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
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.
Local volunteers will pick you up at the airport and get you settled.
Lunch at the Refugio is included during the week.