UBELONG offers 1-week to 6-month volunteering opportunities in 5 Ecuador locations: Quito, Amazon and Galapagos. There are over 20 projects in different fields, including: agriculture, caregiving, education, health and the environment.
- Affordable: Without compromising quality, the world's most affordable international volunteering opportunities.
- Flexibility: Pick from 100+ projects across Africa, Asia and South America. Volunteer 1 week to 6 months. Start any week.
- Support: Work one-on-one with a UBELONG Mentor throughout your volunteer experience.
- Comfort: Housing and meals included, as well as 24/7 field support.
- Network: UBELONG is based in Washington, DC, the capital of international volunteering.
- Impact: UBELONG is a social venture led by international volunteers and university professors drive
Without compromising safety or impact, UBELONG offers the world's most affordable 1-week to 6-month international volunteering opportunities.
Fees vary by location and placement duration. They start from US$150 for one week. Fees include:
-Housing and meals
-24/7 in-country support
-Continual one-on-one mentorship from a UBELONG Mentor (including written materials and a phone/Skype Briefing Meeting)
-Peace of mind from joining the leading short-term international volunteering program, which is based in Washington, DC
-Networking opportunities through the powerful UBELONG community
*The UBELONG Campus Leaders program offers scholarships to university students. Contact us for more information.
August 2014 Experience in the Galapagos Island02/12/2015How could this program be improved?
My only recommendation would be that UBELONG set up a service so that people who are about to go on a trip could talk with those who had already been on the trip in order to get a better perspective on exactly what they would need and would be doing once there.
Teaching in Quito01/22/2015How could this program be improved?
Some more information could be given regarding about the town and family as I was definitely scared before going as I didn't feel like I knew much. However, once I realised I realised that I was perfectly safe.
Volunteering in Ecuador12/15/2014How could this program be improved?
Creating a more specific participation with the nunnery. Although I understand it is somewhat of a privilege to be able to participate with the nunnery, a lot more could have been done. I believe that when someone decides to volunteer their time, they expect to be made use of in many ways. We are young and innovative, and ready to do so much. Take advantage.
Great experience11/03/2014How could this program be improved?
I went during their summer break, so the kids were on their summer break, too. The "teaching" became more babysitting and we weren't able to teach much English, but the kids were fantastic and the volunteers were still very necessary at the school.
I felt like I belong10/13/2014How could this program be improved?
There wasn't a requirement to know Spanish but if there had been some sort of requirement like a basic understanding of the language, then I would have taken some lessons before my trip. Beginner lessons would have come in extremely handy because majority of the students did not speak English and communication was challenging at times. There were UBELONG volunteers who were fluent in Spanish and they definitely made things much easier. Thank you girls!
Teaching and living in Quito, Ecuador.09/17/2014How could this program be improved?
Not just being polite and courteous but it is hard to fault my experience by way of UBELONG, their projects and staff on them - you just have to be aware of what travelling and living abroad is likely to involve and potential problems that may arise - remaining open and level headed and you'll unlikely encounter any problems.
UBELONG Ecuadorian Amazon08/19/2014How could this program be improved?
I would have rather have gone straight to the reservation at Jatun Sacha instead of staying two nights in Quito. The preparation book was very thorough but missed out on important information such as finding the bus station in Tena. The other volunteers and I traveled to Jatun Sacha on different days and we all had issues finding the bus station in Tena. Being in a different country knowing their language minimally made asking for clear directions difficult. Other than that, the actual program at Jatun Sacha was incredible and I could not complain about anything there!
A Great Program04/01/2014How could this program be improved?
The station is run by Jatun Sacha, which has volunteers from many different organizations. I would have liked to have been able to communicate with these volunteers before I reached the island, though I don't know if that's possible.
About the provider
UBELONG is the most affordable, professional and supportive international volunteering organization in the world.
Volunteer abroad in Africa, Asia and Latin America from 1 week to 6 months.
WHAT can you do?
For one week to six months, live in a community and volunteer on a community or environmental project.
WHERE can you go?
Asia: India, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos
Latin America: Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru
Africa: Ghana, Morocco
WHEN can you go?
Projects run year-round and you can join from one week to six months.
HOW much do you pay?
Costs start as low as US$350 for a 1 week placement.
Among other world-class services, you work 1 on 1 with a UBELONG Mentor and receive a Preparation Booklet, in-country orientation, housing, meals, project supervision and 24/7 support.