Camp Ecuador 2 Months

True Ecuadorian adventure awaits on our 2 month programme. Soak up the laid back coastal vibes of the Pacific coast at Camp Costa, experience life surrounded by the mighty Amazon Rainforest at Camp Amazonia, and take in the stunning snow-capped mountains surrounding camp Kuri Kucho.

Immerse yourself in the traditions and culture of the local communities and make a measurable difference to improving their quality of life on our projects. We listen to the needs of each community so you’ll be working on the projects that are a priority for them. Get stuck into project work at local schools, improving infrastructure to ensure a safe and productive learning environment. There’ll be plenty of fun interacting with the local school children too. You’ll also work on initiatives to help retain the local culture and heritage of the fascinating communities you’ll live and work alongside, so that they can benefit from visiting tourists.

Explore vibrant Banos, home to an amazing giant swing, zip lining, rafting and lots of great bars and restaurants. Hit the craft market in Otavalo (the largest in South America) for some bartering and to soak in the buzz. Explore the beachside towns of Puerto Lopez and Montanita, unwind after a day of project work in a beach bar with your new friends. After spending two culture and adventure filled months in Ecuador, you will have made a measurable impact on the communities that you will have lived and worked with. The people you meet will stay with you long after you leave South America.

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Camp Ecuador 2 Months

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The impact you will make

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Ethnobotanical Garden (Amazonia)

The Amazon rainforest is one of the most important regions in the world and is home to more than 1000 animal species. However, it’s also one of the most threatened. You’ll help by establishing and maintaining an ethnobotanical garden and tree nursery for the community that can be used for reforestation and preserving cultural medicinal knowledge.

volunteer project ecuador

activities include

  1. Seed collection & harvesting
  2. Tree planting
  3. General maintenance
  4. Occasional construction when needed
02

Turtle Conservation (Costa)

The waters surrounding Ecuador are home to green, hawksbill and leatherback turtles, all of which are now endangered due to human activity. You’ll support a local village close to an important turtle nesting site by promoting turtle conservation to help safeguard the future for these wonderful animals.

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activities include

  1. Beach patrols & clean ups
  2. Environmental education workshops
  3. Digging foundations
  4. Laying bricks
  5. Plastering, painting and decorating buildings & signs
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School Kitchen Improvement (Kuri Kucho)

Currently the community school provides lunch for all the children and the food is cooked and prepared in a classroom which is totally unsuitable and poses a real fire hazard. You will help by continuing the alterations on this building to provide the school with a safe and hygienic kitchen.

volunteer project

activities include

  1. Mixing cement
  2. Plastering, painting and decorating buildings
  3. Learn about bio-construction
  4. Make your own building materials
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What people say

Thompson, bailey
The communities were so honoured to have us and I will never forget the children that we spent our mornings with. I never realized how incredible it feels to help others learn until I took... Bailey – Ecuador
elliot, kat
It was my first time traveling which was nerve wracking but as soon as I met my leader, Paola, I felt totally comfortable and excited to start work. Each camp was so unique and every... Kat – Ecuador

Camp Amazonia

What better place to spend time than in the world’s greatest and most biodiverse rainforest! The journey before you even reach camp is a must-see, as you drive from the Andes (2800m) down to the rainforest (400m) through landscapes of global significance and unparalleled beauty.

Staying at Camp Amazonia is a very special experience as you actually get the chance to live inside the Ecuadorian Amazon. The camp is set beside a small river and is surrounded on all sides by lush jungle teaming with some incredible wildlife that you won’t see anywhere else. You’ll also spend time with the locals and learn more about their fascinating way of life. This really is a true adventurers paradise!

Location: 210 km (6 hours drive) from Quito International Airport

Accommodation: Traditional wooden buildings & tents with comfy mattresses & bedding. Flushing toilets, cold showers & sinks

Power: Generator (between 06:00 – 10:00 & 16:00 – 20:00)

Phone Signal: No

Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. toast, cereal,  and fruit for breakfast; fish with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit

Signature dish: BBQ Tilapia wrapped in banana leaf. Palm, yucca & banana flower salad

If you’re feeling brave: Try live lemon ants or chontacuro grubs!

Social: Open sided chill out space with hammocks

 

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Camp Costa

Camp Costa is a wonderful camp set within a sleepy fishing village along the Ecuadorian coast. Only a short walk away (300m) you’ll find a quiet golden sand beach overlooking the warm and sunny Pacific Ocean. Here you can kick back, look out to sea and you may be lucky enough to spot dolphins, sea lions and even humpback whales cruising past.

The camp is located within the village where the locals are so friendly and welcoming that it will become your home away from home in no time. The football pitch is next door so you can challenge some of the locals to a friendly game after a hard day’s project work.

Location: 160 km (4 hours drive) from Guayaquil International Airport

Accommodation: Traditional buildings & tents with comfy mattresses & bedding. Flushing toilets & long drops, cold showers & sinks

Power: Mains electricity. US standard plug.

