Volunteer Opportunity

Environment/Horticulture Volunteer in Ecuador

On-site
Volunteer must be in or near Quichinche, Ecuador
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Published 1 month ago

Details at a Glance

Time Commitment
Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Recurrence
Recurring
Benefits
Training Provided
Housing Available
Language / Cultural Support Available
Participation
International Volunteers Welcome

Description

The Tandana Foundation is seeking a volunteer to help with school gardens, a tree nursery, and other environmental/horticulture projects in the Otavalo canton of highland Ecuador, a region that is rich in natural beauty and cultural diversity. This position is available each year from September through early July, and the minimum time commitment is 3 months.


Position Description

Your main responsibilities will be to assist local teachers and students with their school gardens to help with weeding, planting, and other tasks. You may also help coordinate garden or environment-related experiences for groups of U.S. volunteers that may visit the community and help with other environmental projects as needs arise. Finally, you will serve as a cultural ambassador and a positive representative of The Tandana Foundation. In return, you will be placed with a host family, which will allow countless opportunities to explore the indigenous cultures and subsistence lifestyles of highland Ecuador as well as the natural environment around you. You will also be given all the support you need to succeed in your work and be encouraged to accomplish your personal goals.


Requirements:

  • Conversational Spanish
  • Experience living in cross-cultural situations, preferably in Latin America
  • Demonstrated interest in gardening, reforestation, or other environmental/horticultural work
  • Ability to work cooperatively with a diverse array of people, to solve problems creatively, and to promote a positive experience for all involved
  • Self-motivation, responsibility, and an ability to work independently
  • Minimum age is 19
  • Minimum time commitment is 3 months


Responsibilities:

  • Assist in school gardens
  • Engage in other environment-related projects as needed
  • Help coordinate the activities of visiting gardening groups and ensure that volunteers and community members alike have positive experiences.
  • Represent Tandana in a positive manner to all community members and volunteers and help to build good relationships


Benefits:

  • The opportunity to participate in unique cultural activities and be a part of a dynamic, multi-cultural team
  • Detailed orientation and ongoing support from Tandana's Ecuador Program Manager
  • Room and board with a local family (homestay)
  • Work expenses including local transportation, cell phone, and consular fees. (Volunteers pay their own airfare to Ecuador)

The Tandana Foundation is seeking a volunteer to help with school gardens, a tree nursery, and other environmental/horticulture projects in the Otavalo canton of highland Ecuador, a region that is rich in natural beauty and cultural…

Location

On-site
Quichinche, Ecuador

How to Apply

Interested parties should send a resume and a cover letter addressing each of the following questions to Aaron DiMartino, Senior Operations Director, at aaron [at] tandanafoundation.org. Please write "Environment/Horticulture Volunteer" in the subject line of the email.

  1. Please describe any experience you have living in Ecuador or in another cross-cultural situation.
  2. What are your strengths and weaknesses as a leader?
  3. Describe an experience that was very challenging for you. How did you deal with the difficulties, and what did you learn from the experience?
  4. What are you passionate about, and how do you express that passion?
  5. What do you think will be most exciting about this position?
  6. What do you think will be most difficult about this position?
  7. What are your personal and professional goals for this position and how can we help you accomplish them? 
  8. Do you have preferred starting and ending dates? Are these dates flexible?
  9. How would you rate your Spanish-speaking ability? Beginner, intermediate, advanced, native speaker?

Interested parties should send a resume and a cover letter addressing each of the following questions to Aaron DiMartino, Senior Operations Director, at aaron [at…

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