Focus: Community, Conservation and Education.
Intagtour is a project that aims to place volunteers interested in teaching, farm work and/or conservation issues with suitable schools, host families, and ecological projects. We work in the parish of Cuellaje, which is one of the 5 parishes that make up the intag zone of Ecuador, a rural sub-tropical and cloud-forest area of extraordinary natural beauty, and whose residents enjoy a unique, traditional way of life.
As well as providing a fantastic, low cost experience of authentic rural life in Ecuador for volunteers, we aim to improve career opportunities for young people in Intag, and quality of life for all intag residents, and to conserve the natural beauty and biodiversity of the area. The work that volunteers carry out, and the friendships that they make, help to achieve these goals.
Costs & Benefits
A great chance to experience life in a remote, beautiful Andean community, sharing your own values, skills and lifestyle with local people, and learning about theirs, accommodation is with local families, usually after an introductory period in the community guest house.
Length of placement anything from a week onwards, there are 3 main types of placement: teaching, farm work, and ecology/conservation.
Overall purpose of volunteer project: to provide a fantastic experience of authentic Latin America for volunteers, and to build the confidence of the local children and adults in their ability to enjoy a wide range of professions, and to prosper from sources of sustainable income that do not threaten their traditional way of life. We'd like to slow down deforestation in Intag, and encourage local people to think twice about the long term effects of copper mining on the wonderful natural resources of Intag.
Weekly costs for volunteers for the year 2012 are $40 per week for those teaching, and $45 per week for those choosing farm work or conservation. This money is paid directly to the host family that each volunteer chooses to stay with, and covers all meals and accommodation. Most volunteers also like to stay 1 day with the project manager, and the cost of this stay is $20, all meals, accommodation and visits included.
Over 18 years old.
Tel: 06 3017543
Location:Imbabura Province Ecuador
Average cost per day: $5
Skills needed: Over 18 years old.