Program Details

Projects are available throughout Ecuador - in the Amazon basin, the coastal plains, the highlands and the major cities. This is an opportunity to touch the lives of those most in need while also seeing the sights of this diverse and colorful South Americ
Location:
Quito, Ecuador
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Education, Health
Duration:
1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:
Volunteers will work at the various centers throughout the country to support the day to day activities including child care, education, art projects, therapy, mealtimes, sports and vocational training. Many children and young adults with developmental disabilities are not integrated into the regular school system, nor do they or their families have many resources to call upon. The centers we work with provide a vital service to the surrounding communities by supporting these kids and providing them with the skills they need to live happy, healthy lives. Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are needed to volunteer at centers for children with disabilities throughout Ecuador. All projects take place in 100% Spanish speak environments, so some knowledge of the language is required. Open-mindedness, flexibility and resourcefulness are also useful! Any experience or interest in physical or language therapy is valuable.

Projects are available throughout Ecuador - in the Amazon basin, the coastal plains, the highlands and the major cities. This is an opportunity to touch the lives of those most in need while also seeing the sights of this diverse and colorful South American country. Spanish classes available as well!

Setting Description:
Ecuador's diverse landscapes and cultures inspire visitors from around the globe. The small country is tucked into the northwestern corner of South America, straddling the Andes. The mountains run north to south dividing the country into three distinct regions and hundreds of microclimates. Quito, the capital, lies in the heart of the highlands in a valley surrounded by glacier topped peaks. The city was founded by the Spanish conquistadores in 1534, but according to the old legends, Quito had been a capital for centuries before the arrival of the Spanish. To the west of Quito, the Andes drop into coastal forests and plains. About 97% of Ecuador's population lives in the highlands and coastal region. In the East, the Andes fall into the sparsely populated Amazon Basin.
Cost:
Cost in US$ varies depending on duration Cost Includes Food Housing In-country orientation/Training In-country staff support Written materials pre-departure

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