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CARE FOR CHILDREN IN AN ORPHANAGE IN QUITO IN ECUADOR

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CARE FOR CHILDREN IN AN ORPHANAGE IN QUITO IN ECUADOR

Bring some love and care into the lives of neglected boys and girls at a children's centre in the north of Quito. 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 here currently.

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

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates!
Duration From 4 weeks to 12 weeks subject to visa requirements
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 Course in Quito prior to starting your project.
Price From £1,175  for 4 weeks
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What's included Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation

Weekly 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 Flights, 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 this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
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 study abroad.
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 development.

  • 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!

WORK CONTENT:

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 to school, 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 attend classes.

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.

YOUR WORK
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.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS:
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

SPANISH LESSONS:
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...

  • You'll 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 Spanish classes once your two weeks of lessons have been completed (please see the prices page for the supplemental cost for this).

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 learn!

Got any questions? Please email us:
info@travellersworldwide.com

CARE FOR CHILDREN IN AN ORPHANAGE IN QUITO IN ECUADOR

CARE FOR CHILDREN IN AN ORPHANAGE IN QUITO IN ECUADOR

CARE FOR CHILDREN IN AN ORPHANAGE IN QUITO IN ECUADOR

CARE FOR CHILDREN IN AN ORPHANAGE IN QUITO IN ECUADOR

ACCOMMODATION:

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:
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! 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travellersworldwide.com

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 mind.    Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

 

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

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.

Spanish Lessons and Courses

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:

LOCATION:
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.

QUITO:
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 Italian!

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 dinner. 

GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS:
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.  

You’ll 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:
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.

THE ANDES:
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.

PACIFIC COASTLINE:
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 common.

TRAVEL:
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your programme, please click here...

Quito at night




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