Volunteer in Ecuador

Ecuador - the Latin American phenomenon. Gorgeous white sand beaches, the great Andes Mountains Chimborazo, the inactive volcano, and the Amazon jungle possess everything to cause the nature lovers pulse to race. Ecuador is also home to many historical attractions such as the "Plaza del Interdependencia," chosen by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, as well as countless pompous designed cathedrals such as "La Compania.” A short vacation is not sufficient to fully discover the diversity of the land alone, so a prolonged stay in the form of volunteering, is definitely the way to go.

The perfect place for all nature lovers among us. You can get pretty close to massive sea tortoises or boobies, while savouring a fantastic nature during your volunteer work. There are many opportunities to support the community as well. 

 

Volunteer projects in Ecuador

Teaching Projects

Making education accessible for children is the great motivation of many schools. Here there is a special focus on teaching English, as this language opens the door to a wide range of opportunities for the children. Volunteers will support local teachers, bringing new ideas and knowledge to enhance their lessons. Some other projects involve teaching English and physical education in a sluggish fishing community or there are other educational programs in the Ecuadorian jungle.

Provide Social Work

Lend a helping hand to one of the day care centers in the capital of Ecuador, taking care of children from socially disadvantaged families. There are a total of three facilities of this kind in Quito where volunteers can assist the caregivers in charge of early childcare and preschool education.  A particularly extraordinary social project involves  work in nursing homes where the village elders are cared for, and where there are plenty of exciting stories to be shared. Also in need of assistance, are the following institutions:

 

Volunteer in a children's home in Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

Building & Community Projects

Guayaquil is the economic center of Ecuador. Most of national import and export is processed here at Ecuador's biggest, hectic and noisy port. You will find a much slower pace in the traditional fishing villages of Guaya and Manabi – idyllic mangrove swamps, small colorful fishing cutter and sandy beaches. It is here, where volunteers can contribute to the preservation of the natural balance, but also give direct support to the people of the village itself. 

"Back to Basics" says  the jungle community in Napo provence, which is located in the east of Ecuador between coffee, cocoa and banana plantations. Laying trails, help gather fruit at harvest time or paint the schools in with lively colors. These could be some of your daily responsibilities – a true adventure.

In the footstep of Darwin – Ecuador's Galápagos Islands

Even Charles Darwin chose the Galapagos Islands. The world famous archipelago of about 1,000 km from the Ecuadorian mainland is the perfect location for scientific work. Many researchers refer to this isolated island as a "living museum", as the diverse and unique flora and fauna has remained undisturbed for many years. There lives the only lizard that, like you and me, likes to treat itself to a dip in the sea.

Volunteer is reporting the growth of sea tortoises in a national park in San Cristóbal.

Get close up with Ecuador's wildlife

San Cristóbal is the easternmost of the Galapagos Islands and, archaeologically, the oldest. This island hosts frigate birds, sea lions, giant tortoises, blue-and red-footed boobies, tropical birds, marine iguanas, dolphins and swallow-tailed gulls. The aim of the animal conservation program in San Cristóbal is to conserve biological diversity and the unique natural resources of the island of San Cristóbal, while promoting the development of these populations through research and the education of locals and visitors. There are other conservation projects on Santa Cruz as well.

See the Galápagos with different eyes

There are a plenty of opportunities to get closer to Galápagos habitants. Talking about habitants, we not necessarily mean the species, which make those islands worth knowing.  Especially Santa Cruz and San Cristóbal, are not only the biggest island in the Galápagos, but due to a high influx of tourists all-year-round they are the most populated. Get to know the people of the famous Falápagos lslands. In different schools, kindergarten and day-care centre in Santa Cruz for example, you can help to bring more influence of the English language to its students by:

 

  • teaching
  • preparing tasks for the children
  • assisting in English
  • drawing and music lessons
  • creating recreational opportunities
  • helping to repair the classrooms