Camp Ecuador Community & Coast 2 Weeks
Soak up the laid back vibes of the Ecuadorian coast and 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 vibrant beach towns of Puerto Lopez and Canoa and enjoy a boat trip to spot some amazing wildlife. 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 2 week stay you’ll experience life on the Pacific coast of Ecuador, making an impact on both communities.
The impact you will make
Marine Life Conservation (Costa)
The waters surrounding Ecuador are home to a vast array of marine life including green, hawksbill and leatherback turtles, all of which are now endangered due to human activity. You’ll support a village close to an important turtle nesting site by cleaning and protecting the local beaches and helping to safeguard the habitat of the marine life in the area.
- Beach patrols & clean ups
- Environmental education workshops
- Digging foundations
- Laying bricks
- Plastering, painting and decorating buildings & signs
What people say
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
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.
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).
Today we will 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 you will be working on.
Project work begins. We are working closely with the local primary school and high school on a number of initiatives to improve infrastructure and provide safe and productive learning environments for local children. We’ll also support a local village close to a turtle nesting site by promoting turtle conservation in the area.
Chill out 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.
Back to projects at Camp Costa.
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.
Your Camp Ecuador adventure ends today. We will say our final goodbyes before transferring you to Manta Airport a few hours before your departure.
This itinerary is for example purposes only and is subject to change.
Top up your trip
Add some extra adventure to your time in Ecuador. All top ups are bookable through our friendly travel advisors.
PADI Scuba Ecuador
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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.