• Ecuador
    • Quito
2 to 24 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Host Family Hostel


Starting Price
Price Details
The costs include:
- 24 hrs Assistance and support from staff
- Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
- Pick up from the airport
- Orientation
- All meals on weekdays
- Accommodation
What's Included
Accommodation Airport Transfers Meals Travel Insurance
What's Not Included
Airfare Visa
Jan 19, 2022
Dec 24, 2015
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About Program

Welcome to the scintillating country of Ecuador - the place which theorized the evolution of humankind. This South American country is full of amazing surprises for its visitors. Ranging from deep & lush green Amazon forests, regal Andean highlands, and the diverse wildlife of Galapagos archipelago, Ecuador provides a wide array of beautiful landscape. Volunteering Solutions provides some great volunteer work opportunities in the capital city of Quito, which has the honor of being a part of the very first list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Volunteers can choose from a wide range of projects to work in Quito, including Childcare, Sports Coaching, Street Children Program, and Amazon Rescue Center Volunteering. This is a double treat for volunteers looking for international work exposure as they not only will get to acquire enormous hands-on experience while volunteering in Quito but also get to learn about the interesting history of the region.

Consider your impact: Volunteering abroad can be a rewarding experience for both volunteers and local communities, and at Go Overseas, we believe all volunteers should have the resources to make informed decisions about the type of volunteer project they want to partake in. However, despite best intentions, some organizations offering placements in orphanages may unknowingly place children in danger. You can read about the potential dangers of orphanage volunteering here. Learn more about how Volunteering Solutions is promoting ethical volunteering.

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Program Highlights

  • Volunteering projects in Quito are available throughout the year, for a minimum duration of 2 weeks to a maximum of 24 weeks.
  • Gain first-hand international work experience and boost your career.
  • Explore the beautiful country, visit the popular spots as well as the hidden gems around Quito and spend some time at the beaches of Galapagos!
  • Meet some amazing travelers from different parts of the world and create memories that would last for a lifetime.
  • Get a Certificate of Completion once you're done with the project work.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Eighteen in Ecuador

The first time I left the United States I was 17 and traveling alone. During my third year of secondary school I began to look for opportunities to volunteer abroad, and I found Volunteering Solutions. That summer I spent 3 weeks in Cusco, Peru working with a kindergarten in a small marketplace. During my stay, I grew close with not only the children in my class, but also my host family and other volunteers from around the world. The experience was unforgettable.

So, the following summer I decided to volunteer again. Since I had such a great time with Volunteering Solutions the year before, I ventured onto their website to see what other opportunities I could find. As a young student, money is tight, but I was able to find many programs that were affordable. I chose to volunteer in a pediatric hospital in Quito, Ecuador.

Each week day during my stay I woke up early to work in the hospital from 9 in the morning to 1 in the afternoon. The program I signed up for was not medical, but rather included more childcare responsibilities. Personally, I love working with children. The workday flew by as I assisted the staff in accommodating families and playing with their kids. Some of the children were extremely ill, and though it hard to see them in such pain, it warmed my heart to know that the other volunteers and I could make them smile.

The staff I worked with was kind. I found that I was able to practice my Spanish not only by talking with patients and their families, but also by understanding requests made by the women in charge. I would recommend that those considering this program have a background in the Spanish language. Although the staff is patient and willing to work with the volunteers, language barriers make it difficult to attend to the children in a timely manner. Also, being able to casually converse with the parents or older family members lightens the mood and can relieve anxieties.

There are two housing options with this program. You can either stay with a host family or in the student house. Since I already had the experience living with a host family in Peru, I chose to stay in the student house. This was also more affordable. Living in the student house was great because not only was it right across from the Volunteering Solution offices, but it also allowed me to meet so many other wonderful travelers. I will say most of the students living in the house were young, though everyone got along regardless of age. We all had something in common. We all loved to help others and travel the world.

After work, my friends and I would explore the city. On the weekends, we would make longer excursions to different places around the country. The offices directly across the street helped us book these trips and set up transportation. These trips were not included in the program, but they were not expensive. The little extra spent was well worth the memories we made. We climbed Cotopaxi, the world's largest active volcano. We visited the Quilotoa Lagoon. We even spent one weekend on the beaches of Montañita. If I had more time I would've visited the city of Baños de Agua Santa for a weekend of hot-springs, hang gliding, mountain biking, hiking, rafting, and more.

Beyond what I have mentioned, there are tons of breathtaking sites in Ecuador that I never got the chance to experience. But that is why I want to continue to volunteer abroad. Volunteering Solutions is a safe, affordable, and truly amazing organization that allows travelers like myself to see the world while lending a hand to those who need it. I have met the most wonderful people, both those who live in the countries I have visited, and those who live across the world. Through Volunteering Solutions, I have learned that we are all humans, and regardless of social or economic divisions, what brings us together is our shared ability to love.

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