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Volunteer projects in ECUADOR

Live with the indigenous people of the Amazon and support their development projects
Macuma, Amazon          3 weeks - 12 months

Volunteer project: In the Amazon, there are communities and ecological reserves which are protected by the natives, where volunteers can help with reforestation, agriculture, environmental protection and community tasks. This program is dedicated to true nature lovers who want to experience an eco-adventure and who would be willing to adapt to the modest accommodation offered by these communities.

The volunteers have the opportunity to learn about the jungle through the “Jungle school” where they will learn how to catch birds or other forest animals in a survival situation, will learn to fish, will travel by canoe, will prepare food from the jungle, will take part in night hikes through the jungle, will learn about medicinal plant cultivation. When there is the opportunity, the volunteers can help in the communities or in the Indian Reserves in the construction of houses, cleaning of roads, in the construction of latrines, and other development projects in benefit of the communities.

Special requirements: Knowledge of Spanish language is needed to communicate with the natives because although the communities' native languages are Kichwa, Shuar, and Ashuar, they also understand Spanish.

Language: English / Spanish

Duration of the project: The program is running all year round. Minimum time for volunteering is 3 weeks, up to 12 months.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying at the native’s chozas (houses), which have very simple infrastructure; there are latrines near the houses. The kitchen is very simple: three pieces of wood and a pot hanging from a piece of branch supported by a rope, is all they need to cook, they don’t have stoves. Access to water, showers, electricity or telecommunications may be unavailable. Volunteers can enjoy swimming in the nearby river. The locals collect rain water to prepare their food. Their basic diet includes papayas, bananas, and bitter cane, cooked with leaves, noodles, tuna fish, and a special kind of fried bread made with flour.
There is no running water, but we will collect fresh water from a spring. In the project, there's no communications or internet, but these services are accessible in a two-hour bus ride to Macas, the capital of the province (the project is trying to get a radio for communication with Quito).

Location: Macuma, in the province of Morona Santiago. Our destination is located in the Amazon, near one of the Shuar communities. This is a very beautiful natural area, an ideal placement for volunteers who can adapt to life with very limited comfort.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: $480 US/4 weeks

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Wildlife rescue program in the Amazon
Amazon          minimum 4 weeks

Volunteer project: This program is based in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Its main objective is to protect the wildlife of the region. The volunteers will support the work of a Rescue Center and will help providing the best care and living conditions to rescued animals who lived in captivation and semi captivation until their re-introduction to their original habitat. The animals that come to this Rescue Centre are often confiscated in the Police controls by order of the Ministry of Environment, they were victims of illegal traffic, or lived as pets. Some of them were brought to the Rescue center, but the majority of them were abandoned by their “owners”.

Language: English / Spanish

Duration of the project: The program is running all year round. Minimum stay is 4 weeks.

Accommodation: The program offers accommodation in a house just for the volunteers, with kitchen, dinning room, living room, and a phone cabin to receive calls. Lodging is in single, double and triple bedrooms.

Location: This program is located in the Amazon.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 480 USD/4 weeks

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Taking care of special needs children in Ecuador
Quito & Puyo         2 - 10 months

Volunteer project: Within this program, international volunteers will support schools for children with disabilities in Quito (in the Andean highlands region) and in Puyo (in the Amazon). These schools for mentally challenged children offer programs to prepare them for their future and to teach them how to become independent individuals. Volunteers interested in this project will need to stay a minimum of eight weeks, in order to follow up with the children’s progress.

The volunteer work consists in assisting the teachers in taking care of the children, playing and teaching them new games. The volunteers will also help the children during lunch time, helping them to learn how to eat by themselves. Volunteers will work from Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, afternoons and weekends are free.

Special requirements: Basic knowledge of Spanish is required.

Language: English / Spanish

Duration of the project: The project is running during the school year, from September to June. Minimum committment required is 2 months, up to 10 months.

Accommodation: Accommodation is provided in local host families.

Location: Quito, Highlands & Puyo, Amazon

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: $400 US/4 weeks

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Support the educational programs of elementary schools in rural areas of Ecuador
Coast, Highlands and Amazon          3 - 10 months

Volunteer project: Volunteers are needed nationwide to teach English and Computers. Based on the volunteer’s skills and education, it is also possible to volunteer as teachers’ aid for subjects like Math, World History, Environment, Grammar, Science, etc. This project offers the opportunity for volunteers to assist students of Elementary Schools located in rural areas, where access to English and/or Computer teachers is limited.

The volunteer work consists in teaching basic English, Computers and Environmental lessons in country schools with no resources, from the Coast, Highlands and Amazon. To those who have good level of Spanish, we offer to assist the children who have learning problems helping them in reading, writing, grammar, mathematics in the afternoons after school (mainly in the schools from the Coast). The Schools do not have didactic materials for English lessons; volunteers are responsible to prepare these materials in benefit of the schools, to prepare exams and evaluations, as well as, for each grade, a report about the students' achievements and goals must be given to the Principals of the schools.

Special requirements: Basic knowledge of Spanish is required.

