Dry Tropical Forest Revegetation and Bioregional Education Project

Project name:

Planet Drum Foundation

Project purpose:

Dry Tropical Forest restoration to stabilize severely eroded terrain, create habitat for endangered species...both plant and animal, and educate residents and volunteers on bioregional practices. Planet Drum Foundation’s Ecuador Program offers an excellent opportunity to combine academic theory with hands-on ecological restoration experience, bioregional education practices, and service-learning work with local communities.

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):





Central America

1 Ratings


Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • hands-on restoration experience and bioregional education.

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices


Shared house plus local bed & breakfast accommodation

When does the project run?

All year


accommodation included, breakfast included, cooking facilities, electricity, local shops, hot shower, western toilet. Accommodations at the Planet Drum house cost $100/month and include: a bed in one of the dorm rooms, use of the house and private yard, internet, drinking water, laundry, and bicycles.

How long can I stay?

Minimum one month


  • Spanish-speaking skills are recommended.

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Participating in the projects, either as a volunteer or intern, is free. Payment is for the accommodation and breakfast on-site. Volunteers help further Planet Drum’s year-round revegetation and bioregional education projects. The work can be labor-intensive and includes greenhouse duties, revegetation site planting and maintenance, and community visits.

Volunteers work approximately 20 hours per week and stay at the Planet Drum Ecuador house in downtown Bahía de Caráquez.

Reviews & ratings



Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday



It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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