Working Holiday, Work & Travel
flexible start and end dates, year-round
This program allows you to work for stay and food in Ecuador, while learning about the local culture, exploring the amazing country and improving your Spanish skills.
The program place is located close to the city of Ibarra, approximately 120 km (75 mi) north of the country’s capital, Quito. Work and Traveler live on an Ecuadorian Finca that has been converted into a strategical road stop for many travelers on the famous Pan-Americana, a road that goes all the way down from Alaska to Tierra de Fuego in Patagonia. The Finca serves as guesthouse, camping ground and Restaurant for globetrotters in Ecuador.
You will work in the Finca and help attending the guests from around the world. You will not only learn about local culture and lifestyle but also have the chance to listen to the exciting stories of the international guest who literally come from any part of this planet.
Help is most needed in the café and restaurant that belong to the Finca. You will be working as a waiter or helping in the kitchen cutting fruits and vegetables or preparing meals. You will also be assisting in the office of the Finca, dealing with bills, bookings, administrative tasks, etc. Welcoming day-tourist and overnight guests will also belong to your responsibilities.
The café and the restaurant are especially busy during the weekend, so from Friday until Sunday your workday will be much tougher than on weekdays. You will have 2 - 3 days off during the week.
In this Work & Travel program in Ecuador you have the chance to get to know adventurers from all over the world as well as locals to learn more about their culture and language. In your free time take the chance to get to know your wonderful host country, the ancient traditions and interesting culture of Ecuador.
Work and Traveler in this program in Ecuador will live in a single room with a private bathroom at the program site. You will be also provided with full board (3 meals/day, no vegetarian option possible). The nearest supermarket is more or less 3 km (1.8 mi) away from your program place. Internet is available.
Ibarra is a beautiful city in northern Ecuador, about 120 km north of Quito. It is set in stunning countryside at the foot of the Imbabura volcano and the Tahuando River. Ibarra is famous for its colorful markets and old cobblestone streets lined with well-preserved colonial houses.
Ibarra has a Mediterranean climate with mild weather all year round. The dry and warm season lasts from June to September and brings little rain. The average daily temperature is 23 °C, while the nights in the Ecuadorian Andes are much cooler with an average of 10 °C.
Spanish at communication level. For optimal preparation for your Working Holiday 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 in case of emergency on 7 days a week around the clock.
In addition to the assistance given by our office staff you will be supported by the owner of the finca.
Costs & Services
The costs for Working Holiday in Ecuador include:
- Single room
- Full board
- Professional English-speaking advice
- Translation of your application documents
- Placement Working Holiday Ecuador
- English-speaking in-country support
- Handbook Ecuador
- Intercultural guideline
- Certificate of participation
- Information about suitable travel insurance
- 24/7 emergency number
Application fee: US$ 150
Placement fee: US$ 375 (minimum stay 8 weeks)
Each additional week: US$ 10
Additionally, you can book:
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