Ecological Reserve Tena, Ecuador

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Assistance in conservation at an Amazonian ethnobotanical garden.

Help a sustainable project
4 travelers confirmed that this host is actively contributing to a more sustainable future for everyone!
Higher chance of approval
This host has recently approved volunteers and is looking for more applications.
Connect with nature
7 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
Immerse yourself in the local culture
6 travelers recommend this host for those looking for a local cultural immersion
Accepts couples and pairs of volunteers
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What you offer


Hours per day
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Social Work
Help with volunteer work in local projects and communities.
Building & Repairing
Help with a wide range of repairs or building.
Plant crops, sow seeds and help in outside tasks.
Help grow plants and cultivate gardens
Additional Fee
This host charges a fee in addition to the cost of the Worldpackers annual plan.

Additional fee required

This host charges a fee in addition to the cost of Worldpackers’ annual plans.


US$ 60

Per week

Fee pays for

  • Benefits for travelers
  • Materials for volunteer activities


Volunteering in a remote jungle indigenous community incurs costs to cover the volunteer's sustenance, as there are limited food options. Financial contributions support meals provided by the host family, fostering cultural exchange. Costs ensure a meaningful and immersive volunteer experience.

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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.
Private Room
You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.
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.
Basic Internet Access
Basic speed internet for you to work remotely
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 Hiking Tours
We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!
Finca Ganadito will offer you a volunteering certificate.
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
1 week

The Experience

Come contribute to the native farm or garden where Amazonian medicinal plants thrive. Participate in maintaining trails, signage, and garden care. Experience unique immersion within the community, living alongside nature, and learn about Kichwa Amazonian ancestral medicine in Ahuano, Ecuador.

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  • Beginner Spanish
  • Over 18 years old
  • Welcomes solo volunteers, couples, and partners of volunteers

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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11 Reviews


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Hours & Tasks


Ecological Reserve


Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

  • 7 Get in touch with nature
  • 6 Immersing in the local culture
  • 6 Meeting locals
  • 5 Learning about sustainability
  • 3 Developing social awareness
  • 3 Creating true social impact

This host contributes to Sustainable Development Goals

  • 4 15. Life on land
  • 3 3. Good health and well-being
  • 3 13. Climate action



Fabulous experience in a nice Kichwa family of 5 people. The project is a real gem within the community, and sharing is the key word of the experience. We feel included from the participation of the project to the convivial moments in family. The family only speaks Spanish and Kichwa, so it can be a little difficult for a non-native speaker. However, they are very inclusive and make an effort to share their culture and traditions with you. I was the only volunteer for the first week and was joined by another for the second, so the experience is personal and far from the large group volunteerin

about 1 year ago

United States


Anaconda Island is the most beautiful place I've ever seen, and the reserveis a magical botanic garden. Unfortunately, due to sudden health issues, I had to leave earlier than expected. I think a bit more communication is necessary about the living situation, especially what hours the water is turned off. There are no walls, so bring lots of bug spray! I was inspired by Edison's passion for the garden and enjoyed working with him immensely. I will never forget my time there.

10 months ago



For anyone interested in an immerisive cultural experience in the heart of the Amazon, while learning about the vast diversity of the region's flora and fauna, I highly reccommendthe reserve. The entire family were extremely welcoming and made a daily effort to keep things fun and interesting. Don't miss out

over 2 years ago



En la reservaconecté con la naturaleza, me gustó que tenga habitaciones adecuadas y seguras para que no entren ningún tipo de insectos. Pude presenciar hermosos atardeceres. El trabajo no es pesado siempre cambian de actividades, ademas siempre pasas acompañada en las horas de trabajo, respetan los horarios. Es mi primer voluntariado sola y lo recomiendo. Don Edison y sus hijos imparten su conocimiento de su hermosola reserva, siempre están dispuestos a responder cualquier duda. A pesar que dice que no incluye la comida en los días de descanso, ellos están dispuestos a brindarte su comida. ♥️

28 days ago



La acogida de la familia fue increíble, siempre pendientes de nosotros en todo momento. Felices de contestar cualquier duda o pregunta que uno se plantee. Aprendí mucho sobre la vida en la selva, tanto de flora, fauna y cultura kichwa. Si te quieres sumergir en todo esto la recomiendo al 100%.

about 1 month ago

Luna replied

Gracias Andrés por todo tu apoyo, la familia te envía un saludo muy especial y te deseamos que sigas teniendo bonitas experiencias en tu viaje

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