Ohio Master Gardener Volunteers will have the opportunity to team up with the Tandana Foundation for a service-learning journey in Ecuador in 2020. The dates are set – January 31 through February 8, 2020. Adventuring in Ecuador, a country with 12 hours of sunlight year-round has been a dream come true for over 60 Ohio MGVS since 2013.
Ohio MGVs collaborate with the Tandana Foundation to provide unique service-learning experiences in Otavalo and surrounding communities. Over the years, the focus has included cultivating trees, water remediation, education, planting community and school gardens and working side-by-side with the indigenous people 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 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 2020 service-learning adventure when 16 MGVs can choose to have an experience of a lifetime. The program fee includes lodging, meals, transportation, work activities and cultural activities. The entire cost including lodging (double occupancy) and program activities is $1,450. Participants arrange their own airfare. If you are interested in this adventure, email Denise Johnson at email@example.com.
Volunteers’ waitlisted from the 2019 trip have been contacted and four are registered.
New participants now have their opportunity to register for the trip. After mid-July, registration will be opened to past participants. If you are interested, you are encouraged to send in your deposit of $250 to hold your spot.