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NGO Taxi

About

NGO Taxi is an international logistics, communications and service provider for humanitarian aid projects in Latin America. We are a social enterprise and partner for small organizations and individuals that have a strong social objective and are working hard to make a difference in their communities. We support local, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), non-profit organizations (NPOs) and private development aid initiatives.

We are an international, mobile humanitarian aid service, volunteer and logistics provider. Our mission is to travel the world with you and help those in need.

Website
www.ngotaxi.org
Founded
2011

Reviews

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Alyssa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Surf & Help Camp

I chose this project because I thought that Ecuador would be a great change to my regular cold and mountainous atmosphere. But what appealed to me about this project was how well it aligned with my interests. This project is the perfect opportunity to combine important, local conservation work and my university studies while being able to have a unique cultural exchange. I feel extremely lucky that I was able to find this project on such short notice. NGO Taxi was extremely efficient and communicative in the application and placement process even with us being on two different continents. What I love most about this project is the variety of work you get to do. The other volunteers and I do all kinds of work with the Ministry of the Environment. Just a few of the things that we do are feeding penguins, building Sea Turtle egg enclosures, rehabilitating animals brought into the facility, and cleaning up plastic and other trash from different beaches. It definitely never gets boring. Every day is something different and keeps it fun and interesting no matter how long you are volunteering for. I also find that I’ve been learning a lot more than I was expecting. It’s not just us coming in and doing a bunch of work and leaving. I really get to interact with the different people that work there or even visitors. It’s the perfect opportunity to network, spread the project’s message and work on my Spanish language skills. Plus, they are really invested in teaching you why you are doing every little job or task. They want you to leave the project with more knowledge and personal growth than when you came in. Overall, not only is my project with NGO Taxi a great chance for professional growth, it has given me the platform to pursue work I am passionate about.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
We got to rehabilitate and release an Albatros bird which are one of my favorites and most people rarely get to see them at all in their lifetime!
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Stella
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Internship in Peru

My name is Stella, I am 18 years old, and I was an intern at NGO Taxi for the past 3 months. After school, it was clear to me that I would do a gap year before studying at a University to see the world and to use this time to orientate myself. I didn't want to travel only from place to place, but I wanted to emerge into another country’s culture and way of living. When I read the description of the internship in Cuzco it matched exactly what I had imagined in my mind: be in one of the most beautiful cities of South America, in a country that has a lot of historical and cultural background and to be able to contribute a social act to society while at the same time learning so many new things about organization, marketing and communication.
I have to say that I really enjoyed my time in Cuzco because there are so many places in the area to explore and there is always a change of people in the HQ apartment. Although I only had one week of Spanish class because I already knew how to speak Spanish, I think that it is well organized and the teacher does a great job. Besides the classes she invited us plenty of times to show us how Pisco sour is made, to Salsa classes, to share typical food together or to go to a poor hospital and give the people sandwiches and hot chocolate.
As an intern I learned a lot about how an NGO works and about marketing strategies. In addition, another volunteer and me developed a new sport project . As you can manage your time individually you have the freedom to work whenever you want as long as you finish all the expected tasks. At first, I found it strange that we had no own office, but in the end I loved to sit in one of the cute cafés in San Blas and work from there, and I was happy to have time to do sports, paint in my sketchbook and learn for the TOEFL test in my free time.

What would you improve about this program?
I would improve the communication between us volunteers and the responsible person here. Besides, I would have liked to visit the other project sites as part of my internship as I was told.
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Quirin
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Your every day routin

You will stay at the project manager's house, who is running the project and own's the property surrounding it. The house has two floors. One for Cesar and one for the volunteers but you do share one tiny bathroom. After breakfast with the project manager, you will by times have to walk the 20 minutes to the project side but usually the manager offers you a lift on his motorbike (or even lets you drive yourself). For lunch, when it is the hottest, you will return to the village and rest a bit before you return to the project until the sun sets.

Getting there around 8-9pm you will first be occupied with welcoming the tourist groups and informing them about the project and the animals (their story, their characteristics and their role in the ecosystem etc.). But no worries-- the project manager knows a great deal and most of the information is already written down for you. Personally, I enjoyed this the most and if you're outgoing, interested in improving your English and meeting people from all over the globe I'm sure you will too. When there is no group to guide you will help the project manager with improving or maintaining the project side, care for the animals or sometimes just explore the forest how you please. Really, how much and how hard you'll work depends on the season you're coming but more importantly on your willingness. But trust me, the more initiative you're showing, the more you will enjoy being able to see the project improving.

I will stop here since this is getting quite long but if you'd like to hear more feel free to contact me and I will gladly give you some more insights.

Best regards, Quirin Forster

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Tess Melchreit

Job Title
Content Manager
Tess is a 20-something traveler and perpetual student currently based in Lille, France. She loves delving into new places via favorite local eats, learning fun new expressions in French, and pretending she has a great depth of knowledge about wine.
Tess Melchreit

What is your favorite travel memory?

It's so hard to choose...I have so many cherished memories from my travels - that's why I keep doing it!

I think I would have to talk about my most valuable learning experience. When I was 18, I had a really special trip to Italy with my family. On our last morning in Venice, I woke up just before dawn and went out into the city to get a coffee and do some exploring before the tourists started filling the streets. Seeing the city as it woke up in such an authentic, quiet state redefined travel for me. I learned in that morning what it means to see a place - really see it - outside of the tourist lens, and I carry that lesson with me still. I always try to wander a bit off the beaten path and love asking locals for recommendations.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

At the beginning of my work with NGO Taxi, I was feeling a little cynical about the state of the world; it's hard to feel positive in the face of all the bad news we see every day. But, in the past few months, I have been able to see firsthand just how many people are passionate about caring for endangered animals, the environment, and other people.

Knowing that there are many, many volunteers out there who are trying to create positive change has given me a renewed sense of hope, and I feel motivated to see what so many passionate people can accomplish.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Definitely the Surf & Help Camp in Ecuador.

I have always wanted to learn how to surf, and I'm very interested in marine wildlife protection and rehabilitation (if only I lived closer to the beach!).

I would love to do my part to protect our oceans in a meaningful way...and what better setting than the sunny South American coast?

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

We are an internationally-based team - it's so interesting to work with people from a range of different countries, and I think it's cool that we can all speak at least two languages (I'm pretty jealous of those who can speak 4-5).

Honestly, I am proud of our team every day. The work we do is very fast-paced and always changing, and it's definitely not always easy to manage work across several time zones. But, somehow, all the moving pieces fall into place and everything is kept running smoothly. It's really quite impressive!

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Commitment to values.

I really appreciate that NGO Taxi has committed to programs that provide long-term, sustainable solutions like micro-financing initiatives and education workshops. Our programs do not provide a quick and easy bandage over deep-rooted problems; NGO Taxi does the hard work of creating programs that have sustainable outcomes and truly accomplish the mission of helping the communities we work within.