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Volunteer opportunities


The Chinimp Tuna Station is a young project owned and managed by the Chumapi-Shiguango family. In order to develop the station and the ideas and skills at the station, volunteers play a crucial part. Capital is scarce among the indigenous peoples and much conservation work therefore depends on voluntary efforts.  The Chumapi-Shiguango family has therefore seen the benefits that international volunteers can provide and decided to offer volunteer placements in order to help strengthen the station.


The Chinimp Tuna Station is located on the boundary of Quichua and Shuar territory and is a truly bicultural station that offers a unique opportunity to experience two different cultures.


“This video shows the experience of some volunteers at the Chinimp Tuna Station”




Volunteer Activities


These will vary according to both the needs of the project and the interests and capabilities of each volunteer. Most practical work is physically demanding, while other work requires a high level of mutual communication.  The extent to which a visitor can develop their role as a volunteer as opposed to a tourist depends on their inspiration, knowledge, skills and commitment. The usefulness of volunteers increases exponentially throughout their stay as they develop the relationship of mutual respect and understanding with the family that is an essential basis to initiating projects which will last longer than the stay of a single volunteer.


There are many tasks which are ongoing on which volunteers will work alongside members of the Chinimp Tuna Station.


  • Establishing and maintaining trails and tourist infrastructure.

  • Cultivation of broom fibers and other marketable crops.

  • Helping in the traditional farming of yucca, sweet potato, plantain, bananas, papaya, pineapple, chickens and others.

  • Assist with the cultivation of ornamental and medicinal plants.

  • Assist with the construction of typical houses.

  • Helping with the cooking when there are many volunteers.

  • Making handicrafts like pottery and jewelry (women), making spears (men).

  • Teaching English to the children of the family.

  • Developing a garden for new crops such as peppers and cucumbers.

  • Installation and maintenance of a rubbish system.


Work Schedule


The volunteers work from Monday-Friday (Friday only until noon)


7.30    -   8.30 :   Breakfast

8.30    - 12.00 :   Work

12.00 - 14.00 :   Lunch and free time

14.00 - 16.00 :    Work

16.30 :              Recreational Activities

19.30 :              Dinner




The prices for volunteering is 75 USD per week and 12 USD per additional day.


We have a minimum level of commitment of two weeks for the volunteer program.


How to get there


Location The Chinimp Tuna Station is located in the Pastaza province of the Ecuadorian Amazon. In order to get there, you will need to take a bus to Puyo. From Puyo there are two options. You can take direct buses leaving from the Mariscal terminal (This is not the main terminal where the bus from Quito arrives and is easiest to reach by taxi, which will cost 1 USD). Buses leave daily from 'el Terminal de Centinela del Oriente' at 2 pm and 4.30 pm. It will take about one hour and a half to get there.


The station is located approximately 1 km before arriving at the Chico Copataza community and you will need to tell the driver to drop you of at a little before the 2. bridge (there is a sign saying Proyecto Chinimp Tuna). When you get of the bus you can ask for the Chumapi family. The bus fare from Puyo to the Station is 1.75 USD (Say you’re going to Sucre when they charge).


The second option is to take any bus heading towards Macas from the main terminal. Get of at km 38 in the village Simón Bolívar. From there you can it’s another 10 km to Chico Copataza and the Station. You can ask around for cars heading towards Chico Copataza and tell them to drop you of at the 2. bridge. Hiring a car alone costs 10 USD. If you get a hitch, they normally charged according to the number of passengers (10 USD between all passengers). If you can’t find a car, you can sleep for 4 - 5 USD in the Residencial Puerto Azul in Simón Bolívar and wait for the next direct buses. The buses pass the centre of Simón Bolívar. Ask around for help. It’s a small village and everybody will know where to get the bus.


What to bring?


Essential items


  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Rubber boots (can be purchased in Quito or Puyo)
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Insect repellent (there has been no known cases of malaria in the area but there are many mosquitoes and other biting insects)
  • Water bottle
  • First aid kit- including generous supplies for dressing wounds against infection. Spare supplies will always be welcomed by the community.
  • Sunscreen
  • Work clothes. It is good to have clothes which will never be needed to be clean again. They should be light weight and quick drying, but also sturdy enough to protect you from insects, sun and vegetation.
  • Dry-bag or plastic sealable bags (good for protecting equipment such as a camera or first aid kit from humidity and water)
  • Swim suit


Other practical items


  • Mosquito net
  • Sleeping bag (there are blankets)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Toilet paper
  • Candles
  • Pocket knife
  • Work gloves
  • Sun glasses
  • Cap or hat
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Washing soap (Bio-degradable)
  • Plastic bags (for garbage)


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