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Fundacion Jatun Sacha

Street Address: Pasaje Eugenio de Santillán N34-248

Locality: Quito

Region: Ecuador


Volunteer in the Maintenance and Development of a Medicinal Garden

La Hesperia, Ecuador
Duration of Program
2 Weeks to 3 Months
Dates of Program
Flexible Dates
Both (group and independent)
Age Restrictions
18 years+
Project Review

The station offers the volunteer program to those interested in protecting a fragile ecosystem in Ecuador. Volunteers help achieve the goals of La Hesperia Station, through the maintainance and development of the medicinal garden. Our forests are rich in medicinal herbs that need to be properly utilized. Through this program, we aim to do the same.

Major Responsibilities

    Job Responsibilities: 

    Major Job Responsibilities:

    • To maintain the medicinal garden
    • To work in the garden in daily basis
    • Protect the existing forest
    • Maintain the reserve as an IBA (Important Bird Area)
    • Work toward sustainable development
    • Create programs to foster community development
Cost/Program Fee
USD 240 (1 Week) and above as per the length of stay

What program fee Includes

    Program fee covers:

    • Accommodation at the reserve
    • Food (three meals a day)
    • In-country co-ordination
    • Organizational support during the volunteer program
    • At the time of orientation, volunteers will be provided with a Jatun Sacha T-shirt, a hat, a folder, a pen, a booklet with information about the Jatun Sacha Foundation, a map of Quito and the volunteers manual

    Program fee does not cover:

    • Passport / Visa costs
    • Local transport costs
    • Travel and cancellation insurance
    • Medical expenses
    • Personal expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, internet use, phone calls and personal excursions
    • Meals on your days off if you are not at the volunteer house at meal times

Skills/ Qualifications

Skills or Qualifications: There are no specific skills or qualifications as requirements for the volunteering placement. However, we do expect our prospective volunteers to be a graduate with genuine enthusiasm.

Arrangements for Room/Food

Food and Accommodation: Volunteers will be staying at the reserve that is located in the Amazon region. Food will be provided to you at the reserve. Meals will be served three times per day.

Application Process


Application Process: To appy for the volunteering job, please follow the link below:

After you have received information from the Volunteer Coodinator you just need to apply by sending the following things:

  • Application letter indicating: experience in conservation activities, future interests, reasons for applying, preferred station and participation dates (participation dates are needed to guarantee space availability).
  • Doctor’s note stating you are fit to participate in all activities required of you OR Proof of international travel Insurance.
  • 2 passport size photographs
  • If you have an original project include the work plan (2-5 pages)
  • US $40 Application Fee, $60 for Galapagos

You can send the documents by e mail or mail and the application fee via bank transfer, check in USD currency or cash to Fundación Jatun Sacha at:

Programa de Voluntarios
Fundación Jatun Sacha
Applicant\'s Name
Casilla 17-12-867
Quito - Ecuador

Any Missing Important Information


    Volunteers must pay their own expenses, including airfare to Ecuador and living costs while in the country.

    Costs for Volunteering

    Volunteers have to pay an application fee and the program fee according to the number of weeks they will stay at certain reserve. The program fee includes accommodation at the reserve, three meals a day, the coordination, organization and total support during the volunteer program. During the orientation meeting in Quito you will receive the following things: a Jatun Sacha T-shirt, a hat, a folder, a pen, a booklet with information about the Jatun Sacha Foundation, a map of Quito and the volunteers manual for the station you are going to volunteer at. The payment has to be made before going to the reserve at the office in Quito during an orientation meeting.

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