S’engager dans une réserve naturelle en Equateur

NGO description

Our partner is a private conservation project in the Northwest of Ecuador which was founded in 2009 by a German Biologist and her Ecuadorian husband. While the 15 hectares nature reserve contributes to the conservation of the endangered Chocó-habitat, the biological station promotes education and research. The structure is home to over 270 different bird species, as well as White-fronted Capuchin monkeys, armadillos, agoutis and even ocelots and pumas.

BRIDGER's actions

A major aim of the project is the conservation of the remaining rainforest around the reserve. Therefore we work in environmental education, participate in local conservation workshops and support sustainable land-use. Furthermore we work together with other local conservation initiatives and Ecuadorian NGOs.

A good part of our conservation work is voluntary commitment. Though we partly finance this through our income at the biological station (internships, courses, ecotourism) and donations.

In the reserve and at the field station there is always plenty to do. We are very happy to receive volunteers who want to support our conservation work. Volunteers will help us with the following tasks:

Our daily work

There are a couple of tasks that need to be done every day and volunteers can give us a hand with cooking, watering plants, feeding the chickens and keeping the station house clean.

Trail building and maintenance

In the past few years we have established several nature trails in the reserve. These trails are necessary to access the different parts of the reserve in order to realize field studies or simply to enjoy the forest and observe the diverse animal and plant life.The trail system already covers a length of about 5 kms!
So you can imagine that there is always some maintenance work to do in order to keep the trails clean from vegetation or fallen branches. The steps and signs also need to be replaced every once in a while.

Organic gardening

With our organic garden we would like to self-supply the field station with different vegetables. Besides various fruit trees, we have also planted yucca (manioc), sugar cane, bananas and plantains. There is a small vegetable garden where we grow a lot of different vegetables, e.g. tomatoes, beans, peppers, pumpkins. You can help to water the organic garden and produce compost, to cultivate and plant saplings, to weed and care for the garden and finally to harvest.

Carpentry work

Professional carpenters or volunteers with manual skills are always welcome at the station. They can help Wilo with the maintenance and wood work around the station.

Taking care of fruit feeders for wild animals

We have established several fruit feeding stations for certain bird and mammal species in different parts of the reserve. With those stations we try to facilitate the observation of some (rare) species which would normally be very difficult to observe. At the same time these feeding stations are also used to monitor the bird and mammal diversity in the reserve. The banana feeders need to be cleaned and refilled twice a week.

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Bridgeo est une association humanitaire et de défense de l'environnement agissant par l'intermédiaire de ses bénévoles partout dans le monde grâce à des partenariats locaux. Toutes les missions et les besoins exprimés sur cette page ont été co-écrits et issues d'une concertation entre Bridgeo et les partenaires locaux. La description du partenaire et de la mission n'a qu'une valeur informative et indicative, non contractuelle.

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All year long

Language spoken on site :


The non-profit provides :

bed_icon_greenSleeping Accommodation
Wifi on site
Warm Water
meal_icon_greenBreakfast, Lunch and Diner
Food with Vegetarian option
Drinkable Water

Transportation from/to airport :

plane_icon_greenUnfortunately, there is no direct public transport to the biological station Un poco del Chocó. However, the bus company “Minas“, which operates from the Northern bus terminal “La Ofelia“ in Quito, has a daily bus going to Las Tolas (2 hours) at 5.30 pm. Furthermore there are some more busses going to Tulipe (see Bus schedule). You can be picked up either in Las Tolas or in Tulipe (transportation costs 15$ -20$). You also have the possibility to be picked up directly in Quito (transportation costs around 90$).


accomodation_icon_green  380$

Other fees :


Coût de la mission

La candidature à la mission est gratuite. Aucun frais est demandé avant confirmation de votre engagement par notre partenaire.
Une fois la mission confirmée, le coût de la mission est intégralement à la charge du bénévole et comprend l'adhésion à Bridgeo, les billets d’avion A/R, les frais demandés par notre partenaire et à verser sur place (ils varient en fonction de chaque structure : logement, nourriture, frais de transports de l'aéroport au lieu de mission, soutien à l'association) et les frais administratifs (assurance, visa).


Il est obligatoire d’être adhérent (250 €) à Bridgeo pour participer à nos missions après avoir été accepté(e) par notre partenaire. En adhérant, vous témoignez de votre intérêt pour les objectifs de notre association. Vous pouvez alors participer à nos activités et bénéficiez de notre accompagnement et de notre réseau solidaire.

Démarches à suivre après avoir été accepté(e) par notre partenaire :

1/ Adhérez ici à Bridgeo en tant que membre adhérent si vous ne l'êtes pas déjà

2/ Nous retourner la Convention d'engagement réciproque entre l'adhérent et l'association Bridgeo signée en ayant lu attentivement la Charte éthique de l'adhérent,un certificat médical et un casier judiciaire.

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