Join a team of volunteers for an epic adventure to explore the Andes of Ecuador. This adventurous program will steer you off the regular backpacker trail enabling you to meet and work alongside traditional indigenous communities, helping with development initiatives before being taken on an adventure week down the famous Ruta de los Volcanes.
The community projects are co-ordinated by Yanapuma – a charitable foundation who aims to improve the quality of life for a number of communities across Ecuador through sustainable projects and volunteer tourism which provide the funds and labour required to bring about change.
Welcome to the Andes
Your adventure will start in Quito, where you will spend a couple of days acclimatising to the altitude before heading out to the more rural regions. You have time to wander about this stunning historic capital city seeing all the sights and straddling the equator!
Leaving the city behind, you’ll step into a fairy-tale land of traditional villages surrounded by rivers, waterfalls and snow-capped volcanoes. It is a stunning place to spend time – a playground for the adventurous and bartering heaven for those who love a local market.
Agato – Community and Spanish – weeks 1- 2
Experience a two way exchange
Your ultimate Andean destination is a rural community called Agato, close to Otavalo – a town famous for its artisan market selling traditional crafts and clothes, so make sure you have space in your back pack. In this area you will be surrounded by snow capped volcanos, crater lakes and spectacular waterfalls – it is utterly stunning.
The community of Agato struggle to maintain a sustainable living through farming or handicrafts production and as a result have opened their doors to our volunteers who will provide the additional manpower needed to refurbish their village infrastructure and to help with their harvest and crop preparation. Whilst living here you will be gain a real insight into their ancient culture – this is cultural exchange its very best.
Spanish Lessons Included
English is not widely spoken across the Andes, so we have built in time for you to have Spanish lessons to help you communicate with your host family.
Ruta de los Volcanes – week 3
Experience volcanoes to white-water
Just because it would be rude not to explore the adventure right on your door step, we have arranged for you to have a week of adrenaline bursts, along the famous Ruta de los Volcanes.
Starting at the Quilotoa Crater Lake, you’ll wander around the enormous lagoon nestled in the crater of the extinct volcano, before testing your kayaking skills.
Then it’s off to Baños, (the adventure capital of Ecuador) to awe at the Tungurahua volcano before white-water rafting down the Pastaza river, and mountain biking down the side of mighty Chimborazo Volcano. Exhilarating stuff.
We have 3 departures a year in Jan, April and September.
A short program with a big impact – reserve your place now.