FEMM Ecuador

Santa Elena, Ecuador, South America
We are an Ecuadorian private, non-government and non-profit organization, we have been working on research and conservation of Marine Mammals for 30 years with the support of volunteers and recently carrying out projects with marine-coastal protected areas to preserve them in a better way.

Volunteering Activities

Administration
Animal Care
Conservation Work
Fundraising
Teaching
Web Work
Research

What We Need

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CLASSIFICATION (TYPES) OF VOLUNTEERING

1. Standard Internship volunteering Program: minimum 15-30 days of stay. It is included accommodation and two meals with a 100 USD daily fee (more information on the sections below). At least one research field trip per week is included (depends on volunteers present during the time of stay).

2. VIP Internship volunteering Program: minimum 15-30 days of stay. It is included accommodation and three meals with a 200 USD daily fee (more information on the sections below). At least two research field trip per week is included (depends on volunteers present during the time of stay), field trip transportation by Car and special training course (Biology and research of cetaceans) are included too.
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3.. Online volunteering: minimum 1 month or the time necessary to accomplish the task with the conditions specified in the online volunteering section. It is not on-site. Accommodation and meals are not applicable. Personal internet services needed

4. Free volunteering Programs options contact us directly to apply to our email ,ask for it in our social media (facebook). fan pages (FEMM Ecuador) to get conditions and requirements you need to meet. The selection process for this program is very competitive with case by case base analysis

5.- You can also ask for information and look in section below OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT that talk about other ways to help/support, paying for trainning courses of cetaceans and private reasearch field trips activities.




OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT



6. Private research field trip for monitoring Bottlenose dolphin, it is a full day activity that cost 575 USD by person. This is for the people without time. Includes Car transportation from/to FEMM office (other transportation could be arranged and have an additional cost). Besides includes Meals, Boat transportation, Guidance. Short training and participation during activities of research with dolphins. Available during the whole year only with previous reservation of at least 3 days before leaving.

7. Private research field trip for monitoring Humpback Whale, it is a full day activity that cost 975 USD by person. This is for the people without time. Includes Car transportation from/to FEMM office (other transportation could be arranged and have an additional cost). Besides includes Meals, Boat transportation, Guidance. Short training and participation during activities of research with whales. Available during the season from July through September, with previous reservation by email, see how to get it above

VOLUNTEER WORK/ACTIVITIES

We need volunteers to help us to support projects and activities related to marine mammals and marine coastal protected areas. The main areas of work are: research, conservation, sustainable management, environmental education, responsible scientific tourism and environmental management policies. Besides, we expect that volunteers could be involved in work positions related to multitask activities mainly and conservation, education, administrative, social media/web, fundraising work, graphic design, community manager and other activities.

The research work at the field is taking biological and ecological data, photo-identification studies, geographical positioning, oceanographic parameters, evaluation of abundance and group size, estimation of population, feeding behavior and evaluation of anthropogenic impacts, mainly related with tourism and traffic activities.

The research office work includes different activities as identification of individuals (dorsal fins in dolphins and flukes in whales), downloading and cutting pics, organizing and transferring information, data tabulation, mapping, comparison of photo-identified individuals, elaboration of tables of captures and recaptures, data processing with Darwin software, among others.

1.- GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNSHIP VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

A.- Mandatory/ Essential

• A1. Ages between 18-45 years old, exceptionally outstanding seniors or teenagers with strong background and authorization letter signed by their parents. Each case will be analyzed on personal and conditional basis.

• A2. University student / professional in biology, environmental, Biodiversity, zoology, tourism, geography, administration, marketing, Data analysis (including related careers) or previous experience in volunteering with marine mammals or related topics.

• A3. Love specially for nature, Biodiversity, protected areas and environment and special love for Marine Mammals.

• A4. Capacity to work alone/team with long and flexible periods of time.

• A5. Capacity to follow orders

• A6. Excellent communicational skills.

• A7. Excellent personal attitude and tolerance to work and deal with different kind of people.

• A8. Capacity to work in field / office activities.

• A9. Adaptation to live in shared/ multicultural conditions.

• A10. Absolute respect and care for institutional administrative proceedings, internal rules, and all volunteers/members of FEMM.

• A11. Absolute respect and care for institutional accommodations, furniture and equipment.

• A12. Bring your Own laptop to office work.

