 months.