Ecuador, Don Juan
Casa de Oficios
Construction period: Nov 2022 - Jun 2023


Type of facility

Training center with study area, rooms for educators, sanitary facilities, and a warehouse


180 per year min



NGO partner

A Mano Manaba


Academic year

September to July

Literacy rate (15+ years old)

94.49 %


Project implementation

Don Juan is a small village with a population of 1,200. After the COVID-19 lockdown, the educational situation in the village worsened. With the help of a local NGO called A Mano Manaba (FAMM), Acronis built a vocational training center for young people, especially focused on women’s education. FAMM plans to teach at least 15 young girls per each month-long training.

All of FAMM’s educational programs are created in response to the needs of the community. Moreover, six out of the eight members on the board are local residents. FAMM also runs a local library which will is located next to the future training center.

The newly-built vocational center is seismically resistant and includes a training workshop, accommodation for volunteers, two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a warehouse to store machinery and tools. The training is led by international volunteers with the necessary professional skills who stay in Don Juan for three months. FAMM provides food, lodging, and an unique intercultural experience for the volunteers.

The workshop employs the “horizontal dialogue” method to collaborate with beneficiaries and the community in deciding the range of training programs offered at this facility. The initial programs include bicycle mechanics, sewing, and pattern-making.


News from the project

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About the country


Republic of Ecuador

Capital city



17 million people



Major languages

Spanish, Quechua, Shuar

Travel information

Ecuador has a diverse climate due to its location on the equator, with coastal areas experiencing a tropical climate, the Andean region having a temperate climate, and the Amazonian region having a humid climate.

Dry season

June to September along the coast and from June to November in the Andean highlands

Wet season

December to May along the coast, from October to May in the Andean highlands, and from April to August in the Amazon region

Average annual temperature

Along the coast, the average temperature ranges from 25°C (77°F) to 31°C (88°F) with high humidity, while in the Andean highlands, the temperature is cooler and ranges from 7°C (45°F) to 20°C (68°F) depending on the altitude. In the Amazon region, the average temperature is generally around 26°C (79°F), with high humidity and rainfall throughout the year.

Travel tips

Hotel recommendations

Quito: Hotel La Cartuja, Hostal Belmont Plaza, Hotel Sierra Madre

Puerto López: Hostal Humpback, Hotel Ancora, Hotel Agua Blanca

Places to eat

Quito: Café Mosaico, Zazu, Mercado Central

Puerto López: Restaurante Don Willy, El Faro, Hosteria Mandála

Best souvenirs from the country

Chocolate, Aguardiente, panela, coffee, rondador (panpipes), panama hats, Balsa wood carvings and products, filagra, Andean music instruments


Uber, Cabify, Easy Taxi, Yellow taxis, Radio taxis

Travel agencies

Happy Gringo, Latin Adventures, Metropolitan Touring, Andean Adventures, Wanderbus

Interpreting services

Interpreting Ecuador, Andean Language Services, Inlingua, Language Solutions, TransLingua

Proposed one week tour

Day 1: Quito

Day 2: Pailon del Diablo

Day 3: Cotopaxi volcano

Day 4: School visit

Day 5: Cajas National Park

Day 6: Ingapirca

Day 7: Galápagos Islands

Read what community says about the project

My experience is threefold: I am a member of the community, I am part of the staff, and I have been a student in one of the courses at the training center . This place has made me and my family gain skills we didn’t know we had. My father took the bicycle repair workshop and now earns extra income from his little shop. Everyone in the community loves this place because it is an open space, visible to everyone. They feel safe and happy when they come. I registered for the painting workshop during my vacation and was very happy. I learned a lot about materials and techniques and gained confidence in my skills. I also laughed and enjoyed the neighbors who enrolled in that course. I think that the large esplanade of the training center contributes a lot to the success of the courses; it would not be the same if we had to lock ourselves in a room or a warehouse to paint. This is a bright, fresh, clean space…in this community, it is important to be visible; many women are not allowed to leave their house, so this is the perfect place because their husbands or fathers can see what they are doing and where they are. Everyone was so happy to be here! The training center exudes happiness.
Adriana Vaca
Mono Manaba member
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