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Dream Center Las Tunas - Conservation and Community


Dream Center Las Tunas - Conservation and Community

About Your Location

Las Tunas is a beach located south of Manabí, 190 km north of Guayaquil, and close to the popular beach villages; Montanita, Ayampe and Puerto Lopez. It is a small village with around 1600 inhabitants. Las Tunas beach is known for its natural beauty, its crystal-clear sea waters, its gastronomy and for its community of friendly farmers and fishermen. Manabí province, in Ecuador, considered to be one of the most interesting areas to know in the country. Rich and proud in their culture, you can enjoy delicious typical food, as well as learn about the history of the different places around Las Tunas.

Life as a Volunteer

Upon your arrival in Las Tunas (Sunday) the Project Coordinator will be waiting for you to give you an orientation about your accommodation and explore the village. You will also have a 30 minutes’ presentation about the program schedule and turtle´s ecology and environmental programs. In the evening, a Welcome Dinner will be organized for you and the Project Coordinator will make together with you the work schedule for the week and note this on a whiteboard.

Monday the project coordinator will give you an orientation in situ, the activities are: Turtle nesting monitoring, beach cleaning, reforestation, community empowerment, making handcrafts of recycling and natural materials. You will be working each day between 4 and 5 hours in the project. In the afternoon, you are free to enjoy the beach, surf, play volley or soccer with locals or relax. It is possible to book optional Spanish classes, surf classes and salsa dance classes for the afternoon. Please let us know if you want add these to your program.

On Thursday evening, a cocktail is organized for the volunteers.

During the weekend, you’ll enjoy some free time to discover the magical places around Las Tunas. Sunday evening the Project Coordinator will plan with you the work for the new week & their expectation. A welcome dinner for the new volunteers will be organized; you are more than welcome to join it.

Some examples of the activities
• Cleaning Las Tunas beach and cleaning the Ayampe river
• Reforestation plan of more than 100 hectares in a reserve in Ayampe
• Permaculture and development of recycling systems
• Direct interaction with the community, education programs environment for people in the community and for volunteers
• Watching and monitoring the turtle´s nest (If you're lucky, you can see the eggs hatching)
• Compost making

There’s presence of 4 species of sea turtles and each of the species nests at different times of the year
Golfina is present all year round, in the months of June to December it is where more nests are registered.
Green, from December to March
Carey, from December to March
Lute, from March to April, according to this year's record.
With wild species it is not known, many times they surprise us in a time that is not nesting.

Evenings & Weekends

Over the weekend, you’ll enjoy some free time to discover the magical places around Puerto Lopez. Sunday evening the Project Coordinator will plan with you the work for the new week & their expectation. A welcome dinner for the new volunteers will be organized, you are more than welcome to join it (not included).

Public Holidays

No work days on the following public holidays:

26 May
11 August
09 October
02-03 November
25 December


What is included

Project donation
Orientation meeting
Local support with a Spanish speaking volunteer coordinator
Breakfast and welcome dinner
Transport to the different projects

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

Minimum age of 18
All foreigners entering Ecuador are obliged to have a valid health insurance
Basic English is necessary
Basic/Intermediate Spanish is required

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.

Wat is inbegrepen?


Volunteers will have time to enjoy the incredible places Puerto Lopez and the surroundings offer, like the breathtaking beach Los Frailes Natural Reserve, discover the magic of Isla de la Plata (A.K.A Little Galapagos), spot humpback whales (only from June until October), or enjoy the vibrant surf, and party in the beach village Montañita or Ayampe, hiking around the Ayampe Forest Reserve, horseback ride, bird watching and photography at Ayampe Reserve.


1 night accommodation in a hostel in Guayaquil with breakfast is included. Accommodation in Las Tunas is in a shared room (same gender) at Wipeout Hostel. The hostel is located in front of the sea, with a spectacular view of the Los Ahorcados islet, 100 meters north of the boardwalk, and 30 minutes north of Montañita. There are 3 same-gender rooms (9 people) with bathroom inside the room (can also be requested on private basis). Facilities include free Wi-Fi (please note that it is not fast), a bar, and a shared kitchen where volunteers can prepare their own meals, hammocks, hot water and a restaurant.

Lokaal vervoer

- Arrival transfer from the airport to hostel in Guayaquil
- Departure transfer from hostel in Guayaquil to bus station
- You can add-on a Private transfer from Guayaquil to Las Tunas (up to 3 passengers per car).


Daily breakfast, welcome dinner and weekly cocktail are included. We suggest a weekly budget of 100 USD per week for meals and tours. Volunteers will have access to kitchen facilities at the hostel.

Houd er rekening mee

The climate here is tropical. In winter (JUN-JUL), there is much less rainfall than in summer (JAN-FEB). The average annual temperature in Puerto López is 23°C.

What to Bring
Comfortable clothing
Rainproof jacket
Small waterproof backpack to take to the field trips
Flip-flops / sandals
Sunscreen (min factor 50)
Personal cleaning items
Swimming costume
Water bottle
Personal / prescription medicines. Do take in consideration that although there are pharmacies in town, you must bring your personal medication (to last the duration of your stay) if you need any)

Visa Requirements
When you arrive in Ecuador you will get a T-3 visa stamp, which will allow you to be 90 days within the country. Do you plan on staying longer than 90 days? Check with your local Ecuadorian embassy which is the best visa for you and what are the current requirements. Take this into account when buying your ticket, as the airline may refuse you to board the plane if your flight leaves after 90 days and you do not have a visa.

Remember to check the required and recommended vaccinations. Do not forget to bring your original yellow fever certificate and vaccinations booklet as it may be checked on border crossings.

Money Matters
In Ecuador we use US dollars and the easiest way to get them is an ATM. If you want to bring dollars in cash, make sure to get small notes with the highest denomination being $20. Not many stores accept $50 or $100 notes. We suggest a weekly budget of USD 100.00.- for meals not included and tours

If volunteers would like to bring donations to the project, please let us know. We will get in touch with the project to see what is most needed at that moment. Don’t give donations directly to the project without consulting the coordinator.

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