There are several ways to participate in Condor People:
Earth Island Institute
The Morona Eco-Reserve and Education Center is a cultural backpacker's destination and not a resort. The reserve is a gathering place for visitors, researchers, guides and local people to meet for organized classroom instruction, workshops, meetings and other community functions. Resource material such as books, film, video, photography will be stored here as will research project information and other information pertinent to the functioning of the facility. This center will be available for educators and researchers visiting the reserve. Attracting one, or more, universities to utilize the reserve and surrounding areas for research pertaining to the study in botany, zoology, entomology, herpetology, and cultural anthropology is anticipated. Local youth will be trained and hired as guides for students and researchers and the school facility will provide work space, basic supplies and resource library. As people use the reserve and people com to visit our ability to work with the rainforest cultures and interested public will increase.
Personal participation is the best and most pleasurable way to learn. We are always encouraging people to volunteer here in the states or in Ecuador there is always something that needs doing. For volunteering in Ecuador and working knowledge of Spanish is recommended although there are opportunities to learn Spanish while in South America. Learn about native medicinal and ceremonial plants, their propagation, growing and harvesting, give tours to visitors and work with Reserve staff in maintenance, upkeep and development of the center.
Direct monetary donations are always needed and welcomed. One may contribute to our general fund which pays our operating expenses and overhead. If one wishes they can choose exactly where their money is to go through pick-a-project. Simply choose (by highlighting) the project you wish to contribute to, click on the donate button and follow the steps.
The Morona Eco-Reserve and Education Center is allocation for the study of the rainforest ecosystem and its inhabitants. If you have a research project and need a place for field work, or would like to combine helping us classify the plants, animals and insects within the Reserve with your research project we are here for you. Our facility includes typical lodging, work space and a library for researchers and students who are engaged in studying the rainforest. Local indigenous residents will help researchers locate what they are studying and act as guides while in the rainforest. Those interested in reforestation may wish to volunteer at our native plant nursery and work with local people to repair the damage brought with timber harvest and commercial agriculture. Preservation of indigenous knowledge is a priority at the Morona Eco-Reserve and cultural research is as welcome as ecological research. Send Condor People your research proposal and we will be happy to do what we can to help make it a reality.
Opportunities are available for qualified people to teach at our education center in a variety of classes. Our education system is open and we are encouraging people who have either a formal education in a subject, or a qualifying number of years working in the field they wish to teach. People qualified to teach English, math, geography, sustainable agriculture/biodynamic, or permaculture techniques, nutrition, sanitation, water purification, accounting, and mechanics, as well as other fields of study are encouraged to contact us and become involved. We are also needing interested nurses, doctors, nutritionists, pediatricians, and other medical persons interested in volunteering in our medical clinic.
Just getting to the Morona Eco-Reserve and Education Center is an adventure and once you are there you can feel the life force of the rainforest. Enjoy guided walks, river boat excursions, canoe on a 2.5 kilometer lagoon, or just relax and take advantage of fresh herbal teas and herbal drinks. Before, or after, your visit to the Morona Reserve we can help you with other eco-tourism destinations such as the Napo Wildlife Center in the Yasuni National Reserve, and the Kapawi Eco-Reserve and Lodge in Achuar territory along the Pastaza River. Let us know what your travel wishes are and we will help make them come true.
Earth Island Institute:
Become a member of the Earth Island Institute and support one, or more, of their sponsored projects. The Morona Eco-Reserve is proud to be a EII project and a member of an increasing number of projects aimed at protecting wilderness, including rainforests, protecting indigenous communities and knowledge, and bringing awareness of projects working for social, spiritual and environmental justice. Visit their website at www.earthisland.com and see how you can participate.