Hostel Otavalo, Ecuador

(5 reviews)5

Help us with maintenance & agriculture and enjoy Ecuador!

Connect with nature
3 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
Immerse yourself in the local culture
3 travelers recommend this host for those looking for a local cultural immersion
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What you offer


Hours per day
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Building & Repairing
Help with a wide range of repairs or building.
Help grow plants and cultivate gardens
Animal Care
Help look after and take care of animals.
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What you get


Days off per week
Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.
Shared Dorm
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Discounts on Tours
Get discounts for tours and excursions around town.
Free Tours
We’ll take you on tours and rides around town. For free!
Free Hiking Tours
We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!
Language lessons
Take free language classes at our place.
Bikes at your disposal
You can use our bikes any time you want.
Get a certificate of completion after you finish your experience.
Get help from the Worldpackers support team in case you need it, at any point of your trip.
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Stay at least
4 weeks

The Experience

Flexible hours, days off tend to be on weekdays, planting and caring for the orchard, cleaning herbs and gardens, one day a week you will collaborate with the agricultural activities of the community, cleaning the hostel, caring for animals (llamas and animals household) food and cleaning, customer service when necessary

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  • Beginner English or Beginner Spanish
  • Between 18 and 80 years old
  • Only hosts solo volunteers (doesn’t accept couples or partners)

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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5 Reviews


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Hours & Tasks




Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

  • 3 Get in touch with nature
  • 3 Immersing in the local culture
  • 3 Meeting locals
  • 2 Developing social awareness
  • 2 Meeting international travelers
  • 1 Developing environmental awareness

This host contributes to Sustainable Development Goals

  • 2 8. Decent work and economic growth



This was my first time volunteering and I can't regret anything! It's an awesome and peaceful place where you can learn a lot about local communities, customs and gastronomy. The owners and staff are extremely welcoming and kind, it really feels like home. I cannot be more grateful for this experience!

about 1 year ago

United States


I loved my time at Urku Wasi. I immediately felt accepted and it felt like family. They were so supportive of my art, and I had such a great time exploring the local area. The community is super tight knit, and I feel that I learned so much and was continually welcomed. I hope to come back. The beauty of the area and the animals are just a plus on the amazing and supportive environment that is Urku Wasi.

over 1 year ago



Los horarios dicen ser “flexibles”, es decir no existen. Nunca tuve tiempo para mis actividades de nómada digital (salvo 2h), nunca tuve tiempo de ocio mucho menos de dispersión. Les aconsejo revisar con el anfitrión lo pactado en Worldpackers y sobre todo establecer un horario, el hecho de que sea flexible no significa que estes disponible todo el tiempo. Lo mejor del voluntariado fue el cuidado de los animales, son maravillosos, es todo un gusto compartir con ellos. No se equivoquen, el anfitrión y su hijo también son buenas personas, pero somos humanos y a veces erramos.

6 months ago

El Salvador


Fue una experiencia increíble. La convivencia con la naturaleza y la cultura local te dan una enseñanza sobre el cuidado y la preservación de la naturaleza, los anfitriones son maravillosos te hacen sentir parte de la familia desde el día 1 el hambiente de trabajo y la relación que se forma de equipo es inigualable.

9 months ago



En Urku Wasi me sentí como en familia, todos tienen una bellísima energía, el lugar tiene una de las mejores vistas del mundo, la comida fue deliciosa, conecte con la comunidad y la gente local, participe en muchas increíbles, y hice mucho amigos que recordaré siempre, para ser mi primera experiencia fue de lo mejor recomiendo 100% este voluntariado .

over 1 year ago

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Hosted by Luz

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