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



Central America

1 Ratings


Weekly cost (approx USD):



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

Wild Sun Rescue Center


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



5 Oct 2021

Great experience

Great experience. I have learned a lot about wild animals and the bush. The kids are super. Thanks to Michele and Ian but also I would like to thanks all the volunteers and local people.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



21 Mar 2020

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


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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