Here i am in Banos, Ecuador, a beautiful resort area in the Andes, with an active volcano, Tungurahua. Tungurahua is on yellow alert, and the locals seem to feel if it erupts, you will have enough time to evacuate. Hopefully my luck still will hold,- Left Kuta, a week before the bombing and left Yogakarta, 2 days before the last earthquake. For more information on Volcano´s and eruptions go this this great blog’ Volcanism
There is of course alot to do here, especially if you are into outdoor activites. Rafting, Canyoning, Hiking, mountain biking, and much more. This is a typical touristy small city with thermal baths, spas and massages, but a great place to come.
Everywhere you go, there are opportunities for Eco, Ethno, Community Tourism Travel. Still don´t know if it is more prevalent here, or I am just more aware. Never have I seen so many signs for help and volunteerism.
Some sources for Volunteering in Ecuador-
WWoof– i have listed them before, opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles in exchange for volunteer help on farms and small holdings.
Arte del mundo Ecuador if student or working artist in painting, theater, dance, sculpture, music or writing looking for some fresh inspiration or a person who likes to play games with children or maybe you are a lover of books and literature and would like to share your joy with others, then we invite you to bring your talents and enthusiasm to the children and youth of Baños. For someone experienced and self-motivated — someone who is brimming with ideas, can work independently and carry through a project from start to finish then we can offer support and lots of kids to inspire! Contact volunteer coordinator Marshia at 593 3 274 0083 or in the U.S. 1-773-572-8810. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ecuador Volunteer Ecuador Volunteer Foundation is a non-profit organization that offers volunteer work opportunities abroad in social, environmental, educational and community areas around Ecuador. The main focus of our programs is to offer a cultural exchange experience to each volunteer in all of the projects that at helping and working together with the local people.
Volunteer South America This site lists the free and low-cost volunteer opportunities in South & Central America. The site is designed for backpackers /independent travellers looking for a real volunteer experience abroad, without paying any middle-man or agency fees