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Help Disabled People

Quito , Ecuador

Show your compassion for children and adults with disabilities by teaching them different subjects, participating in recreational activities, and providing therapy.

The Project

This project was originally started to offer free medical care to people with chronic illnesses and disabilities in the capital of Quito, Ecuador. Years after the founding of the medical center, another facility was created to help adults and children who suffer from down syndrome, autism, speech difficulties, psychological ailments, and other special needs. Patients here are often live in poverty and need the free healthcare to survive. Due to this, volunteers are a crucial part of what keeps this project running, and they come from both local areas and various countries around the world.

When caring for the patients, volunteers need to have a lot of patience and empathy. It is essential that you are very active and creative because will often have to participate in activities. Throughout your stay, you will build relationships with both colleagues and patients in a fun atmosphere. Workers should be very flexible, as the demands of this project are constantly changing. 

Your Tasks

While working, you will assist with: language therapy, physical therapy, health programs, teaching different subjects, recreational activities, sports, and preparing meals. 

On a typical day, your tasks will include assisting with the daily morning physical therapy sessions that aim to develop the patients’ writing and drawing capabilities. Afterwards, you will help with the teaching of various subjects, prepare food and help feed patients, and plan and participate in many games. 

Once a week, you will accompany the patients and staff to their therapeutic horseback riding or swimming sessions, both of which are very effective in treating people with disabilities. 

Free-time activities

 In your spare time, you can explore the city of Quito. The capital has many different activities to choose from such as concerts, and you can also socialize with other volunteers in some of its many bars and restaurants. On your free days you can find many interesting offers to spend your time outside the city doing outdoor sports, cultural sightseeing, hiking, climbing and so on.

Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

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)
Health Declaration
required
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 08:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
50+

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

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Services by South America Inside

Consultation from our experienced staff | Translation of application documents | Placement in volunteer project | Orientation upon arrival | Orientation kit | Local support | 24-hr emergency number | Accommodation- Single Room with Host Family |  Half-Board | Advice on travel insurance | Certificate of Participation | Application fee

The airport pick-up can be booked additionally. Please contact us for further details.

Accommodation

During this project, you will stay with a local family that is situated very close to where you will volunteer. You will have your own private bedroom, but will share both bathrooms and living rooms with other family members. This is the perfect way to learn about the country’s culture and immerse yourself in Spanish

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Yes, food is provided if you are staying with a host family (Half Board - 2 meals per day).

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.
Vaccines
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)
$1,140.00
5 weeks
$1,310.00
6 weeks
$1,480.00
25 weeks (max. stay)
$4,710.00
Average fees
$237.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Quito /Ecuador between 4 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.
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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