Focus: Community, Conservation and Education.
The Botanical Garden is a private organization (family organization), responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating strategies, guidelines and actions to consolidate a culture of respect for the natural environment, contributing to the defence and protection of environment through scientific research for the Amazonian flora and fauna.
It is the product of the idea that emerged in 1980 in Puyo city; it has become one of the most important tourist attractions of the country for its scientific, environmental and cultural content, it is an initiative from Mr. Omar Tello and unconditional support of his family.
The Rescue Centre of the Amazonian Flora, "The Orchids" Botanical Garden, is a model of environmental conservation, dedicated to ecosystem restoration in degraded areas, becoming a stage mainly for preservation and conservation of environment through scientific research, environmental education and tourism, being also a recreational alternative for humanity.
Establish the Rescue Centre of the Amazonian Flora, "The Orchids" Botanical Garden in Environmental Education Centre, being the benchmark for research on ecosystem restoration, linking to educational institutions and community centres to achieve the reproduction of experiences gained during the process training and achieve sustainability through proper utilization of the resources generated by this reserve.
Costs & Benefits
Volunteers and interns should be able to speak at least an intermediate level of Spanish, and have an interest in environmental conservation, we recommend that volunteers and interns stay be minimum one month in order to get the most out of their stay. Volunteers and interns are responsible for lodging and feeding.
Activities for volunteers and interns are:
Design an environmental education manual for children from schools surrounding the garden.
Develop educational materials for students and children.
Assist in maintenance activities of the garden.
Growing edible species, medicinal, craft, and ornamental and timber species with compost prepared in the garden.
Assist with the identification of species of flora and fauna that there are in the garden.
Update inventory of birds that come to the garden.
Write profiles on several Web sites (national and international organizations of orchids and botanical gardens).
Support research and identification of new species of flora and fauna.
Strengthen activities with the families of the surrounding communities.
Support the inclusion of disabled people in activities within the garden.
Assist in the preparation of meals using products from the Amazon.
Look for funding and develop projects that strengthen the several activities of the garden and the community: the opening has been given to the student for research, has created great needs that have not been captured, as the creation of a library, a laboratory with equipment, and cabins for lodging of volunteers.
Here the student finds a space for their practices or theses on various topics: feeding, botany, ecotourism, entomology, etc.
US $70/week, room and board included, plus a onetime admin fee. Lodging is located at the Orchid Reserve.
Volunteers and interns should be able to speak at least an intermediate level of Spanish, and have an interest in environmental conservation; we recommend that volunteers and interns stay be minimum one month in order to get the most out of their stay. Volunteers and interns are responsible for lodging and feeding.
Jardín Botánico las Orquídeas
El Puyo, Ecuador
Tel: ++593 9 532 2635 or 593 3-253-0305
Location:El Puyo, Ecuador
Average cost per day:$10
Focus: Community, Conservation and Education
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and intermediate level of Spanish