Volunteer Work, Child Care, Education / Teaching
Amaguaña, Quito, Region Pichincha
Flexible start and end dates year round
The volunteer work takes place in a children’s home with an integrated school on the southern outskirts of Quito. The children's home is run by a foundation that has been dedicated to the well-being of children whose rights have been violated since 1993. The children and youth come from very difficult family backgrounds, are street children, orphans and other risk groups. The children's home provides a safe place for children who have been the victim of physical or psychological violence or who have suffered any other kind of danger. About 30 children between the ages of 3 and 17 live in the children's home, some of them accompanied by an aunt or their mother.
Access to education is particularly important principle for the foundation. The foundation sees education as a fundamental element in breaking the cycle of poverty. For this reason, the children’s home offers the children a school education up to 7th grade. The small school is attended by the children who live in the home themselves and also by children from the neighborhood. About 130 students are enrolled in the school.
There is a large garden on the grounds of the children's home where the children plant their own vegetables. This has proven to be very successful with the children and young people, as they are proud to be able to harvest what they sow. Working with the seeds and the harvest has a great learning curve on their real life.
The volunteers work closely with the children and are welcomed by them with open arms. They are always happy about the "new faces" and all the exciting things that the volunteers do and undertake with them. Respect and responsibility are two very important virtues when working with the children in this children's home.
The volunteers help the children with schoolwork, give tutoring and play games with them. The volunteers also provide support with education in topics such as personal hygiene and tidiness of the rooms as well as with everyday skills and the completion of daily housework. From time to time the home also needs help with maintenance and repairs.
Volunteers work Monday through Friday and have weekends available.
The areas of responsibility include:
- Learning with the children
- Playing with the children
- Keeping the children busy
- Doing sports with the children
- Giving the children an open ear
- Helping in the household
- Helping out in the kitchen
Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as the number of volunteers, time of year, current needs of the project and self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.
An apartment with 3 rooms, a kitchen and a common room is available for the volunteers in the immediate vicinity of the children's home. Full board is included. Meals are taken together with the children and staff in the home.
Taking social aspects into account, this volunteer position is culturally very interesting, as the volunteers can immerse themselves in the everyday life of the children’s home and the reality of the children and their families.
Note: In Latin America, especially in remote areas where many of our volunteer projects take place, the cellular or internet connection is not always reliable and fast.
The children's home is located in the municipality of Amaguaña on the southern outskirts of the capital Quito. The Quito city center is approximately 1 hour away. Amaguaña is beautifully located in the countryside and you have a view of the mountains. Old traditions and customs still live on in Amaguaña, which makes this place very interesting, especially from a historical and cultural point of view. The landmark of Amaguaña is the well-preserved church from colonial times, dated 1529. There are also several old haciendas in the Spanish colonial style in Amaguaña, which are full of history and exciting anecdotes.
They are part of the historical cultural heritage of Ecuador. In the surroundings of Amaguaña there are nature parks with rivers, mountains, volcanoes and interesting flora and fauna.
In order for both you and the children in the project to benefit from your volunteer work in Ecuador, it is important to have a good level of Spanish. We recommend it to be at communication level. You should be able to make yourself understood in Spanish. In order to optimally prepare for your volunteer work in Ecuador, we advise you to take a Spanish course before the start of the program. This gives you the opportunity to slowly get used to the national 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 our volunteer coordinators located in Quito.
Costs & Services
Our volunteer work at a Children's Home in Ecuador includes:
- Shared or single room*
- Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- You will be accompanied to the project on the first day
- Professional English-speaking advice
- Translation of your application documents
- Volunteer Work Placement in Ecuador
- English-speaking in-country support
- Handbook Ecuador
- Intercultural guideline
- 24/7 emergency number
- Information about suitable travel insurance
- Certificate of participation
Application fee: US$ 120
Program fee: US$ 695 (minimum stay 2 weeks)
Each additional week: US$ 170
*surcharge for single room US$ 35/week.
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