ECUADOR VOLUNTEER | High Impact Programs in Ecuador

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Volunteer working in conservation project on the Galapagos Islands
Volunteer working in conservation project on the Galapagos Islands
Monkeys in our wildlife center in the Amazon
Monkeys in our wildlife center in the Amazon
Our volunteer immersing herself in the indigenous culture
Our volunteer immersing herself in the indigenous culture
Our volunteers in the daycare center
Our volunteers in the daycare center
Volunteers teaching English in the Amazon
Volunteers teaching English in the Amazon
Our volunteer organizing a dance performance with children
Our volunteer organizing a dance performance with children
Volunteers feeding the animals in the wildlife center
Volunteers feeding the animals in the wildlife center
Teaching English in Quito
Teaching English in Quito

About

Ecuador Volunteer Foundation offers high impact volunteer programs around Ecuador, supporting local people. EVF is a leading local volunteer organization that seeks to spread the international volunteer spirit in order to construct new perspectives on life by creating a stimulating combination of humanitarianism, social responsibility, and public diplomacy through volunteer work to change the lives of local communities to create a real impact.

HIGHLIGHTS ** Real Impact: EVF knows the Ecuadorian culture and the needs of each project well. ** Reach: We offer a wide range of volunteer programs in the Amazon, Coast, Galapagos & Andes. ** Participation: Volunteers work from 1 week to 6 months. ** 24/7 Support: We offer our volunteers guidance and support for each step. ** Experience: We were the first volunteer organization approved by the government in 2005. AREAS OF FOCUS Working with Children - Community Development - Teaching English - Wildlife & Environmental Conservation

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9.8 Rating
based on 10 reviews
  • Impact 9.1
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9
  • Value 9.4
  • Safety 9.2
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Julie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Cuidado de ninos en Quito by Julie y Julien

This experience was good on all points. We really appreciated the welcome by the staff. It was our first time as volunteer and we'll never forget how enriching it is. We really enjoyed the time spent with the children and the exchange, the most important thing. A child is always a child, wherever in the world, and it's so good to contribute to their evolution and to see a smile on their face. The activities time is nice because it allowed to transmit our knowledge. Also, the free time with the staff is a good way to exchange aout our culture, our life and our project. We felt very at ease with everyone and we'll never forget all these moments. Thank you to Ecuador Volunteer and specially to Francisco for giving us this opportunity.

What would you improve about this program?
If it's possible, it would be great to be less volunteers in the same place according to the number of children.
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Koji
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Living in the Amazon

As part of the Ecuador volunteer program I got to live with a family in the jungle for about three weeks. I would absolutely call this more of a cultural exchange than volunteering but it was amazing. The family lives very traditionally and working with them every day was inceçredibly fun, rewarding, and educational.

What would you improve about this program?
I think the one thing I would change is the preperation before. I had some trouble with the food while living there, luckily there was another volunteer there who told me to buy food beforehand just in case, but if that volunteer hadnt been there then part of the week may have been a bit more unpleasent
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Francisco
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An amazing oportunity to give back to the children of Ecuador

This was such an amazing experience! It has been almost a year since I've been there yet I still think about the kids and the team. I enjoyed the playtime with the kids; being in the playground keeping the kids safe while ensuring they are having fun, taking them inside to serve them food, and bringing them to the next room for their nap. I really wish I could give more to them. I was glad to find out that because of this organization, the childcare was able to build a retention wall, it would be nice though if we were able to fundraise more and get a small portion that was left uncovered. Still, this was a great accomplishment to have something as large as that built. The staff is so caring and amazing, always going out of their way to show us around and taking us to places to eat. The home families were amazing! I had gotten sick and they took care of me, asked me questions all the time, and were very pleasant. I loved the experience and can't wait to go back.

What would you improve about this program?
Giving directions in Ecuador is more difficult than doing it here. In the USA, you just give the number of the street which is in an ascending way. In Ecuador, there are only names on the streets, so it became a bit confusing. The staff gave amazing directions and came with us a lot but map would help.
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Pamela
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Ecuador Volunteer changed my life

Ecuador Volunteer is an organization that has many volunteering projects all around Ecuador. The projects adjust to the things you like and the things you wish to accomplish by helping other people.

I chose Santa Ana/Yaku Runa. It is an indigenous community in the Amazon jungle where you have many opportunities to develop a lot of different projects.

At the moment they are building eco-sustainable cabins to bring tourism to the community, allowing them to share their culture with other people and have an income to support their children's education and have a better life quality.

