Volunteer!

Want to learn about permaculture and volunteer your time to a worthy cause? 

Contact us to learn about volunteering here!
fruithaven.ecuador@gmail.com

Volunteers usually stay for 2 weeks to 2 months. 
If you're interested in becoming a community member and staying longer-term, please fill out the questionnaire here.
Read more about the differences between the volunteer program, and being a community member, here.

We are a permaculture fruit forest project in southeast Ecuador! Our goal is to be a successful example for other farms in the area to trust in sustainable methods of farming. We already produce many plantains, bananas, and other fruits, and are currently planting dozens of varieties of exotic fruits from South America and all over the world.

Somos un proyecto de bosque frutal de permacultura en el sur y este de Ecuador! Nuestra meta es para estar un ejemplo exitoso para otras fincas en el área a confiar en métodos sostenables de agricultura. Ya producimos muchos platanos, guineos, y otras frutas, y ahorita estamos sembrando muchas variedades de frutas exoticas de Suramerica y de todo el mundo.

Work-Exchange
We offer a work-exchange volunteer program where you receive simple, raw vegan food and accommodation in exchange for 25 hours of various farm tasks per week (5 hours per day, 5 days per week.) --

We offer the full work-exchange program (free food) for a period of 1 month per volunteer. --

If a volunteer wishes to stay longer, they are free to do so, under our partial work exchange program. Their work exchange is reduced to 15 hours per week of assigned tasks, though they are encouraged to continue to additionally participate with other tasks as necessary, with more autonomy in terms of what they wish do to. They will be provided with free bananas and papayas as they are available from the farm, but any other food they will have to purchase. --

Ofrecemos una program de intercambio de trabajo donde recibes alimentacion sencilla, cruda, y vegana, y acomodacion, en cambio para 25 horas de trabajos varios cada semana (5 horas cada día, 5 días cada semana.)

We prefer volunteers who are vegan, as this is a vegan community. We also prefer volunteers who have experience in / are interested in a raw food diet, and are interested in consuming raw foods while they are here, as this is another important community value of ours. Usually volunteers and residents here are eating all raw foods.

For volunteer food, we have a reasonable budget, and generally provide a sufficient quantity of several cheap staple fruits such as bananas, papayas, and oranges. We also will provide some saladables and avocados, and there are some vegetables from the garden as well. Should volunteers require more variety to suit their palate, they are free to supplement by purchasing additional fruits and vegetables from the local markets in Gualaquiza or El Pangui.

Preferimos voluntarios quien estan veganos, como esto es una comunidad vegana. Ademas, preferimos voluntarios quien tienen experiencia en una alimentacion cruda, y estan interesados en consumir comidas crudas mientras viven aquí, como esto es un otro valor comunitario de nosotros. Usualmente, voluntarios y residentes aquí estan comiendo completamente cruda. 
Para comida para los voluntarios, tenemos un presupuesto razonable, y generalmente proveemos una cantidad suficiente de frutas basicas como guineos/bananas, papayas, y naranjas. También damos algunos vegetales para ensaladas, y aguacates/paltas; y también hay algunas vegetales del jardín. Si los voluntarios requieren mas variedad para sus gustos, sean libre para suplementar por comprar frutas y vegetales adicionales de los mercadoes locales en Gualaquiza o El Pangui.

What to Bring
Rubber calf-length "wellington"-style boots are necessary. Local hardware stores sell them for $9/pair, unless your size is 45 (European size) or higher, in which case you'll have to look in a bigger city to find that size.

Some don't have a problem with bugs, but some newcomers to the area are bitten by gnats heavily. There are not many mosquitoes. You may wish to bring a mosquito net which is sufficient for "no-see-ums."

What We Provide
We provide mattresses but you should probably bring your own blanket/sleeping bag (we do provide a mattress cover). Most of the time you will sleep 1 to a room but if we have a lot of folks here we may put two volunteers in our bigger room.

Accommodation
The house is a simple, rustic, post-and-beam construction house right on the Rio Zamora. From the porch you can watch the boats going by. There are 4 bedrooms in the house (1 large and 2 small) and also a little cabin over the pond that you can occupy. There is a hot shower and bathroom. We use a composting toilet, to complete the nutrient cycle. 

Do We Charge Money?
We do not charge money for the volunteering program; food and accommodation received is free. However, we do charge $5 for internet access if you want it. The $5 covers the duration of your stay up to a month, and if you stay longer than a month, you'll pay $5 for each additional month. This helps us with the monthly bill. It's a great deal because most internet cafes in Ecuador charge $1/hour.

Work
Work generally falls into one of these categories:
Agriculture/Permaculture - Planting trees, maintaining trees, clearing weeds with machete, various tree maintenance tasks, vegetable garden work
Nursery work - tending to baby trees/plants in the nursery
House/Facilities repair - this may include sanding, painting, digging, etc
Hospitality/Upkeep - this may include cleaning rooms before/after guest arrival, sweeping the common areas, etc.

You will be expected to work 5 hours per day, 5 days per week. However we do not set the exact schedule, you can work at your leisure once you have your task list and understand how to complete each task. At the end of each day you will be expected to write in our "Volunteer Work Log" what you did that day. This is also to keep track of which 5 days each week you worked, and which are your days off.


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