Language: English / Spanish

Duration of the project: Minimum time for volunteering is 12 weeks, up to 10 months. In the Highlands (Quito, Cayambe, Latacunga) and the Amazon (Puyo and Tena), the school year goes from the first week of September to the end of June. In the Coastal region (Jipijapa, Esmeraldas, Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Esmeraldas), the school year is from the second week of April to the middle of January.

Accommodation: Accommodation and food is provided at middle class host families or at the school teachers’ homes. Three meals a day are provided during the placement, based on the Ecuadorian diet.
The majority of the communities where volunteers will teach have electricity, communications and running water, but please have in mind that there are towns where running water is not available.

Location: Coast, Highlands and Amazon

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: $400 US/4 weeks

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Education and recreation program for street children
Quito, Ambato & Santo Domingo          5 - 12 months

Volunteer project: This project benefits low income children who work in the streets, and children and adolescents whose parents can not give them sufficient care and attention in their homes. The project helps children by providing a safe place for them to do their homework, watch TV, play table soccer, and to have lunch. Children and adolescents at risk are assisted by the staff of the program and volunteers. They are also assisted by a psychologist provided by the program.

In this project, the volunteers will have the opportunity to search for children in the streets together with an educator of the program, doing their work directly in the streets, visiting families to learn why they can not protect their children and why the kids leave their homes. The program has several centers where the children can play and study. International volunteers will assist in these centers by helping both the children and the staff. The volunteers will assist the children with their homework, will organize recreation activities, will visit other centers in other provinces along with the children. This program offers placements in the following cities: Quito, Ambato and Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas.

Special requirements: Basic knowledge of Spanish is required.

Language: English / Spanish

Duration of the project: Volunteers are needed throughout the year. Minimum stay is 5 months, up to 12 months.

Accommodation: Accommodation is provided in local host families.

Location: Quito, Ambato and Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: $400 US/4 weeks

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Providing early learning and care for toddlers in community day care centers
Quito          2 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The community childcare centers provide a warm and loving atmosphere for children between the ages of six months to three years, and support their physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth. The program is run by community care assistants from 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday.

The volunteers will assist in the daily work of the centers, providing educational and recreational activities for the children, and helping in the nutrition program with food preparation and storage. The volunteers will also assist in the maintenance and cleaning of the center, lounges, dining room, bathrooms, parks, etc. The international volunteers are expected to enrich the program with new multicultural experiences for children, parents and community assistants, as well as new knowledge about gastronomy and nutrition. Volunteers are encouraged to draw on their own childhood experiences to come up with ideas for fun and play activities for the children.

Special requirements: Basic knowledge of Spanish is required.

Language: English / Spanish

Duration of the project: Volunteers are needed throughout the year. Minimum stay is 8 weeks, up to 12 months.

Accommodation: Accommodation is provided in local host families.

Location: Quito

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: $400 US/4 weeks

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Help disadvantaged children achieve their educational potential
Cuenca          2 - 10 months

Volunteer project: Located in Cuenca, this project benefits low income children and teenagers, whose parents are unable to provide them with sufficient care and attention at home. The project helps children ages 5 to 16 years old by providing a safe place where they can eat lunch, do their homework, watch TV, participate in recreational activities and sports, take computer lessons, join art workshops, and much more.

The volunteers will be helping the children with their homework and will support the staff in organising different recreational activities. The volunteers are expected to be able to teach or help with Math, English and some other subjects that the children are learning. At noon, the volunteers will assist in preparing and serving lunch for an estimated 100 children.

Special requirements: Basic knowledge of Spanish is required.

Language: English / Spanish

Duration of the project: The project is running during the school year, from September to June. Minimum committment required is 2 months, up to 10 months.

Accommodation: Accommodation is provided in local host families.

Location: Cuenca is the third-largest city in Ecuador and the capital of the Azuay Province. It is located in the Highlands, at about 2500 m above sea level. For its rich historical heritage, Cuenca was declared one of Ecuador’s three UNESCO World Heritage sites (the other two are Quito and the Galapagos Islands).

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: $430 US/4 weeks

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Support the operation and conservation efforts of the Azuay Zoo
Azuay          3 - 12 weeks

Volunteer project: The zoo is located in the Province of Azuay and it has about 600 animals. We are looking for volunteers who have interest and motivation to learn about the various animals and plants, and good will to help the animals and the staff of the zoo.

The project activities will be coordinated by the staff of the zoo. The volunteers will be involved in the work of the different departments: Education; Animal and plant management; Research and conservation; Maintenance and construction.
Volunteers' tasks include:
- Educational guide tours;
- Translations;
- Support for the educational programs;
- Animals: feeding and management, support the enrichment programs, prevention and vet support, cleaning, conservation of species, etc;
- Plants: plant maintenance, planting native species, conservation of species, etc;
- Help in maintenance and construction.

Special requirements: Basic knowledge of Spanish is required.

Language: English / Spanish

Duration of the project: The program is running all year round. Minimum time for volunteering is 3 weeks, up to 12 weeks.

Accommodation: Accommodation is provided in local host families.

Location: Azuay

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: $500 US/4 weeks

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

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