Volunteer Work, Health, Child Care, Social Work
Any time, with flexible start and end dates, year-round
This non-profit foundation was established in 1990 with the purpose to help people with chronic illnesses and disabilities by providing free medical services in Ecuador's capital city. Seven years later, the foundation created a Special Education Institute and Rehabilitation Center for children and adults with Down syndrome as well as babies and children with autism, speech difficulties, psychological problems, and other special needs.
Currently, the foundation is one of the most important institutions of its kind in Quito and provides a vast variety therapies for handicapped people. Patients are often very poor, and their families are not able to afford expensive therapies or treatments in hospitals. The foundation depends on the assistance of local and foreign volunteers.
Caring for handicapped people requires a lot of patience and empathy. It is essential that you are motivated to be actively involved. Building trusting relationships with patients and colleagues is highly valued. You should also be flexible, as demands of the project and children are constantly changing.
The Special Education Institute and Rehabilitation Center in Quito provides help for children and adults with Down Syndrome and other disabilities by assisting in developing their abilities and encouraging new skills.
Depending on your experience and qualifications, you might assist with the following tasks:
- Language therapy
- Physical therapy
- Health programs
- Teaching different subjects
- Recreational activities
- Preparing meals
The most important part of your volunteer work project will be supporting the staff and therapists with their everyday tasks. Each day, you will assist with morning physical therapy sessions that aim to develop the patients’ writing and drawing capabilities. Once a week, you will accompany the patients and staff to their therapeutic horseback riding or swimming sessions, both of which are very effective in treating people with disabilities.
You will work at the center Monday through Friday from around 8:30 am until 1:00 pm (subject to changes).
The first Monday of 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 using the public transportation system. In the afternoon, there is an informative session, where you will learn about the organization and be advised of important issues in Ecuador, such as security measures, accommodations, volunteer work, and more. Your volunteer work will start the next day, on Tuesday.
Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, weather, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.
It is very important to us that you are comfortable during your stay in Ecuador. For this reason, we offer two accommodation options in Quito. If you want to completely immerse yourself into the Ecuadorian culture, we recommend living in one of our carefully selected homestays.
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 hosts will always be there to assist you.
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 in Quito in Ecuador.
Costs & Services
Our volunteer project in a Rehabilitation Center for Disabled People in Quito includes:
- Single or shared room in homestay
- Full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- 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
- Intercultural guideline
- 24/7 emergency number
- Information about suitable travel insurance
- Certificate of participation
Costs when living in a homestay
(single room, half board)
Application fee: US$ 120
Program fee: US$ 745 (minimum stay 2 weeks)
Extra week: US$ 170
*surcharge for single room US$ 35/week.
Additionally, you can book:
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