Program Details

Additionally, the staff and volunteers set up tents at the markets where they offer opportunities for thematic early childhood education, including recreation, health/hygiene, values, identity, and education. By meeting these children on their turf, the p
Location:
Quito, Ecuador
Program Type:
Intern Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Year Round
Work Types:
Education, Psychology

Program Overview

Program Description:
EcuaExplora, one of the leading volunteer organizations in Ecuador, has partnered with an organization to improve the living conditions of the children, often as young as three years old, working up to ten hours a day in the markets, streets and countryside of Ecuador. An intervention program has been created to approach children and their parents to talk to them about the importance of education and early childhood development.

Additionally, the staff and volunteers set up tents at the markets where they offer opportunities for thematic early childhood education, including recreation, health/hygiene, values, identity, and education. By meeting these children on their turf, the program has achieved incredibly success in recruiting and maintaining attendees to the pre-school programs, along with ultimate reduction in the children’s work hours and matriculation in public schools. Volunteers get to work directly with the over 160 children enrolled in this program and witness first-hand the consequences of a globalized, market economy that has made the struggle for poor, subsistence communities even more of a challenge.

Setting Description:
1. This program is ideal for those who want to expand their experience in teaching and community development while immersed in a different culture. 2. Participants can volunteer for one week to one year and placements are offered year-round. Summer camps are offered during the months of June to August. 3. Optional one on one Spanish classes can be arranged through the Center at $6/hour. 4. Volunteers will get to practice their conversational Spanish with their host families and be provided with three meals per day 5. On time off, volunteers can visit art museums, cathedrals, or hike in Cotopaxi National Park
Cost:
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