Program Details

Explore the cultural and biological diversity of Ecuador with one week of service and three weeks of adventure travel. Venture into the Amazon jungle, snorkel and paddle in the Galapagos islands, and climb highland peaks in Quilotoa and Banos.
Guayaquil, Ecuador; Otavalo, Ecuador; Multi-Country Programs, Multi-Country Programs; Tena, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Work Types:
Arts, Economic Development, Environment, Social Services, Translation
1-2 weeks, 3-4 weeks, 1-3 months, 4-6 months

Program Overview

Program Description:

On this summer abroad, you’ll gain insight into the lives of indigenous Andean and Amazon communities. Immerse yourself in Spanish and improve your conversational ability while participating in a community-driven service project. Along with this cultural exploration, enjoy the ecological wonders of Ecuador…hike, bike and raft through the Andes and canoe in the Amazon Basin. Follow in Darwin’s footsteps with a nature focused week in the Galapagos Islands where you’ll have amazing wildlife encounters.

With two instructors and a small group of travelers, you’ll gain skills in leadership, cross cultural communication, and ethical tourism. Along with countless memories, students leave with a deepened sense of personal values, identity, and purpose.

This summer abroad program is suitable for students 18-24 years. Semester programs are offered both fall and spring, and can be taken consecutively for an in-depth and transformative gap year. Optional academic credit is also available.

See the Pacific Discovery website to learn more or apply today!


Setting Description:
Ecuador is full of biodiversity hotspots and home to over 45 indigenous nations. This program allows you to connect deeply with some incredible communities in remote parts of the country. Throughout the program, you will stay in a variety of accommodations: locally run guesthouses, hostels, and host families’ homes in both countries.
See our site for updated tuition breakdown and to download an information booklet.
Program costs includes: • All necessary visas and transport, including four mid-program flights • All accommodation and meals • All excursions and entry fees listed in the itinerary • Contribution to our service learning project sites • Experienced Program Instructors and local guides • Global medical rescue and political evacuation insurance • 24/7 emergency contact number for families • Online image library

Additional Program Information