Yacuma Ecolodge Rain­for­est Vol­un­teer Pro­gram Ama­zon Jun­gle — Ecuador

The Yacuma Ecolodge Rain­for­est Vol­un­teer Pro­gram is based on the idea that the essence of vol­un­teer­ing is to give and receive. The Vol­un­teer Pro­gram will enable you to make a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in someone´s life by giv­ing your valu­able time and effort. At the same time you will improve your­self both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally. You will improve pro­fes­sion­ally by learn­ing another lan­guage and by devel­op­ing valu­able skills that you will find invalu­able in your fur­ther career. Work­ing as a vol­un­teer will give you many new expe­ri­ences and will allow you to learn more about your­self. Your vol­un­teer expe­ri­ences will give you mem­o­ries that you will never for­get; expe­ri­ences that will shape your life fur­ther on.

Why Volunteer?

Vol­un­teer work is a way for you to do incred­i­ble things in another coun­try and another cul­ture. You will get the oppor­tu­nity to learn Span­ish, get valu­able skills and experience and demon­strate sol­i­dar­ity towards an Ama­zon com­mu­nity that needs your help. It’s a rec­i­p­ro­cal process that ben­e­fits both you and your work­place. By such an exchange, you will take part in improv­ing the world by mak­ing friend­ships across board­ers and by empha­siz­ing val­ues such as tol­er­ance and peace.

Volunteer Guide

The staff, who works at Yacuma Ecolodge, has worked as vol­un­teers in Ecuador them­selves. They have exten­sive expe­ri­ence in wel­com­ing for­eign­ers to Ecuador and speak flu­ent Eng­lish and Span­ish. Due to our expe­ri­ence we always offer the best for our volunteers.


  • Real­is­tic guid­ance and use­ful infor­ma­tion to pre­pare you for your stay.
  • Accom­mo­da­tion in the bun­ga­lows with pri­vate bathroom
  • All meals at the Lodge
  • Admis­sion to the Indian community
  • Excur­sions, Canoe­ing and activ­i­ties in the Ama­zon rainforest
  • Admis­sion to the Indian community
  • Excur­sions and activ­i­ties in the Ama­zon rainforest
  • A per­sonal advi­sor who will fol­low work progress through­out the entire process.

  • To learn and share expe­ri­ences with a real Ama­zon com­mu­nity, when you be in our Ecolodge in the rainforest.
  • To get dif­fer­ent skills and knowl­edge in our ecolodge such as: cook­ing, guide in the ama­zon, ani­mals care, man­age­ment the lodge, and more.
  • A healthy, friendly and amaz­ing envi­ron­ment in the real Rainforest
  • A pro­fes­sional work­place that will receive you in the best manner.
  • Some­one who will greet you at the airport.
  • A place to live that makes you feel at home, (fam­ily, hotel or at the workplace).
  • Oppor­tu­nity to learn Span­ish in your workplace.
  • Free inter­net access in Quito

Who can vol­un­teer?

Any­one 18 years or older! To par­tic­i­pate in the Yacuma Vol­un­teer Pro­gram you don’t need to have an edu­ca­tion or any orga­ni­za­tional expe­ri­ence, that’s what makes us dif­fer­ent from many other vol­un­tary pro­grams. Pre­vi­ous expe­ri­ence is per­fectly o.k. of course.

How long do I need to volunteer?

You decide how long and when you would like to begin your vol­un­teer pro­gram. How­ever, our project in the Ama­zon requires a com­mit­ment of 1 month dura­tion. Please see more detailed infor­ma­tion about our Ecolodge.

What’s it like to volunteer?

The sen­sa­tion you get when you vol­un­teer is that you give and receive. Your work will make a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence while, at the same time, you will learn a lot from your col­leagues and your work expe­ri­ence. Our ecolodge is an orga­ni­za­tion with a high level of expe­ri­ence and project to help an Ama­zon Com­mu­nity, but unfor­tu­nately with low eco­nomic resources. That’s why they need help from vol­un­teers and they will repay you with a wealth of new knowl­edge and friendship.

