Camp Ecuador Community & Culture 2 Weeks
Get stuck into Ecuadorian culture on this amazing 2 week programme. Based at our authentic traditional camp, you’ll be situated in the lush green province of Esmeraldas, surrounded by fields of bananas and cacao. The community here are of Afro-Ecuadorian descent and have a strong cultural heritage. They will welcome you into the local way of life during your time here as you live and work alongside them.
Immerse yourself in the traditions and culture of the local community and make a measurable difference to improving their quality of life on our projects. We listen to the needs of the local people 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.
Your two weeks in Ecuador will stay with you long after you return home and will leave you wanting more of this amazing country.
The impact you will make
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.
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: Approximately 7 hours drive from Quito, in the green province of Esmeraldas
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
Welcome to Ecuador!
You fly into Quito and will be met at the airport by a member of our Camp Ecuador team before being transferred to your accommodation in the city.
Today we hit the road and head to your first camp. 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.
Today we will journey to Camp Chancama, in the middle of the rainforest. To get there we will ride a boat to the other side of the river and walk around one hour through the rainforest to the camp. You will be doing project work in this community too.
Back to Camp Esmeraldas
Back to the project work in Camp Esmeraldas.
Head to the buzzing capital city of Quito for your final night in Ecuador where you can enjoy the evening with your teammates, reflecting on your time in this amazing country.
Say your goodbyes to Ecuador as we transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.
This itinerary is for example purposes only and is subject to change.
Don’t forget… flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations. Please note, you must be over 18 years old at time of departure.