Program Details

This program is ideal for those who want to expand their experience in health care or child development while learning about a different culture. The participants can volunteer for one week to one year and placements are offered year-round. Available with
Location:
Quito, Ecuador
Program Type:
Intern Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Year Round
Work Types:
Education, Social Sciences

Program Overview

Program Description:
EcuaExplora, one of the leading volunteer organizations in Ecuador, has partnered with a foundation that assist teachers in a child care center in the indigenous community of Lumbisi. The foundation gives kids, age two to five, the tools, skills, and confidence they need to get a head start to success in elementary school. In a country often plagued by teenage pregnancy, drug use, dropouts, underemployment, and gang activity, the volunteer’s contributions to youth development can really make a difference in their day and their life. In the afternoons, the facility is converted into a Learning Center for youth aged 5 to 16 who need academic tutoring and mentoring, among other after school activities, including sports, theatre, music, arts, dance and more. Volunteers can also help in this organization’s organic gardens which provide fresh vegetables for the kids and the elderly in the community. Volunteers live with native, host families to get a sense of daily life in a traditional, picturesque Andean village, from the typical food to communal festivals, while still accessing all the culture, amenities and nightlife of historic Quito, just thirty minutes away by bus.

This program is ideal for those who want to expand their experience in health care or child development while learning about a different culture. The participants can volunteer for one week to one year and placements are offered year-round. Available with this program is an optional one on one Spanish classes can be arranged at $6 an hour. Volunteers will get to practice their conversational Spanish with their host families and be provided with three meals per day. On time off, volunteers can visit art museums, cathedrals, or hike in Cotopaxi National Park.

Airport pickup, homestay accommodations with two meals/day, health/safety/cultural orientation, program supervision, and 24 hour staff support. Fees do not include airfare, insurance, any VISA fees. And optional one on one Spanish classes can be arranged for an extra fee.
Setting Description:
This project is based in the scenic city of Quito, which provides excellent opportunities for volunteers to immerse themselves in the local culture. Volunteers will be housed with one of the carefully screened homestay families, be given Spanish lessons, and will get to explore beautiful Ecuador through adventure and cultural excursions. EcuaExplora also provides outstanding on-site staff support.
Cost:
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