Bee and Organic Farm

  • organic agriculture in the Andes for agricultural volunteers
  • Ugshapamba farm in the Ecuadorian Andes for agricultural interns and volunteers
  • products of Ugshapamba farm for sale - a volunteer option in Ecuador
  • volunteer in agriculture or intern with Ugshapamba farm in the Andes of Ecuador

Ugshapamba - Andes


The Hacienda is located at the foothills of the mountain El Corazon. This is a perfect location for volunteers interested in hiking and mountain climbing because you can arrange weekend trips to climb the many surrounding mountains and volcanoes. This will help you get acclimatized to eventually climb Cotopaxi with little trouble!

The first project, Bosque Protector, is located in the heart of the Ecuadorian sierra where a majority of the forests have been cut down for agriculture and cow farming, and only a very small section of native Andean Forest remains, a section that is a critical water source to the local people and is a forest full of native birds. Although the Ministry of the Environment named it a Protected Forest, they do little to actually protect it, and local people continue to deforest the land because of lack of education and lack of another alternative to an income.

The second project is on the Hacienda of the Foundation with a focus on sustainable agriculture.

Range of tasks:
  • Beekeeping is one of the primary activities of the farm so volunteers can lend a hand with all aspects of the apiary
  • Education about composting and the elimination of garbage and basic permaculture concepts
  • Work at the local school to teach English, physical education or other necessary subjects. THIS TASK IS OPTIONAL ONLY
  • Volunteers can help with the daily activities of the hacienda, such as taking care of the animals. Especially dogs, fixing fences, gardening, and maintenance.
  • Volunteers could conduct investigations of the local plants and insects, using techniques in monitoring and evaluating the land, as well as use this space for one’s own investigations
  • Maintenance of trails and trees and work in the garden
  • Auxiliary service in feeding activities
  • Daily work such as cooking, cleaning, community tasks that you are not exempt!
  • Education about alternatives for income, such as promotion and preservation of the forest as a tourist location. This would include making trails, signs and toilets in the forest, as well training the local people about how to turn this beautiful place into a tourist attraction.
  • Harvest of honey in a season and care and maintenance of apiaries and the interpretation center
  • Packing and development of derivatives and souvenirs
  • Pet care: dogs
Time commitment:
Two weeks minimum, longer preferred
spanish level:
Basic to low intermediate at least
Work schedule:
The tasks are rotated among the volunteers, which include creating trails in the forest, working with the bees (collecting honey in the summer)
Accommodation:
Accommodation is available in shared volunteer lodgings and the cost depends upon length of stay.
Skills required:
 
Accepted donations:
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