Affordable Volunteer Programs in Ecuador from $270

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Kids were so affectionate!!
Kids were so affectionate!!
Quito pic
Quito pic
A church as seen in Cuenca, Ecuador, on a weekend trip
A church as seen in Cuenca, Ecuador, on a weekend trip
Two children coloring at Sangolqui Market
Two children coloring at Sangolqui Market
Posing with a young girl at Sangolqui Market
Posing with a young girl at Sangolqui Market
Trip Photo
Trip Photo
Trip Photo
Trip Photo
Trip Photo
Trip Photo

About

Trusted by 110,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer programs in Quito and 50+ other destinations around the world.

You can choose from 10 volunteer project options in Quito and give back for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks. Your Program Fee includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, breakfast and dinner and 24/7 in-country support. You’ll be accommodated in a volunteer house or homestay in central Quito, with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world.

IVHQ is trusted to support the meaningful adventures of thousands of volunteers every year, so before you even depart for Ecuador, you’ll receive outstanding personalized service from your expert Volunteer Program Manager and exclusive access to superior pre-departure volunteer training.

With IVHQ, you can expect to establish real connections within the local community while supporting projects that make a genuine difference.

Highlights
  • Highly affordable program fees starting from $270 - IVHQ provides the most affordable and top-rated programs.
  • Affordable Spanish language lessons available
  • You’ll be joining between 10 and 20 other IVHQ volunteers who start in Ecuador each month.
  • You’ll be traveling with IVHQ, the volunteer travel experts, and joining a network of 110,000+ volunteers. Our outstanding safety systems and track record set us apart, we are the world’s safest organization.

Questions & Answers

Don't overexert yourself. If you do too much too early you'll start to feel sick. But DO be active. Walk about the city with your friends, explore, travel... just make sure to take plenty of breaks as you need to. You will find that slowly but surely you'll begin to acclimate! Also: Drink lots of water! Really, it helps.

Reviews

91%
based on 38 reviews
  • Impact 8.9
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 9.1
  • Value 8.8
  • Safety 8.7
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Jacqueline
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching English in Quito

My husband and I taught English to 360 11 and 12 year olds for a month. We tried to help the teacher reach her goals as well as to create a stimulating and positive environment for the teaching of English. The kids were open and interested and were a pleasure to know. The program and teacher were fully supportive of our efforts. We received back much more than we gave. We were humbled and grateful for the experience. We also taught English to a group of kindergarten teachers. They were model students and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with them. They made wonderful progress.

What would you improve about this program?
It would benefit all if the teaching period were longer. That however is not always possible to achieve.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Jacqueline! What an amazing experience to share with your husband - we are thrilled that you enjoyed it! Thanks for your review and for volunteering - we hope to see you on another IVHQ program in the future :-)

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Safa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Review of Kindergarten Program in Ecuador

I thought this was a great program, and I liked the convenience of getting to the school everyday, about a 10 minute walk. I enjoyed working with the kids, and teaching them songs, and the teachers were very understanding and helpful when trying to learn the Spanish language.

What would you improve about this program?
I would let volunteers know beforehand to come prepared with songs, both in Spanish and English, to share with their classes.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Safa, It's is great to hear that you enjoyed your time volunteering on our Kindergarten project in Ecuador. Thanks for volunteering with IVHQ.

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Lib
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience!

It's a great experience to live with a host family, be immersed in Spanish, and see how other cultures live their lives. I am a teacher and the work UBECI is doing with these socially and economically deprived children is great. You get to help work with the kids on key skills, such as following directions, concept of print, using a pencil etc. It's very rewarding, and a lot of fun.

What would you improve about this program?
I wish I could have stayed longer (I was there for a month). They allow you to come just for a week and without any Spanish, but you'll get way more out of the experience (and help the kids way more) if you have some basic Spanish and stay at least a couple of weeks.
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global
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

UBECI!

