Volunteer Work, Child Care, Education/Teaching, Community Work
Any time, with flexible start and end dates, year round, taking into account that the project is closed in July and August as well as the last 2 weeks of December.
The project takes place at a community center for children and teenagers 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 follow Christianity. 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 morning, the center cares for up to 50 children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old (numbers are subject to change). The center provides the children a safe place to go, offering them lunch and clothes. Many of the children’s parents work long hours and often struggle with little income. The center has relocated some of the children to adoptive homes if the parents were no longer able to care for them. In the afternoon, the center provides assistance to about 20 teenagers and young adults between the ages of 13 and 25 (numbers are subject to change).
Many of the teenagers cope with difficult issues like dependence on drugs or living on the streets. The center offers them one meal each day, as well as support in finding jobs and homes for those that are without. Former homeless children also run workshops, advising their peers about the dangers of living on the streets. Caring for children and teenagers in difficult situations requires extensive dedication, patience, and empathy. Volunteers with these traits are always welcome at the center.
It is important that volunteers are self-motivated to offer new ideas and become actively involved in the project. Building trusting relationships with the children, teenagers, and staff is highly valued. You should also be flexible, as the demands of the project and children are constantly changing.
Ecuador is a developing country and the realities faced by many children and teenagers are inconceivably difficult. This volunteer project cares for children whose parents do not have enough economic resources or time to provide their children with the food or attention they require. The center also cares for teenagers who live on the streets, offering them a meal, support, and a safe place to go.
For the children and youth, the center is a safe place of refuge, where they are given warm meals, where they find someone to talk about their problems, and receive personal support and attention.
As a volunteer, you will assist the center's staff with everyday tasks such as preparing and serving lunch and general maintenance. 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 and long-term volunteers are very busy running the center, so, as a volunteer, you must be creative and able to organize and run your own activities and programs, especially if you choose to work with the children. In addition, it is important to remain flexible since project demands are constantly changing.
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. 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 using public transport. In the afternoon, there is an informative session, where you will learn about the organization and be advised on important issues in Ecuador, security measures, accommodations, volunteer work details, 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:
If you want to completely immerse yourself into the Ecuadorian culture, we recommend living with one of our 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 hosts will always be there to assist you. You will have your own room with half board (breakfast and dinner) every day and laundry service once a week. Bathrooms are generally shared.
If you want to live more independently with other young people, you can live in our student residence. The residence is shared among language students and volunteers. You will have a single room and share common areas and bathrooms. Food is not included, but you can prepare your own meals in the well-equipped communal kitchen. There is a big supermarket within walking distance.
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 with Underpriviledged Youth in Quito includes:
- Single room in homestay (half board) or residence (no meals)
- 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
Costs when living in a homestay
(single room, half board)
Application fee: US$ 120
Program fee: US$ 1,020 (minimum stay 4 weeks)
Extra week: US$ 175
Costs when living in the residence
(single room, self-catering)
Application fee: US$ 120
Program fee: US$ 880 (minimum stay 4 weeks)
Extra week: US$ 140
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