Child Care in the Cloud Forest

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Program Type

Volunteer Work, Child Care


Nanegal, Pichincha Province, Ecuador

Volunteer Responsibilities

Care of children between the ages of 0-6 years, recreational and educational activities, feed smaller children, help prepare meals for the older children, teach children good manners and hygiene, teach basic skills such as counting, reading, writing, play with the children

Work Hours

5-8 hours/day, from Monday through Friday

Program Start Date

Year round, on any day of the week

Minimum Stay

4 weeks

Minimum Age

18 years


Intermediate Spanish skills. Book your Spanish course in Quito with us.


No special skills required, but you should definitively love children, be responsible, patient, and be a positive role model for the children.


Shared room in Volunteer House




Located about 2 hours northwest from the Middle of the World (the Equator) in Quito. Nanegal lies on the foothills of the Ecuadorian cloud forest with amazing nature and wildlife.


Subtropical climate. Average daily temperature is 15-20 °C (59-68 °F).


No special vaccinations required. Please ask your doctor for additional advice.


Internet with limited use available in the administration office of the volunteer project

In-country Support

Volunteer coordinator on site

24/7 Emergency No.

With the booking confirmation, you will receive our 24/7 Emergency Number where you can reach us around the clock in case of emergency.

Packing List

Flashlight with extra batteries, comfortable clothes, sun and rain protection


Enrollment possible at any time, with at least 4 weeks’ notice. (Download Application Form)


Travel Health Insurance for Ecuador mandatory

*We would like to point out that in South America, especially in remote areas where many of our volunteer work projects take place, Internet and/or cellular radio systems do not always work reliably.

This volunteer project is run by a local community in the northern cloud forest of Ecuador. The community has a great interest in providing sustainable support to their people, especially the children. They also run a very successful eco-lodge that is located in the wooded hills of the cloud forest. This area is a global “hotspot” in terms of biodiversity, with over 1,500 species of tropical plants, including orchids, bromeliads, and other epiphytes. The unique wildlife native to this area boasts over 390 species of birds and a variety of other exotic animals, including the endangered Andean spectacled bear.

This volunteer program has played, and continues to play, an essential role in enabling the development of the community, their eco-tourism operation, and other conservation projects in the area. The inhabitants are eager to welcome visitors from other parts of the world and not only share the beauty of their cloud forest and its diverse wildlife, but also their friendship, lively folk music, enthusiasm for nature, and joyful outlook on life. The project site is located in the small town of Nanegal, about 2 hours northwest of Quito. It can be easily reached by public bus and the scenic ride takes you through the amazing cloud forest where you are welcomed by countless waterfalls and beautiful wildlife. Nanegal has about 4,500 inhabitants, a church, two public schools, and a daycare center.

Volunteers work alongside members of the local community, which offers plenty of opportunities to make new friends, get in touch with the rural Ecuadorian culture, improve your Spanish, and learn about the region’s cloud forests and the community’s ongoing efforts to conserve it.


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1. Caring for Children
The nursery aims to provide a safe, stimulating, and caring environment for babies and children between the ages of six months old to five years old in Nanegal. It provides breakfast, lunch, and two snacks during the day for the children. The staff includes a coordinator, “educadoras” for four different age groups and those who prepare the meals. The nursery can receive up to 40 children, but there are more than 45 children that attend (numbers subject to change!). Due to this, the help of volunteers is greatly needed and appreciated. In the morning, there are structured and non-structured activities. After lunch, the children sleep for one or two hours before the next activity is carried out. Volunteers will normally work with one of the age groups and will help the educators with fun/educational activities, personal care of the children (changing diapers, accompanying them to the toilet, encouraging good hygiene practices, such as brushing their teeth, washing their hands, etc.), mealtimes (serving, encouraging the children to eat, feeding younger children, cleaning up, etc.). The workdays are from Monday to Friday.

2. Other Work with Children or the Community
Working in the nursery is hard work and volunteers may find that working during the morning is enough. However, there are opportunities to get involved in other activities in the afternoon, particularly if staying for an extended period of time. Past volunteers have run informal English classes, arts and crafts groups, soccer groups, environmental education clubs, homework clubs, worked one-to-one with children with special needs, and taught English to teenagers and adults. Help with redecorating and maintenance at the nursery is also needed.

Accommodation is provided 7 days a week in the volunteer house, which is located just outside of Nanegal. The volunteer house is surrounded by the beautiful countryside and several houses of the local families that run the project are also located nearby. The volunteer house is about a 15-minute walk to the nursery and school. Beds and sheets are supplied, so you do not need to bring a sleeping bag. There are rooms of different sizes, which will be shared when more volunteers are on site. The volunteers will organize themselves independently with the help of a volunteer coordinator. They are responsible for cleaning and cooking at the volunteer house, as well as their leisure time activities. For cleaning and cooking, a plan will be created, and volunteers will take turns carrying out duties. Vegetarians or other special dietary requirements will be respected with prior notification. The volunteer house has 24/7 electricity. You can spend the weekends relaxing, swimming in the river, playing sports, hiking, enjoying the outdoors, or participating in activities with the local community. There are also frequent parties in various towns nearby. Internet access is also provided in the office of the volunteer project; however, the hours of use are restricted. Internet cafés in nearby towns can be used as well.

Volunteer work with Children in Ecuador includes:
  Consultation of our experienced staff
  Translation of application documents
  Volunteer work placement
  Orientation session on arrival
  Orientation kit
  Local support
  24/7 Emergency Number
  Shared accommodation in Volunteer House
  Advisory concerning adequate travel insurance
  Flight booking service (optional and for free)
  Certificate of participation

What’s not included:
  International flight
  Travel health insurance
  Local travels


Program / Duration





Volunteer House

795 USD

950 USD

1,105 USD

155 USD

Application fee of 120 USD to be added.



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Please note:
One week corresponds to 7 days and 6 nights.

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