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Volunteer in Indigenous community in the Amazon

World, South America, Ecuador, Puyo



Travel dates

27°C, 23:31

About the workproject

We need 8 volunteers

If you are interested in learning about other cultures and protecting the Amazon rainforests, an adventure waits for you in Arútam and Ecuador. We offer volunteer placements all year round to people who actively want to engage in community development, conservation, and experience the Amazon as well as learn about the life of the Shuar Indians.
For us, volunteering is not just about the work. It is also a cultural exchange and opportunity to learn about the Shuar culture, and volunteers are invited to participate in all community activities. You will also be given the opportunity to visit other Shuar and Quichua communities in the surrounding forest as well as exploring the amazing 2600 acre reserve located right next to the community.
The purpose of the volunteer program is to strengthen the projects with personnel, ideas and new ways to create community development in the indigenous communities of Pastaza based on sustainable use of the biological resources and cultural norms.

About the host

Søren (47)

Host since



Danish, English, German, Spanish

Last seen online

more than 6 month ago

I am 40 years old. Married to Ana and have two children. I have been working with conservation and indigenous peoples in the Amazon for more than 20 years.

Project dates

Open for offers, contact us

Work to be done

  • gardening
  • construction
  • farming
  • teaching projects
  • maintenance tasks
  • eco projects

Expected workhours

  • 6 hours a day
  • 5 days a week

Work exchange deal

  • private room, shared cottage, shared room

Volunteers live in the Shuar community Arútam, which also is the headquarters of FUNDECOIPA. Volunteers are accommodated in a volunteer house close to the community center. The volunteer house has double rooms, bathroom, kitchen facilities, a fireplace, and washboards for laundry and open space for with hammocks.

  • shared meals

Volunteers will be provided with three meals per day and free drinking water. Furthermore biscuits, sweets, beers and soft drinks can be purchased in a small shop in the community. Meals consist of a traditional Shuar diet supplemented with rice, pasta and vegetables. The main stables are manioc, plantain, sweet yam, rice, pasta, vegetables, chili and meat. Another stable part of the diet is the chicha. Vegetarians can be accommodated. The price is 11 USD per day for the food.

  • no money is involved