Help Underprivileged Youth in Quito

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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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Improve your Spanish skills while giving back to society
Boost your CV with international volunteer experience
Grow as a person by improving your intercultural skills
Make new friends from around the world while sharing with other international volunteers
Visit amazing places throughout a country that is famous for its breathtaking landscapes and historic sites
Be a role model for teenagers in social risk in Ecuador! Teach English, help with homework, and organize fun activities! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Support a childcare center in one of the largest parks in Quito. Originally, this center was established by the first Catholic Church in Ecuador to distribute meals to children and adults in need. Condition was to join the Christian Catholic faith. After the intervention of the government, the project was continued - but without commitment of the denomination to the Catholic faith.

The center welcomes up to 50 children aged 5 to 12 in the mornings (numbers subject to change). While their parents work, the children can stay in a safe place where they get lunch every day. Many of the children come from families from very poor conditions, some of whom lack the necessary money to feed themselves properly. Therefore, the children are often given clothes and shoes as well. In cases where the parents seriously violate their duties of care, the center would intervene.

In the afternoons you take care of around 20 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 20 (numbers may change). Many of them live on the street and face complex issues (drugs, violence, poverty, etc.). In the care center, these young adults get one meal per day as well as assistance in finding work and accommodation. Former street children also offer workshops to inform about the dangers of life on the streets of Quito.

Since the care of so many children and young people is very labor-intensive, the cooperation of volunteers is always necessary. Your volunteering work in Quito is therefore very meaningful and supports a good cause. A good deal of flexibility is expected, as the work requirements in the volunteer project can evolve and change on an ongoing basis.

Typical day

Ecuador is a developing country and the reality of many children and adolescents is very sad and often unimaginable in our Western context. This volunteer project looks after children from poor families whose parents lack money to provide a balanced diet for their children and who do not have time to give enough attention to the children. The project also looks after homeless or neglected young people who find a safe haven in the center, where they can get something warm in their stomachs, where they can talk about their problems and worries, and where to find someone to give them a helping hand.

When volunteering in Quito in this project, you will support the center's staff in their day-to-day activities, such as the preparation and distribution of lunch, cleaning up and washing dishes, etc. In addition, you spend a lot of time with the children whith playing, doing sports and fun activities in the park. Some kids just need to be listened to their problems and worries. You can also be proactive and organize lessons and workshops.

Volunteer work always starts on Mondays. The first day serves as an orientation day. All new participants will join a city tour of Quito to get to know the city. You will learn how to use public transport, explain important topics such as safety, do's and don'ts in Quito, etc. On the following Tuesday your volunteer service will start then.

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

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.



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. Single room with local host family
  2. Half-board (breakfast, 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 for an extra cost.


It is very important to us that you are comfortable during your stay in Ecuador. For this reason we place the volunteers in carefully selected host families. There you can immerse yourself completely into the Ecuadorian culture. You can practice your Spanish skills in everyday situations and get to know the country's traditions and cuisine firsthand. If you have questions or need help, your host family will always be there to assist you. You will have your own room with half-board (breakfast and dinner) every day and laundry service once a week included.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Half-board (breakfast and 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.
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. 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.

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$246 /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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Be a role model for teenagers in social risk in Ecuador! Teach English, help with homework, and organize fun activities!


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