Overall, my experience with UBECI has been wonderful! The staff and other volunteers are very supportive and the children we work with are so beautiful. I chose to spend two weeks working in the markets with the young children, one week with the 1-3 year olds and the second week with the 7-15 year olds. Every morning the staff would meet us volunteers at the office to head to the market together which I really appreciated. Since we spent about one day a week at each market, it was nice to see more of Quito and the different dynamics of the markets. At the same time, rotating the markets (each market location is only open a couple days a week so no choice) made it difficult to make progress with the children. Coming with parents to sell on a daily basis, some of these children are not in school and receive all their academic training from us. It was hard to repeatedly work with the young children unable to recognize basic shapes and colors we had covered the week before. At the end of the day, I had to look and appreciate the small successes in each child´s life and I am so glad UBECI is there for these children. Not only do they stress learning though books, puzzles, and lessons, they also emphasis hygiene, physical movements, and emotional wellbeing. The staff and volunteers do so much to be loving and present to these children. I highly recommend volunteering with UBECI and enjoyed my experiences in Quito with them!

What would you improve about this program?
With a background in case management, I wish there was more consistent and stronger interaction with the parents. I completely understand the staff members must walk a fine line to not be too intrusive since the parents allow us to work with their children voluntarily so it is hard. This is not critical of the program so much as they challenges the program faces. I have so much respect for the staff members and long term volunteers who continue to have excitement and love for these children day after day and truly celebrate every little success.
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Lisaz3349
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Market Children Program With UBECI in Quito,Ecuador

UBECI is an amazing organization to volunteer with. The program is well structured with concrete goals. After working with the program for 2 months, I can say I really feel like I am making an impact on the children´s life here. I was orginally only going to stay one month with the program but after 3 weeks I decided I wanted to stay longer. I love the program, my wonderful host family and traveling in Ecuador. Everybody is so welcoming and for no matter how long or short you stay(or your level of Spanish) you will feel at home. Our typical day begins in the office with a short meeting on the goals for the week. We then travel by bus to one of the 4 markets we work at. Once arriving we set up tents and gather children from the market. During the first hour of our time with the children we play with them, read books and most importantly give them an opportunity to be kids! After we begin teaching the children various concepts including numbers, shapes and opposites. We then take a break in the afternoon for lunch and work again from 2-4:30. We work Tuesdays-Friday and thus you have plenty of free time to travel during the weekends as well. The children range from the ages of 1-14. So there is certaintly the opportunity to work with the age group you prefer. I usually work with the children from the ages of 4-6 and I really enjoy it. The kids are so full of life and want to get to know you as well. This program and the children in the markets have taught me so much about life and I have gained so much from this experience. I can not recommend this program enough. Ecuador is a unique country to visit and you can make a real difference here. -Lisa Zychowski

What would you improve about this program?
If I could change one thing about the program I would sugest lowering the cost a bit. I know that a lot of money is going towards the program so this does not bother me but it could deter others.
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mm0058
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

UBECI

I take spanish lessons in the morning, take a two hour break for lunch, then head to work in the market. The organization with which I´m affiliated is UBECI in Quito, Ecuador. I work with kids in markets throughout Quito and it´s a challenge sometimes, and difficult trying to teach the kids things, but it´s a valuable experience and I´m proud to be affiliated with this organization. They do very good things for these kids.

What would you improve about this program?
If I had to change one thing, I guess I would change the neighborhood in which I reside. The neighborhood is fine and safe and all, but I would prefer to live closer to more universities more in the north of the city.
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Tammy
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

UBECI

Working with UBECI has been a great experience. Volunteering with market children in Ecuador certainly has its challenges, but every day brings something new. It´s incredibly rewarding to work with children who have so little, and are so appreciative what you bring to the program, be it resources, time, affection or enthusiasm.

The staff at UBECI have been very supportive. They are always willing to listen to your questions and queries, and provide good advice to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable stay.

Be prepared to work hard - it´s not always easy to have so much enthusiasm every day! Your diet will be very different, you may struggle with the language and you won´t have all of the conveniences of home, but that is the point. You aren´t at home. However the experience that you take home will be one of the most rewarding that you can imagine. I have no problem recommending UBECI as an organisation to volunteer with.

What would you improve about this program?
If you are staying for an extended period of time be prepared to feel the effects of a very different diet and being exposed to sick kids and volunteers. This is sometimes a little out of your control and that of the organisation, but bring relevant medications and if you need to, supplement your diet with fresh foods from the market.
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Luca
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

i miss Ecuador all the time.

so many priceless memories and beautiful children! i would go back in a heartbeat.
anyone who loves kids and a wants to see a country rich in relatively untouched South American culture would love this program!