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VOLUNTEER IN ECUADOR

Ecuador is...It’s…Well, it’s…Okay, we give up. You may think we are kidding when we say mere words cannot do it justice, but it is absolutely true!

Only about the size of the state of Nevada, Ecuador is one of only 17 nations with the crown distinction of being a mega-diverse country due to its innumerable amount of plant and animal species.

All within hours of one another are the cool breezes streaming through the snow capped Andes mountain range; the lush, tropical Pacific coast; the steamy and exotic Amazon River Basin; and the tranquil marine-life wonderland of the Galapagos Islands.

The people that inhabit this cornucopious land are equally varied and Ecuador has benefited from these multi-cultural influences. The Mestizos, Afro-Ecuadoreans, and over 40 indigenous Indian groups make-up the brilliant population mix.

In general, Ecuadoreans are warm and friendly and they possess a genuine zest for life. Their strong belief in family is also extended to visitors, making it seem as if they have never a met a stranger.

While living in-country, volunteers can literally travel from one community to the next being welcomed by different languages, food, and customs along the way. From the bustling market days in Otavalo, to the Inca ruins in Cuenca to the marimba music made popular by Afro-Ecuadorians in Esmaraldas, to the makers of the ever timeless and stylish Panama hat, it is clear that every society that has ever set foot in Ecuador has woven a piece of its creative heritage into the nation’s unique cultural tapestry.

Stunning structures in Latin America are a given and so is the prominent role of Christianity for that matter. In Ecuador, both these cultural elements seem to garner added reverence. One glimpse of the capital city of Quito’s regal colonial architecture and you know why it was bestowed the first ever world cultural heritage designation. And Semana Santa’s (Easter Week) majestic pageantry is a grand celebration of the country’s faith as parades promenade through the cobble stoned city streets during the holy week.

That just barely scratches the surface of this jewel of a nation. As an AMPED volunteer working shoulder to shoulder with the locals, you can relish as they say “life at its purest”! Volunteers may choose from the following projects located in the Andes, Coastal, Galapagos, and/or Amazon regions of Ecuador to help improve the quality of life and to help those most in need.

ANIMAL CARE
CHILDCARE
CONSERVATION
CONSTRUCTION
HEALTHCARE/MEDICINE
HIV/AIDS
TEACHING ENGLISH
VETERINARY MEDICINE

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