Agroforestry and sustainable development in Ecuador.

The Exchange

El Rancho Don Dario es una finca lechera manejada por mi familia cerca del bosque nublado en Ecuador. Para que el manejo de nuestra finca sea responsable y podernos convertir poco a poco en una reserva; estamos reforestando las cuencas de nuestros ríos, producimos abono con los desechos del ganado, tenemos un proyecto de bioconstrucción y de investigación. . Necesitamos las manos para acompañar nuestra producción con técnicas sostenibles.

What you offer

30 hours of help per week

Tour Guide: Organize and lead tours around the city.

Handyman: Help with a wide range of repairs or building.

Gardening: Help grow plants and cultivate gardens

Farming: Plant crops, sow seeds and help in outside tasks.

What you get

3 days off per week

Team Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other people.

Dinner: You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.

Discounts on Tours: Get discounts for tours and excursions around town.

Bikes at your disposal: You can use our bikes any time you want.

Use our equipped kitchen: Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.

Certificate: Get a certificate of completion after you finish your experience.


Over 20 years old

Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

Program Details

Rancho Don Dario is in the countryside where the cultivated areas took over the forest, now we want to change things and start a reforestating program. We want to plant native trees, fruit trees and ornamental flowers. Que todo lo que se plante se convierta en agua, aire, alimento, ornamento y casa para los animales de la zona.

Activities & Shift

The activities would be to plant, fertilize and take care of the reforestated aereas.


There is only one rule, from 9 pm to 5 am there is a security chain that comes up in order to keep our place safe. If you want to go to town you must come before 9 or you must speak to the man in charge in case of emergency.