||All year round - you choose your start and finish
||From 4 weeks to 12 weeks
subject to visa requirements
||Minimum age 17, no qualifications necessary (just a
good dose of enthusiasm!). You'll need a little Spanish
to do this project, but if you have no knowledge of
Spanish at all, you can combine your project with a
1-week intensive Spanish
in Quito prior to starting
||From £1,175 for 4 weeks
Full Price List / Other
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
Salsa Class and drink in Quito
►Meeting you at the nearest Airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Food
(unless living with a host family, when food is provided
Monday to Friday), Return
transfer to airport,
Who can do
All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out,
grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in
caring for children, teaching or working with children
overseas while doing voluntary work, projects abroad or
Also available as a summer placement or short break in
Ecuador or Central America, or
for those interested in TEFL teaching.
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into
the fascinating culture of Ecuador
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!
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Many of Quito's neglected
children don't get much chance for a decent 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 also to learn valuable skills.
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 food and shelter.
Despite financial challenges, the home is well equipped and the children
are well dressed and living in good conditions.
In the mornings, children of school age go
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
before bedtime, all of the children are gathered on a carpet
with a large, cuddly dog and have a story read to them.
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.
Working hours are generally between 2pm and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
The exact dates of the school holidays in Ecuador are usually only
announced a few months before the holidays start. However, please see
below for approximate dates of the school holidays:
Summer Holiday – beginning of July to
beginning of September
Christmas Holiday – 24th, 25th and
31st December only
Spring Holiday – Beginning of
February to 3rd week of February
If you have no previous knowledge of Spanish, you can
include 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
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 learn!
Got any questions? Please
You'll either stay in a house with other volunteers, in a privately run
hostel, or with a host family depending on your preferences/availability.
Staying with a host family or in the hostel
does mean a small supplementary
fee - please see the prices page for details of this.
The house is located in a tourist area, 'La Mariscal', near to where all
Spanish lessons are held and where there is plenty of nightlife, restaurants
and internet cafes. The house has 7 rooms and accommodates 13. There is a
large, fully equipped kitchen, a TV room with a DVD player, wireless
internet, 2 safety boxes and a garden with hammocks and a BBQ area. All
bathrooms have hot water and there is a cleaning lady 5 days a week.
The hostel is located in the same area, just a 5 minute walk from the house.
The cosy backpackers hostel has double
rooms with private bathrooms and a small restaurant.
Food is not included in this project (unless you choose to live
with a host family, when food is provided on Mondays to Fridays.
Accommodation with host families means that
you get to eat, sleep, work, socialise and generally
live like an Ecuadorian! Many of our volunteers remain friends with
their host families long after they leave Ecuador and in some cases they
return to the country later especially to visit their family.
Whichever accommodation you choose, you're sure to
enjoy a great stay in Quito!
Got any questions? Please email us:
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll
contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on
details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have
access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your
Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you
throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on
your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country
Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on
your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment
Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we
can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.
As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is
different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the
most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in
Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in
all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this
While on your placements, you can also book some Optional
Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience. Very popular
choice is booking a one-week Spanish Course in Quito before
moving across to the Islands to complete your placement.
This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Argentina, or
you could even do a second project in a different region of the country, thus
doubling your adventure and enjoyment!
Photo right: Turtles in the Galapagos Islands
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
The project is based in the north of the city
and is accessed by bus.
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.
Ecuador's capital, Quito, lies in the north of the country, some 15 miles
from the equator and with the Andean Mountains and valleys as a
backdrop. It's 10,000ft altitude keeps it cool, with spring like
temperatures year round. It was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in
the 1970's for its preserved historic Latin quarter.
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. 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
The city also
contains a thriving 'new town' popular with younger generations for its
restaurants, shopping and nightlife. There are lots of restaurants and
"Patio de Comidas" where you can pick up an excellent value lunch or
The Galápagos islands lie some 600 miles from the coastline of Ecuador.
Formed by volcanic eruptions into the sea, they contain species found
nowhere else on the planet and are one of the most significant sites in
the world; most notably because this is where Charles Darwin's theories
of evolution were inspired and shaped. This rocky and at first glance
inhospitable terrain is home to giant tortoise, swimming iguanas and
fearless blue footed boobies.
The marine reserve here is equally
impressive, boasting encounters for divers and snorkellers with
penguins, marine turtles, manta rays and sea lions, amongst others.
Around 90% of the islands are protected areas, with visitor numbers
restricted and some sites off limits altogether to ensure conservation.
be based on the island of San Cristobal, which is
about a 2 hour flight from the Ecuadorian mainland.
It is the 5th largest of the Galapagos Islands and
its’ primary industries are fishing, tourism and
arable farming. The town has restaurants, shops
and hotels. It is also fast-becoming a surfing
hotspot, with a good beach just a short walk from
the volunteer accommodation.
The Amazon is the worlds largest remaining tropical
rainforest, occupying about one third of Ecuador. To
get some idea of its scale, first you need to know
that Ecuador's share of the Amazon represents just
2% of the whole rainforest; most of it belonging to
Brazil (60%) followed by Peru (13%). Important
nevertheless as the Amazon in Ecuador remains
relatively untouched, has good infrastructure to
make for easy visitation and is home to numerous
indigenous settlements which welcome outsiders.
One of the greatest mountain ranges in the world, they split
Ecuador in two running from the north of the country down. Indigenous
communities have cultivated the land in the Andean Highlands for
thousands of years, selling their produce in bustling market towns.
Catch a glimpse of the abundantly colourful markets, showcasing
traditions of ancient civilizations and Inca descendants.
Mountaineers will love the peaks of the 'Avenue of Volcanoes' an area in
the central highlands with a number of active volcanoes. Whilst each
climb is different and most are incredibly challenging, the rewards
along the way are numerous. Dense forest, waterfalls and spectacular
views across the valleys below await the intrepid few. Other hot
pursuits in this region include walking, rafting, biking or camping.
This 2000km coast is fringed with pristine sand beaches,
sweeping bays, mangrove forests, crashing waves and tranquil fishing
villages. The ports and fishing villages are an important part of
Ecuador's economy, delivering fresh sea food and imported goods. At
certain times of the year you can see Humpback whales arriving from
Antarctic waters to mate; splashing their fins and exhaling gushes of
water. Marine birds are also in abundance along the pacific coastline,
with sightings of the albatross, one of natures largest birds, being
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