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The Pacific Whale Foundation is located in Puerto Lopez, whales visit this part of Ecuador between June and October each year, due to the cold Humboldt Current. It is an attraction for many tourists, both national and international. The Pacific Whale Foundation represents Ecuador at the South American Whaling Commitee, where it shares it information with other South American countries about the whales visiting the Ecuadorian Pacific. As a volunteer you will help with the collecting and processing of information, data analysis and tracking.

Since 1997 the Pacific Whale Foundation, located in Puerto Lopez, has dedicated time and effort to recollect data about whales and contribute with scientific research to the Whale Commission South America. This happens every year during the season that the Humpback Whales come to the Pacific coast of Ecuador. Every year, from June until October, the humpback whales come to these warm waters that pass the pacific coast of Ecuador to find their mates and have their young. They swim all the way until the south of Colombia before heading back again to the waters of the Antarctica.

As a volunteer you can observe these amazing animals and contribute to the research. Since 1997 the Foundation has identified and catalogued over 2200 different whales by photographing their tails and has contributed to different scientific studies and determination of migration routes, feeding areas and more. Besides whales, marine birds and dolphins are also monitored. The program starts every Saturday from mid June to mid October.

Volunteer Activities
You will have a mix of Spanish classes (4 hours of Spanish lessons per week) held at the research centre, whale watching research (on the boat), behavioral data analyzation, help out with photo identification, comparison, and draw conclusions and results. At the end of your program you will receive a certificate of your attendance as a volunteer at the Pacific Whale Foundation. There is also an excursion to Isla de la Plata included for trekking and snorkelling.

Besides the daily tasks at the whale foundation, your own initiative is always highly appreciated. If you want to contribute extra to the project, share your ideas with the volunteer coordinator of the project. In the Ecuadorian culture people might be a bit shy in telling you what to do. Therefore, it will make your volunteer period more worthwhile if you show initiative - both for your own personal growth and the project. The people at this project are always very open to new ways of helping the program: so think about what you are passionate about, use your creativity and go for it!
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Work Schedule

Depending on your program, you will work sometimes in the weekends as well. It is a full program with much variety in activities and an average workday of 6-8 hours. It is important that you are on time and punctual to work.

During the week (Monday to Friday) you will get to work hands on with data collection and analysis. You will have four outings to the ocean to collect data varying between a half and full day trips depending on the schedule. Afterwards you share and analyse all the research material (cameras, gps, sound recording etc.). Spanish lessons are held at the project location and will be distributed during the week depending on when you go out to the sea and how the weather is. On Saturday you will go over the results and conclusions.

Location

This project is located in the town of Puerto Lopez in the province of Guayas. You will have to travel first to Ecuador’s biggest city, Guayaquil and then on to Puerto Lopez. Travelling in bus from Quito it will take you approximately 12 hours to reach. However you could always take a flight from Quito to Guayaquil to cut down your travelling time considerably.

Recommendations

The climate in the coast is hot and humid. The weather can change however it is often quite hot and sunny. Items that we recommend you bring are:

- Cotton (fast-drying) trousers, shorts, short-sleeved shirts, long-sleeved shirts, rain jacket, cardigan
- Sunglasses, sunblock and swimwear
- Mosquito repellent
- Small daypack
- Prescription medication (if applicable)
- Work gloves
- Lightweight, long and quick drying work pants
- Rubber boots
- Flashlight/torch

Public Holidays

The project is closed on the following public holidays in 2018:

08 Oct: Independence Day Guayaquil
01 Nov: Independence Day Cuenca
02 Nov: Day of the Dead
25 Dec: Christmas Day
31 Dec: New Year´s Eve

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

- Minimum age of 18
- All foreigners entering Ecuador are obliged to have a valid health insurance.
- Must be able to speak basic English.
- Basic Spanish is an advantage, but not required

Volunteer Introduction Week in Quito

If you have the time, we recommend starting with an Introduction Week in Quito so you will go well prepared to your project. This first week gives you an idea about life in Ecuador, shows highlights of the city and its surroundings, includes 20 hours of Spanish Group lessons, an in-depth volunteer preparation including language specifics, and other fun elements such as a private salsa lesson, a city tour, and visit to the Equator.

Saturday: Airport transfer and accommodation in Student House in Quito
Sunday: Free day
Monday: 4 hours of Spanish Classes. Afternoon homework time. Welcome cocktail in afternoon.
Tuesday: 4 hours of Spanish Classes. Afternoon homework time. 1 hour of private Salsa classes in afternoon.
Wednesday: 4 hours of Spanish Classes. 2 hours of practical volunteer introduction with Spanish terminology according to project chosen.
Thursday: 4 hours of Spanish Classes (eg. Market visit, museum visit, etc.) to use the Spanish language in a practical situation. Afternoon homework time.
Friday: 4 hours of Spanish Classes. 2 hours city tour through the Old Town of Quito with a Spanish teacher.
Saturday: All-day tour to Cotopaxi is included.
Sunday: Introduction to the volunteer work program.

If you choose Homestay accommodation, please note that the first two nights of your Introduction Week will be at the Volunteer House.

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.
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The first Saturday night (arrival night) accommodation is at the Student house in Quito.

Accommodation at the Whale Foundation project is at a volunteer house in rooms shared between max 3 volunteers.

If you choose to participate in the Intro Week in Quito, you can choose either to stay in a dormitory at the volunteer house or in a Homestay.

There is a volunteer house with double rooms and dorm rooms offering space for up to 22 people. The rooms have their own bathroom and some have their own kitchen. There is also a shared kitchen and a social area. You will be provided with bedding and will even have access to a swimming pool and wi-fi but there aren't computers. The accommodation is basic and it is your duty to keep your living area clean.

Staying with a host family is a great way to put your Spanish into practice in daily conversation and also to experience the every day life of a middle class Ecuadorian family. You will be provided with your own room, receive three meals a day on weekdays and one laundry load a week. We offer accommodation in 5 different families that all live no more than 15 minutes away from the school. Please note that the first two nights of your accommodation will be at the volunteer house. You will be introduced to your host family on Monday morning.

Lokal transport

Arrival transfer from Quito airport to your accommodation in Quito is included with Intro Week, if you choose that option.

How to get to the project:
A transfer from your accommodation in Quito to the bus station is provided and the coordinator will help you buy your ticket (approximately 8-10 USD). This project is located in the town of Puerto Lopez in the province of Manabi. You will have to travel first to Manta, and then you have to switch busses to get to Puerto Lopez. This will take you two hours more. Travelling by bus from Quito will take you approximately 12 hours. You could also take a flight from Quito to Guayaquil to cut down your travelling time considerably.

Måltider

At the volunteer house you have to arrange the meals yourself. There is a fully equipped kitchen available for you to use, or you can have dinner at one of the many restaurants in the area where you can eat for very low prices. One shared dinner with the whole group per week is included.

If you choose homestay accommodation during Introduction Week, three meals a day will be served on weekdays.

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In your spare time you can either relax at the project or visit the town of Puerto Lopez. In town you can go surfing, kayaking, relaxing at the beach or wandering in the streets. You can also decide to visit the towns nearby or when you are adventurous you can also dive with manta rays.|