Volunteer at Puyo’s Ethnobotanical Park Omaere
The volunteer program at the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park is somewhat unstructured and oriented toward keeping this beautiful botanical park working as well as attending to the unpredictable arrival of visitors.
The volunteer director for this program is Chris Canaday from California, one of the world leaders in UDDT’s who has made it his life´s mission to improve water sanitation and
human waste disposal in the Amazon basin of the Ecuadorian orient.
Volunteers will also help make natural medicine and help setup sanitation systems for indigenous communities which are incredibly important to the health of the Amazonian rivers in the area. Other activities, including research and environmental education, may be done with the initiative of volunteers.
The Volunteer Perfect for this Program:
We expect volunteers to be self-starters, responsible, punctual, flexible and easy-going, otherwise we reserve the right to suspend their stay.
Expected Tasks While Volunteering:
Omaere welcomes volunteers, interns, and researchers who want to help us:
– guide tourists,
– maintain the Park,
– start fires in the traditional houses to make visits more authentic and to conserve the roofs,
– collect firewood,
– reproduce plants and remove weeds,
– prepare natural medicine,
– aid communities in the construction of ecological dry toilets, and
– contribute to the conservation and sustainable development of the Region.
Price per month:
For volunteers who stay on-site an expected contribution of $100 per month (plus a suggested donation of $100) will help with expenses.
This works out at just under $7 per day and
Minimum Time Spent Volunteering:
– Volunteers need to commit for a minimum of one month
– Volunteers need to cover their expenses for transport and food (kitchen facilities are provided)
– Can speak a basic level of Spanish (although exceptions can be made for individuals with specialized skills).
A limited number of persons may stay in rustic rooms within the Park, or we can help them find places to stay in the city of Puyo.
Work is from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 to 5, with an hour for lunch. Volunteers should limit their personal activities to their free time. Interested botanists can aid us in the process of developing an inventory of plant species in the Park.
Volunteers who have spent time at the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park are encouraged to comment about their time below to help improve the program for future volunteers.