South America Inside

Help Children from Indigenous Communities

Quito , Ecuador show on map
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founded in 2003
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Coordinator | Sergio
Coordinator | Sergio
Volunteer at a day care center with children between the ages of 1-6. Help plan recreational and educational activities and make a difference in a child's life. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
50+

Highlights

  • Explore Ecuador, one of the most amazing and diverse countries in the world
  • Give back to society by supporting child care project
  • Grow as a person by broadening your intercultural skills
  • Boost your CV adding international volunteer experience
  • Make new friends with volunteers from around the world

This volunteer project in Quito is aimed at local low-income families. Hoping to create a better future for themselves and their children, families from indigenous communities sought refuge in Ecuador's capital. Unfortunately, this goal is often still a distant dream and the lives of many families in the state capital have worsened. Many parents work full-time in markets outside the city center and can not provide all-day care for their children. So that the infants and children (0-6 years) are not left unattended on the market premises or at home or even on the street, there are loving and caring day care center to take care of these children.

The main purpose of the facilities is to ensure that the children's physiological, psychological and educational needs are met. The local caregivers get involved every day to create a friendly and caring environment despite the lack of resources and staff. Helping hands are always needed to provide the children with sufficient care.

Many volunteers are especially touched by the simple circumstances that children come from, who often just need a hug and a little bit of attention to be happy. Be aware that in this project you also come into contact with difficult family situations. Nevertheless, or just because of that, volunteering with children can be very fulfilling. Sometimes you do not have to give much to open their little heart and get back her sincere thanks. Get involved with children from difficult circumstances and bring happiness into their everyday life with your love.

Note: Volunteers are requested to bring games or learning materials if possible. It is not important that these are particularly expensive, but rather it is about providing the children with more alternatives to existing learning material and give them distraction. In Quito you can buy games or handicraft material at low prices.

Typical day

You will be assigned to a daycare center in Quito, where you will help with daily tasks. As part of the staff, you take care of the children and organize activities. You play, paint and sing songs with them; teach basic mathematics such as simple arithmetic; train them in hygiene and give them other important skills and abilities. Since physical activity is especially important for development, organizing and conducting sports, gymnastics, and outdoor activities is also part of your job. Inside the facility, you will help feed the youngest and maintain the facilities.

For this project, it is particularly important that you bring initiative and creativity to make the day-to-day life of the day care center stimulating with new, animating games and activities.

The volunteer project aims to give the children not only the care they need, but also teach them values ​​such as respect, tolerance and charity, as well as illustrating the benefits of learning. So, always be respectful and responsible, and be aware of your role model for the children.

Your working hours are flexible and you discuss your "work plan" directly on site with the day care center and the volunteer coordinators in Quito. Please keep in mind that the funds of the day care center are limited and they count on your help.

Details on Arrival

The volunteer work can be joined throughout the year. The start and end date can be set flexible, according to your availability and travel plans. Ask our experienced staff to coordinate your participation in this meaningfull volunteer project.

Free-time activities

With its rich pre-Columbian history, the capital of Ecuador was founded on the ruins of an Inca city, and nowadays offers everything a modern traveler may need. Quito remains one of the best preserved historic city centers in Latin America and UNESCO declared it a world heritage site. This huge city stretches over a fabulous Andean valley surrounded by volcanic peaks. Among its streets, you can find 40 churches and chapels, 16 convents and monasteries with their respective cloisters, 17 squares, 12 convent and refractory courtyards, 12 museums and innumerable beautiful patios.

Just 33 kilometers north of Quito is the Middle of the World, the place with the line that divides the planet earth in the northern and southern hemisphere.

Further north, an hour's drive from Quito, is Otavalo, the largest indigenous market in the world. To the south, about a hundred kilometers away, you can visit Latacunga and the Cotopaxi National Park, with the very high volcano of the same name. Further south the cities of Ambato and Baños are worth a visit, with the spectacular view of the Tungurahua volcano, which can be climbed to the top.
Especially Baños is real fun place to visit due to countless of sports and adrenaline activities.

Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Program 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 Spanish (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV
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

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.
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On-site services

Services by South America Inside

  1. Homestay, single or shared room (subject to 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

Airport pick-up can be added at an extra cost.

Accommodation

During your project, you will stay with a local host family in a private room or share it with another volunteer (based on availability). Bathrooms and living areas are shared. This is a wonderful way to learn about the country’s culture and rapidly improve your Spanish skills. 

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

Full-board is provided (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.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,200
5 weeks
$ 1,355
6 weeks
$ 1,510
7 weeks
$ 1,665
8 weeks
$ 1,820
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,300
Average fees
$ 240 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Quito /Ecuador between 4 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.

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