Known as “La Valle de Intag” Cotacachi, Ecuador is a lush, fertile zone
where agriculture flourishes. But with 87% of the population living at the poverty line
and 44% depending solely on agriculture, there is a dire need to strengthen economic
opportunities in the region.
2019 Ecuador Expeditions
Hold your spot with $300 non-refundable deposit and completed application, limited to
35 spots in each expedition.
Final payment is due by Friday, May 31, 2019
Download: Ecuador Country Information
Download: Expedition Manual
Download: Application & Medical Form
The expedition fee includes hotel accommodations, village lodging, land
transportation, hand-cooked meals, certified leadership, training materials, project
costs, and other pertinent expedition expenses.
International airfare is not included in the expedition fee. Ground
transportation to/from the airport outside of the standard expedition dates is also not
covered. Participants are responsible for personal purchases, gratuities, and
Highlights from the 2018 Expeditions
The entire expedition fee goes to support CHOICE projects and expeditions. Depending
on the size and location of your expedition, approximately 60% goes to field costs; 25%
goes to team coordination (advanced planning and support), and 15% goes to headquarters
support and post-expedition analysis.
Expeditioners may cancel their space or transfer their deposit and payments to
another person or future expedition based on the following schedule:
Over 90 days before the expedition The $300 per person deposit is 100% refundable or
45-89 days before expedition The $300 per person deposit less a $100 service charge
is refundable. The $300 per person deposit is still 100% transferable.
Less than 45 days before expedition All payments are non-refundable, except when
cancellation is necessary because of events beyond the control of the participant. All
circumstances will be evaluated by CHOICE on an individual basis.
Access to the right education, however, is a challenge.
Poor graduation rates, high illiteracy, and a struggling economy encourage youth to
flee from rural communities to urban slums.
The ASEA Advancing Life Foundation, together with the support of the Choice
Humanitarian, will build an innovative vocational and training center that serves over
This center will provide youth and underemployed adults in the region with the
opportunity to live, study, and gain a nationally certified vocational certificate in
masonry, carpentry, cooking, tourism and more. Every dollar raised will go towards the
planning, building, and completion of this center, the first of its kind in the area.
By bringing customized training solutions to rural communities, we can help elevate the
opportunities of countless families.
Conditions in developing countries or the inability to completely fill an expedition
group may result in the cancellation of an expedition. If CHOICE Humanitarian cancels
the trip, the Expedition Fee is fully refundable. If an expedition participant submits
a deposit, but later cancels their trip as the result of a subsequent travel warning or
public announcement from the U.S. Department of State, then the Expedition Fee paid,
minus any expenses already incurred by CHOICE, is fully refundable. CHOICE recommends
that all expedition participants purchase travel insurance that will provide proper
coverage for such instances.
CHOICE will not make refunds for accommodations or services included in the
expedition fee, but not used by the participant.
All payments received from persons on behalf of a participant are refundable upon
request from the participant. Donors can also choose to transfer donations to the
CHOICE Humanitarian Expedition scholarship fund.
As a 501(c)(3) organization, all donations to the ASEA Advancing Life Foundation are