Basic Information

Address: COAGRO Ecuador - Pichincha - Pedro Moncayo Calle 23 de Noviembre y Panamericana Edificio Trujillo
Phone Number: 00 593 22 365 310
Director: Fernando Inlago

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Additional Information

Background Check: Yes
Population Served: rural, indigenous communities in northern Ecuador
Ages for Volunteer: 21+ years old
Hours of Service: 9am - 5pm (with 1 hr. lunch break)
Minimum Hours of Service Required: 40 hrs./week
Days of Service: Monday - Friday
Languages: basic level of Spanish
Languages used as a Medium: Kichwa
Experience Required:

Experience and knowledge of organic agricultural practices are recommended. A background in International Business, Economics, or TEFL are also recommended.

Travel Arrangements:

Volunteer(s) are responsible for their own flight arrangements to and from Ecuador.

Participants Work: To support COAGRO in various projects in several communities of the northern Pichincha province.
Application Process:

Send an email to "" with a translated version of your résume/CV. Wait for a response from our director and, if applicant is qualified, a Skype session will be arranged articulating further steps.

Visa Requirements:

Travelers from the U.S. and other developed nations (double check this information to make sure it is still true) are allowed to enter Ecuador for 90 days as long as they have a return ticket upon arrival. Towards the end of these 90 days if you have kept out of trouble, you may be permitted to extend the visa for 90 more days for a fee of less than $50.

Program Highlights:

Projects that volunteers can participate in include: - Agricultural Project - Nutrition and Family Garden Project - Livestock and Milk Production Project - Grant Writing Project - Development of Local Economy Project - Community Tourism Project - Technical Assistance Project - English as a Second Language Teacher

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

COAGRO's goal is to support regional issues such as organic agriculture, biodiversity, environment, small animal breeding, training and technology transfer, rural micro-finance, and crafts in the region of Pedro Moncayo and Cayambe Cantons.

Program History:

COAGRO Foundation is a non-profit institution founded in 1998 with the aim of supporting the social development of the Andean communities of northern Ecuador, especially rural women

Social Networks:

- Facebook: "Coagro Ecuador" - Free Volunteering Abroad - - www. - Volunteer Latin America

Additional Information:

*OVERVIEW OF VOLUNTEER POSITION: Accomodation: Volunteers will have their own single room with a family in the community of San Pablito de Agualongo or a nearby community. Accomodation costs approximately $70/month. Administration Costs: To host a volunteer, COAGRO has small administration costs that include an office, internet, telephone, transportation, a kitchen, office materials, and a small library of resources. Because of this, there is a cost of $30 monthly for each volunteer. Transportation: COAGRO doesn't pay for the transportation of the volunteer to get to their community or workplace. However, it is posible someone can pick her/him up at a designated location for a fee. Please contact us for help to arrive here or if you are interested in being picked up at a designated location. Food: This issue is optional. Volunteers can take care of their own food or cooperate with the host family. If the volunteer chooses to eat with the host family, the cost is $2 per meal and is paid weekly. Guidelines for Online Posting: We value our volunteers' creativity and honor your interest in engaging in these forms of personal expression on your own time, should you choose to do so. You are legally responsible for content posted to the Internet, in a blog or otherwise, and can be held personally liable for defaming others, revealing trade secrets or proprietary information, and copyright infringement, among other things. *TIPS: Electricity: Usually available, with occasional outages or surges. It is 120 V just like the United States. You may find a three-prong or two-prong adapter useful. Altitude sickness: May occur due to the lower density of oxygen. As San Pablito and Tabacundo are at an altitude of approximately 3,000 meters, it may take a few days for your body to adjust. Drink plenty of wáter and don't overexert yourself. Symptoms may include: difficulty sleeping (or sleeping a lot), light-headedness, fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, rapid pulse, and shortness of breath. Water: It is recommended that you drink only bottled or boiled water. Water in general is not abundant, please use it sparingly. Toilets: The plumbing can't cope with paper being flushed. Always use the nearby garbage for your paper and sanitary products. Dress code: Days are often quite warm, with the nights being chilly and damp, but never near freezing. Note that the weather can change quickly so a raincoat is a good accessory almost any day in the rainy season (October to April). Life in the campo can be muddy and washing by hand may not be as gentle as it sounds, so leave your best duds at home.