Every year, COAGRO hosts volunteers from various countries to support us in our work in the Pedro Moncayo canton, located in the Pichincha province of Ecuador. We always need volunteers to support us in various projects in several communities of the Pichincha province, while we sometimes also work in the Imbabura province. Volunteers bring their skills and knowledge to the community and have the opportunity to be involved in the daily life of our communities.

As for the requirements, it depends on the project and is stated below. Volunteers must be 21 years old when they begin volunteering, have a basic level of Spanish, and make a commitment of at least 1 month.

Below are the projects where volunteers can participate:

 

  •     Agricultural Project: Volunteers live and work on a farm with a family in the community of San Pablito de Agualongo or another nearby community. Their daily activities include supporting a traditional Andean Ecuadorian farm with different daily chores in the field. This project requires a volunteer with basic agricultural knowledge and the motivation to learn more about agriculture in Ecuador.

 

  •    Nutrition and Family Garden Project: Volunteers live with a family in San Pablito de Agualongo or another nearby community and work in the community to organize a demonstration garden for the community members. If possible, the volunteer will also work with the community to identify the nutritional needs of its community members. This project requires a volunteer with experience in nutrition, agriculture, project management, and other related fields.

 

  •     Livestock and Milk Production Project: Volunteers live and work with a family dedicated to milk production in the community of San Pablito de Agualongo or another nearby community. Their daily activities consist of milking, maintenance and monitoring of the pasture, and animal nutrition and health. This project requires a person with basic livestock knowledge and the motivation to learn more about milk production and related subjects in Ecuador.
  •    Grant Writing Project: Volunteers live with a family in the community of San Pablito de Agualongo or another nearby community. Their daily activities include working in the office with grant writing and reviewing in addition to searching for additional funding opportunities for COAGRO. This project requires a basic knowledge of grant writing.
  •     Development of Local Economy Project: Volunteers live with a family in the community of San Pablito de Agualongo or another nearby community and work at COAGRO offices and with various micro-finance organizations associated with COAGRO in the provinces of Pichincha and Imbabura. Volunteer activities consist of visiting, supporting, and monitoring the community micro-finance organizations. Furthermore, the volunteer will also help to improve the organization and management of the organizations. This project requires a volunteer with knowledge of finance, economics, accounting, or another related field. 
  •     Community Tourism Project: Volunteers live with a family in San Pablito de Agualongo or another nearby community and work in the community to organize a viable tourism proposal for the community and its environment. This project requires a volunteer with experience in tourism and project management.
  •     Technical Assistance Project: Volunteers live with a family in the community of San Pablito de Agualongo or another nearby community and work in the same community, COAGRO offices and other nearby communities. Volunteers assist in technical activities related to agriculture, livestock, micro-finance organizations, and cooperatives. This project requires a technical profile such as a veterinarian, sociologist, economist, financial analyst, accounting, agronomist, etc.
  •     English as a Second Language Teacher: The volunteer lives with a family in the community of San Pablito de Agualongo, near Cayambe and Tabacundo about an hour outside of Quito. Their daily activities include assisting a teacher in the classroom of children, ages 12-18, to teach English, part time. Additionally, the volunteer has the opportunity to teach English to other members of the community, and/or on other COAGRO community projects.

 

Schedule: All volunteers have the same schedule: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00 with a lunch break. Occasionally, this schedule is modified due to the requirements of the activity, especially in agricultural work and milk production.

Accommodation: Volunteers will have their own single room with a family in the community of San Pablito de Agualongo or a nearby community. Accommodation costs approximately $70 per month. 

 

Administration Costs: To host a volunteer, COAGRO has small administration costs that include an office, internet, telephone, transportation, a kitchen, office materials, and a small library of resources. Because of this, there is a cost of $30 monthly for each volunteer. 

 
Transportation: COAGRO doesn't pay for the transportation expenses of the volunteer to get to our community. However, we will pick him/her up at a designated location for a fee. Please contact us for help to arrive here or if you are interested in being picked up at a designated location.

Food: This issue is optional. Volunteers can take care of their own food or cooperate with the host family. If the volunteer chooses to eat with the host family, the cost is $2 per meal and is paid weekly.

Visa: COAGRO may help volunteers with their visas.

For further information on volunteering opportunities please contact us and send us your CV and a letter (in Spanish and no more than one page) explaining a little bit about yourself and why you want to participate in our volunteer program in Ecuador.  We will answer you as soon as possible and we may schedule a time to chat in Skype about your strengths and our opportunities. Thank you.

 

Thanks for your interest in our volunteer programs.