The Tandana Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that connects indigenous Ecuadorian and Malian people to volunteers from the U.S. in order to create win-win situations where everyone walks away with a better understanding of one's self, all people, and the Earth.
Many organizations take a systemic view of the world, identifying “problems” they describe through terms like mortality rates, caloric intake, and gross national product. Taking this distant point of view gives us an illusion of being able to understand and control the world we live in, an illusion of being far-enough from our fellow human beings that we don’t have to respond to the simple moral demands of encountering another person face to face. But this illusion obscures our shared humanity.
Tandana is built on a different perspective, a first-person orientation toward other people in relationship. And that stance gives to us and to our friends full human agency, the chance to act in meaningful ways and to participate in live encounters between different people. It allows us to see opportunities for collaborating to make dreams come true, rather than problems that require technical intervention.
This orientation leads to a spirit of sharing, based on simple human values like respect and responsibility. An attitude of respect calls us to honor the ability of community members to define their own priorities and initiate their own projects. It builds confidence among community members, leading them to invest in collaboration with us.
A commitment to responsibility leads us to follow through on our promises, offer ongoing friendship, and expect the same from our local partners. This value brings about complete, successful, and sustainable projects, instead of ones that break down after a year or are left half-finished for decades. Community leaders experience their own effectiveness in achieving their goals, with Tandana complementing what they already have.
Although we are based out of Ohio, all our work takes place abroad. Currently we are looking for volunteers and interns in the following capacities to visit us in Ecuador: Program Leadership, Public Health, Summer School, ESL, IT, Environment.
Please visit our website and look at all the opportunities we offer in Ecuador including: volunteer, internship, fellowship, and group coordinator. Please follow the directions to apply through our website.
It varies depending on what type of opportunity you choose with us. Please see our website for details.
We always need document translators between English-Spanish-French
We would love volunteers to help us create videos to tell our story.