|Project Name:||Fundacion Jatun Sacha|
|City/Town:||Quito - Ecuador . Our main offices are in Quito, our projects where the volunteers go are located in many areas around Ecuador|
|Commitment:||Minimum of 2 weeks|
|Required Skills:||Spanish is not a requirement, experience in biology / conservation activities is not a requirement.|
|Description:||The Jatun Sacha Foundation (FJS) offers a volunteer program with opportunities to develop a wide variety of activities including reforestation, environmental education, community service, plant conservation, agroforestry, field data collection, and reserve maintenance, that are carried out in each biological station: Bilsa, Congal, Guandera, Jatun Sacha, La Hesperia, San Cristˇbal, Tsurak˙ and Lalo Loor and participate alongside smaller projects that include the promotion of biodiversity conservation, research, education, and other community programs.|
|Costs:||Galapagos station: USD 60 - application fee. USD 350 - 2 weeks. USD 700 - 4 weeks. All the other stations: USD 35 - application fee. USD 200 2 weeks USD 395 4 weeks.|
|Contact Person:||Volunteer Coordinator|
|Phone:||Tel. 00 593 2 243 2240 / 3317163 Fax 00 593 2 331 8156|
Note: This project has a small fee required.
EXTRA INFORMATION ABOUT THE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
The program tries to offer its volunteers field experience to those interested in contributing to the conservation projects and activities developed at each reserve. Volunteers are able to choose their work from a wide range of activities, carrying it out under the supervision of residential staff, researchers, environmental education instructors, and the administrative personnel of each reserve.
The FJS volunteer program is based on its infrastructure designed to house a number of specialized teams such as: students, volunteers, researchers and visitors. This organization has allowed the teams to organize and grow within each of the reserves, stations, estates, and communities in or around the zones, with respect to their individual interests.
Since each station is located in a separate region within Ecuador, each comes with its own set of characteristics. The Jatun Sacha Biological Station is a 2,500 hectare reserve located in the tropical rainforest region of the upper Napo region of Amazonian Ecuador. Bilsa is a 3,000 hectares reserve containing some of the last premontane tropical wet forest of the northwestern coastal province of Esmeraldas. This forest has been catalogued as a "Hot Spot", being the third priority for conservation in the world. Guandera, at altitudes of 3,100 - 3,600 meters above sea level, conserves more than 1,000 hectares of tropical wet montane forest and paramo highlands in the northern Andes of the Carchi province. The Congal Biological Reserve and Sustainable Aquiculture Center, is a 500 hectare reserve including mangrove and tropical hardwood forests, located in the province of Esmeraldas, in the Muisne estuary. The Lalo Loor Biological Reserve is a 250 hectare reserve that protects last remaining stretches of transitional dry forest on coastal Ecuador located in the Manabi province. San Cristobal is located on the San Cristobal island of the unique Galapagos archipelago, famous for the giant tortoise, conserving one of the last remnants of native vegetation on the higher portion of the island. La Hesperia, one of our newest reserves, is a 800 hectare reserve located in the low montane and tropical montane cloud forest, in the province of Pichincha. And finally the Tsuraku Community Biological Station and Reserve, a 4,000 hectare reserve in the Amazonian region, is managed by the indigenous Shuar people of the area.
All eight reserves are operated by the Jatun Sacha Foundation, a private, non-profit Ecuadorian organization founded in 1989 to promote biological conservation, research, education and community programs.
This program has a continuous commitment to the area:
- Two days of work on forest projects.
- Two days of work on the mini-field projects, in small groups.
- Two days of hiking where volunteers learn about the biological issues and socio-economic contexts that affect the park.
- Visits to the local communities and other activities vary depending on the station.
Please let me know if you need any extra information!!!
FELIPE ARTEAGA BSc.
FUNDACION JATUN SACHA
Eugenio de Santillan N34-248 y Maurian