Make A Change, Become A Volunteer

Volunteers will assist the teachers in running classes in English, Computers, Cooking, Tourism, Agriculture (permaculture), Welding, Carpentry, Physical Education and Art. The teachers, foundation director and foundation staff will guide the volunteers. Volunteers will interact with both day school and boarding students.

Volunteers work with local Amazon youth who study at the Yachana Technical High School where learning is focused on six main areas:

Rainforest Conservation
Sustainable Agriculture
Renewable Energy
Animal Husbandry
Ecotourism
Micro-enterprise Development

Have you ever thought about being part of a network of volunteers and experience the fantastic diversity and culture of the Amazon of Ecuador?

Do you have a desire to interface with the local community from the classroom right into the jungle?

Does the ecology of the rainforest intrigue you?

The Yachana Foundation is looking for volunteers with an interest in teaching Ecuadorian indigenous and mestizo youth in the areas of English, Computers, Cooking, Tourism, Agriculture (permaculture) and Hands-On Construction and Conservation skills. Join us and you will learn to “Live the Amazon” with the community that makes the Amazon come alive!

Yachana Training Center is located in close proximity to Yachana Lodge where guests engage with students at the center to learn the needs of the community and how guests can help and support foundation projects through donations.

Yachana Foundation runs a mixed day school and boarding school. The Yachana Training Center offers formal education to secondary school students in very remote areas of the Orellana Province. International volunteers are invited to support the educational program of the Training Center by supporting lead teachers and sharing each volunteers personal experiences and skills with the students. The aim is to encourage the students to value education, mentor them, and demonstrate the power of voluntary service.

The volunteers will be assisting the teachers in running classes in English, Computers, Cooking, Tourism, Agriculture (permaculture), Welding, Carpentry, Physical Education and Art. The teachers, foundation director and foundation staff will guide the volunteers. Volunteers will interact with both day school and boarding students.

Volunteers normally work hands-on with experiential education projects related to one or more of the above areas in addition to teaching English to the resident high school students.

In the past, volunteers have built student housing, classrooms, repaired water treatment systems, replaced solar panels, and constructed a two-way radio tower.

There is plenty of work for those interested in alternative energy and innovative solutions, both hallmarks of Yachana.

The ideal volunteer would have experience in Environmental Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Biology, Forestry, or Art.

We request that volunteers speak basic conversational level Spanish.

The school, designed to provide access to life-changing education to high school-age indigenous and mestizo students, was opened in 2005 to benefit those who live in the remote rural communities throughout the Amazon region of Ecuador.

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