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Refugio de los sueños

Children's Center Supporter

Children in extreme poverty and from very difficult family situations come to us. Make an impact in their lives by supporting our pedagogic staff!

The children and staff of the Refugio are always happy about people who want to support their work though a volunteer program in Ecuador. We are looking for volunteers who want to work at the Refugio for at least 2 months. Help is needed in the pedagogical area: spending time with the kids, playing, doing crafts, helping with homework, teaching English, resolving conflicts, and working in specific areas (garden, bakery, etc.) according to experience. Volunteers need to work within our pedagogical framework that is based on the educational concept of Montessori, Children's Rights, respect, love, and personal development. They will be supervised by the Refugio’s staff. In addition, local volunteers in Quito (German-, English- and Spanish-speaking) offer organizational/administrative support, training, emotional support, intercultural mediation, according to their availability.
Your Volunteer Work:
Your main job will be to spend quality time with the kids. Almost none of them are used to being taken seriously, to being listened to, or to being asked for their opinions outside the Refugio. Giving them your attention, explaining a new game to them, teaching a new craft or learning one from them, teaching them music (and learning their songs), helping with their English homework while they help you with your Spanish – all that is part of the job. There’s also the organic garden that needs to be cared for, the fully-equipped bakery ready to prepare some delicious bread, the carpentry shop, and the computer room. You are welcome to contribute your own knowledge and experience, applying your skills to the wellbeing of these children. You should also be ready to join the staff in simple everyday maintenance activities such as sweeping the floor or washing the dishes.

Personal Requirements for Volunteers:
•    Hard-working, committed and serious about making a difference.
•    Open to new experiences and to living in a foreign culture.
•    Flexible and responsive to varying needs of the Refugio

Suitable for


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).
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV, volunteer form, letter of motivation and 2 letters of recommendation
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You need to have some experience working with children. For example as camp counselor, baby sitter, youth leader at church, parent, etc.
Must have intermediate Spanish (classes can be organized).
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 - 17:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at Refugio de los sueños are happy to help you.

Contact Project Coordinator

Free-time activities

Quito is the perfect place to be: Many attractions can be visited during weekend trips. Visit the cloud forest, climb snow-capped volcanoes, relax on the beach, shop indigenous markets, and much more.
In Quito there are many museums, music venues, bars, parks, and of course the beautiful historic center to visit.
A local tour operator supports our work, they offer special prices for our volunteers, for example if you want to go to the Galapagos after your volunteering.

Water Sports
Contact & Reservation
8 - 25
8 - 25
Airport Pickup

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Services by Refugio de los sueños
This is not a program fee. It is a direct donation for the Refugio. The volunteer program is organized by local volunteers in Quito. We will select volunteers, pick you up at the airport, help you if you have any problems, and are your emergency contact. We work completely for free, there are no administrative costs with this volunteer program. We just ask that you contribute a monthly donation to the Refugio and pay for accommodation (we will help you find a place). Lunch is included.
Airport Pickup at Mariscal Sucre

Local volunteers will pick you up at the airport and get you settled.

Food & Beverages

Lunch at the Refugio is included during the week.

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. Please arrange your own accommodation.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
8 weeks (min. stay)
9 weeks
10 weeks
11 weeks
13 weeks
15 weeks
25 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Quito/Ecuador between 8 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Refugio de los sueños 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 Refugio de los sueños during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Ecuador

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Ecuador. Please check the visa regulations for Ecuador.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Ecuador and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Ecuador.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ecuador.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Mariscal Sucre (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.
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If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.
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