How can we mitigate the effects of climate change? Volunteer with local organizations restoring ecosystems and promoting sustainable agriculture and food production on Ecuador's Pacific coast. Explore stunning beaches, rocky shorelines, and coastal forests–you might even get lucky and spot a humpback whale!

Length Training
Dates
In-Country
Dates
Ages Application
Deadline
Price
Session A 3 weeks

Online training on COVID-19, health and safety, mental health, travel, and AMIGOS history before departure. Leadership and orientation training take place in-country.

June 8–28

15–19 Apply now!

Early Decision Financial Assistance Deadline: December 6, 2021

Local Chapter Deadline: January 31, 2022

Final Deadline: April 19, 2022

$5,875: National Chapter

$4,375: Local Chapter

What are chapters? Find out more here.

Financial assistance is available! Apply by December 6. Learn more here.

Session B 3 Weeks

Online training on COVID-19, health and safety, mental health, travel, and AMIGOS history before departure. Leadership and orientation training take place in-country.

July 6–26

15–19 Apply now!

Early Decision Financial Assistance Deadline: December 6, 2021

Local Chapter Deadline: January 31, 2022

Final Deadline: May 17, 2022

$5,875: National Chapter

$4,375: Local Chapter

What are chapters? Find out more here.

Financial assistance is available! Apply by December 6. Learn more here.

  • Session A
  • Length
    3 weeks
  • Training Dates

    Online training on COVID-19, health and safety, mental health, travel, and AMIGOS history before departure. Leadership and orientation training take place in-country.

  • In-Country Dates

    June 8–28

  • Ages
    15–19
  • Application Deadline
    Apply now!

    Early Decision Financial Assistance Deadline: December 6, 2021

    Local Chapter Deadline: January 31, 2022

    Final Deadline: April 19, 2022
  • Price

    $5,875: National Chapter

    $4,375: Local Chapter

    What are chapters? Find out more here.

    Financial assistance is available! Apply by December 6. Learn more here.

  • Session B
  • Length
    3 Weeks
  • Training Dates

    Online training on COVID-19, health and safety, mental health, travel, and AMIGOS history before departure. Leadership and orientation training take place in-country.

  • In-Country Dates

    July 6–26

  • Ages
    15–19
  • Application Deadline
    Apply now!

    Early Decision Financial Assistance Deadline: December 6, 2021

    Local Chapter Deadline: January 31, 2022

    Final Deadline: May 17, 2022
  • Price

    $5,875: National Chapter

    $4,375: Local Chapter

    What are chapters? Find out more here.

    Financial assistance is available! Apply by December 6. Learn more here.

About the Project

Project Type

Pod-based. Maximum enrollment is 20. Two spots are reserved for youth from Ecuador!

Spanish

You’ll get to practice Spanish on this project! At least two years of high school Spanish (or the equivalent) is required.

Climate

Coastal. Daytime temperatures can be hot!

Food

Corviches = Deep fried plantain stuffed with peanut sauce and fish
Encebollado = Traditional Ecuadorian soup made from onions and tuna

Pacific Ocean

This region is home to thousands of small-scale fishermen, giving it a vibrant yet laid-back attitude. This area is renowned for its magnificent coastline and rich waters. Surfers from around the world have been flocking to enjoy its beaches for decades!

Natural Resources

Ensuring community wellbeing in this area can depend heavily on natural resource—specifically, marine resource—conservation. Learn about community-wide efforts to conserve marine resources and how these initiatives can mitigate the detrimental effects of climate change.

Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador
Find out more about this program

Join an online info session!

RSVP HERE

Focus on Climate Change and Ecosystem Restoration

BUILDING RESILIENCE

Manabí and Santa Elena provinces are areas where challenges from climate change are most pressing. In this region, you’ll learn about the relationship between marine conservation and community wellbeing. Meet community members and learn how challenges from climate change and natural disasters have impacted their lives.

 

Partner Agency

Our primary partner agency is an organic farm and ecological center located in a valley in the center of the Ecuadorian coast. In line with their vision and mission, they have created a unique ecological space where volunteers can learn and explore in a tranquil environment with rich, abundant, and diverse nature. Earn 40 service hours while volunteering with this organization!

 

Example Activities

  • Visit an area that has been impacted by natural disasters. Hear from community members about how the town has moved forward.
  • Volunteer with reforestation efforts that help mitigate natural disasters
  • Visit local businesses dedicated to sustainable agriculture practices and taste some delicious fruit from the coastal region
  • Explore beaches, national parks, and museums along Ecuador’s Pacific coastline

Program Pillars

Ethical Service

Learn how to create ethical service initiatives by working with–not for–a community, engaging local organizations and partners, and evaluating the impact of your work. AMIGOS works with trusted local partners that are passionate and committed to working with our volunteers on community service projects.

Cultural Humility

Cultural humility is a process of both self-reflection about your own culture as well as learning about other cultures. You will examine your own beliefs and cultural identity and gain an understanding of how structural racism has impacted societies and the roles that communities can take to lead systemic change.

Leadership

Learn, grow, and discover your leadership potential! Explore your sense of purpose and start to establish your personal goals and values through introspection and inquiry.

A Day in the Life

Days 1–6 (Quarantine Period)

  • Wake up and have breakfast in small groups
  • Morning: Rotating schedule of activities, including Spanish classes, orientation, explore topics like sustainable construction and local youth-led environmental protection initiatives
  • Lunch outside
  • Afternoon: Rotating schedule of activities—Spanish classes, briefing, etc. in small groups
  • Free time to explore the grounds
  • Dinner in small groups
  • After Dinner: free time, fun group activities

 

Day 7–End of Project

  • Wake up and eat breakfast as a group
  • Morning: volunteer on a community service project, take part in fun intercultural and leadership activities
  • Lunch outside
  • Afternoon: collaborate with local groups in beach cleanups, visit national parks, and take part in service projects led by community members.
  • Dinner
  • After Dinner: fun group bonding, free time to relax
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Why Choose AMIGOS?

Have an Adventure

Travel to must-see spots in your host country! You’ll travel as a group to experience unique destinations like volcanoes, ancient ruins, national parks, and historical sites. You’ll get to see these places from the distinct perspective of someone who has spent time in that country and learned about the culture firsthand. Plus, you’ll bond with their fellow volunteers and have fun!

Travel with Trust

AMIGOS is the industry leader in health and safety management. Our staff is prepared to help you with any situation that may arise. Each volunteer receives a personalized emergency plan, as well as support from local staff teams and a professional 24-hour On-Call Safety Team of travel specialists, doctors, and mental health specialists. A Health and Wellness Coordinator is on staff with the group throughout the duration of their stay. AMIGOS also has an established network of vetted medical clinics and hospitals throughout the region.

Training for AMIGOS and Beyond

Prepare for AMIGOS through guided training in topics like: cultural humility, health and safety, emotional intelligence, travel safety, Spanish, leadership, and team building.

Upon arrival in the field, you’ll start country-specific training with your pod. During your time abroad, you’ll meet regularly with an AMIGOS staff member who serves as your mentor.

AMIGOS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience cross-cultural exchange in a local setting. It has made me grow outside my comfort zone and has completely changed my view of the world around me.

-Olivia, La Costa Volunteer, 2021

Program Requirements
  • Meet the health criteria for AMIGOS participation and follow the mental health procedures if necessary.
  • Receive required immunizations and medications
  • Be age 15–22 on the project start date
  • Two years of high school Spanish (or equivalent)
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Field Notes

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