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Special Needs Care Center

Quito, Ecuador show on map

The center provides services for children with disabilities, rehabilitation as well as daily care for those in need.

The program

This program is crucial to the lives of children and infants with disabilities in the specialist home and day care Love Volunteers support. Volunteers undertaking this project will contribute their time and energy to taking care of children in real need. Without volunteers the sustainability of the home and day care would be in question, with volunteers providing essential free labor to ensure children can continue to be given care both high in quality and compassion. The children live in a specialist home that provides special attention to children and infants from 0-14 years old who have few economical resources. Services offered at the facility are for chronic and incurable diseases, as well as rehabilitation. They also have a day care centre onsite that works as a kindergarten for children with special needs where they can receive therapy, food, medical and psychological attention. Volunteers ensure that physical therapy, stimulation and care are provided for these vulnerable children, as well as bringing joy and love to their lives.

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide care to vulnerable infants and children with disabilities
  • Improve the future prospects of some of Quito’s most marginalized citizens
  • Provide a caring, fun and educational environment for the children
  • Create inter-cultural understanding which benefits both residents and international volunteers alike

How you can help

For the vulnerable children with disabilities, many of whom have been simply abandoned by their families, this program is absolutely crucial to their lives. This program provides essential volunteer labor to vulnerable children and infants who simply are unable to physically or mentally help themselves. Working with children with disabilities can be difficult, but it can also be the most rewarding volunteer work someone will ever do. For those wanting a volunteer experience that will truly make a difference to the lives of others, this program will deliver. Without a free volunteer labor force, sufficient care would simply be unable to be given to the residents of this home. Volunteers allow the program to continue to offer quality care and wonderful experiences for these deserving children. Participants on this project will gain a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help those who truly need their support, and gain valuable experience in caring and working for those with disabilities.

Volunteers on this program will participate in a variety of tasks and can expect to:

  • Play games with the children and keep them entertained
  • Help to feed those in need
  • Care for the children
  • Share experiences, talk to and spend time with children

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:00am Breakfast at the accommodation

7:30am Walk/bus to your project site

8:45am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor

9:00am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

A tea break and lunch break will be fitted in during the day, but often the timing of breaks will change based on the needs of the local staff and number of volunteers on hand.

2:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

2:15pm Debrief with project supervisor

2:30pm Walk/bus back to the accommodation

Evenings Free time to relax and have dinner or go out and explore the sights and sounds of central Quito – a bustling and vibrant metropolis!

Details on Arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Free-time activities

This program is based in the beautiful city of Quito, where volunteers will find their help is invaluable and very much in need. Quito is a beautiful city filled with significant architecture, friendly people and fun places to visit – making it a fabulous city to volunteer in. 

Concert/Music
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports

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 English (intermediate level) and Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School, University level
Required Documents
Emergency Contact
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
A volunteer’s individual role can often be tailored to suit their particular skills and interests. Volunteers on this project will need an understanding of Spanish in order to communicate effectively with the children and local staff members. All applicants must of course display a genuine willingness to help, show drive, initiative and compassion, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 14:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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  • Airport pick-up on arrival 
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  • Certificate of Completion (on request)
  • Registration fee included
Airport Pickup at Mariscal Sucre International Airport

Upon your arrival in Quito, you will be collected at the airport and delivered to your accommodation. On Monday morning, after making your way to the local project offices, you will receive an orientation to help you settle in, find out about your volunteering placement, the local surroundings and meet your fellow volunteers. A representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have. You will then be taken to your assigned project site and introduced to the project team you will be working with. Easy!

  • Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito, Ecuador (Code: UIO)

Accommodation
Volunteers on this project are primarily accommodated in one of our local teams Volunteer Apartments, which are centrally located and close to the offices of our local team. These apartments are ‘self-catered’ – perfect for those volunteers who prefer to cook for themselves and without the restriction that come with staying in someone else's home. All standard amenities are available, including full kitchen facilities, hot running water and modern bathrooms. Wifi is also available (additional charges may apply in some cases). For those who prefer, home-stay options are also available with one of our friendly local host families.
Guest Family Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

For those choosing the home-stay option breakfast and dinner are provided (additional costs apply).

With its reputation for superb exotic fruits, unsurpassed fish and seafood, and not least the numerous varieties of Andean potatoes, Ecuador offers the taste buds a veritable feast. Among the traditional dishes that volunteers might want to try whilst in Ecuador are: Seco de Pollo, Menestra and Ecuadorian Churrasco - a plate consisting of roast meat, a fried egg, chips and fried plantain - or even the great delicacy, guinea pig. For savoury main courses, the hot sauce aji is often used. Easily and very cheaply available from bakers’ shops are empanadas (warm pastry pockets containing meat or cheese), llapingachos (potato and cheese pancakes) and tempting sweet pastries.

Internet Access
Good 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)
$968.00
5 weeks
$1,048.00
6 weeks
$1,128.00
7 weeks
$1,218.00
8 weeks
$1,298.00
9 weeks
$1,388.00
10 weeks
$1,468.00
11 weeks
$1,548.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,638.00
Average fees
$189.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Quito/Ecuador between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers 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 Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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