Intercultural sharing, learning, and friendship are important to our mission.  You can join us in person in Ecuador or online for intercultural programs.  During the pandemic, we are focusing on remote opportunities, including Virtual Ventures for individuals and a variety of options for groups.  As soon as travel becomes responsible again, we plan to resume our travel volunteer programs in Ecuador, and when the security situation allows, in Mali too.

Remote Opportunities

Virtual Ventures

Online intercultural opportunities for individuals

Remote Connection

A variety of ways for your class, group, or club to connect online with Tandana partners in Ecuador and Mali

Upcoming Volunteer Ventures in Ecuador:


Join Tandana on an adventure of a lifetime! We offer open enrollment volunteer ventures for adults and families as well as custom group volunteer programs for all ages. These trips bring together diverse individuals united by a desire to learn, grow, share and contribute in the communities they visit. They provide opportunities to experience life in Ecuadorian or Malian communities; exchange ideas with locals of different perspectives, ages, and vocations; and to give and receive joy.  

Did you know that your trip with Tandana is a net zero emission trip? Click External link opens in new tab or windowhere for more details.

The results are in! After taking a brief post-program survey:

90% of respondents say that they would participate in a Tandana program again.


96% of respondents say that they would recommend a Tandana program to others.


97% of respondents say that they feel that this experience has helped them grow in a positive way.

For a taste of what our trips are like, watch this short video...

"You will go home absolutely overwhelmed by what you saw, who you met, what you've learned, and how your heart has expanded.  You will be inspired to exceed your own expectations of yourself."

-- Jim, volunteer from Montana


Simultaneous interpretation: The linchpin of Tandana’s multilingual virtual gatherings

Like the rest of the world, The Tandana Foundation moved many of its programs, events, and other offerings to virtual formats during the pandemic. But for a multilingual organization, the pivot to virtual also presented a new opportunity: To organize gatherings where all English-, French-, and Spanish-speaking participants could listen to the proceedings in their … Continue reading "Simultaneous interpretation: The linchpin of Tandana’s multilingual virtual gatherings"


Transformation and truth: My Ecuadorian cultural travel adventure

Picture yourself at the El Lechero Viewpoint embraced by volcanoes: Father Imbabura on the one side and Mother Cotacachi on the other, overlooking the city of Otavalo and San Pablo Lake. Español Français That is where the “Ohio Master Gardener Ecuadorian Cultural Travel Adventure” (as I like to call it) gathered a week ago to … Continue reading "Transformation and truth: My Ecuadorian cultural travel adventure"


My unforgettable experience as a Tandana volunteer intern

I came, I saw, and we planted a lot of plants. I am an Antioch College student who was able to take part in the return of The Tandana Foundation’s first in-person volunteer internship since 2020. I arrived on a sunny day to meet Tandana team members Gaetan, Margarita, and Vero, and my host family. … Continue reading "My unforgettable experience as a Tandana volunteer intern"


The thrill of visiting the Gualapuro water project in person

I recently returned from my first visit to Ecuador. I had the opportunity to be a member of The Tandana Foundation Gardening Volunteer Venture. I am thankful I made the trip. The week provided many memorable moments, none of which exceeded the “special visit” arranged by Founding Director Anna for me to visit the community … Continue reading "The thrill of visiting the Gualapuro water project in person"


Water is life: Community water projects at Panecillo and San Juan de Inguincho

The Tandana Foundation’s Gardening Volunteer Venture team hit the ground running on its first day of engagement with communities around Otavalo, Ecuador. After a thorough orientation (and marvelous Ecuadorian lunch), we began activities with a brisk hike up to the highland village of Panecillo, where we met with the president of the local water board … Continue reading "Water is life: Community water projects at Panecillo and San Juan de Inguincho"