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:

October 17-24, 2022

Health Care Volunteer Venture:

October 1-8, 2022

October 8-15, 2022

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


American and Ecuadorian students work together to raise money for music and art supplies for a school in Ecuador

After participating in a virtual exchange program organized by The Tandana Foundation, students from Sharon High School in Massachusetts in the United States were motivated to launch a months-long fundraising effort for and with their new friends at the Jaime Roldos Aguilera Intercultural Bilingual school in Urkusiki, Ecuador. Español Français Along with learning about their … Continue reading "American and Ecuadorian students work together to raise money for music and art supplies for a school in Ecuador"


Why volunteering for Tandana is one of the most rewarding things I do

Everyone has their own reasons for volunteering their time to help others and organizations or causes they care about. For me, I volunteer for The Tandana Foundation because supporting the organization fills me with incredible amounts of pride and happiness on a daily basis. I was once told to find what you love to do … Continue reading "Why volunteering for Tandana is one of the most rewarding things I do"


Ash Varma: A passionate Tandana supporter and patron of education

The Tandana Foundation is immensely grateful to the many individuals who support its efforts in a myriad of ways. The following post tells the story of Dr. Ash B. Varma, M.D., one of Tandana’s earliest supporters, who has given his time, ideas, and financial resources to assist the organization in achieving its goals in Ecuador … Continue reading "Ash Varma: A passionate Tandana supporter and patron of education"


Healthcare in Otavalo Canton, Ecuador

As a public health professional, I have always been interested in health care systems in Latin America, specifically with a focus on health disparities. I have volunteered most of my life, while working full-time. I enjoy volunteering and have done so for many years. I had stopped for a while to reflect on my next … Continue reading "Healthcare in Otavalo Canton, Ecuador"


Dogon dancing: an unforgettable experience

On April 10, The Tandana Foundation will be hosting a virtual venture exploring Dogon dancing and drumming in the Bandiagara district of Mali. Carol Peddie, Kelly McCosh, and Marilyn and Jack Krueger had the chance to experience the warm embrace of Dogon culture firsthand during Tandana’s 2012 trip to visit the villages of Kansongo and … Continue reading "Dogon dancing: an unforgettable experience"