Volunteer Work, Education, Child Care
Any time, with flexible start and end dates, year round, except between December 23 and January 1, and in August.
This volunteer project in Ecuador was established to care for the children of low-income indigenous families who moved to Quito in search of a better life.
Unfortunately, many ended up having the same situation or worse than in their previous communities. The parents have to work full-time at the markets, so they cannot care for their children during the day.
To avoid bringing the children to the market or leaving them unattended at home or on the streets, the day care centers offer children a safe and caring environment. Volunteers are placed in different day care centers that all belong to an initiative of the city’s Development Center.
Volunteering there is a great way to help people in difficult economic situations. The children at the centers range from infancy to six years old. The project’s main objective is to offer them comprehensive and supportive care, assuring that their educational, nutritional, and psychological needs are met.
Despite the lack of resources, including pedagogic materials, the institution has managed to create a friendly and nurturing environment for the children to enjoy.
If you love children and wish to contribute to their well-being, this volunteer work project is perfect for you! This is your chance to make a lasting difference in the lives of Ecuadorian children from low-income families.
Working with children is one of the most fulfilling jobs! Volunteers help with daily chores, such as cleaning, playing and feeding the children. They also interact with them through song, dance, and games, while providing important life lessons like good manners and hygiene. Volunteers also teach basic skills like counting, sports, as well as recreational and outdoor activities. As a volunteer, you will have the chance to interact with the kids by organizing games and other entertaining activities. Taking initiative and being creative are important skills to have in this kind of work. Most volunteers are touched by the simplicity and humility of the children, who are often happy with just a hug and some one-on-one attention.
The work schedule is flexible and will be set between you, the day care center, and our volunteer coordinator in Quito, giving you the chance to make the most of your time abroad. Please keep in mind that the centers’ resources are limited, and you may have to face difficult situations.
Please be respectful and responsible in your workplace, and keep in mind that you are a role model for these children! This volunteer project aims to instil important values in children such as care, respect, and love for learning. You will experience the unconditional love that children can give and the pure happiness they show when they see you every day.
If possible, volunteers can bring some materials for the children to work with (toys, workbooks, writing/drawing materials, etc.). It does not have to be expensive and regardless of the contribution, it will help immensely and give the children more alternatives for activities. Materials can be found at very low prices within the city of Quito.
Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.
The best way to learn about Ecuadorian culture and customs, and even to practice your Spanish skills, is to live in a homestay. One of the top priorities of our volunteer programs in Ecuador is full cultural immersion, so accommodation is offered at local homestays in Quito. Our hosts have been carefully selected and most have many years of experience hosting foreign volunteers. They will provide you with a welcoming home and three meals per day.
Laundry service is also included once a week. Volunteers may have a private bedroom or share it with another volunteer. The accommodations provide all basic services, including a telephone in case of emergency, electricity, and clean water.
Quito is located in the Andean highlands at around 2850 meters above sea level. Therefore, despite the proximity to the equator, it is moderately warm all year round with an average temperature of approx. 13 °C. During the day, the temperatures reach between 20 and 25 °C. There are rainy seasons from September to November and from January to April, it usually rains around noon and then the sun shines again.
Quito is not only located in a great setting, right under the Pichincha volcano and offers a pleasant climate, but there are also cultural treasures: Built in the 16th century on the ruins of an ancient Inca city, Quito has the best preserved historical center in all of Latin America. For this reason, Quito was the first city in the world to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Quito also offers a lively nightlife, traditional markets, interesting museums and theaters as well as festivals of various kinds at certain times. Outdoor fans will love day trips to the surrounding Andean landscapes!
Spanish at communication level. For optimal preparation for your volunteer work in Ecuador, we advise you to take a Spanish course before the program starts. This gives you the opportunity to slowly get used to the language, culture and mentality.
Pre-departure and in-country support
Before arrival, our experienced team will be at your disposal to assist you throughout the booking process and travel planning. With the booking confirmation you will receive our 24-hour emergency number, so that you can reach us 24/7 in case of emergency.
In addition to the assistance given by our office staff you will be supported by the program coordinators based in Quito in Ecuador.
Costs & Services
Our volunteer project with Indigenous Children in Ecuador includes:
- Single or shared room (as available)
- Full board
- Professional English-speaking advice
- Translation of your application documents
- Volunteer Work Placement in Ecuador
- English-speaking in-country support
- On-site introduction
- Accompanying to the volunteer project on the first day
- Country handbook Ecuador
- 24/7 emergency number
- Information about suitable travel insurance
- Certificate of participation
Application fee: US$ 120
Program fee: US$ 720 (minimum stay 2 weeks)
Extra week: US$ 155
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