Intercultural Program: Knowledge Exchange

There is a lot to be done in Don Juan. We just aren't enough to take care of the library, sewing workshop, fundraising, keeping active in social media, organize educational, art, and health brigades... Much to be done, but it is all exciting and we do it surrounded by the warmth of the neighbors and a spectacular environment.

With the intention to resist the static identity of a "passive victim", the neighbors from Don Juan have organized to offer visiting volunteers a series of workshops in which they share their knowledge. The volunteers that visit us immerse themselves in the Intercultural Program: Knowledge Exchange. In other words, if you come to teach us how to sew, to recycle; if you can teach English or you want to start a theater group; in exchange for your knowledge the community will teach you: how to use the machete, artisanal forms of fishing, make yuca bread or fish cleaning. We believe that all knowledge is useful and deserves equal recognition and prestige.

A mano manaba means to be "a mano" (to be even), not to owe anyone any favors, to evade distances that create hierarchies, and above all: to work among friends. If you are interested in visiting Don Juan or you would like more information about our volunteer program in Ecuador, contact us via amanomanaba@gmail.com o click the button and fill up the form. We'll get back to you pronto! Learn about from other volunteers who have already stopped by A mano Manaba!

Volunteer with A mano manaba

Do you want to contribute to the community with your knowledge or your effort? Meet our volunteer program and come to build an intercultural dialogue with a traditional Manaba community!

Don Juan, a fishing village hit by the 7.8 earthquakes that destroyed the coastal areas in Ecuador in 2016. We run the Children's library where we offer a reading remedial program, homework assistance, and English classes. We are also involved in a continued education program for adults and several cultural events for our community. We believe that educational and cultural programs are instrumental in order to help people lead better lives. During Library hours your main responsibility is to encourage everybody who walks in to read, you should read out loud for them -in English or Spanish-, or read along, or suggest a good read. In order to perform your tasks as a volunteer librarian, your Spanish should be fluent or next to fluent; you should be able to communicate, read and write in Spanish in order to help our patrons and assist with homework. Our intercultural program will allow a couple of volunteers to live and work in a friendly community. Come share your skills and learn how to use a machete, clean fish, go fishing and cook local cuisine.

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A children´s Library by the beach is waiting for you. Come and work, teach and have fun in Manabi, Ecuador