• A13. English or Spanish spoken.


• A14. Minimum 3 weeks of work at the internship volunteering program.


• A15. Variable time depending of work at the online volunteering program.


• A16. Meet the visa requirements (tourism visa is good enough for volunteers that will stay between 3 and 6 months).

• A17. International Medical/life insurance that covers you on volunteering time.

B.- Desirable/Preferable

• B1. Bring your own Professional camera or video camera to field work.

• B2. Availability to learn/teach/train in specific activities.

• B3. Strong spoken/ written communication skills.

• B4. Knowledge of handle GPS, Professional cameras, Statistics, photo-identification, GIS software,/ videocameras, dron pilot, among others.

• B5. Special/specific capabilities, studies, experience or background to support our work, activities, projects or specific positions.


2.-Special/specific requirements for free volunteering programs

. C1. To meet general requirements for volunteering programs

. C2. Minimum of six-month work at the free program or time agreement with special conditions agreed with institution.

. C3. Special capabilities/expertise required for foundation (fundraisers, community manager, management planning, project designer, video maker, youtuber, web/graphic designer, drone photographer, statistics specialist etc.).

.C4. For the free volunteering with special arrangements: the time and conditions will be agreed between the foundation and the volunteer.

.C5. Experience with methods and techniques of research on marine mammals.

.C6. Experience in administrative work, and social media & online business knowledge.

• C7. Previous volunteering experience with marine mammals.

• C8. Multipurpose or specific office/field work abilities.

• C9. A donation of 175 USD/EUR in cash or 350 USD/EUR in new equipment as minimum payable at the beginning of internship.

• C10. International Medical/life insurance that covers your volunteering time.

• C11. To meet specific Visa requirements: volunteering visa or temporal resident visa is required only after 6 months. If the volunteer will stay less than 6 months with the tourist visa it's enough. If necessary, FEMM Ecuador will give you a cover letter to help in the process.

Wishlist

When & Who

We need volunteers during whole the year. We have office work all the time (photo/data processing & analyzing, administration, tourism, social media, fundraising activities, among others). We have two main projects; the bottlenose dolphin program has field/office work during the whole year and the humpback whale program has field work between June and September season and the processing data is carried out during the rest of the year. Selection of the program will be done on interest, availability and meeting conditions basis.
Yes, we require a minimum of 15 Days
1. Internship volunteering program 2 weeks(15 days) as minimum. 2. Online volunteering the minimum coulb be 1 month but depends of the task. It will be agreed with the institution,
Individuals, Groups

What we Provide

Accommodation
Types: Homestay, Volunteer House

It is a big house. There are two rooms for the volunteers with shared bedroom and shared bathroom.

1. The internship volunteering includes accommodation.

Meals
Types: Variety

1. The internship volunteering programs (standard/VIP) includes 2 and 3 meals per day respectively with previous agreement between us only during working days.

The meals on the days off (free days) or out of office are covered by volunteers during theirs trip/visits/personal activities anywhere.

4. The online volunteering meals are not aplicable.

Wifi & Satellite
Electricity
First Aid
Purified Drinking Water

Our Fees

$100 daily

Daily fee (internship volunteering) is 100 USD per day. The total fee depends of the chosen time (at leas 315 days) and it is payable at the end of the applying process (approval needed). The total amount per 15 days of intership is 1500 USD.

The fee doesn't include the Givingway 8,7% commission rechargeable to this amount.

Fees are non refundable. The daily fee is used to cover the meals and accommodation expenses of the volunteers and part of the field trips expenses (boat rent/snacks/driver) with bottlenose dolphins or humpback whales research projects.


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More Services we Offer

May have additional fees
Pretrip Assistance
Pick Up/Drop Off
Orientation
Tours
Social Activities

Fees don't include the flight tickets, Car transportation, medical/international insurance, personal expenses, days off activities costs and any other that we don't mention.

Additional services have their own cost, so volunteer need to ask for information and prices, the activity have to be paid and reserved at least 3 days before needed


Contact Person

Pedro José Jiménez
Valdivia s/n y Felix Sarmiento, Santa Elena, Santa Elena, Ecuador., Santa Elena, Ecuador.
100% response rate , 71 hour(s) response time.

Other Ways to support us

Private Scientific tour (Private research field trip) with bottlenose dolphins ( 1 person priced basis that can be divided into the number of persons that wants to make the activity at the same time))

The person will be part of the research team on the activities at the field.

