Under this project volunteers get to work in a public hospital. This is a very large hospital, especially made for children. Children aged from 0 to 15 years are treated
This project has been able to successfully help many a children and their families. Currently this project supports around 250 children.
This project aims to empower the local youth of Quito through Soccer. As the name suggests, volunteers under this project have to train the football enthusiasts to play..
Located in the Northwestern part of South America, bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Ecuador is a small country with diverse landscapes and warm people. Its diverse landscape encompasses Amazon jungle, Andean highlands, and the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands.
Volunteering Solutions has been working for the last 10 years with the aim of providing support to the underprivileged societies across the world, and the projects in Ecuador are designed in such a way that volunteers can make some meaningful contribution to the lives of the host communities. All the volunteering projects in Ecuador are located in the capital city of Quito. The Amazon Animal Rescue Center Project is located in Puyo.
Volunteering Solutions, a trusted international organization, provides unique volunteer work opportunities including Childcare, Street Children, Sports Development, and Volunteering at Animal Rescue Centre. Participants traveling through VolSol are mostly Gap Year Travelers, college/ university students, and teenagers on their summer break or spring break. We also see a good participation from the families and backpackers as well.
Although there's no fixed time to apply for the projects, we would suggest you to apply as soon as you decide to volunteer. You must apply at least 45 days before traveling abroad to join your project. The procedure to apply is very simple. You simply have to create an account, and then Login to your 'My Account' to update the details as required and pay your Program Fee.
Projects in Ecuador are available throughout the year. The minimum duration is 2 weeks and the maximum is 24 weeks. Participants can choose the duration as per their convenience.
Volunteers can take a direct flight to Mariscal Sucre International Airport, which is not only the busiest airport in Ecuador but one of the busiest airports in South America as well. All major airlines provide flights to Quito, from the USA and Europe.
For your Visa queries, you can get in touch with the Program Advisor after applying for your project. Once you apply for the program, further guidance regarding the Visa will be provided to you in the Pre-Departure manual.
Ecuador has majorly 2 seasons - a wet season and a dry one. The Coast has an average temperature of 25°C and the period from December to May (winter) is hot and humid. The rest of the year is warm and pleasant. However, the weather of Quito is a tad bit different. Being located in a close proximity to the equator, the weather should have been very hot - but, the altitude of the city (9252 ft above sea level) gives it a comparatively cooler climate. The weather ranges from warm, sunny days to cold or windy temperatures mixed with rain.
Ecuador, in general, is a safe country and Quito is a very tourist-friendly city. All our volunteers have previously had extremely good experience of working in Quito. Both the volunteer house and host family accommodations are located in safe neighborhoods. However, when you venture out for a visit, try to be with your group.
Consult your coordinator before you decide to wander alone, especially in the night. It's always good to avoid going for drinking and partying with strangers. In case you plan to go for some trips, you must seek permission from the coordinator. Do not bring things which are not required or are extremely expensive like jewelry etc. Other 'Safety Guidelines' will be shared with you during the orientation session.
Before you travel to Ecuador, you must consult your physician and take the vaccinations as instructed. We generally suggest our volunteers to take the Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Tetanus vaccines. You must also carry your regular medicines along with you, in case you need them.
You need to get a Travel and Medical Insurance before setting out for a volunteering trip. VolSol also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
Volunteers usually work at the project site on the weekdays (Monday to Friday) for a duration of 5 - 6 hours daily. (This timing may vary, depending on the intensity of work). Volunteers working with kids can make a day-to-day plan and set a goal, that would fetch a more sustainable outcome. Apart from teaching and playing, volunteers also sometimes engage themselves in renovating the centers, making them more vibrant and attractive.
The evenings would be relaxing, and volunteers can head out to explore the local markets, or stay at the accommodation and get to know their peers better.
Quito is actually the highest capital city in the world standing at an altitude of 9,350 feet above sea level. It is a beautiful town with magnificent architecture, gorgeous landscapes, warm people and much more. Go for exploring the city with your hosts and peers. You can also take a trip to the Amazon Basin and walk through the forest trails.
This is an ideal place for jungle trekking and you will get to spot beautiful birds and other animals. Visit the Andean plateau and see a series of active volcanoes. You can also discuss with your coordinator and take a trip to the amazing archipelago of Galapagos to experience the beauty of nature.
The Ecuador program team comprises of fully dedicated and enthusiastic team members who are committed to make your stay a memorable one. The local team will arrange your airport transfer, orientation, project introduction and your stay. The team members are available always in case of any assistance required and remain in regular touch with the volunteers to make sure they have a great time in Ecuador.
Volunteering Solutions is an established name for volunteering placements abroad. We ensure that all our accommodation and living standards match the requirements and comfort levels of our volunteers.
We always recommend all our volunteers to apply in advance. This way they get time to prepare better for the trip. Applying in advance has perks like:
-Application Fee is valid for a year and you can choose to do two three programs in the same year without paying an additional application fee.
