Soccer Trainer at the Ecuadorian Coast

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Coordinator | Aldert
Coordinator | Aldert
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The main activity at this location is soccer training. But the project has much more to it, see also the detailed description.
The region is one of the tourist attractions of Ecuador. Visit Isla de la Plata, Los Frailes National Park or make friends in nearby Montañita.
Puerto López is originally a small fishing village, but is also known as one of the best surf spots on the Pacific Ocean.
Enjoy the amazing food of the Ecuadorian coast region.
You will be immersed in the laid-back coastal life of Pto. López.
Located on the beautiful coast of Ecuador, you will work as a coach at the soccer school Los Canarios and you will be immersed in the laid-back coastal life of Pto. López This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

In 2007, local villager Freddy Soto started a project using the local love of soccer to reach young people in Puerto López and the surrounding villages. Soccer school ‘’Los Canarios’’ was born. There are currently 80 teenagers and young adults being supported by the project.

The goal is to use soccer as a way of encouraging self-discipline, motivation and promoting self-development. To give young people the life skills they need and support them to gain the education they need to avoid the traps many young people of Puerto López fall into. Enabling them to build an alternative future for themselves and to act as positive role models. We foster creativity, initiative and talent.

We send both volunteers and interns to Puerto López. For interns, we are keen to discuss and ensure that this project fits school and personal requirements. We can also bring you in touch with former interns.

  • Prepare and give soccer training in a challenging and structured manner (there are two trainings every day);
  • Help out during the supplementary education classes, currently: English, Spanish grammar, electrics, math and computing;
  • Stimulate discipline, confidence and a pro-active attitude;
  • Enforce values and principles such as respect and collaboration. We hold sessions on self-esteem, values, protection of the environment and sexual protection and health;
  • Support local initiatives to raise money for the project;
  • Organize and give regular sessions with the young people’s families to involve them in the project and to promote the values of the project and address any issues the young people may be facing;
  • Promote youth leadership, supporting the young people in the project to become involved in issues facing their home town.

Typical day

There are normally two soccer trainings per day. One in the morning and one at the beginning of the afternoon. The rest of the day you have time for the other activities and of course to see more of the area or work on your Spanish or surfing skills.

Free-time activities

In the weekends you are free to come and go wherever you want. The region is one of the tourist attractions of Ecuador. Visit Isla de la Plata, Los Frailes National Park or make friends in nearby Montañita.

Puerto López is originally a small fishing village, but is also known as one of the best surf spots on the Pacific Ocean.

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 English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
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

What's Included

Services by Foundation Local Dreamers

The payment includes room & board, the project fee and preparation & guidance.

Airport Pickup at Mariscal Sucre International Airport

When you arrive at airport Mariscal Sucre near Quito, our driver José Luis will be waiting for you at the gate. We always provide him with some pictures of you, so he will for sure recognize you. Together with José Luis you will make a one-hour drive to our office in the centre of Quito. At the office, one of our coordinators will welcome you and show you arround in the neighborhood. After a little small talk we will bring you to your host family/ the volunteer house where you have all the time to recover from your flight.

Depending on what we agreed on, you will make your bus trip to Puerto López from Quito fairly soon after arrival or you will first stay with us in the capital for a while.

In Puerto López you will stay with a local host family that has room for two people. There is a private bathroom, mosquito nets and others. Meals are also included.
Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages
Meals go according to the volunteer and exist of a daily varied breakfast and lunch with fish, shrimp, chicken or vegetarian food. Dinners are light, not as strong as lunch.
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.
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 project runs thoughout the whole year.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
11 weeks
19 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$250 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Foundation Local Dreamers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Foundation Local Dreamers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Soccer Trainer at the Ecuadorian Coast

Located on the beautiful coast of Ecuador, you will work as a coach at the soccer school Los Canarios and you will be immersed in the laid-back coastal life of Pto. López


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