“We had complete trust in Tandana and knew that if it was not safe in Otavalo, they would not allow us to visit.”

- Pamela Bennett - Program Director, Master Gardener Volunteer Program; and Extension Educator at OSU Extension

Thank you for considering joining us on a volunteer program in Ecuador or Mali! You are probably reading this because you or someone who cares about you heard about something in the news recently in either Ecuador or Mali and are concerned about your upcoming trip. We created this page to share some important tips, reminders, and information.


First and foremost, please know that we would never recommend that anyone travel to Ecuador or Mali if we felt that conditions were unsafe. If this were the case, we would clearly explain the situation and discourage travel in the interest of health and safety including even canceling the trip if need be. We have nearly two decades worth of experience leading transformational volunteer programs abroad and we feel very secure about bringing groups of volunteers into the areas where we conduct our work. We are constantly gathering information from international news outlets, trusted sources such as the US State Department, and we are in constant contact with our friends and service providers on the ground in Ecuador and Mali. We consult our Risk Management Committee as well as our Medical Direction Committee as appropriate.

If you still have questions after reading all the information found on this page, please feel free to reach out to us for more details: info [at] tandanafoundation.org.