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Community Work with Indigenous Families

Activities related to agriculture, make handcrafts, community tourism

The project

The project is in a region where 90% of the population is indigenous. Their main language is Kichwa, while the second language spoken is Spanish. Due to past volcanic activities the region disposes of very fertile land. 

The people of the region of Imbabura and Otavalo are very well known in South America, even on an international level, due to their traditional handicrafts and animal markets held every saturday. As a volunteer you will get the chance to live with these communities, and help with the production of handicrafts. Most families income rely on these craftworks. Volunteers who are not necessarily adept at manual tasks will help on the local farms to support the agricultural production, which is used for personal consumption by the families, while the remaining stock is sold in local markets.


Your work

On a typical working day you will help the local women make handicrafts, learning there culture along the way, if you are not able to do this then you will be doing manual tasks labouring on local farms. If your main interests is children then let us know prior and we will arrange you to carry out activities at local schools by assisting teachers.

By taking up this opportunity you will be able to experience this culture and live happily among the people learning and teaching new skills on a regular basis. Keep in mind that families work hard to provide and obtain the necessities in order to live, with your support whilst being there is essential to them.

Suitable for


Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
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

Any questions? Just ask. We at South America Inside are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

There are many activities to do in your free time such as exploring around the volcanic lands, as well as many people hike the local area to see the great views Ecuador has to offer.


Included Services

What's included?
Help of our experienced staff including translating documents | Placement in Volunteer Work Project | Orientation session on arrival | Orientation kit | 24h-Emergency Number | Single room in Homestay | Full board (3 meals/day) | Advise given on all travel | Overnight stay in Quito | Transfer to project site | Certificate of Paricipation | Application fee

In this project you will be living with one of the families of the indigenous community of Cotacachi. You will have your own bedroom either in their house or a guest house close by. Bathrooms and other living areas will be shared. By living with the family it means you will be able to absorb all of the culture, while also improving your spanish skills.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Yes, Full Board is provided (3 meals per day)

Internet Access
Sorry, no 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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
3 weeks (min. stay)
4 weeks
5 weeks
25 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Quito /Ecuador between 3 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. 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.

Get ready to volunteer in Ecuador

Check out first

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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.
What can you do in leisure-time in Ecuador while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Quito, Quito , Ecuador

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