Focus: Community and Education.
Sustainable Roots is dedicated to environmental preservation and sustainable development in communities of Latin America. We strive to enable communities to develop a healthy, sustainable, local economy and environment, all while maintaining their cultural pride and heritage.
We work hand in hand with the community and see our role as facilitators of projects born from the community’s ideas and needs.
Our work is currently being carried out in Ecuador in the province of Napo, in the town Cosanga. The work currently includes English teaching and greenhouse building and maintenance.
We maintain constant volunteer presence in the community and are fully integrated in all community activities. We require volunteers who are committed to our work and are willing to be flexible as we grow and change with the community’s needs and interests.
Costs & Benefits
Sustainable Roots volunteers are responsible for teaching English in the primary school.The classes are given to grade levels 1 through 7 and each provides a unique challenge. In the afternoon we work for one hour with an after school program facilitated by the local government. In the evenings we offer English classes to a group of high school students and to groups of adults.
Volunteers also assist with the building of communal greenhouses for groups of up to six families. We build the greenhouses through a series of “mingas” (communal work days) under the direction of an agricultural engineer who has expertise in building greenhouses. We continue to monitor the greenhouses after they are built to help the community continue to utilize them in the most effective manner.
Sustainable Roots pays for the volunteers housing and food while they are in the town of Cosanga. Volunteers are responsible for all costs associated with travel to and from Ecuador and all visa costs associated with their stay. Volunteers are granted a week of vacation during their stay and are responsible for all costs during this time period.
Applicants must be over the age of 18. Due to the integrated nature of our work in the community we ask that volunteers make a three to six month commitment and speak Spanish at a conversational level. Experience working with children of all ages is helpful also.
PO Box 1961
Grand Junction, CO 81502
Tel: In USA (970) 462-2860 in Ecuador (011) 593-3990-2511
Location: Cosanga, Ecuador
Average cost per day: $0
Focus: Education and Community
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and we expect high-beginner to low-intermediate Spanish, class are available