Phone Signal: No

Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. toast, cereal,  and fruit for breakfast; fish with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit

Signature dish: Ecuadorian ceviche, breaded prawns & patacones (fried plantain)

If you’re feeling brave: Try live lemon ants or chontacuro grubs!

Social: Open sided chill out space with hammocks, volleyball court & football pitch. Bamboo gazebo and fire pit on the beach

 

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Camp Kuri Kucho

Kuri Kucho is our highest altitude camp in Ecuador, sitting 3,300 metres above sea level. Its elevated hillside position offers you the most jaw-dropping views of the dramatic highland surroundings. The views across the valley to the glaciated Cayambe (5,790m) are not to be missed and on a clear day you may also catch a glimpse of Antisana (5703m) in the distance.

The camp itself is situated in the heart of this widespread community and it’s not uncommon to see children passing by the camp on horseback on the way to school. Accommodation is made out of ecological materials where possible, making this a very unique and environmentally friendly camp full of rustic charm.

You are also only 40 minutes drive from Otavalo, Ecuador’s most famous indigenous market where you can grab all sorts of handicraft bargains.

Location: 75 km (2 hours drive) from Quito International Airport

Accommodation: Eco houses & tents with comfy mattresses & bedding. Modern toilets, showers & sinks

Power: Mains electricity only in social area. US standard plug

Phone Signal: No

Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. toast, sausage and omelette for breakfast; pasta, chicken stew/curry with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit

Signature dish: Chicken & veg

If you’re feeling brave: Try guinea pig!

Social: Camp fire, volleyball pitch, Otavalo visit

 

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Camp legends

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Local camps crew

Jimena

Our Operations Leader and all round volunteering super star in Ecuador. Jimena ensures the smooth running of all our volunteer projects and spend her spare time raising money for The Camps Foundation, our charity.

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Example itinerary

Day 01

Welcome to Ecuador!

You fly into Guayaquil and will be met at the airport by a member of our Camp Ecuador team before being transferred to your accommodation in the city (approx. 1-hour transfer)

Day 02

Camp Costa

Today we travel down the coast to our wonderful Camp Costa. You will meet our legendary camp staff and they will show you around the neighbouring community and the projects.

Day 03-07

Project work

Project work begins! We are working closely with the local primary and high school on a number of initiatives to improve infrastructure and provide safe and productive learning environments for local children

Day 08

Chill out day

Today is a chill day at the laid back beach town of Puerto Lopez. You might want to book a boat tour whilst you’re here to the beautiful Isla del Plata. This charming island is home to blue-footed boobies, turtles and the albatross bird.

Day 09-12

Project work

Back to projects at Camp Costa.

Day 13-14

Chill out in Montanita

Today we head to the lively coastal town of Montanita, home to lots of great bars and restaurants.

Day 15-18

Project work

These are your final few days at Camp Costa. You will finish up on project work before saying your farewells to the community.

Day 19

Quito roadtrip

Today we start our epic road trip to Quito! This is a long journey so we take it easy and spend the night in the small beach town of Canoa.

Day 20

Quito roadtrip

Today we travel inland to the capital city, Quito. The journey will be around 6-7 hours and you will have some free time to explore the bustling capital with an overnight stay in a city hostel.

Day 21

Camp Amazonia

Today we will make our way to the mighty Camp Amazonia. Get ready for the humidity and remember to pack your bug spray and sunscreen.

Day 22-39

Project work

Projects here are varied but largely focus around the local primary school. You will work with us on a number of initiatives to improve infrastructure and provide safe and productive learning environments for local children.

Day 40-41

Chill out in Banos

You will spend the next couple of days visiting the nearby town of Baños. This vibrant town is a popular stop for backpackers. It boasts some amazing walking routes, waterfalls, zip lining, canyoning, rafting, great bars and wonderful restaurants.

Cay 42

Explore Quito

Discover the shops, restaurants, bars and culture of vibrant Quito.

Day 43-49

Camp Kuri Kucho

This camp has a beautifully picturesque setting, with glaciered mountains on the horizon and a wonderful neighbouring community. Your time here provides you with a unique insight into the day-to-day lives of a rural Andean community and projects are designed to help retain the culture and heritage of these fascinating people.

Day 50

Otovalo

Today we will visit the charming market town of Otavalo, home to the biggest craft market in South America. Have some fun bartering and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere in the town.

Day 51-54

Project work

Back to projects at Kuri Kuchu.

Day 55-56

Quito

We head back to Quito for your final two nights. You have time for some last minute shopping and a final celebratory meal before your departure in the morning.

Day 57

Departure day

Your Camp Ecuador adventure ends today. We will say our final goodbyes before transferring you to Quito Airport, a few hours before your departure.

Please note:

This itinerary is for example purposes only and is subject to change.

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What's included

Food
Drinking water
Accommodation
Pre-travel support from dedicated UK team
In-country support from dedicated local team
In-country airport & activity transfers
All project costs & materials
Orientation & language lessons
24-hour emergency support
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Don’t forget… flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations. Please note, you must be over 18 years old at time of departure.

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