SANTA ANA

Every day is a different day in Santa Ana. You have a lot of freedom to decide what you want to do and where you want to help. You can join the people in the community with what they are doing or talk to them and start somewhere else where you can be more useful. You can also help the families in their everyday by bringing wood for the cooking, helping them in the "chakra" (farm), doing homework with the kids, helping around the house, among other things. They have many daily activities you can join after working on the project, you could go fishing at the river or swim in it with the kids, you can learn how to make traditional crafts or just talk to the local people (it's a great opportunity to practice spanish!).

The people in Santa Ana are very warm and welcoming with foreigners, they understand the cultural contrast and respect it, as they will expect the same. The are very sharing with everything they have (which is very little) and they always make you feel at home.

I've been there 3 times now. The first time I was there for 9 months! I had a wonderful time and learnt a lot. I helped them with everything I could and had a great time in Santa Ana.

For the time I was in the country Ecuador Volunteer always helped me. They gave me information about the country, the community, the people and other projects. They supported and encouraged me all the time with the work that I was doing. They were there for me and for every other volunteer. They are very kind and always make you feel welcome.

I would recommend volunteering in Ecuador with Ecuador Volunteer because they will make things easier. They will help you with your paperwork, with your stay, with your projects and many other things and you will always feel part of a big family with them.

What would you improve about this program?
Ecuador Volunteer always exceeded my expectations as an organization, they were always kind and supportive.

The community: although I found Santa Ana a perfect place for me, some volunteers had to struggle a little with the life conditions; they are very precarious because they are very poor, which is a problem to some volunteers, but the people there are working on making special houses for volunteers with many accommodations. And there are many other different projects to choose from if you don't think Santa Ana is for you.
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Jordi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Galapagos and Andes

Galapagos: The project of nature conservation, was an unforgettable experience. The house is in a unique place, environmental work are planting native trees, removing non-native vegetation, ... all in a heavenly place.
In the Andes, worked in Mindo, a biodiversity hotspot, where I applied my knowledge of international studies to improve the management plan.

What would you improve about this program?
It is one of the three most beautiful experiences of my life. I can not say anything negative.
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martina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

very good

Was very good experience in my life. i enyoded a lot. the people is very friendly and the children as well.i loved my host family ! very nice. i spent christmas with them :-P

What would you improve about this program?
To have the possibility to go to an other country obce you have been ecuador
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Rahel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Top Volunteering Program

I volunteered with Ecuador Volunteer a few years back, working in two different daycare centres for poor kids. We played with the kids, helped them with schoolwork and helped the daycare-centre staff with daily activities like eating lunch, teaching the kids to brush their teeth properly, etc. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did I feel I could contribute to the kids wellbeing, they also gave me back lots of love. I was welcomed in Ecuador with open arms, the Ecuador Volunteer staff showed me around the city, introduced me to the social life, made me aware of the dangers and necessary precautions of living there, and remained helpful throughout my stay. I went back to Ecuador one year ago and was very pleased to see that the organisation was still very active and indeed growing, with lots of new and exciting programs. The continuity and enthusiasm of the staff and their being locals gives the programm the necessary consistency to guarantee high quality and impact. Personally, I find the development towards more projects dealing with construction and cleaning work very positive too, as these are projects with guaranteed impact.

What would you improve about this program?
The tasks that the volunteers had to fulfill at the daycare centres could have been clearer and better organised so as to guarantee a higher impact and better coordination with the local staff working there. However, this was mainly due to the local staff not having the necessary awareness to guide the volunteers through the activities. Therefore, training local staff at the different volunteering sites for receiving volunteers so as to enhance cooperation and impact could be a effective improvement.
I personally felt at some point that it was difficult for me as a European to convey the kids I worked with values and skills without seeming to embrace a slight neo-imperialist spirit. I therefore do not think that volunteering in daycare centres is the best option available. This is however a highly personal and subjective opinion and not related to the program as such.
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Pilar
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Pilar Pérez Cruz

Fue la experiencia mas increíble de mi vida. El soporte la organización que brinda la fundación es excelente. Los programas y lugares que conoces son mágicos. Felicito a la organización por su labor y el apoyo que brindan a las diferentes fundaciones. El interés y entusiasmo que ponen para ayudar a que este mundo sea un lugar mucho mejor el respeto a la vida animal y a las sociedades indígenas es increíble. Gracias!!!!