Finca Sarita



Name of the project: Work and learn on an organic farm and education centre for alternative agriculture techniques.


Location: Finca Sarita is located in the pastoral farming community of Sarampion, 20 minutes outside Calceta, in Manabi, a coastal province of Ecuador.



Not Included


Project Description: Finca Sarita is a family owned and managed organic farm and educational centre for local, national, and international communities through training in permaculture, agroecology, and ecological design. The farm’s focus includes organic agriculture, soil conservation, heirloom seed saving, natural construction, alternative energy, and ecological waste management (grey water and humanure). The farm is eight hectares of land divided into three separate pieces, including a food forest, a sustainable lumber parcel, and areas for animals including chickens, pigs, rabbits, and goats. Servio, the farm director, has worked in permaculture and organic agriculture since 1994 and has a degree in agricultural sciences, has been an instructor at Rio Muchacho organic farm, and is an active member of the community promoting ecological solutions to local problems.


Range of volunteer tasks: Volunteers at Finca Sarita help with the daily managing and tasks of the farm and can participate in the many projects it is developing to enhance sustainability. The activities undertaken are dependent upon the seasons, weather, cycle of the moon, and the needs of the farm.  Some things volunteers can do and learn at the farm include:

• Learn how to make chocolate or banana vinegar

• Prepare and care for seedlings in the plant nursery which are later donated to surrounding communities

• During the school year volunteers can teach English in local schools

• Work in the vegetable garden: planting, weeding, harvesting

• Help build “ecological houses” for the farm animals

• Make organic fertilizer (Biol) and Soil Amendments (Rice hull carbon)

• Harvest, plant, process, prepare peanuts, coffee, cacao, corn, tobacco, rice, sugarcane, yucca, bananas, papayas, and much more

• Assist in the feeding and care of the livestock


Minimum amount of time: One Week


Minimum level of Spanish required: Basic to intermediate





• Transportation from the airport of Quito

• Introductory tour

• Welcome dinner

• 20 hours of Spanish lessons

• Transportation to the project after class

• Transportation back to Cusco

• Accommodation in a shared apartment (Family house with bedroom, it is possible to have three meals a day for a fee of 30 euros / week during the course).

• Accommodation in a carefully selected bedroom

• Salsa lessons, cooking lessons, games during the Spanish lessons (once a week)

• Games during the language course

• Teaching materials for the course

• Support / contact person in the project

• Emergency number of the local teams are available 24 hours to 24 hours

• The support of our local staff

• A T-shirt from our organization

• The support of our coordinators of our, in advance experimented, programs during and after your trip

• Certificate of your participation in the project

• Certificate of your Spanish course

• A ride on horseback or rafting

• Administration costs

• School activities every weekend (extra charge)








• National and international flights

• Travel insurance

• Vaccinations

• Personal expenses for leisure

• Tickets to tourist sites







4 weeks

(Incl. spanish lessons one week)


8 weeks

(Incl. spanish lessons four weeks)


Extra week Spanish lessons

Extra week accommodation

  USD 1,019

  USD 1,439

  USD 229

  USD 190



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