We can promise you that you will also find a lot of smil­ing faces and hap­pi­ness. It is impor­tant to remem­ber that poor­ness is not the same as unhap­pi­ness! About the lan­guage, major­ity of Ecuado­ri­ans speak only Span­ish, but that won’t be a prob­lem because our staff in the lodge speaks Eng­lish quite well.

How do I become a volunteer?

If you want to par­tic­i­pate in the Yacuma Vol­un­teer Pro­gram please sent us an email with all your infor­ma­tion. After we have decided to vol­un­teer with you, you need to pay the reg­is­tra­tion fee in order for us to treat your appli­ca­tion; we will send you infor­ma­tion about how to do this. When we receive the reg­is­tra­tion fee, we will imme­di­ately begin to process your appli­ca­tion in order to ful­fill your needs. As soon as we have a sug­ges­tion for you we will send it to you. (Within a week max­i­mum) If you are not pleased with our sug­ges­tion we will give you a new offer until you are satisfied.

Documents necessary for the application:

Doc­u­ments nec­es­sary when the appli­ca­tion is sent by e-​mail

  • Pay­ment of reg­is­tra­tion fee
  • Visa, if you are going to stay more than 3 months
  • Con­fir­ma­tion that you have a round — trip ticket

When you arrive in Quito we need

  • Copy of passport.
  • Two pho­tographs
  • Copy of degree /​CV
  • Pay­ment of par­tic­i­pa­tion fee
  • Copy of insur­ance documents
  • Police record

Doc­u­ments nec­es­sary when apply­ing here in Quito

  • Copy of passport.
  • Two pho­tographs
  • Copy of degree /​CV
  • Pay­ment of par­tic­i­pa­tion fee
  • Copy of insur­ance documents
  • Police record

Why pay for volunteering?

For many it may seem strange to have to pay in order to work for free. How­ever, it is nec­es­sary to charge a small amount in order to defray costs of the work­places and the fam­i­lies where the vol­un­teers live. We are aware of the fact that many vol­un­teers do not have a lot of money and we there­fore always work to offer you the min­i­mum price.

The work of the Yacuma Rain­for­est Vol­un­teer Pro­gram is non-​profit and we there­fore only charge for admin­is­tra­tive costs.

Your Expenses:

Reg­is­tra­tion Fee 2018: $25


  • Doc­u­ments that might you need for your Visa
  • Gen­eral Information
  • A per­sonal adviser
  • Infor­ma­tion about the vol­un­teer program

Par­tic­i­pa­tion Fee 2018: $150 monthly


  • A per­sonal advi­sor who will fol­low work progress through­out the entire process
  • Infor­ma­tion to pre­pare you for your stay includ­ing a 2-​hour ori­en­ta­tion in the city
  • A pro­fes­sional work­place that’s per­fect for you.
  • One free pick-​up at the airport
  • Accom­mo­da­tion in the bun­ga­lows with pri­vate bathroom
  • All meals at the Lodge
  • Admis­sion to the Indian community
  • Excur­sions, Canoe­ing and activ­i­ties in the Ama­zon rainforest
  • Admis­sion to the Indian community
  • Excur­sions and activ­i­ties in the Ama­zon rainforest
  • The pos­si­bil­ity to par­tic­i­pate in many fun social events. (Depend­ing on the event some may have extra charges).
  • A coor­di­na­tor that accom­pa­nies you to your work­place on the first visit.
  • Free inter­net access in Quito
  • A cer­tifi­cate at the end of your work­ing period


You will stay in Quito for up two weeks in a Fam­ily House and in the Ama­zon Rain­for­est in our Eco­log­i­cal Bun­ga­lows with a pri­vate bath­room for about 5 weeks if you take the 2 moths Vol­un­teer Program.

What will happen when I come to Ecuador?

