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Newsletter: ¡We're Back!

The following is an El Terreno newsletter published on the 7th October 2022


El Terreno Cultural Exchange Centre Guaranda, Ecuador. Volunteering, Internships, Tourism, Community Projects

Joshua Holmes El Terreno Founder & Director

It's been a while, but we're back! From now on we will be keeping you better informed with all we're up to at El Terreno and how to get involved in creating a more meaningful, prosperous and sustainable world!

In this edition, we give you a glimpse into a few of the recent activities and changes taking place here in Atandahua - hope you enjoy it!

Joshua Holmes

Founder, El Terreno


El Terreno Cultural Exchange Centre Guaranda, Ecuador. Volunteering, Internships, Tourism, Community Projects


Visiting Doctors Provide Essential Care



Doctor volunteering Ecuador donation Guaranda social project


Rural communities such as San Juan de Llullundongo lack essential medical care and education. Teenage pregnancy is above 1-in-4, child malnutrition at 48% and gastrointestinal problems are rampant due to unsafe drinking water.

During September, we received help from two Spanish volunteers, María and Patricia, qualified doctors travelling the continent to help rural communities. They spent several days helping both with general practice in the local health centre, as well as supporting community vaccination programmes in remote villages.

If you would like to support us to continue essential community programmes for low-income, rural communities in Ecuador, please consider donating today.




El Terreno Cultural Exchange Centre Guaranda, Ecuador. Volunteering, Internships, Tourism, Community Projects

¡Getting Their Hands Dirty!



Ecuador internship permaculture agroforestry soil regeneration

In the last couple of weeks we've welcomed Kate (Zimbabwe) & Sameer (Canada) - interns as part of our Ecology & Sustainable Agriculture programme.

They have been doing soil analysis in established sustainable farms as well as control sites. Over the coming months, they will be working with our sustainable farming expert, Sebastián Araya, to design & implement agroforestry project, as well as teach the local community the techniques they are learning in improving soil health.

Do you know someone who might benefit from a personalised, hands-on learning experience, either in agriculture, public health, engineering, architecture or anthropology? If so, take a look at our internship programmes.



El Terreno Cultural Exchange Centre Guaranda, Ecuador. Volunteering, Internships, Tourism, Community Projects

Skilled Craftsmen Wanted for an Exciting Sustainable Build



Volunteering Ecuador team gardening permaculture


¡Our volunteering programme is changing!

In order for us to open up to the public and begin offering workshops, food and a space for people to exchange ideas, we are looking for skilled builders, carpenters and craftsmen to put the finishing touches on our cultural centre.

If you'd like to travel the world, experience new cultures and put your skills towards a positive cause, check out more information on our volunteering programme.



El Terreno Cultural Exchange Centre Guaranda, Ecuador. Volunteering, Internships, Tourism, Community Projects

Learn About Our Philosophy



Toucan in the amazon beautiful photo


If you are new to El Terreno and interested to learn more about our values and approach to our work in sustainable development, take a moment to read the following blog post, which explores the parallels between the restoration of ecosystems with the restoration of cultural ecosystems.




El Terreno Cultural Exchange Centre Guaranda, Ecuador. Volunteering, Internships, Tourism, Community Projects


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