Adventuring in Ecuador, a country with 12 hours of sunlight year-round, has been experienced by over 50 Ohio Master Gardener Volunteers. Since 2013 Ohio MGVS have partnered with the Tandana Foundation to provide a working vacation in Otavalo and surrounding communities. The focus has been on cultivating trees, water remediation, education, planting, gardening and working side-by-side with locals to improve their communities. Activities are a mixture of work and cultural activities including touring, cooking classes, shopping, and more. Each year has been unique and a wonderful experience with a variety of jobs and cultural visits.
"The best part of the trip is the people you meet - both volunteers and Ecuadorians. You will not leave Ecuador the same as when you arrived," was how one MGV summarized their trip.
Another noted, "The leaders and staff were amazing. They were fun, approachable, organized, and really added to the trip. They went above and beyond to ensure that everyone had what they needed and were comfortable and happy."
Plans are in process for the 2017 working vacation when 16 MGVs can choose to have an experience of a life-time. The trip will be Friday, February 3 through Saturday, February 11, 2017. Once in Quito, all lodging, meals, transportation, work activities and cultural activities are covered by the program fee. The entire cost including lodging (double occupancy) and program activities is $1,350. Each participant arranges their own airfare. If you are interested in this adventure, email Denise Johnson at email@example.com.