South America Inside

Help Children from Indigenous Communities

Quito , Ecuador show on map
founded in 2003
Coordinator | Sergio
Coordinator | Sergio
Volunteer at a day care center with children between the ages of 1-6. Help plan recreational and educational activities and make a difference in a child's life. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

The Project

This project was set up to take care of children who come from low-income indigenous families that have moved to Quito in search of jobs. Unfortunately, many of the families have ended up in a worse economic situation than where they came from. The parents usually work full-time, which means they cannot look after their children. This day care center enables families to know that their children are in a comfortable and safe environment. 

The main objective of this project is to give the children care and make sure that their educational, nutritional, and psychological needs are met. The day care centers are very short on funding, so volunteers are crucial to their continuation. 

If you love children, this project is perfect for you. It gives you the chance to make a positive impact on the lives of children and their families. Your time as a volunteer will be one of the most impactful and memorable experiences of your life.

Your Tasks 

This job is very rewarding in the sense that you get to see the difference you have made in the children’s lives first-hand.

On a typical work day, you will help with daily chores, feed smaller children, organize and play games, and teach them basic skills and manners. Volunteers should be very creative, and if you have any ideas on how to teach or help the children, don't be afraid to share them. 

The resources at the centers are minimal, so volunteers are encouraged to bring in materials themselves that can help the kids learn and play. We ask volunteers to be aware that they will be a role model for the children during their time at the centers. This means that their behavior should set a good example for the children.

Free-time activities

During your project, you will stay in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. This is an amazing city with rich historic and cultural heritage. So, you have many cultural activities to choose from, such as music concerts, sightseeing, etc. You can also do adventure sport and day excursiones to the close-by national parks and natural sites.


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) 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
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 10:00 - 15:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
South America Inside (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by South America Inside

  1. Homestay, single or shared room (subject to availability)
  2. Full-board (breakfast, lunch, 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 can be added at an extra cost.


During your project, you will stay with a local host family in a private room or share it with another volunteer (based on availability). Bathrooms and living areas are shared. This is a wonderful way to learn about the country’s culture and rapidly improve your Spanish skills. 

Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Full-board is provided (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

Internet Access
Limited 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.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,200
5 weeks
$ 1,355
6 weeks
$ 1,510
7 weeks
$ 1,665
8 weeks
$ 1,820
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,300
Average fees
$ 240 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Quito /Ecuador between 4 weeks and 24 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.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ecuador.
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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