Volunteering in Ecuador

Ecuador is a small country in South America, popular for its diverse wildlife and nature. You can experience some Andean mountain sights, visit tropical jungles or sunbathe on Pacific beaches. Its population is about 14 million people, and a large portion of it belongs to different ethnic groups: some of them speak Quichua, a language of Inca origin.

Many volunteers are needed in Ecuador to assist in hospitals and childcare centers, to teach English, to help children with disabilities, or to be part of projects to protect the welfare and environment in the Amazon and Galapagos islands.

Previous volunteers have shared with us that they could clearly see how much of a difference their help made and how thankful the locals were. Ecuador is a very welcoming country, where volunteers and interns will establish some great friendships.

Being part of one of these projects makes volunteers be resourceful and use their sense of humor. Many participants feel that they have become a better person after living with these Ecuadorian communities and volunteering for them.

What’s included in our fair-cost policy?

 

All our programs include a fixed price Registration Fee of US$249 and a Program Fee that varies according to the duration of the program and the services included.

 

The Registration Fee covers the costs of all that Connecting Worlds has to do in order to organise the experience in an efficient manner and offer each participant a quality program. These costs include marketing, staff salaries, travel costs of staff who visit and inspect each of the programs on offer and Connecting Worlds’ solidarity fund among others.

 

The Program Fee is the total cost of everything related to the services that the volunteer will be able to take advantage of upon arrival to the destination of their choice. For example, accommodation, meals, transfers, the donation made to the volunteer project, welcome orientation and constant 24/7 support. The payment for this fee goes directly to the country in which the volunteer will be stationed, directly benefiting the local community. It’s a fee which helps organisations that work in the country associated with the program at hand to move forwards with their projects and generate work opportunities for the local community.

 

Thanks to our fair-cost policy, the volunteer benefits from not having to pay high fees and our local partners benefit from being able to invest in their projects and keep things moving forwards. Connecting Worlds also benefits from keeping the costs of its programs as low as possible because we get the opportunity to support local communities and make a difference in our own small but important way.

Medical Volunteering and Internship

This Medical Volunteering and Internship Program is highly recommended for medical students and health professionals of every discipline. It takes place in Ecuador’s beautiful capital city, Quito. Here, volunteers may help those in need in the community who require medical assistance, while at the same time they can experience the culture, language and sights of this lovely place.

Based on their qualifications and previous experience, volunteers will be able to work and/or observe in local health facilities. A good level of Spanish is required, although our local partners may arrange medical-Spanish language lessons in Quito.

A large section of Ecuadorian society is suffering the effects of high poverty levels and a poorly-resourced healthcare system. They are in desperate need of medical volunteers to compensate for the need of doctors and a wider public health system. This project in Quito is ideal for students or graduate professionals who are willing to help less fortunate ones.

 

Project Highlights:

  • Medically assist the residents in Quito in essential needs, based on volunteer’s skills and training
  • Improve the health and well-being of the people of Quito significantly
  • Live with other volunteers and make new like-minded friends
  • Learn about the Ecuadorian people and culture

 

Amazon Animal Welfare Program

This is a one-in-a-lifetime experience for all those who love animals, are willing to help endangered species, want to live in the great Amazon jungle, and are curious about the life of indigenous communities. As part of the Amazon Animal Welfare Program you can volunteer in a wildlife center, located in the heart of the Amazon.

CW Abroad’s objective is to supply international volunteers to work with the local staff and preserve the native animal species in the area. The placement locations may be in Puyo, in the Pastaza Province, or Tena, in the Napo Province. These are excellent places to visit, and even greater locations to work on a truly satisfying environmental project.

 

Project Highlights:

  • Help protect animal species in danger in the Amazon jungle!
  • Meet like-minded volunteers and program staff
  • Live at the volunteer apartment in the wildlife center
  • Work on essential conservation projects
  • Experience all that the amazing Amazon jungle has to offer

 

Amazon Environmental Program

This is a unique experience for volunteers who are interested in environmental conservation and research and have some passion for travelling to one of the most diverse places on Earth. The objective of this volunteer program is to provide international volunteers to assist the locals in their environmental program to preserve the endangered Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest.

The Amazon Environmental Program by CW Abroad is located in Tena, in the Province of Napo in Ecuador. Tena lies in the heart of the Amazon, and is popular as a point to enter the deep rainforest. This area is rich in its nature, fauna and flora, but also in its people, as it is the home of several native indigenous communities.

Volunteers who are willing to join this program must be willing to assist with a multitude of projects and have a passion for the environment. This program is ideal for people who love the natural world and want to protect it and keep it sustainable for generations to come.

 

Project Highlights:

  • Help protect the beautiful Amazon jungle!
  • Meet like-minded volunteers and program staff
  • Stay in the program’s cabins with other international volunteers
  • Work on essential conservation projects
  • Experience everything that the amazing Amazon rainforest offers, including kayaking and rafting tours
  • Experience the sights and culture, and meet the people of beautiful Quito, Ecuador

 

 

Teaching English

The Teaching English in Ecuador program is perfect for volunteers who wish to improve the future job prospects of the poorest children in the country, and to really make a difference. Our local partners are located in the gorgeous city of Quito, the capital of Ecuador, and a world heritage location.

Access to English learning is highly limited for many people in Ecuador, so the objective of this program is to offer free English teaching experiences to disadvantaged children in primary schools. However, volunteers will also be able to view the most wonderful scenery and meet a new culture. It is not needed that volunteers have had any prior teaching experience, but they must be native English speakers.

