South America Inside

Community Outreach

imbabura, Ecuador show on map
founded in 2003
Coordinator | Sergio
Coordinator | Sergio
Support families that come from indigenous backgrounds in Ecuador. Learn about their unique culture and make a positive impact in their community.
This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

The Project

This project takes place in a region where 90% of the population is indigenous. Their main language is Kichwa, and the second language spoken is Spanish. Due to past volcanic activities, the region disposes very fertile land. 

The people of the region of Imbabura and Otavalo are very well known in South America and on an international level for their traditional crafts and animal markets that happen every Saturday. As a volunteer, you will get the chance to live in these traditional communities and help with the production of handmade goods. These goods are essential to the community, as most families rely on them for income. Volunteers who are not incredibly handy can help with manual tasks on the local farms to support the agricultural production. The food produced there is used for personal consumption by the families, and anything left over is sold in local markets.

Your Tasks 

On a typical work day, you will help the local women make handmade goods while you also learn about their culture. If you are not able to carry out this task, then you will be take part in manual tasks on local farms. If your main interest is to work with children, please let us know prior, and we will arrange activities for you at local schools where you can assist teachers.

By taking part in this project, you will be able to experience the authentic culture of natives in Ecuador, learning and teaching new skills on a regular basis. Families work very hard to provide for their families, so your help is extremely appreciated by them. 

Free-time activities

There are many activities to do in your free time, such as exploring the volcanic lands. Many people hike around the local area to see the magnificent landscapes that Ecuador has to offer. The region is also very famous for its artesanal markets and rich cultural heritage.


Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
South America Inside (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by South America Inside

  1. Homestay, single or shared room (based on availability)
  2. Full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

  3. Consultation from our experienced staff
  4. Translation of application profile
  5. Volunteer work placement
  6. Advice regarding travel insurance
  7. Advice on local travels
  8. Orientation session upon arrival
  9. Orientation kit
  10. Country handbook
  11. Local support
  12. 24/7 Emergency Number
  13. Certificate of Participation


During this project, you will live with one of the families in the Cotacachi indigenous community. You will have a private or shared bedroom (based on availability) either in their house or guest house close by. Bathrooms and other living areas will be shared. Living with a host family is a great way to absorb the culture and improve your Spanish skills. 

Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Full-board is provided (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

Internet Access
Limited 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.
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.
Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 955
3 weeks
$ 1,140
4 weeks
$ 1,325
5 weeks
$ 1,510
6 weeks
$ 1,695
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 5,025
Average fees
$ 343 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in imbabura/Ecuador between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ecuador.
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.
  Americas South America Ecuador  Imbabura, Imbabura

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