You could live in scenic Cuenca, Ecuador, a World Heritage site with winding rivers, cobblestone streets, picturesque churches and a vibrant night life. Cuenca, often called the crown jewel of Ecuador, is unrivaled in its beauty and showcases ancient traditions with a modern twist: it is a city where you can enjoy roast guinea pig on a spit, wander fruit and vegetable markets, and gaze at century-old churches, and then go dancing to round off the day.
Alternatively, you could live with a family in one of the communities of the Nudo del Azuay. Residing at the foot of the tropical montane forest, toucan calls echo throughout the day and parrots noisily disrupt your afternoon siesta. You could enjoy local foods, practice your Spanish and learn Quichua, and work directly with community members to reach conservation goals.
Positions in Cuenca
None open at this time (Nov/Dec 2015).
FCT welcomes inquiries from those with a demonstrated commitment toward conservation and a desire to work collaboratively to reach conservation goals. Work will occur in our office in Cuenca as well as in rugged field conditions in forests and páramos above 11,000 feet.
Due to the high number of requests, we can only accommodate people with conversational or intermediate level of Spanish. FCT requires a 3-month minimum commitment from all prospective volunteers.
You will work 5 days a week between 6-8 hours on a day, though not necessarily Monday through Friday, depending on the project. On your free days, you can explore the surrounding countryside or the many cultural events in Cuenca.
Please use the Contact Us page and provide the following information: name, position of interest, brief review of relevant experience and time period you would be available. We will contact you to solicit further information if there is a position matching your qualifications or interests.