When you arrive to Ecuador you will be met at the air­port of a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Yacuma Rain­for­est Vol­un­teer Pro­gram. If you arrive dur­ing the day our rep­re­sen­ta­tive will bring you by car to the Yacuma Office. There, your per­sonal advi­sor from the Vol­un­teer Pro­gram will meet you. If you arrive by night you will be taken to the place where you are going to live and you will meet your advi­sor the fol­low­ing day. (If pos­si­ble, your advi­sor will pick you up at the air­port). Your advi­sor will give you all the infor­ma­tion you need and you will be able to ask questions.

Your advi­sor will intro­duce you to your work­place, your col­leagues and your con­tact per­son at your work, as you need to stay at least 2 weeks first in Quito to help with some admin­is­tra­tive work such as trans­la­tions web mar­ket­ing, etc. Then your advi­sor will take you to the Ecolodge in the Ama­zon Rain­for­est to con­tinue with your vol­un­teer pro­gram in the jungle.

Dur­ing your work­ing period your advi­sor will visit you at work and will peri­od­i­cally check in on you progress through the dura­tion of your project. When you have fin­ished your work­ing period, your advi­sor will talk to you and your con­tact per­son at your work in order to give you a cer­tifi­cate for your vol­un­tary period. If, dur­ing your stay, would like to visit other parts of Ecuador, we will be able to help you out with this as well.

All trav­ellers must have a pass­port valid for at least six months before arriv­ing in Ecuador. They must also have a return ticket to their coun­try of ori­gin or to another des­ti­na­tion. To enter the coun­try, vis­i­tors must fill in an inter­na­tional embarka­tion –dis­em­barka­tion form. It is impor­tant to keep it with your pass­port. Trav­ellers should have their pass­ports with them dur­ing their stay in Ecuador to avoid prob­lems with the author­i­ties who may want to see it. Those who wish to stay in the coun­try longer than 90 days have to fill out the cor­re­spond­ing paper­work in an Ecuado­rian Consulate.

It is a good idea to have travel insur­ance while your stay in Ecuador. There are many very good hos­pi­tals in Ecuador but they are nor­mally pri­vate and there­fore cost a lot. Con­tact your travel agency for more advice of which insur­ance fits you best.

Before com­ing to Ecuador, check with your doc­tor to deter­mine which vac­cines you need. We rec­om­mend the fol­low­ing vaccines:

  • Typhoid fever: Must be taken 2 weeks before arrival. Lasts three years
  • Hepatitt A: Must be taken 1 month before arrival. Lasts 1 – 2 years. If you refill the vac­cine after 111÷2 years it lasts 20 years
  • Yel­low fever: Must be taken 7 – 10 days before arrival. Lasts 10 years Yel­low Fever is a very rare cause of ill­ness for trav­el­ers, but, if you plan on spend­ing time in the rain­for­est or coastal low­lands, you should get immu­nized because is a dis­ease trans­mit­ted to humans by mos­qui­toes. Employ insect repel­lent, pro­tec­tive cloth­ing, and mos­quito net­ting to min­i­mize the risk of bites from infected mosquitoes.
  • TetanusMust be taken 2 weeks before arrival. Lasts 10 years
  • Malaria: Mos­qui­toes, the pri­mary car­ri­ers of malaria, do not like heights. As a result, trav­el­ers run lit­tle risk of get­ting Malaria while in the moun­tains and moun­tain val­leys of Ecuador’s High Sierra Region.Travelers can elim­i­nate much of the Malar­ial risk by tak­ing pre­scrip­tion anti­malar­ial drugs and pro­tect­ing them­selves against mos­quito bites. You can pro­tect your­self from mos­quito bites by using insect repel­lent (the repel­lent must con­tain DEET), always wear­ing long-​sleeved shirts and long pants, and sleep­ing beneath mos­quito nets.

For pay­ment it can be done in:

Pay­ments can be done through the fol­low­ing meth­ods:
Pay­Pal Or Bank Trans­fer
Please inquire directly at ventas@​yacuma.​travel about intern­ships with us.

Or to our Account

Bank: Banco Pichincha :

Account Num­ber: 3457134004

Name Holder: Yacumae­colodge S.A