Local Women Empowerment Supporter

founded in 2003
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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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Gain Spanish fluency by immersing yourself in local culture
Show your commitment with people in need
Boost your CV with international volunteer experience
Explore a country that is famous for its rich biodiversity and amazing landscapes
Open your horizon while making a life changing experience
Be a volunteer at a women's shelter in Quito. Help women and their children who have suffered domestic violence. Learn about local culture while empowering these women. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Unfortunately, Ecuador is also one of the countries with a very high rate of violence against women. Many local women are victims of (domestic) violence. This volunteer opportunity takes place in a refuge for women and girls who suffered from severe domestic or gender-based violence. The women's refuge is located in the south of Quito. Here, the women find protection and help. The refuge was founded in 1990 and has helped countless of women since then.

In the refuge women get food and lodging. They receive medical care and psychological attention. Workshops are held so that women and children can overpass their trauma and restore self-confidence. They are "empowered" so that they can take their lives into their own hands, go to work and learn to stand on their own two feet - for themselves and for their children.

While the children are being looked after, the women can go to work, graduate from school and attend workshops. If you want to get involved in women empowerment and stand up for women's rights, you've come to the right place. As a volunteer in the women's shelter in Ecuador you should be a sensitive person, patient, mentally strong and fond of children. Please take into account that you will be working with vulnerable women and children. It is very important that you take your volunteering seriously and that you are committed and proactive.

Typical day

During this volunteer opportunity in Quito you will learn a lot about other’s people realities while supporting local women who suffered domestic violence. It is important that you are aware that working in a women's shelter can be psychologically stressful. Your area of responsibility will depend on your previous knowledge and skills. Volunteers assist in that area where help is mostly needed and/or where they can best contribute their knowledge and strengths. In particular, the volunteers spend a lot of time with the children.

Your work tasks may include:
  • Supporting the workshops on various topics (good Spanish skills are needed)
  • Assisting with therapy sessions (good Spanish skills are needed)
  • Looking after the children and playing with them
  • Supporting children in their development in a playful way
  • Helping the children with their homework
  • Helping with administrative tasks
  • Volunteers with appropriate training and very good Spanish skills can help to provide psychological attention to the women and children
The work schedule is flexible and will be set once you start your volunteer work at the women's shelter. Usually, volunteers work from about 9 am in the morning to 4 pm in the afternoon. 

Free-time activities

Quito is located in the Andean highlands at an altitude of around 2850 meters. Therefore, despite its proximity to the equator, it is moderately warm all year round with an average temperature of around 13 °C. During the day, temperatures reach between 20 and 25 °C. There are rainy seasons from September to November and from January to April. It then usually rains around noon and then the sun is shining again.

Quito not only has a great location, right under the Pichincha volcano and a pleasant climate, but also cultural treasures: Built in the 16th century on the ruins of an ancient Inca city, Quito has the best preserved historical center in all of Latin America.

For this reason, Quito was the first city in the world to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Quito also offers a lively nightlife, pretty markets, interesting museums and theaters as well as various kinds of festivals at certain times.


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) or English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
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 from 09:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by South America Inside
Our volunteer work in the area of Women Empowerment in Ecuador includes:
  1. Shared or single room*
  2. Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  3. You will be accompanied to the project on the first day
  4. Professional English-speaking advice
  5. Translation of your application documents
  6. Volunteer Work Placement in Ecuador
  7. English-speaking in-country support
  8. Handbook Ecuador
  9. Intercultural guideline
  10. 24/7 emergency number
  11. Information about suitable travel insurance
  12. Certificate of participation
For full intercultural integration we offer single or shared rooms in carefully selected homestays. In a homestay you immerse yourself in the Ecuadorian culture, you can apply your Spanish skills in everyday situations and get to know traditions, everyday life and the cuisine of the country. Internet connection is available.

*Single rooms are also available for a surcharge. If you are interested, ask us about the costs.
Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Accommodation in a homestay includes full board (breakfast, lunch 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 project is up and running throughout the year.

Note: A donation of 50 USD is required to be paid directly to the project.

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
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$265 /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 volunteer at a women's shelter in Quito. Help women and their children who have suffered domestic violence. Learn about local culture while empowering these women.


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