Childrens Home Supporter

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founded in 2003
Marion
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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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High­lights

Gain Spanish fluency by immersing yourself in local culture
Give children in need a smile
Broaden your horizons by getting to know a different reality of life
Boost your resume with international volunteer experience
Visit amazing places throughout Ecuador during your free time
Give back to society while volunteering in a children's home near Quito. Help children from marginalized social groups, street children or other children in need. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+
The host institution of this wonderful volunteer project is a foundation that has been dedicated to the well-being of children whose rights have been violated. Since 1993 the foundation runs a children's home to give children in need a shelter. The volunteer project is located in the very south of Quito, the country's capital. Children and youth from extremly difficult family backgrounds find a safe place to live at the children's home. The children have experienced extreme situation like living on the streets or have been the victim of physical or psychological violence or suffered any other kind of danger or neglect. About 30 children between the ages of 3 and 17 live in the children's home, some of them accompanied by an aunt or their mother.

The foundation sees education as a fundamental element in breaking the cycle of poverty. This is why a small school is part of the children's home offering school education up to 7th grade. The school is also attended by children from the neighborhood. About 130 students are enrolled in the school.

The children's home is located on a large plot of land where children can play, do sports, get fresh air and work in the vegetable garden. The latter has proven to be very successful with the children, as they are proud to be able to harvest what they sow. Working with the seeds and the harvest has a great learning curve on their real life.

Typical day

The volunteers are welcomed with open arms by the children. They are always happy to have volunteers around them, and are excited about all the things that the volunteers do and undertake with them. The volunteers help the children with schoolwork, give tutoring and play games with them. The volunteers also provide support with education in topics such as personal hygiene and tidiness of the rooms as well as with everyday skills and the completion of daily housework. From time to time volunteers help with maintenance and repairs.

Volunteers work Monday to Friday, weekend are off.

The areas of responsibility include:

  • Learning with the children
  • Playing with the children
  • Keeping the children busy
  • Doing sports with the children
  • Giving the children an open ear
  • Helping in the household
  • Helping out in the kitchen

Free-time activities

The volunteer work takes place in the municipality of Amaguaña in the very south of Quito. In about an hour you can reach the city center of the country's capital. 

Amaguaña is beautifully located in the countryside. There you can enjoy amazing views on the mountains and volcanoes. Old traditions and customs are still alive in Amaguaña, which makes this volunteer experience very interesting from a historical and cultural point of view. The landmark of Amaguaña is the well-preserved church from colonial times, dated 1529. There are also several old haciendas in the Spanish colonial style in Amaguaña, which are full of history and exciting anecdotes.  

In the surroundings of Amaguaña there are nature parks with beautiful rivers, mountains, volcanoes and interesting flora and fauna. You can do outdoor sports as well as sigthseeing in the proximity.
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) or Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV, Application Form and Volunteer Questionnaire
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
being empathic, respectful and tolerant
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by South America Inside
  • Shared room in Volunteer House
  • Full board
  • Professional English-speaking advice
  • Translation of your application documents
  • Volunteer Work Placement in Ecuador
  • English-speaking in-country support
  • Handbook Ecuador
  • 24/7 emergency number
  • Information about suitable travel insurance
  • Certificate of participation
Accommodation
Volunteers live in a 3-bedroom apartment with a kitchen and a common room in the immediate vicinity of the children's home. Full board is included in the volunteer program. Meals are taken together with the children and staff in the home. 

This volunteer site is culturally very interesting, as the volunteers can immerse themselves in the everyday life of the children’s home and the reality of the children and their families.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ecuador.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ecuador provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Flexible start and end dates throughout the year.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,200
5 weeks
$1,355
6 weeks
$1,510
7 weeks
$1,665
9 weeks
$1,975
11 weeks
$2,285
24 weeks (max. stay)
$4,300
Average fees
$240 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Childrens Home Supporter

Give back to society while volunteering in a children's home near Quito. Help children from marginalized social groups, street children or other children in need.

$240/week

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