This project is located in the town of Puerto Lopez in the province of Guayas. You will have to travel first to Ecuador’s biggest city, Guayaquil and then on to Puerto Lopez.
Depending on your program, you will work sometimes in the weekends as well. It is a full program with much variety in activities and an average workday of 6-8 hours. It is important that you are on time and punctual to work.
During the week (Monday to Friday) you will get to work hands on with data collection and analysis. You will have four outings to the ocean to collect data varying between a half and full day trips depending on the schedule. Afterwards you share and analyse all the research material (cameras, GPS, sound recording etc.). Spanish lessons are held at the project location and will be distributed during the week depending on when you go out to the sea and how the weather is. On Saturday you will go over the results and conclusions.
No work days on the following public holidays:
01 & 26 May
Mandatory Volunteer Requirements
Minimum age of 18
All foreigners entering Ecuador are obliged to have a valid health insurance
Basic Spanish is an advantage, but not required
What Makes a Good Volunteer?
Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.
Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.
How Long Should I Volunteer?
Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.
Arrival Package in Guayaquil
You can choose an Arrival Package in Guayaquil including transfer from the airport to your accommodation in Guayaquil, 1 night accommodation in private room, and private transfer from accommodation to bus station. You can also choose an Arrival Packag with overnight in Guayaquil in private room and private transfer from Guayaquil to Puerto Lopez.
Accommodation in Puerto Lopez
Accommodation is a volunteer house and you will be staying in same-gender dorm rooms. The rooms have their own bathroom. There is also a shared kitchen and a social area with hammocks and swimming pool. You will be provided with bedding and have wi-fi. The accommodation is basic and it is your duty to keep your living area clean.
This project is available with or without an arrival transfer from Guayaquil Airport, including 1 night in Guayaquil in private room and transfer to bus station in Guayaquil.
You can also choose an Arrival Transfer Package including 1 night in Guayaquil in private room and private transfer to Puerto Lopez.
Meals are self-catering at the volunteer house. There is a fully equipped kitchen available for you to use, or you can choose to have dinner at one of the many restaurants and cafes in the town where you can eat delicious meals for very low prices.
One shared dinner with the whole group per week is included.
The climate on the coast is hot and humid. The weather can change however it is often quite hot and sunny.
What to Bring
Lightweight, long & fast-drying work trousers, shorts, short-sleeved shirts, long-sleeved shirts, rain jacket, cardigan
Sunglasses, sunblock & swimwear
Prescription medication (if applicable)
Evenings & Weekends
In your spare time you can relax at the beach or take a trip to nearby Isla De Plata with much of the wildlife you will find on the Galapagos Islands.