Volunteer Conservation Program in Quito

Are you interested in saving the environment? Do you want to travel and explore a new place while embracing this passion? The volunteer conservation project in Quito, Ecuador would be honored to have you join their efforts.

  • Become part of time of likeminded individuals and help to protect and restore special parts of Ecuador’s ecosystem
  • Volunteer abroad with conservation in Quito, Ecuador for as low as $316
  • Receive constant support from our in country coordinator
  • Highly recommended program for a nature and animal lover

Do you have a passion for working to promote a healthy and friendly environment? Would you be okay with getting your hands dirty every day? Would you love to see a different part of the world than you are used to? If you answered yes to all of these questions, the volunteering overseas with conservation in Quito, Ecuador program is just the thing for you!

Los Cedros Biological Reserve, the conservation project you will be working with as a volunteer, is a nonprofit organization that depends on the hard work and contribution of the volunteers to survive. Consisting of 17,000 acres of wet tropical and cloud forest, 2,650 of the 17,000 acres were formerly colonized land, while the remainder is primary forest. Founded in 1988 the reserve was made possible with the help of numerous individuals and organizations.

The landscape of the forest is constantly evolving, with new conservation goals that the community desperately wants to achieve. This volunteer with conservation project in Quito, Ecuador will be highly stimulating and exciting.

Depending on what scientific research projects are active, there are many opportunities for volunteers to participate in field research. For the most current and up-to-date information on the priorities volunteers can be involved in, please contact the reserve.

Role of Volunteer

You will be working with many different tasks at the reserve when volunteering overseas with conservation in Quito, Ecuador. A typical day is constantly changing and can include many different duties. They include:

  • Trail maintenance and development
  • Checking the integrity of the reserve's borders
  • Assisting with research project work, when active
  • Developing new projects (for those self-motivators)
  • Maintaining facilities
  • Feeding chickens, cultivating vegetable patches, picking oranges, and cutting down bananas
  • Purchasing and transporting additional food and other supplies to the reserve from Quito

Work at the Los Cedros reserve can be both hardworking and relaxing. Working days vary in hours by the specific projects at hand. One thing is for sure; you will definitely break a sweat and work hard for their appetites! Yet, they will also be given time to relax, chat, read, eat, hike, drink tea, swing in hammocks, admire the views, and enjoy a well-earned sense of accomplishment from the day's labors.

Volunteers working for a long commitment to the volunteer with conservation opportunity in Quito, Ecuador are particularly valuable since they will get to know the reserve better during this time, developing their own initiatives. That being said, short-term volunteers are also a necessary source of energy, ideas, and labor. We require a minimum two-week commitment, although a month is preferred. Most people who volunteer here end up wanting to stay longer as they enjoy their work so much!

Skills and Qualifications Needed

No prior experience is needed for this volunteer abroad with conservation in Quito, Ecuador project, although we do require a love and passion for the environment. We also ask that you don't mind getting dirty, and are flexible, as many different tasks will be assigned to you.

Dates: Volunteer in Ecuador

All volunteer programs in Ecuador start every Monday of each month. However, if there is travel constrains, you can start any project on any day.

Prices: Volunteer in Ecuador

Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality Ecuador volunteer trips. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad's volunteer opportunity in Ecuador application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).

In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to your host family and project. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

Weeks Quito Galapagos
  1 Week   $266   $573
  2 Weeks   $427   $816
  3 Weeks   $588   $1,059
  4 Weeks   $749   $1,296
  5 Weeks   $910   $1,514
  6 Weeks   $1,071   $1,721
  7 Weeks   $1,232   $1,933
  8 Weeks   $1,393   $2,140
  9 Weeks   $1,554   $2,359
  10 Weeks   $1,715   $2,559
  11 Weeks   $1,876   $2,778
  12 Weeks   $2,037   $2,984

How your fee is allocated?

Program fees cover:
  • Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • Airport Pick up/Transfer
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Airfare Galapagos
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer
  • Food (if you are volunteering on the Galapagos Islands); Please allot $60-$70 a week to cover the cost of your meals)

The volunteering programs in Ecuador fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel.

Most Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteer with Conservation in Quito, Ecuador