ECUADOR - Community Center for Children and Teenagers in Quito
Booking Nº: EC132
Country: Ecuador +
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Start dates: All year round
Price: from 2 weeks, 635 USD
TaskEcuador is a developing country and the realities faced by many children and teenagers are inconceivably sad. This volunteer project cares for homeless teenagers and children whose parents do not have sufficient economical resources or the time to provide their children with the food or attention they need.
Living in the center allows the children to have a secure place of refuge where they are provided with warm meals, can talk about their problems and receive personal attention.
Volunteers working with children will assist the center's staff with everyday tasks such as preparing and serving lunch and helping to clean. You will also spend time playing games and doing sports with the children in the park, as well as organizing educational activities. The permanent employees are very busy running the center, so you must be creative and able to organize and run your own activities and programs especially if you choose to teach the children.
You can choose to work either with children or teenagers. Young children attend the center between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm, and teenagers attend from 3 pm until 5:30 pm. If you prefer, you can volunteer during both sessions in order to help both groups.
Being creative and innovative is vital for daily activities. If you choose to teach, you will need to organize and run your own program. In addition, it is important to remain flexible project demands are constantly changing.
The first Monday at the project is an orientation day in Quito. All new volunteers will go on a city tour of Quito to get to know the city and learn how to get around by using the public transportation system. In the afternoon there is an informative discussion in which you will learn about the organization and be advised of important issues in Ecuador, security measures, accommodations, volunteer work, etc. Your volunteer work will start on Tuesday, the next day.
AccommodationIt is very important to us that you are comfortable during your stay in Ecuador. For this reason, we offer two great accommodation options.
If you want to immerse yourself completely into the Ecuadorian culture, you should live with one of the carefully selected host families. You can practice your Spanish skills in everyday situations and get to know the country's traditions and cuisine firsthand. If you have questions or need help, your host family will always be there to assist you. You will have your own room with half-board (breakfast and dinner) included.
If you want to live more independently among other young people and program volunteers, you have the choice of living in a single dormitory room (based on availability). Food is not included, but you can prepare your own meals in the big communal kitchen. There is a big supermarket within walking distance.
Spanish skills required (you can book your Spanish course in Ecuador with us!)
No professional skills or experiences required.
Not required. Please consult us and your doctor for specific recommendations.
Full travel and medical insurance is required. You can purchase a full coverage, no deductible health and travel insurance at a special rate for our participants by contacting your South America Inside representative.
Tourist visa valid for 90 days. For further information regarding visa requirements please contact us and the corresponding embassy or consulate in your home country.
DetailsThe project is a community center for children and teenagers located in one of Quito's largest parks. It was originally set up by Ecuador's first Christian church. At that time, meals were provided for children and adults in need, but under the condition that they converted to the Christian faith. The government later intervened and decided that the project should continue; however, those attending would not be obliged to become Christians. Currently, the children are taught once a week about different religions, allowing them to choose for themselves which faith they wish to follow.
In the mornings, the center cares for up to 50 children between 5 and 12 years old. Attending the center gives the children a safe place to go that provides them with lunch and clothes. Many have parents that work long hours and often struggle with very little money. For some children, the center has also found them new homes when their parents were no longer able to look after them.
In the afternoon, the center provides help for about 20 teenagers and young adults between 13 and 25 years old. Many of the teenagers cope with difficult issues like dependence on drugs or living on the streets. The center provides them with one meal each day, as well as assistance in finding jobs and homes for those without. Ex-street children also run workshops, advising their peers about the dangers of living on the streets.
Caring for children and teenagers requires extensive dedication of time, patience and empathy. Volunteers with these traits and fresh ideas are always welcome at the center. It's important that you are innovative and motivated to become actively involved. Building trusting relationships with the children, teenagers and staff is highly valued. You should be flexible as demands of the project and children are constantly changing.
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| Program duration|| Homestay |
| Shared Apartment
| 2 weeks
| 3 weeks
| 4 weeks
| each additional week
Registration fee 100 USD. One week = 7 days.
| Extra service|| in USD
| Airport pick-up
- Orientation kit
- Local support
- 24h-Emergency Number
- Laundry service (when homestay booked)
- Activity calendar
- Volunteer Work Placement
- Certificate of participation
- Accommodation as booked
- Airport pick-up (if booked)
What’s not included:
- Medical Insurance
- Visa (if necesary)
- Local Travels
Country Information Ecuador
|Ecuador, appropriately named after the equator, holds a massive imaginary line running directly through its middle. Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in South America with an area of only 100,000 square miles. Ecuador borders Peru in the southeast, Colombia in the northeast and the Pacific Ocean splashing along the entire west side. The population of Ecuador is 14 million with the capital city of Quito holding 2 million residents.
Though Ecuador lacks bragging rights in its size, the country surely stands proud of its breathtaking landscapes, lush vegetation zones and varieties of climate. The climate, mainly determined by altitude, changes from tropical sun and heavy rain in the Pacific coastal area, to temperate dry climate regions in the Andean highlands. Further, the Amazon basin on the eastern side of the mountains shares the climate of other rain forest zones.
Ecuador is one of eighteen mega diverse countries in the world with thousands of different animal and bird species. The famous Galapagos Islands, a very special spot on earth, is located about 620 miles away from the mainland and is home to unique flora and fauna such as the giant tortoises. The islands are also historic for being the birthplace of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.
When exploring deeper into the 100,000 square mile piece of land, you will find diverse attractions for tourists and volunteers alike. Some highly recommended areas of exploration are the Amazon jungles, the Amazon basin, Andean Mountains, volcanoes (active and dormant), tropical forests and a variety of beautiful beaches. The Pacific coast is a perfect place for ocean diving, relaxing on the beach and enjoying hours in the sun. For those backcountry lovers and nature fans, rest assured the terrain of Ecuador offers much in both silent and adrenaline driven activities.
Due to Ecuador’s geographical diversity of ocean, mountains and island chains, whenever you choose to travel, one section of country will be in peak season. June through September are typically the drier months. The general high peak season for festivals, fiestas and crowds lie between mid-December through January and then again from June through August.
When traveling to Ecuador you will be absolutely amazed by the unique and natural beauty of this country. Keeping in mind that this country is one of poorest regions in South America, you will be surprised by their friendliness, efforts to help you and elements of preserved culture. UNESCO declared Quito, the capital city, a World Heritage Site in the 1970’s for having the best preserved and least altered historic center in Latin America!
No doubt, you will feel comfortable and at ease while enjoying this open-minded and hospitable society.