COAGRO's goal is to support regional issues such as organic agriculture, biodiversity, environment, small animal breeding, training and technology transfer, rural micro-finance, and crafts in the region of Pedro Moncayo and Cayambe townships.
COAGRO Foundation is a non-profit institution founded in 1998 with the aim of supporting the social development of the Andean communities of northern Ecuador, especially rural women.
COAGRO's mission is to promote economic progress through services to small-scale economic units, thus achieving a sustainable development with equity.
COAGRO works with local partners in order to achieve a better quality of life for the residents of rural communities.
Our main areas of intervention:
Promotion of organic agriculture and food quality.
Promoting cultural exchange and experience with students and professionals from different countries.
Supporting artificial irrigation.
Development of native forest species.
Marketing of rural products.
Promotion of rural women's micro-finance groups.
Strengthening of self-help organizations (OAA)
Projects that volunteers can participate in include:
Nutrition and Family Garden Project
Livestock and Milk Production Project
Grant Writing Project
Development of Local Economy Project
Community Tourism Project
Technical Assistance Project
English as a Second Language Teacher
Accommodation and meals are provided for the volunteers’ service. The volunteer would stay in a community called San Pablito de Agualongo. Rent is $80 per month and food costs $2.50 per meal
Transportation: COAGRO doesn't pay for the transportation of the volunteer to get to their community or workplace. However, it is posible someone can pick her/him up at a designated location for a fee. Please contact us for help to arrive here or if you are interested in being picked up at a designated location
To host a volunteer, COAGRO has small administration costs that include an office, internet, telephone, transportation, a kitchen, office materials, and a small library of resources. Because of this, there is a cost of $30 monthly for each volunteer.
Electricity: Usually available, with occasional outages or surges. It is 120 V just like the United States. You may find a three-prong or two-prong adapter useful.
-Altitude sickness: May occur due to the lower density of oxygen. As San Pablito and Tabacundo are at an altitude of approximately 3,000 meters, it may take a few days for your body to adjust. Drink plenty of water and don't overexert yourself. Symptoms may include: difficulty sleeping (or sleeping a lot), light-headedness, fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, rapid pulse, and shortness of breath.
Water: It is recommended that you drink only bottled or boiled water. Water in general is not abundant, please use it sparingly.
Toilets: The plumbing can't cope with paper being flushed. Always use the nearby garbage for your paper and sanitary products.
Dress code: Days are often quite warm, with the nights being chilly and damp, but never near freezing. Note that the weather can change quickly so a raincoat is a good accessory almost any day in the rainy season (October to April). Life in the camp can be muddy and washing by hand may not be as gentle as it sounds, so leave your best duds at home.
Guidelines for Online Posting: We value our volunteers' creativity and honor your interest in engaging in these forms of personal expression on your own time, should you choose to do so. You are legally responsible for content posted to the Internet, in a blog or otherwise, and can be held personally liable for defaming others, revealing trade secrets or proprietary information, and copyright infringement, among other things