SAUBC - Ecuador Service Learning Experience 2019

SAUBC - Ecuador Service Learning Experience 2019

Trip Highlights

  • Grassroots environmental conservation and community development project in a cloud forest community
  • Volunteer at Intillacta cloud forest ecological reserve
  • Canopy zip line activity
  • Learn how chocolate is made at a cacao farm

Trip Summary

This adventure is jam-packed with learning opportunities, adventure and service. From Quito we travel to the highlands of Ecuador to complete service work in a community located in a cloud forest. The Mestizo people of the highlands will welcome your group to their community to work along-side them on the community farms, taking part in the processing of dairy products and enjoying some social and sporting events. We visit an ecological reserve and enjoy a canopy zip line activity. Finally, we travel to Mindo to visit the beautiful waterfalls, swim in the crystal pools and learn about the process of cacao beans being transformed into delicious chocolate bars.

Itinerary

In flight and arrival scheduled just after midnight. Overnight in Masaya Hostel or similar.

Meals:  Nil

On arrival just after midnight, you will be met at the airport by a World Youth Adventures representative and transferred by private vehicle to your accommodation. Today you will have the opportunity to sleep late, to recover from your travels, breakfast will be arranged later than usual so the group can have time to rest. We'll then begin with the changing of the guard at the presidential palace and visit the Old Town Quito to discover some of the city's most historic buildings as well as the local food culture on this comprehensive walking tour! Tour the Monastery of San Francisco and learn about its impressive history from our expert guide. Admire the Independence Monument, Archbishop's Palace and Government Palace while at Independence Plaza. Learn about the unique architecture of the various churches that are located in this area. Discover how traditional sweets are prepared and enjoy a taste of Ecuadorian cuisine during your lunch break. Overnight in Masaya Hostel or similar.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you will travel to your host community located in the heart of the cloud forest! You will stop at your lodging to leave your belongings and settle in. You will travel to the community and enjoy a welcome lunch with them. after this you will have a cultural activity to get to know the community members and plan your volunteering activities for the next days. Overnight Sumak Pakari or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

During your stay you will work on grassroots environmental conservation and community development. This community has focused their efforts in environmental restoration and habitat conservation. Daily activities can include: organic farm work, tree nursery maintenance and reforestation, creating crafts in the artisan shop, sign construction and trail development. According to the current needs of the community (the daily activities can vary), you will also have the chance to work on improving local school infrastructure, building water tanks, improving the community meeting center or building an organic vegetable garden for the school children. Overnight in hostel.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast we pack and get ready to leave the community and visit an ecological reserve which is a family owned project working towards more sustainable livelihoods based on principles of ecotourism, agro-ecology, and nature conservation. Your visit to this reserve contributes to the active conservation of the Chocó Cloud Forest, a unique and endangered ecosystem. Upon arrival you will receive an introduction to the work carried out at the reserve and walk through their organic gardens and restored forests learning about sustainable practices. Here you will enjoy a canopy zip line activity. The journey is made out of six zip lines, which in total add up to 2 150m (7053,81 feet), built under strict international safety regulations. This activity offers the unique chance of a close encounter with the biodiversity of Andean Cloud Forests from a different perspective. You will enjoy a delicious lunch made with organic vegetables cultivated on this reserve. In the afternoon you will start your volunteering with your hosts. You will work in the organic vegetable garden & organic shade grown coffee plantation. Accommodation at Intillacta reserve

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you will continue with your volunteering activities at this unique reserve, you will help your hosts with general maintenance of the greenhouse as well as zeforestation activities. At 5.30 pm the group will have a farewell dinner! At 7 pm the group will leave the Intillacta reserve to travel directly to the airport in Quito to catch the international flight.

Meals:  B,L,D

Depart Quito for return to the USA

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
  • accommodation based on twin/multi share
  • expert bilingual guide
  • private transportation
  • sightseeing and entry fees as per the itinerary
  • airport transfers on Days 02 and 08
  • coordination and management of service learning project
  • international airfares

What's Not Included

  • Visa costs
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, postage etc
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips
 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:8 Days
Countries:Ecuador
Starting Point:Halifax
Finishing Point:Halifax
Activities:Service Learning Project
Adventure Touring
Grade:Adventure touring  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG5471