Deep in the Amazon jungle, the vast Napo River winds past shorelines enveloped by throngs of lush, emerald green forest and bursts of tropical colour. Arrive by motorized canoe and once on shore, hike through dense flora and fauna with your expert guide, taking in spectacular panoramic views of the Amazon. Experience the joy and warmth of Kichwa culture as you’re welcomed into a local community.

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ME to WE donates 50% of its net profits to their charity partner, WE Charity, so every trip contributes to international development efforts in the community you visit.

Participate in a sustainable international development project and connect with community members by experiencing daily life in Ecuador

Explore and experience Ecuador’s lush landscape, , age-old traditions and the history of the region firsthand, led by your local guide.

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ME to WE Ecuador Volunteer Trip

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Day 1

Quito

Arrive in Quito where you will be met by your ME to WE facilitator and transferred to your hotel, the Rincon De Puembo.

Day 2

Amazon Basin

Descend by road into the Amazon basin before taking a motorized canoe down the Napo river to Minga Lodge. Enjoy an orientation and overnight at Minga Lodge.

Day 3

Amazon Basin

Enjoy a morning rainforest walk before meeting local community members to start work on an infrastructure project. Experience the joy and warmth of Kichwa culture as you’re welcomed into a local community, and connect with fellow mothers, fathers and families. Join a minga—a Kichwa word meaning “the coming together of people for the greater good”— and work alongside community members on a sustainable development project.

Day 4

Amazon Basin

Join a farmer to help carry out daily activities and continue the build in the afternoon. Enjoy an optional wild Amazonian night walk

Day 5

Amazon Basin

Volunteer on the build site in the morning. Be invited to the home of a local shaman and medicine man to participate in a traditional cleansing ceremony and blessing. Meet an indigenous weapons expert and train in the art of throwing a spear and shooting a blowgun, both techniques that have traditionally been used for hunting in indigenous cultures.

Day 6

Amazon Basin - Quito

Morning departure by river boat to Coca, before boarding your flight to Quito and explore the old city. Stay at Swissotel with dinner at La Choza

Day 7

Amazon Basin

Join our jungle guides for a traditional cooking lesson before you finish your work on the development project and bid goodbye to the local community.

Day 8

Quito

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Day 9

Amazon Basin

Journey down the river in a motorized canoe to a farm nestled among the trees, where you’ll meet a cacao farmer who supplies beans to a French chocolatier. Cacao production is a main source of income for the region’s farmers—experience what goes into planting, harvesting and processing cocoa beans. 

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