-You can make the payment for program fee in parts.
Also, we abide by the first come first serve policy.
Usually, it takes around 10-12 working days for the application to be processed and placement to be confirmed. After the application is accepted, your placement document shall be updated in your account online and you can view the information in your account. The application acceptance depends on the availability of seats in the project as well as the eligibility criteria of the program (age, skills and experience etc.).
Below are the necessary requirements to participate in the Quito volunteering projects:
Intermediate or Beginner Level of Spanish is required.
Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the project.
Participants must have a Clean Police Record (Criminal Background Check).
Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.
The volunteers should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
Yes, you must volunteer in a group. In fact volunteering in a group has its own perks. You can get discounts on application fee and you can pool in for add-on tours and travel.
Arrival dates for all projects in Ecuador are on Saturdays. Once you land in Quito, you would be picked up by one of the Volunteering Solutions’ staff and you would be given a general induction. The volunteer coordinator will brief you about the history of the program, what the project currently is involved in, additional projects that might be going on at that time that volunteers can participate in, additional safety information, information on what to do during your free time, information on how to get there and around at the project. This is all presented in a booklet format and lasts +/- 30 minutes per volunteer.
On the first day of the project, our volunteer coordinator accompanies the volunteer to his/her project and shows how public transport works to and from the project. On the site, the coordinator will introduce the volunteer to the project and the local project staff and help with basic induction.
No matter wherever you travel to, make sure that your passport is valid for at least another 6 months upon arrival to that place. That is applicable for Ecuador too. On your arrival in Ecuador, you will get a T-3 Visa stamp. This Visa stamp is valid for 90 days. If you plan to stay longer than this, you should apply for 12-IX Visa at the Ecuadorian Embassy of your home country, before leaving. This Visa would be valid for 180 days then.
From the US to Quito, the recommended services are:
From Europe to Quito, the recommended services are:
Safety is a concern for all the international travelers; however, Quito is a tourist friendly country and major incidents involving volunteers is unheard of. Both the accommodation of Host family and the Volunteer house are safe. Although, when you venture out for a visit try to be with your group. Consult your coordinator before you decide to wander alone, especially in the night.
Here are some guidelines from the project:
When using public transport keep your bag and valuables with you and not on the shelves or under the seat.
Do not bring things which are not required or are extremely expensive: jewelry, credit cards, more money than you're spending money for that day, etc.
When it gets dark, take a taxi, they are cheap here in Ecuador and will guarantee you a safe ride home.
Do not drink in the company of the strangers, until you are with your volunteer group or company.
You must visit your doctor 2 months prior to your overseas travel. As a precaution, carry your yellow fever certificate and vaccinations booklet to be produced at the border crossings, if need be.
Yes, for all participants it is mandatory to have a travel medical insurance.Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions. To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider.
A member of the local coordinating team will take you to your placement and introduce you to your project after giving you a basic orientation about the program/city/culture etc. You will be told about the directions to the project from your accommodation and the mode of transport you can use.
For accommodation, volunteers can choose to stay either with a local host family or in the volunteer’s hostel. Both the accommodation options are fully furnished and provide a comfortable stay to volunteers.
In Volunteer house, there is the provision of the fully functional kitchen but no meals. Volunteers can prepare meals for themselves. Meals are provided by the host family, thrice a day.
Yes, however, you must inform us in advance and also mention about any dietary requirement in your application form.
Volunteers typically work for around 5-6 hours in a day. Depending on the workload every day, working hours can vary. Evenings are free for the volunteers and volunteers usually get together and go out for social gatherings, eat out or just relax at the volunteer house. Quito offers a number of activities and attractions for the discerning travelers. Quito is surrounded by Cotopaxi volcano and Pichincha, Antizana, Cayambe volcanoes that make the Andean contour. Full of churches and majestic architecture and exquisite fine dining experiences, walking tour in this beautiful city is not enough. Galapagos is at a distance of half an hour from the mainland Quito by air and you can go crazy looking and experience the untouched wilderness there. Island hopping, swimming, and snorkeling are just a few of the perks!
Your program fee covers your Airport Pickup, Accommodation, Food and In-country Support.
You will need to cover yourself for your personal expenses, such as local transport, telephone, the internet, shopping, weekend trips etc. However, you should carry around $50 per week for your basic personal expenses. This amount can vary and you would need a higher amount if you go on weekend sightseeing tours.
Volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day depending on their program. You will have the weekend off so you can go to travel on weekends. However, volunteers need to be flexible, open-minded and understand that work requirements can change as well on certain occasions.
You will find a number of currency exchange counters and ATMs in the airport as well as the popular tourist areas of Quito. Your pre-departure booklet will have this information, your coordinator would also guide you with this information.
We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions Quito program participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to communicate with other participants.
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit the Meet a Volunteer section on our website.