By being part of this program, and sharing their knowledge and abilities through English classes, volunteers will have a positive and long-lasting impact on the lives of many of the poorest children in Ecuador.

 

Project Highlights:

  • Help some of the most marginalized children in society
  • Teach English to children to improve their future prospects
  • Live with a host family or at the volunteer apartment with other like-minded international volunteers
  • Experience the sights and culture, and meet the people of beautiful Quito, Ecuador

 

Children's Daycare Centre

This program is ideal for volunteers who love working with children and are looking forward to travelling as much as possible all around the amazing country of Ecuador. It is based in Quito, the capital city of the country and a world heritage location.

The main aim of this project is to help vulnerable children who are taken care of at the daycare centers of this program. Volunteers can assist the children that need their help, while at the same time they will also be able to view the most wonderful scenery and meet a new culture.

It is not needed that volunteers have any prior teaching experience, although a positive and compassionate attitude is crucial! Join us in this adventure to work with economically disadvantaged Latin American children and meet other like-minded volunteers in this great city.

 

Project Highlights:

  • Help children in need so have great start to their educational journey
  • Work in the world heritage location of Quito, Ecuador
  • Live in the program’s volunteer apartment with other international participants
  • Make the best like-minded friends
  • Learn first-hand about the Ecuadorian people and culture

 

Working with Children with Disabilities

 The Working with Children with Disabilities program is ideal for those who love working with infants with special needs in Ecuador. CW Abroad and our local partners guarantee that it will be one of the most rewarding experiences you can go through. It is based in Quito, the capital city of the country and a world heritage location.

The main aim of this project is to help vulnerable children with disabilities from 0 to 14 years of age, who are taken care of at a special home and daycare center. Volunteers can assist the children that need their help by playing with them and teaching them, or just by being some company for them.

It is not needed that volunteers have any prior experience in caring, although a positive and compassionate attitude is crucial! Join us in this adventure to work with lovely children in need and make a difference in their lives!

 

Project Highlights:

  • Have a positive impact in the lives of children with disabilities
  • Work in the joyful and world heritage list city of Quito, Ecuador
  • Live in the program’s volunteer apartment with other like-minded participants
  • Learn first-hand about the Ecuadorian people and culture

 

Basic facts


• Children are only required, by law, to remain in education until the age of nine.
• Approximately, 16,013,143 people live in Ecuador.
• It has a population density of 54,49 inhabitants per kilometer squared.
• The national language of Ecuador is Spanish.
• Strangely enough, Ecuador’s currency happens to be the United States dollar.
• Quechua and Shuar are two of Ecuador’s indigenous languages, officially spoken by people living in its many small villages.

Reasons to visit Ecuador

 

• Biodiversity — Ecuador is a natural wonder, home to no less than 46 different ecosystems. It’s one of the most biologically diverse countries on the planet, with 4,500 varieties of butterflies, 3,000 varieties of orchids and 25,000 species of plants being nothing more than the very tip of the iceberg.

• Cultural Diversity — 65% of the population in Ecuador is a mix of Indian and Spanish descent. 25% of the population is indigenous. The final 10% are made up of other ethnic groups, including those with African roots. This makes Ecuador an incredibly rich place to be in terms of cultural diversity and customs.

 

• Geographic Diversity — Ecuador can be split simply into four separate geographical regions: The Galápagos, coastal regions, The Andes and the Amazonas. Each region has its own climate and, therefore, offers activities for visitors to match.

 

• It’s small size — Owing to the fact that Ecuador is roughly the same size as the UK and Belgium put together, it’s fairly easy to get around within one long trip. It’s a lot easier to see in one journey than most other countries in Latin America, which is what makes it that much more tempting to visit.

 

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Program Fees 

 

Volunteer period (weeks) 1 2 3 4 6
Quito - Children's Daycare USD 395 USD 540 USD 690 USD 840 USD 1140
Working with the Elderly - USD 580 USD 720 USD 835 USD 1160
Quito - Working with Disabled Children USD 435 USD 580 USD 725 USD 870 USD 1160
Teaching English USD 395 USD 540 USD 690 USD 840 USD 1140
Medical USD 560 USD 710 USD 850 USD 990 USD 1270
Amazon Animal Welfare - USD 640 USD 820 USD 1010 USD 1355
Amazon Environmental Program - USD 725 USD 855 USD 995 USD 1245
Community Development in the Andes - - - USD 960 USD 1240
Sports Development - USD 415 USD 505 USD 590 USD 765
Animal Therapy USD 560 USD 710 USD 850 USD 990 USD 1270
Agricultural & Environmental Programs - - USD 720 USD 840 USD 1060
Teaching English to Adults - - - USD 800 USD 1070

 

 

*Please note: All Volunteer programs in Ecuador attract a refundable*Registration Fee of USD 249 on top of the program Fee.  If you want another type of volunteer program without the accommodation for example, please contact us directly. We will be happy to personalize your program.  You can calculate the value of your currency in US dollar using this currency convertor.

 

*Please read our refund policy.

What do my fees pay for?

 

Registration Fee:  Support and guidance from CW staff, program marketing costs, staff salary, pre-departure assistance, CW Solidarity Fund, administration costs, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.

 

Program Fee:  Accommodation and 2 meals per day (homestay), airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.

 

What’s no included:  Air tickets, Vaccinations, Certificate of Good conduct, Visa, transfer back to the airport at conclusion of program,Local travels, Personal expenses and International Insurance against sickness, accident and 3er party liability. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation. Our participants in Ecuador generally find USD 30 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.