Volunteer Experience | Environmental & Wildlife

Ecuador: Architecture & Sustainable Construction

Bolivar Province, Ecuador


Location: Bolivar Province, Ecuador

Duration: Minimum 4 weeks

Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday

Cost: $145 USD per week – see Costs section for more details

Includes: All food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation 24/7 support and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations

Costs Explained


Our project is dedicated to fostering cultural exchange between foreigners and locals, with the overarching goal of creating a more meaningful, prosperous, and sustainable world.

Situated in the central province of Bolívar, Ecuador, an area renowned for its rich cultural and ecological diversity, our mission extends to addressing the region’s pressing challenges while celebrating its vibrant traditions. Bolívar is characterized by its lively carnaval festivities, agricultural heritage, and significant indigenous population, with over 90% residing in rural areas. However, within these communities lie various health, economic, and educational issues, contributing to the erosion of cultural traditions.

Despite the province’s vast natural beauty, including snow-capped volcanoes, highland deserts, fertile farmland, and tropical forests, many habitats are under threat due to conventional agriculture and mining practices. This has resulted in biodiversity loss, habitat destruction, landslides, and water insecurity, among other pressing concerns.

We are committed to addressing these challenges through cultural exchange initiatives. By inviting interns like you to join us, we aim to make a positive impact on the region. With your assistance, we endeavour to regenerate local ecosystems, foster pride in indigenous culture, create dignified employment opportunities, and offer unique eco and community tourism experiences.

Our internship program provides an opportunity for you to acquire valuable skills, forge meaningful connections, and leave with unforgettable memories. Together, we can work towards a brighter and more sustainable future for Bolívar and beyond. Join us in our mission to effect positive change and make a lasting difference in the lives of local communities and the environment.

Daily Life

Join us in the transformation of a century-old adobe farmhouse—an abandoned relic—into a beacon of cultural heritage and a source of vital income for a local family. As an intern, you’ll play a pivotal role in the design and construction of this charming cabin, which will serve as accommodation for future visitors, breathing new life into the community.

With support from professional architects and skilled local builders, interns will embark on a journey of discovery and creation, harnessing sustainable building techniques and honoring regional aesthetics. No prior knowledge of Spanish is required, making this opportunity accessible to all.

Ideal for students studying architecture, construction, or engineering, this internship offers a hands-on learning experience unlike any other. From developing 3D design models under the guidance of seasoned mentors to assessing structural integrity and implementing necessary reinforcements, interns will gain invaluable skills and insights.

Sample activities include:

– Exploring sustainable building techniques through immersive regional site visits.
– Collaborating with experienced architects to craft 3D design models that harmonize with local traditions.
– Conducting structural assessments and identifying required reinforcements to ensure the longevity of the structure.
– Designing furniture and interior spaces that reflect the authentic charm of the region.
– Learning and practicing adobe and clay techniques, enriching your understanding of traditional craftsmanship.
– Working alongside local artisans in carpentry, plumbing, and other trades to bring the project to fruition.

Through this internship, you’ll not only contribute to the restoration of cultural heritage but also gain practical experience in sustainable construction methods. Join us as we breathe new life into a historic treasure, creating a space that honors the past while embracing the future.

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Travel and Accom.

You will be given easy to follow instructions on how to get to the project from the nearest airport. Pickup can be arranged for an extra fee, please discuss with us when applying.

Before your arrival, you’ll have the opportunity to choose between two accommodation options tailored to your preferences:

1. Casa Comunal:
Ideal for those seeking a sociable atmosphere, the Casa Comunal offers:

– Shared dormitory with four beds per room.
– Essential amenities such as bedsheets, blankets, and toilet paper provided.
– Shared bathroom equipped with hot water facilities.
– Access to a communal kitchen furnished with a stove, fridge, and sink.
– Storage space for your food items.
– High-speed 20MB/s Fibre Optic WiFi for connectivity.
– Please note, there are no dedicated washing facilities available in this option.

2. Family Homestay:
Immerse yourself in the local culture and enhance your Spanish language skills with a family homestay. Despite the absence of some modern luxuries, all homestays offer:

– Private room with a secure lock for your comfort and privacy.
– Essential amenities provided, including bedsheets, blankets, and toilet paper.
– Shared bathroom with access to hot water facilities.
– Access to a communal kitchen equipped with a stove, fridge, and sink.
– Washing station available, either with a washing machine or suitable for handwashing, depending on the household.
– WiFi connectivity for staying connected with loved ones back home.
– Additionally, you’ll have access to the kitchen, bathroom, and communal spaces in the Casa Comunal for added convenience and social interaction.

Choose the accommodation option that best suits your preferences and immerse yourself fully in the experience of your choice.

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  • Minimum age 18
  • Passion and enthusiasm for environmental conservation
  • Not afraid to get your hands dirty!
  • Ability to work within a team environment
  • Minimum 2 weeks commitment
  • Good English skills
  • Necessary vaccinations
  • Necessary flight & visas
  • Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Placement Support Package.
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$145 USD per week

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** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** Placements are confirmed with a 1 week deposit, minimum 4 weeks booking

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes;

  • Accommodation in Shared Dormitory
  • Cooked Lunches Monday-Friday
  • Weekly Session with a Professional Mentor
  • 24/7 In-Person Internship Coordination
  • Internship Activities Budget
  • Land and Facilities for Pilot Projects
  • Free-Time Activity Recommendations​
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Written Personal Reference
What’s not included:
  • Flights
  • Airport pickup (can be arrange for an extra fee)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.
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We understand there’s a great deal to plan and organise for your trip. When booking a Placement, many of our participants choose to purchase our Premium Support Upgrade to benefit from the expertise, knowledge and experience of our Project Coordinators.

We can provide the personal advice you need to ensure your trip is organised with excellence and planned with efficiency; ensuring the very best experience possible. Read more about how we can help you.

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