Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation

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The Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1997, dedicated to the preservation and rehabilitation of tropical habitats, and the conservation of their plants and animals.  Our mission is to sponsor scientific research, provide public education and support community-based actions that promote the conservation of ecosystem integrity and biodiversity.  We emphasize projects which promote the empowerment of local landowners and communities, and encourage them to actively participate in the sustainable management of their land.

Our name is taken from the Ceiba tree (pronounced "SAY-ba"), a giant of tropical forests, which provides a home for scores of plants and animals in its lofty and epiphyte-laden canopy.

  • support community-based wildlife and habitat conservation efforts in tropical South and Central America, with a focus on private lands
  • encourage resource management practices that maintain ecosystem integrity and biodiversity
  • promote environmental education via field courses, teacher-training and community outreach activities
  • monitor the impacts of human land uses on ecosystems, habitats and species diversity
  • facilitate communication between conservation organizations, farmers, scientists, and resource managers

Ceiba offers a variety of conservatino field courses for college credit, as well as internships and our volunteer program.

Broaden your horizons and gain valuable experience as you lend a hand to the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation.  As a Ceiba Ecuador volunteer you will put your knowledge and skills to work for habitat conservation, environmental education, community development, reforestation, and scientific research


Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve, Ecuador (Bosque Seco Lalo Loor)

Situated on Ecuador's gorgeous Pacific coast, the reserve protects one of the largest remaining tracts of deciduous tropical forest (dry forest) in the coastal Manabi province of Ecuador. Wake up to birdsong and the roar of howler monkeys in the bamboo volunteer house, made in the traditional style. At the end of a hard day's work, helping on trails, reforestation, or environmental education -- see volunteer positions -- enjoy the sunset from one of several nearby beaches, or hike up to the lookout to enjoy the view of the Pacific Ocean. Click here for details on this amazing site.

one week minimum commitment is required, but you can extend their stay for up to 3 months or more with prior approval from Ceiba.  Please note that an extended visa is required to remain in Ecuador for more than 90 days.

Program Requirements

  • 18 and older
  • Good health
    • Spanish language ability is helpful, though not required
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