The research work at the field is taking biological and ecological data, photo-identification studies, geographical positioning, oceanographic parameters, evaluation of abundance and group size, estimation of population, feeding behavior and evaluation of anthropogenic impacts, mainly related with tourism and traffic activities.

You have an additional option with humpback whalesonly in the season from july through september, Cost 975 USD by person

The field trips/tour includes Car transportation from/to FEMM office (other transportation could be arranged and have an additional cost). Besides includes Meals, Boat transportation, Guidance. Short training and participation during activities of research with whales. or dolphins.

$575

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1.- Canon/Nikon DSLR-Reflex professional cameras with telephoto lenses (18-132 mm,55-250mm, 70-300mm, 75-300mm. 100-400mm, 100-500 mm

2.-Sports and action cameras (Sjcam, Gopro, Xiaomi)

3.- Sports and action camera batteries

4.- GPS Garmin (portable and water resistant) with software maps of Ecuador

5.- ECOSONDA

6.- Binoculars HD 10x42 mm and 10x50mm, waterproof and fog-proof with cases and clean accessories

7.- Night vision binoculars

8.- range finder binoculars

9.- Laptops with 8-16 GB of RAM memory, 1-3 terabyte Hard disk, touchscreen 15´´, intel core I-5 OR I-7 with 2.8 GHZ or more, Bluetooth, HDMI, DVD-ROM

10.- Portable external hard disk 3-5 terabytes of storage, 3.0 USB

11.- drones with hub of batteries with good video camera HD, go pro camera and GPS incorporated, these brands and models

12.- Video camera Sony with a good zoom and durable batteries

13.- wildlife telescope

14.- salinity-termo-PH-meter

15.- Hydrophones with all accessories (cage, recording machine, connector, cables

16.- Portable Underwater Sound Recording Systems, Sound Technology's ST1400ENV mobile data recorder and sound level meter with integrated monitor) to work with dolphins and whales

17.- Geiger counter

18.- necropsy-biopsy-stranding kit for marine mammals

19.- Multi-Function Printer (Epson ecotank)

20.- Snorkeling Equipment (mask, snorkel and fins

21.- Diving equipment

22.-Life jackets (all size, S, M, L, XL, XXL)

23. Working clothes (S, M, L, XL Size)

24.- Camping equipment

25.- Batteries and chargers

26.- Digital projector

27.- Backpacks

28.- MARINE MAMMAL BOOKS

Additional Info about Us

Up to 5 people
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we have two research programs, from July through September we work with Humpacks whales and give priority to that field work with them , and during the whole year, we share the field work with bottlenose dolphins.

Our Mission is to promote and carry out the scientific research; environmental education; sustainable management; responsible scientific tourism and conservation of the marine mammals species, endangered biodiversity, the fragile land and coastal-marine ecosystems and natural protected areas of Ecuador; as well as to contribute with development of management policies and legal regulations for their protection and conservation.

FEMM Ecuador has been working since 1987, and it was created by students of Biology at the University of Guayaquil, Ecuador.

We have two main projects; the bottlenose dolphin program has field/office work carried out in el Morro Refuge (Posorja,Guayas Province) during the whole year and the humpback whale program has field work that is carried out in el Pelado Marine Reserve (Ayangue, Santa Elena province) between July and September season and the processing data is carried out during the rest of the year.

Office work is carried out the whole year including data processing and besides administration, social media, volunteering, fundraising ecotourism, conservation and environmental education activities among others.

The spirit of our foundation is to work with researchers and students (also experienced and self-motivated persons of any background) on volunteering basis mainly.

We have a volunteering program that helps us to support our projects and activities. This program works on internship basis.

Conditions and works can vary on daily and program basis. Activities and time could be flexible depending of mutual agreement between applicants and the institution. Pedro Jiménez is the volunteering program coordinator, the main researcher and the president of FEMM Ecuador.

The application process begins with the first contact you make in the Givingway platform. You need to answer some questions, send your cv (with an updated personal pic) and a cover letter by the platform.

After that, we will check the information and we will finish with a video conference interview to approve or deny application and mention details.

The last step is the payment of the daily fee, if applicable (standard / VIP internship volunteering program).

The work office/ accommodation is located in Santa Elena mainly.

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