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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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Boost your CV with international volunteer experience
Improve your Spanish skills while giving back to society
Explore amazing landscapes on weekend excursions
Visit the "middle of the world" right on the Ecuator line, one of the most amazing places on this planet
Broaden your intercultural skills by immersing into a new culture
Make a children smile! Assist doctors and nurses and plan activities for the young patients at a hospital in Ecuador. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The health system in Ecuador is divided into private clinics and public hospitals. While most private clinics and medical practices are well-stocked and equipped, public hospitals often lack the necessary free beds, enough specialist staff, and financial resources to get enough medical supplies.

In this volunteer project, you work in a public hospital in Quito. It mainly deals with people who can not afford private health care and are attendet by the state health care system.

This volunteer project is aimed primarily at medical students and nurses. Non-healthcare professionals can participate, but are not entrusted with medical tasks, but are primarily concerned with the well-being of young patients by paying attention to them in conversation, entertainment and play.

The hospital covers the following specialist areas:

• Mother-child station
• Emergency room
• Stomatology
• Oncology and radiotherapy
• Neurology
• Nephrology
• Urology
• Gastroenterology
• Ophthalmology
• Obstetrics
• Cardiology
• Rehabilitation
• General surgery
• Center for Risky Obstetrics
• Special infectious disease team

Typical day

During your first couple of days of volunteering at the hospital, you will receive an orientation. This includes a tour of the hospital, a visit to all the different areas, and a meeting with the staff. While at the hospital, you can choose which area(s) you would like to work in, and then you will accompany your doctor or nurse and look at the different procedures in the area. 

Day-to-day tasks will depend on your previous experience. Volunteers who have some medical experience will take blood pressure and assist nurses during treatments. Medical students or doctors will observe surgeries and assist with treatments. Those with no healthcare background will go on walks with patients and play games with them.

You can choose if you want to work Monday-Friday, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm or 2:00 pm until 5:30 pm (subject to changes). You will have weekends off.

On the first day of the project, you will spend the day in Quito where you will explore the city and familiarize yourself with the public transportation system. You will also learn about issues in the country, security measures, and more details about your accommodation.

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 adenaline




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 at the airport in Quito can be added to an additional cost.


In order to immerse yourself completely into the Ecuadorian culture, you will live with one of the carefully selected host families. 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, dinner) included.

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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