Camp Ecuador Scuba School Expedition

Ecuador is a biodiversity hotspot with contrasting landscapes from coastal plains, to farmlands and jungles in the Andes. On your 4 week life-enhancing school expedition you’ll be travelling into the Amazon River Basin, you will experience first-hand the wide-ranging issues facing this country and its unique wildlife.

You’ll visit the Otavalo market, a vibrant and multi-cultural shopping experience, undoubtedly one of the most spectacular markets in South America. As you travel around this stunning country, you’ll also get the chance to see amazing mountain landscapes whilst visiting the bustling city of Quito and the surrounding area.

Dive into warm Pacific waters as you take on the challenge of mastering the fundamentals of scuba diving. Learn about your equipment and different diving techniques in a confined environment before undertaking series of open water dives surrounded by marine life whilst completing your PADI Open Water Dive Course. Keep your eyes peeled for turtles, dolphins and fish of all shapes and colours.

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Camp Ecuador Scuba School Expedition

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the impact you will make

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Water Security & Developing Community Ammenities (Kuri Kucho)

Water Security (Kuri Kucho)

 

Lack of water and sanitation is an ongoing problem for the community of Kuri Kucho. Their water source is diverted to commercial farms and areas with a larger population leaving the local community without a reliable source of fresh water for themselves and their livestock. You’ll help by building reliable water systems and toilet systems that will help tackle the poor sanitation and lack of water.

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Community Infrastructure Improvements (Costa)

Community Devlopment (Costa

 

The community around Camp Costa is in need of development. You’ll be working on a number of projects that will help the community, such as, building a community and children’s centre, or helping out in the communities organic garden.

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Water Collection (Chilli Urku)

Water Collection (Chilli Urku)

 

The community at Camp Chilli Urku lies on a ridge which runs through the jungle and therefore doesn’t have much running water. However, there is a perfectly good source of water: rain  (it is the rainforest after all). We are working to build rainwater harvesting tanks with toilets, showers, and a washing area for clothes in each of the houses. We also plan to build a reservoir above the village to provide a central communal supply of water.

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Reforestation (DonBiki)

Reforestation (Don Biki)

 

As the community develops, they cut down more trees to sell the wood and have spaces for crops. The Shiwa palm (native to the community and especially important as fast-growing contacuro trees grown within this palm) has suffered the most from this deforestation and we aim to replant more of these. As well as reforesting with Shiwa, we will be reforesting with medicinal plants, and aiming to engage the younger generations in learning about these and the other plants that surround them.

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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: Rooms in a converted community centre & tents with comfy mattresses & bedding. Flushing toilets & long drops, cold showers & sinks

Power: Mains electricity. US standard plug.

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

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 style: Eco houses with comfy mattresses & bedding. Modern toilets, hot water bucket showers & sinks
Power: Mains electricity only in social area. US standard plug
Social area: Camp fire, volleyball pitch, Otavalo visit
Signature dish: Cuy – guinea pig

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Camp Donbiki

The incredible Camp Donbiki offers a unique jungle experience. Situated in the heart of the Ecuadorian rainforest, its located next to a wonderful river, so you can be lulled by its peaceful sound as you go to sleep.

You’ll be welcomed by the friendly community here as they teach you their local customs and knowledge of the rainforest, including the traditional use of medicinal plants. You’ll work alongside them to help protect and restore the indigenous trees and improve the community facilities.

Location: In the Arajuno area of the Pastaza province

Accommodation style: Jungle lodge with bunk beds

Power: American two pin plug sockets in the communal spaces

Social area: The end of each cabin has a chill out space with cushions and there is a small dining room. Lots of open space in camp to enjoy your jungle surroundings.

Signature dish: Maito de tilapia or Maito de pollo – Fish or chicken cooked inside a banana leaf with palmito (roots of a type of palm) and yuca (root veg) and rice.

 

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Camp Chilli Urku

Experience true off-grid lifestyle in Camp Chilli Urku. Situated in a remote area of the rainforest, to arrive at the camp you’ll trek for a couple of hours through the jungle – the journey is well worth it. Surrounded by endless green, you will truly feel at one with nature as you fall asleep in your hammock listening to the sounds of the rainforest.

Location: In the Arajuno area of the Pastaza province

Accommodation style: Hammocks under grassed roofed open sided buildings

Power: There is no power in the camp but we have solar lights charging every morning

Signature dish: Maito de tilapia or Maito de pollo – Fish or chicken cooked inside a banana leaf with palmito (roots of a type of palm) and yuca (root veg) and rice.

Social area: Big dining room and open space to enjoy incredible views of the rainforest

Camp Chilli Urku 1

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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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What's included

4 week life-enhancing school expedition
Flights and in-country transfers
Travel insurance
Food and drink
Accommodation
PADI open water dive course
Project costs
Access to our Travellers Gateway
Ongoing pre-expedition and fundraising support
Dedicated Qualified Expedition Leader and supporting staff costs
Orientation and local language lessons
24 hour emergency support
Reserve location
The option to earn UCAS points