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Help Underprivileged Youth

Quito, Ecuador

Be a role model for young people in Ecuador! Teach English, help with homework, and organize fun activities!

The Project

This project takes place at a community center for children and teenagers in one of Quito's largest parks. It was originally set up by Ecuador's first Christian church. At that time, meals were provided for children and adults in need, but, under the condition that they converted to the Christian faith. The government later intervened and decided that the project should continue, however, they decided that those attending would not be obliged to follow Christianity. Currently, the children are taught once a week about different religions and are allowed to choose their own faith.

In the mornings, the center cares for up to 50 children between 5 and 12 years old (numbers are subject to change). The center provides the children a safe place to go and offers them lunch and clothes as well. Many of the children’s parents work long hours and have little income. For some children, the center has relocated them to adoptive homes when parents were no longer able to care for them.

In the afternoon, the center provides assistance to about 20 teenagers and young adults between the ages of 13 and 25 (numbers are subject to change). Many of the teenagers need help coping with difficult issues, such as drug addiction or living on the streets. The center offers them one meal each day as well as support in finding jobs and homes for those that are without. Children that used to work on the street also run workshops and advise their peers about the dangers of living on the streets.

Caring for children and teenagers in difficult situations requires extensive dedication, patience, and empathy. Volunteers with these traits are always welcome at the center. It's important that volunteers are innovative and self-motivated to offer new ideas and become actively involved in the project. Building trusting relationships with the children, teenagers, and staff is highly valued. You should also be flexible as the demands of the project and children are constantly changing.

Your Tasks 

Among others, your work tasks at this project consist of:

  • Preparing and serving lunch  
  • General maintenance of the center 
  • Playing games with the children 
  • Playing sports in the park with the children and youth 
  • Organizing (educational) activities and programs on your own

On your first day as a volunteer, you will have an introduction to the project, which includes a city tour, information about the project, and important topics for your stay in Ecuador.

Have in mind that the contact with children and teenagers who have experienced such difficult situations might be emotionally draining for you. You need to be very patient, dedicated, and full of empathy. 

Climate

Average daily temperature of 15° C (59° F)

Recommended Packing List

Comfortable clothing, as Quito is known for its unpredictable climate

Please Note

There are no special vaccinations required, but be sure to check in with your doctor for additional advice.

Typical day

Ecuador is a developing country and the realities faced by many children and teenagers there are inconceivably difficult. This volunteer project cares for children whose parents do not have sufficient economic resources or time to provide their children with the food or attention they require. The center also cares for teenagers who live on the streets, offers them a meal, support, and a safe place to go.

For the children and youth, the center is a safe haven, where they are provided with warm meals, a friend to discuss their problems with, and personal support and attention.

As a volunteer, you will assist the center's staff with everyday tasks, such as preparing and serving lunch and general maintenance. You will also spend time playing games and doing sports with the children in the park as well as organizing educational activities. The permanent employees and long-term volunteers are very busy running the center, so, as a volunteer, you must be creative and able to organize and run your own activities and programs, especially if you choose to work with the children. In addition, it is important to remain flexible since project demands are constantly changing.

You can choose to work either with children or teenagers. Young children attend the center between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm, and teenagers attend from 3:00 pm until 5:30 pm. If you prefer, you can volunteer during both sessions in order to help both groups.

The first Monday of the project is an orientation day in Quito. All new volunteers will go on a city tour of Quito to get to know the city and learn how to get around using the public transportation system. In the afternoon, there is an informative discussion in which you will learn about the organization and be advised on important issues in Ecuador, security measures, accommodations, volunteer work, etc. Your volunteer work will start the next day, on Tuesday.

Details on Arrival

This program starts on any Monday of the week and you can enroll at any time, with at least a 4 weeks' notice.

Free-time activities

Quito is a very metropolitan city and has a wide offer of cultural activities. You can also find fancy bars and restaurants and visit concerts and live-music shows. The surroundings of Ecuadors capital are not less attractive for visitors. You can find diverse landscapes, amazing nature and breathtaking views. Day trips to interesting site around Quito or outdoor activities can be easily booked at tour agencies in Quito.

Concert/Music
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 (basic 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
Groups
50+

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

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  • Consultation from our experienced staff
  • Translation of application documents
  • Placement in Volunteer Work Project
  • Orientation session upon arrival 
  • Escort to the project site on the first day
  • Orientation kit
  • 24-hr Emergency Number & Local support 
  • Single room in Homestay
  • Advice concerning adequate travel insurance
  • Flight booking service (optional and free) 
  • Certificate of Participation
  • Application fee

Airport Pickup at Mariscal Sucre International Airport

Your airport pick-up can be arranged for a small extra charge.

Accommodation

It is very important to us that you are comfortable during your stay in Ecuador. For this reason we place the volunteers in carefully selected host families. There you can immerse yourself completely into the Ecuadorian culture. You can practice your Spanish skills in everyday situations and get to know the country's traditions and cuisine firsthand. If you have questions or need help, your host family will always be there to assist you. You will have your own room with half-board (breakfast and dinner) every day and laundry service once a week included.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Half-board (breakfast and 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.
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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