Many of Quito's neglected children
don't get the chance of a better life - at this orphanage, dedicated
support workers and volunteers give them the opportunity to play, study,
and be themselves. This is a truly rewarding project, in which you'll be
offering the children the chance not only to relax and have fun, but
learn skills that mean they can turn their back on the incredibly
sad beginnings to life that they've unfortunately experienced.
You'll need a little Spanish to do this project, but
we've got that covered! If you have no knowledge of Spanish at all, you
can combine your project with two weeks of Spanish.
||All year round - you choose your start and finish dates!
Minimum stay 4 weeks and up to 12 weeks, subject to visa
None, just enthusiasm and energy, although you do need a little
Spanish to take part in this project - lessons can be combined
with your project though!
for 4 weeks ranging to £2,375
for 12 weeks
Spanish Lessons, staying in our Volunteer House
for 4 weeks ranging to £2,715
for 12 weeks including
2 weeks of Spanish Lessons concurrent with your project, staying in
our Volunteer House
Full Price List and other
►Meeting you at the Airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Full pre-departure support
►Local in-country support
►24-hr emergency support
Weekly Salsa Class and drink in Quito
What's not included
Cost of Visas (if a visa is required, but we'll provide necessary documents and
assistance), Transport to and from your project, Food (unless living with a host family, when food is provided
Monday - Friday.), Return transfer to
Who can do this Project?
All our projects are
open to all nationalities.
Anyone aged 17 - 70+
At this children's centre in the north of
Quito, you'll bring some love and care into the lives of neglected boys
and girls. Ranging from 3 - 12 years old, many are the victims of abuse
or neglect, some at the home permanently and others as a temporary
measure whilst one of more families members serves time in prison. These
challenging circumstances present a reality for the 46 children living
The centre is co-ordinated by nuns and doesn't
receive any government funding. Some financial assistance is received
from Italy and from within the local community; providing some of the
cities poorest children with the opportunity for food and shelter.
Despite financial challenges, the home is well equipped and the children
are well dressed and living in good conditions. Every evening before
bedtime, all of the children are gathered on a carpet with a large,
cuddly dog and have a story read to them.
In the mornings, children of school age go there,
whilst the younger children stay at the orphanage where activities are
arranged for them. When the rest of the children return from school,
they are given help with homework, allowed to take part in games or
activities and have a meal prepared for them. There is also a school
within the centre, where some children from the local neighbourhood
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and
knowing that you made a difference to them.
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding
of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional
An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head
and shoulders above most others in the job market
And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
You'll help provide a warm and loving environment to care for the
children, as well as being able to create boundaries to give them
clarity - being able to say 'no' at times is important for these
children, most of whom come from incredibly sad situations. You'll be
able to help with some or all of the following activities;
- Play time - creating new games and generally
being there to have fun!
- Assisting with homework
- Drawing, painting, music, dancing and singing
- Helping teach the children some English (and
also, to teach some of the staff more English words and phrases).
It will be reward enough just to see the smiles on the faces of the
children that you work with. Unfortunately most of the children are from
desperately sad and underprivileged backgrounds and have not had the
best start in life. You will help to be their ray of sunshine, by
lavishing attention on them and showing them that people care! Your work
on this project, will be greatly appreciated by the nuns that run the
orphanage and especially by the children themselves.
Generally between 2pm and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
If you have no previous knowledge of Spanish, you can
2 weeks of Spanish lessons at a well-established
Spanish school in Quito. If you choose this option...,
have 4 hours of group Spanish classes in the morning during the
first week of your placement, and will work at
the project in the afternoon.
For the second week of your project you
will have 2 hours of private Spanish lessons.
If you'd like to,
we can arrange for you to continue taking
classes once your two weeks of lessons have been completed
(please see the prices page for the supplemental cost for
All the teachers at the school have taught Spanish for 8 or more
years and between them they have developed a great many resources to
make the lessons lively and fun. They also periodically organise
interesting and enjoyable activities in order to introduce the
Ecuadorian and Latin culture to their students - most recently they've
been cooking Ecuadorian dishes in classes! It's a great, fun way to
The project is based in the north of the city, accessible by bus.
Quito is a wonderful city, with a population of 2.4 million inhabitants.
It is full of exciting history to explore, which is easier to find than
in most cities as the most important dates in Ecuadorian history are in
the street names - you'll come across 10 de Agosto street, 12 de Octubre street and 6 de Diciembre
street!! You then just have to find out what happened on those dates!
There is always something to
do in Quito, whether you'd like to experience some culture or join in
with the cosmopolitan, modern way of life, there is always something to
do or somewhere to visit. Cultural highlights include the old town, the
cable car and the equator, along with a multitude of museums and monuments.
Modern highlights include a range of shopping malls, a zoo, an ice
skating rink, and plenty of restaurants and bars serving wonderful
cocktails and tasty food -
you'll find anything from traditional Ecuadorian cuisine to Thai and
Quito is very easy to get
around. You can either use the buses, trolley buses or taxis, which are
all very cheap and easily accessible.
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