Volunteer in Ecuador: Most Affordable & Real Impact!

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UBELONG offers 1-week to 6-month volunteering opportunities in Ecuador in three incredible locations: Quito, the Amazon and Galapagos!

Volunteer in one of these world-class projects:

ENVIRONMENT
--> Forest conservation (Amazon)
--> Forest conservation and sustainable farming (Galapagos)

CAREGIVING
--> Assisting at a day-care center (Quito)
--> Caring for the elderly (Quito)

EDUCATION
--> Teaching English (Quito)

MEDICAL
--> Medical assistance (Quito)

CONSTRUCTION
--> Light painting and renovation (Quito)

Highlights
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Volunteer on projects that truly need you
  • Live in the heart of Quito, the Amazon or Galapagos and enjoy delicious meals every day
  • Go with a US based organization - legitimacy and peace of mind
  • The #1 program in Ecuador and with the best reviews!

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Questions & Answers

No age limit, you can volunteer with your daughter.

Reviews

9.58 Rating
based on 43 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 95.35%
  • 7-8 rating 4.65%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
  • 3-4 rating 0%
  • 1-2 rating 0%
  • Impact 8.9
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 9.4
  • Safety 9.3
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Jackson
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

August 2014 Experience in the Galapagos Island

I feel that UBELONG is an excellent organization to volunteer for. Before the trip began my meeting with the UBELONG mentor made sure that I had everything I needed to make my trip happen and for it to go smoothly. I felt like they had done a good job in planning transportation to and from the airport to the destinations. Most of the work that comes with traveling to places to volunteer had been taken care of by UBELONG. Once at the volunteer station I felt like the work we were doing was actually making a positive difference on the surrounding area and that we were never just assigned busy work. I also felt like the amount of food was plentiful for a hard days work. They also knew how to have fun at the volunteer station and made sure we had plenty of free time to relax and explore the beautiful destination that we were in.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Veronica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing organization perfect for any volunteer

UBELONG is a first-rate organization for anyone looking for a no-frills volunteer opportunity. This organization provides amazing alternatives around the world for a very low cost and helps give you all the tools you need to succeed within each community. I'm very much looking forward to my next project with UBELONG in the future!

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Jennifer
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching in Quito

I spent 1 month Quito, working at a local primary school and staying with Goevanna and her family. It was the most incredible experience of my life and I would give anything to go back there. My host family were lovely and made me feel so welcome, I truly felt like another member of their family! At the weekends I travelled with other volunteers and had some amazing experiences, especially the cloud forest in Mindo and climbing Cotopaxi volcano. The children at the school loved learning English with us and always wanted to play with us at break time and after school. I felt like I'd been working at the school for a year! Ecuador is a culturally enriching experience and I highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking of going!

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Eddie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering in Ecuador

My days were filled with so much appreciation and love for my ability to be present. Waking up to a homemade breakfast and coffee before getting the day started was something that really made the day begin just right. After my breakfast and morning rituals, I would walk to my location. The walk to the facility was as important as anything else in my day. It gave me time to focus on my intentions, and recognize how grateful I was to be in such a position. The view of Quito in the morning was a gift in itself.

Although I was eager to "do" so much during my volunteering, being present and lending a whole heart to each individual is all that I needed to be a part of.

Every day that I was there I was asked to do something different but not unfamiliar. I have had the privilege of working many jobs throughout my life so far. Being asked to do another task was more than fine with me. I really appreciate new experiences and learning from others who do things differently.

What would you improve about this program?
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.

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Rachel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience

Ubelong is a wonderful organization. I have nothing but good things to say about the way that they are organized and run. My host family was super generous and very knowledgeable, and they did a great job making sure that I was prepared and ready for the trip. Barbara made even my panicked mother comfortable. My experience with UBELONG was nothing but positive and I would definitely go on another trip with them if I decide that more international service is in my future.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Michael
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Rain Forest Conservation Efforts in Ecuador

Becoming a UBELONG volunteer was an eye-opening experience. Through this program, I was able to travel to the Amazon Rain forest in Ecuador. It was here where I helped with rain forest conservation efforts and also saw unimaginable things. I met new people and grew closer to those in my group. UBELONG is a great organization because they serve as a great mentor. They line up a volunteer experience and make you feel good for helping others. The organization has ties in many different countries and working with Cedric has been easy, as the people at UBELONG are genuine about their work and want you to succeed.

What would you improve about this program?
Next time I would like to stay a little longer because time flies when you're having fun!
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Rachel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Review of UBELONG

I had a great experience with UBLONG. THe application and preparation processes were very straightforward and my mentor was an extraordinary source of knowledge. My time spent volunteering abroad was a month that I will treasure forever. UBLEONG helped me give my travel to the South America a meaning other than tourism. While there, I saw sites from a different lens, and I got to assist in sustaining the famously unique environment of the Galapagos Islands.

What would you improve about this program?
Everyone should be aware that the banks on the Galapagos are very unreliable and that they should be ready to bring cash to fund all of their adventures.
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Jeev
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I felt like I belong

UBELONG was exactly what I had in mind when I was looking up organizations that would help me accomplish my dream of traveling while trying to make a difference. There prices are affordable, start dates are flexible and the minimum time commitment required will work with anyone's travel schedules. I did not expect to have FREE Wi-Fi at my volunteer house so that was a wonderful perk.
From the folks at the UBELONG headquarters to their local team at the volunteer projects, you are quickly made to feel welcome and that "you belong". I was truly blessed to have been surrounded by loving and caring host family and fellow UBELONG volunteers. They make me miss my life in Tumbaco. I was surprised with a birthday party with cake, beverages, decorations and entertainment when I wasn't even expecting anything to be honest. Thank you, UBELONG.

What would you improve about this program?
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!