Natural Reserve Chiriboga
Description: The Chiriboga Foundation has supported several families that suffered the total or partial destruction of their homes due to the earthquakes of 2016 in the Ecuadorian Coast. The first part of the project takes place in the Province of Esmeraldas where the houses of two families are being rebuild. For the second part of the project, you will experience life in the forest, in a private reserve of cloud forest in the Ecuadorian Andes. The Foundation protects a reserve where we make reforestation work and protection of an endangered flora and fauna. A wonderful variety of birds and mammals lives there in freedom.
Type of Work: In Esmeraldas: helping building the houses with the family members. In Chiriboga : organic agriculture: cleaning and care of trees, fruit trees. Construction of an orchard. Waste management. Soil restoration. Protection of water sources by planting native species around riverbeds and streams. Recycling of material: use of materials such as tires, pallets and old wood to build furniture for the use of volunteers.
Study Theme: Forest conservation and its impact on water protection, through non-formal education and field experience.
Accommodation: First part : in the house where the families are living while theirs are being rebuild Second part : 'houses' of the foundation in Quito and in the reserve.
Language: Basic spanish, english
Requirements: The work in the reserve includes working with tools such as shovels and machetes, being in contact with the ground, plants that means being ready to get dirty. And accept manual works that are presented as urgent at the moment.
Approximate Location: Quito, Esmeraldas Province, Chiriboga