Camp Ecuador Pacific Coast & Jungle 1 Month

Soak up the laid back vibes of the coastal life and experience the amazing Ecuadorian jungle. Make a difference to the local communities by working on projects that are really needed. Get stuck into improving local school infrastructure to provide a safe and productive learning environment for the local children. Explore the buzzing city of Quito and the vibrant beach town of Canoa and enjoy a boat trip through the jungle rivers to spot some amazing wildlife. Immerse yourself in the traditions and culture of the local communities and make a measurable difference in improving their quality of life. You’ll work on initiatives to help retain the local culture and heritage of the fascinating communities you’ll live and work alongside. During your stay you’ll experience life on the Pacific coast and in the jungle of Ecuador, making an impact on both communities.

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Camp Ecuador Pacific Coast & Jungle 1 Month

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The impact you will make

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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 Improvement (Esmeraldas)

The school in the Chura community consists of just 3 classrooms to serve primary and secondary students. Our work here is mainly focused on improving these educational facilities – repairing the classrooms which are beginning to fall apart, constructing a toilet block for the students to use instead of a hole in the ground, building playground equipment and constructing another classroom for the growing number of students.

03 08 2017 2 The health center at Camp Esmeraldas is looking AMAZING

Activities Include

  1. Plastering and mixing cement
  2. Painting educational murals
  3. Building playground equipment
  4. Installing flood defences
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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 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 Esmereldas

Camp Esmeraldas lies on the shores of the Esmeraldas River, the principal water system of the north. The lush forests of the area are home to many birds including toucans, owls and parrots as well as howler monkeys.

The community of Camp Esmeraldas is predominantly of Afro-Ecuadorian decent and from Manabi province who earn their living from cattle and cacao farming. Our work here focuses on helping improve the infrastructure of the community on both sides of the river; the school is in desperate need of refurbishment and we are also working on a medical centre.

Location: In the village of Chura, closest town Viche, and closest city Quinindé

Accommodation style: Tents in the main camp, and hammocks in Chancama (not every group goes to Chancama)

Power: Three American plug sockets in dining area

Phone signal: None due to remote location. We use a satellite phone to communicate internally.

Signature dish: Encocado de pescado – which is fish from the river cooked in a coconut based sauce which is creamy and delicious.

Social area: Shaded area with lots of cushions and a few hammocks and a chill out zone with more hammocks outside

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Camp legends

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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 02-07

Camp Costa

We travel down the coast to our awesome Camp Costa. You’ll be welcomed by the camp manager who will show you around the projects, community and camp.

Over the next few days you’ll get stuck into projects in the local area. 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.

Day 08-09

R&R Weekend

This weekend you’ll have the chance to explore more of your amazing surroundings. We’ll head up the coast to the small beach town of Puerto Lopez – from here you are able to book a boat tour of Isla de la Plata, home to blue footed boobies, turtles and the Frigate bird.  Depending on the time of year you may also be able to spot whales, or you might just want to relax on the beach and enjoy a few days off. We’ll head back to Camp Costa in the late afternoon giving you some time in the morning to explore the town before we head off.

Day 10-13

Back to projects

Back to the project work in Camp Costa.

Day 14

Canoa

In the morning, you will head to Canoa, a relaxed undeveloped fishing village with a cool hippie vibe and a marvelous beach near Puerto Lopez. We’ll spend the night here, giving you a chance to chill out and soak up the laid back atmosphere.

Day 15-21

Camp Esmeraldas

The journey to your next camp is around 5 hours. Camp Esmeraldas lies on a community on the banks of the Rio Esmeraldas and is the core of a disparate set of communities along the banks of the river. You’ll be welcomed by the friendly community here, and will spend the next few days working on projects to help support this community. Your work could include improving the local schools and community facilities or building flood defence systems to safeguard the village.

Day 22

Camp Chancama

Today we will journey to Camp Chancama, in the middle of the jungle. To get there we will ride a boat to the other side of the river and walk around one hour through the jungle to the camp. You will be doing project work in this community too.

Day 23-27

Back to Projects

Back to the project work in Camp Esmeraldas.

Day 28

Quito

In the morning, you will head to the buzzing capital city of Quito. You have a chance to explore the city, visit the old town on a City Tour and go to the artisanal market to buy handcrafts.

Day 29

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
Camps t-shirt

 

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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