Testimonials & FAQ's
before you apply
Once you let us know your group’s preferred activities, accommodations, duration and specific services you require, we will collaborate with you to create a specific plan that adjusts to your budget. If you are an individual looking for a long-term stay, you can consider joining our Internship Program run by Tangaré Foundation in which case accommodation will be covered.
Group TVL: N/A
Individual TVL: we require a minimum 4 weeks maximum 6 months
Individual TVL is required to arrive on a Monday.
Your enthusiasm and love for nature is the best preparation you can have. That said, we do have information available in our Resources Page that you can access before arriving.
Yes! You can participate in a Group TVL as long as you count with an adult in your group.
People who have trusted us
Boston University, the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS), Deakin University of Australia, Kent University, Universidad Católica Universidad de San Francisco de Quito, Universidad Técnica Equinoccial, Universitat de Girona, University of British Columbia, University of Wisconsin, HAS University of Applied Sciences, Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences
Academia Cotopaxi, Colegio Binacional La Condamine, Liceo Campo Verde, Colegio Rincón del Saber, Colegio Benalcazar, British School, Liceo Internacional, Liceo del Valle, School for International Training, River fall Valley School
Aves y Conservación, The Rain Forest Foundation, Fundación Tangaré, Earth Restoration Service, Corporación de Bosques y Reservas Privadas del Ecuador, Asociación de Caficultores de Manuel Cornejo Astorga
November 2013-March 2014
October 2015-December 2015
Volunteering for a cause that I really believe in and learning about what it means to “work in conservation” has been rewarding beyond expectation. Also, working at the station for three months has enabled me to have a very different experience than I would have had if I had only stayed for a few weeks. In addition to developing a friendship with Juan Pablo and Alexandra and learning about their vision for the station, I came to feel like La Hesperia was home. After settling in during the first few weeks, I took on special projects like coordinating volunteer activities and helping Alexandra with research that will eventually help the community. I became invested in the work of the reserve and got far more out of the experience than I gave. But this took time, and I don’t think I would have felt the same if I had only been here for two or three weeks.
I left La Hesperia with a better understanding of conservation, Ecuadorian culture, and ideas for staying involved in the station’s efforts to protect our natural resources. I hope to return one day to see the continuation of the work we have begun.