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The project is located in the lovely and authentic fishers village of Don Juan on the Pacific Coast. It is between Jama and Pedernales in Manabi Province, around 5 hours from Quito. On your down time enjoy the beautiful beaches, read at the library, or visit the surrounding area.
This program was created in 2016 after an earthquake ravaged parts of Ecuador. Hundreds of people died, and it left thousands without homes. The mission: to improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of the population – kids, teenagers and women – in northern Manabí through formal and informal education programs in a safe environment. Help empower them so they may explore their full potential.
As a volunteer, you will have day-to-day tasks such as:
Example of daily volunteer schedule
Internet: Wifi is free, yet slower than you may be used to. Life in Ecuador is relaxed and so is the Wi-Fi
Laundry: You will have access to a laundry machine, but you will need to buy your own detergent. Dryers and ironing are not available. You can have your clothes washed, dried, and ironed by someone from the village for an extra cost.
Accommodations: You will stay in a private room with a local home-stay family, walking distance to the volunteer project. Rooms have mosquito nets and shared bathrooms. The home-stay has basic living conditions, yet is a great way to experience the local culture.
Food: Meals are included. You will also have the opportunity to participate in preparing delicious healthy Manabí meals. We can accommodate special diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc.
Don Juan is a beautiful place you can explore with the local coordinators. There is a small pizza bar where you can relax at night. Don Juan also has breathtaking beaches. In your free time you can visit the impressive nature reserve Lalo Loor dry forest, or go to the vibrant coastal village of Canoa or enjoy interacting with the locals. Or you can just relax in town.
Nearby Don Juan is Manta, the province capital. If you want to discover more amazing beaches, Canoa village and Mompiche beach offer amazing views. Another standout is the Lalo Loor dry forest, a unique tropical habitat home to diverse species. Ecuador food is also incredible, so be ready for plenty of opportunities to try the local cuisine.