Daycare Assistant

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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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Get to know one of the most amazing places on earth - The Galapagos Islands!
Give back to society by supporting this child care project
Boost your CV adding international volunteer experience
Improve your Spanish skills by practicing on a daily basis
Visit amazing places throughout a country that is famous for its breathtaking landscapes and historic sites
Help children on the beautiful Galapagos Islands! Assist teachers with everyday activities and make a positive difference in the life of a child! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Galapagos is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and many dream of spending just a few days in the impressive archipelago. With South America Inside you have the opportunity to spend several weeks on the Galapagos Islands while you participate in our childcare volunteer project.

This volunteer project supports day care centers on Isabela Island. The institutions are aimed at parents who are working full-time or can not look after their children during the day. In order to ensure that children of one to three years do not remain unattended at home, they receive support and care in these day care centers.

The main objective of the project is to ensure that children's educational, psychological and physiological needs are met. Despite the lack of resources, staff and toys, the institutions have managed to create a friendly and loving environment that allows the children to be happy and engage in meaningful activities throughout the day.

If you love to work with children, you are in the right place! This is your chance to leave a lasting impression on the lives of Ecuadorian children and bring variety to their everyday lives in an isolated place like the Galapagos Islands.

Typical day

Between 40 and 70 children are cared for daily in the day care centers on the Galapagos Islands. As often only one caregiver is available for a large group of children, the support of volunteers is particularly appreciated and sometimes even urgently needed.

Above all, it is important to be a role model for the children, to behave responsibly and to teach them values ​​such as tolerance and respect.

By dividing the children by age group you will be working in various areas of the facility and in a variety of activities. Key responsibilities include supporting local educators in activities such as playing, singing, painting, drawing, and dancing, as well as having conversations with children. Help is also needed during the meal and washing time.

The work in this volunteer project takes place especially in the morning hours (about 7:30 am to 1 pm). In the afternoons, the children take a nap and you and the other volunteers prepare activities for the next day or use the time to explore the island.

Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, weather, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.

Free-time activities

After a long day of hard work, evenings are quiet and volunteers usually spend them lounging in hammocks, chatting, listening to music, writing or reading. In your free time you can also go swimming, hiking and play sports. It's possible to do diving and snorkeling.

The local volunteer coordinators are always available for assistance and guidance for the volunteer projects and spare time activities. There are times when there are only two or three other volunteers, while on other occasions there are large groups, so be prepared for the variety of people that you will meet and work with.

The Galapagos Islands offer many opportunities for cultural activities and escapes into the nature. You have the possibility to observe the Island's endemic wildlife, animals that do not exist somewhere else!

You can do many water activities like swimming, snorkeling, kayak, surfing, diving and you can take boat trips to other islands.

Water Sports


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 Spanish (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV and Volunteer Questionnaire
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

What's Included

Services by South America Inside
  1. Shared or single room in a Homestay (surcharge for single room does apply)
  2. Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  3. Airport pick-up in Quito and 1 overnight stay in Quito
  4. Introduction meeting in Quito
  5. Airport drop off in Quito for flight to the Galapagos Islands
  6. Airport pick-up on San Cristobal Island
  7. Issuing the permit to stay on the Galapagos Islands
  8. Permission to stay on Galapagos as a volunteer
  9. Professional English-speaking advice
  10. Translation of your application documents
  11. Volunteer Work Placement on the Galapagos Islands
  12. English-speaking in-country support
  13. Introduction in Quito
  14. Handbook Ecuador
  15. Intercultural guideline
  16. 24/7 emergency number
  17. Information about suitable travel health insurance
  18. Certificate of participation

Not included:
Entry fee to the Galapagos Islands, approx. US$ 120 (to be paid on site in cash)
Airport Pickup at Baltra Airport

During this project, you will stay with a local family that is situated close to where you will volunteer. You will share the room with one or tow other volunteers. Bathrooms and common areas are shared with the family and other inhabitants. Living with a family is a wonderful way to learn about the country's culture and improve your Spanish.

Guest Family
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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Baltra Airport (GPS) in Galapagos Islands. 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.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

The volunteer work can be joined throughout the year. Recommended arrival day on the Galapagos Islands is Saturday or Sunday. Before traveling to the islands, at the latest one working day in advance, your orientation event will take place in Quito, on the Ecuadorian mainland. Ask our experienced staff to coordinate your participation in this meaningfull volunteer project.

Not included:

Entry fee to the Galapagos Islands, approx. US$ 120 (to be paid on site in cash)

Overnight stay in Santa Cruz before heading to Isabela Island (approx. US$ 80-100)

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$406 /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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Daycare Assistant

Help children on the beautiful Galapagos Islands! Assist teachers with everyday activities and make a positive difference in the life of a child!


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