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.
Highlights from the 2018 Expeditions
2019 Ecuador Expeditions
12 – 20 July, 2019 | Cost $1195.00 Per Person
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 additional meals.
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 transferable.
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 1500 families.
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 tax-deductible.