What It's All About

ImageOur volunteer program is designed for individuals who wish to experience not only the unique and diverse ecosystems of our eight biological stations, but are also able to contribute to conservation efforts. Every year  nearly 1000 national and international volunteers join our Volunteer Abroad program in Ecuador.

Volunteers are able to choose their work from a range of activities such as reforestation, environmental education, community service, plant conservation, agro-forestry, field data collection, and reserve maintenance, carried out under the supervision of residential researchers, staff instructors, and the administrative personnel at each station.

A typical volunteer weekly work schedule is:

• Two days of work on forest and reforestation projects.
• Two days of hiking where volunteers learn about the local ecology and socioeconomic     factors that affect the local ecosystem.
• One day of work on mini-research projects in small groups.
• One day of work on station and reserve maintenance.
• Visits to local communities.

ImageSince each reserve is located in separate regions within Ecuador, each comes with its own set of characteristics.  Differences in weather, geography, ecology, and sociology make each reserve unique.

As a volunteer, you will be representing the Foundation and we ask that you act in a mature and honorable fashion in order to improve community relationships between the local people and foreign visitors. Alcohol and drugs are prohibited in the Biological Stations.

Important items to bring with you include: a raincoat, working gloves, pair of good walking shoes, work clothes (long sleeve shirts – light colors- and pants, easy to dry), mosquito bed net, flip flops or rubber sandals, loads of socks and T-shirts, rubber boots, a flashlight, blankets or a sleeping bag, insect repellent, sun screen, a water bottle, bathing suit, pocket knife (in check-in bag), sun glasses, plastic zip-lock bags for dry storage, binoculars, and a personal first aid kit.

Given the humid conditions, it is recommended that clothing be loose fitting, light (porous micro-fibers are best) and easy to take off. You will be miserable in jeans!  The only exception is in the Guandera Biological Station, high in the Andes, where heavier clothing is recommended since the temperature drops at night.

Welcome, Everyone


 Greetings! - Great Wilderness continues to work on biodiversity preservation in both Ecuador and Venezuela. We are succeeding in our mission to "Help People Help Nature."

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 Volunteer and Internship Program

Our goal is to support, strengthen and enhance our partners conservation program by sending individuals interested in working and supporting the protection of Ecuador and Venezuela native forest and ecosystems. (Read more)


The Parrotlet Project


Do Parrots Name Their Babies?

While studying Green-rumplet Parrolets in Venezuela, National Geographic Explorer and Great Wilderness Board member, Dr. Karl Berg, discovered an incredibly rare behavior.

The Parrolet Project (Video)

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Forest Fund

Dear Family and Friends,


Earth Day 2018 marks the celebration of a two-year partnership with Forest Fund. Forest Fund supports conservation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil with the help of Great Wilderness and donors worldwide. Together we are turning landowners into forest protectors by providing opportunity cost payments to the landowner to keep the forest standing in one of the most ecologically important and threatened areas of the world. Read more     



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