LEAD Adventures has been around since 2004 and knows Ecuador intimately!
We are passionate about Ecuador, Galapagos & Peru. We are true in country specialists and believe most abroad agencies can not offer people an authentic experience of a place unless they really know it themselves. Most agencies abroad are part of big tourism corporations and have lost the unique personal touch our kinds of experiences require.
We do not want you to just visit a place, we want you to truly experience it!
So far we have given over 3300 people just like you an adventure in South America that they will never forget.
NewAge: 31-50FemaleAuckland, New ZealanderUniversity of WaikatoPersonal experience in Machala12/01/2013Response from Lead-AdventuresOur teaching volunteer program in the coast region sponsored by the local government started in 2013. The first year of operations for this program has been quite challenging since it requires the participation and coordination between the local government, families, and administrators in general. We know and realize it is not a smooth running operation yet but the results are great and we see improvements in operations day by day. We have hired more than 15 teachers last year, that helped us a lot by creating group support and improving the situation of this poor region in Ecuador. All of our teachers have been young volunteers that finally had a nice experiences knowing this country, our culture, traditions, traveling through the 4 regions in Ecuador in some cases. Fortunately for the current year, we have booked more teachers and expect to have volunteers on a regular basis to continue the process already set by the last ones, helping the children and the education in this country. We apologize for any unmet expectations about this program although the overall feedback has been positive and believe that being part of something that is in the process of being built is perhaps the most important experience any participant can get from this. Many thanks
ExAge: 25-30FemaleWollongong, AustraliaUniversity of New South WalesEmerging Program10/30/2013How could this program be improved?
If I had to change one thing it would be that there was a volunteer coordinator in Machala/Puerto Bolivar who was readily available and could act as a mediator between volunteers, schools, the government, port authority, Lead Adventures and host families (not sure host families will continue based on the current advertisement on this homepage). I would recommend someone who spoke both Spanish and English, well organised and diplomatic.
caseysmomAge: 51 or olderFemaleEtna, CAVolunteering in the Galapagos Islands was Great!05/04/2012
JaneAge: 31-50FemaleOntario, CanadaOtherGreat way to see the Galapagos05/03/2012
YAge: 31-50FemaleUKOtherExcellent experience05/03/2012