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What to expect in Ecuador

In this land where the number of hours of sunlight per day is nearly constant throughout the year, much of this tropical country is still remote and undeveloped. Ecuador’s urban centers are rich in culture, and the country’s natural landscape is among the most diverse on the planet thanks to the Andes Mountains, the Pacific coast, and the famed Galápagos Islands just a 600 mile leap to the west.

Where do we operate programs in Ecuador

What type of programs can you do in Ecuador

INTERN ABROAD IN ECUADOR

The World Endeavors Intern in Ecuador program is located in Quito, the thriving capital city situated high among the Andean foothills.

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STUDY ABROAD IN ECUADOR

The World Endeavors Study in Ecuador program is located in Quito, the country’s capital city, and Cuenca.

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VOLUNTEER ABROAD IN ECUADOR

The World Endeavors Volunteer in Ecuador program is located in Quito, the country’s capital city.

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Our Ecuador Programs

Shown below are all of our program options for this country. If you can’t find a suitable program then please use the main program finder to continue your search.

Study Abroad
Ecuador

Summer Study in Ecuador (Quito)

Study in the heights of the Ecuadorian Andes! Situated at nearly 2 miles in elevation, Quito is one of the most elevated capital cities in the world. Now through World Endeavors, you can study abroad here this summer

Summer Study in Ecuador (Quito)

You’ll study at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) which is located just outside the city of Quito in the wealthiest barrio of the country. Over the course of 6-weeks you can refine your Spanish and earn credit towards your degree while taking a cultural deep dive into Ecuadorian life. You can choose from the following course tracks, each lasting 6-weeks:

  • Health and Liberal Arts
  • Media & Design for Sustainability and Communities

 

Fill out a brief application form to get in touch with an advisor to help you start planning your summer in Ecuador today!

Study Abroad
Ecuador

Study in Quito (Universidad San Francisco de Quito)

Study in the bustling city of Quito and improve your Spanish while growing your skillset and work-readiness.

Study in Quito (Universidad San Francisco de Quito)

The World Endeavors Study Abroad program in Ecuador takes place at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ). It is a liberal arts, private university, the first self-financed university in Ecuador. Choose to study here and immerse yourself in the cultural and ecological diversity of this northern Andean country.

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Ecuador

Study in Cuenca, Ecuador (Universidad de Cuenca)

Study abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador and get ahead in the future workplace by deepening your intercultural competency while honing your skills in your field of study.

Study in Cuenca, Ecuador (Universidad de Cuenca)

Study abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador and get ahead in the future workplace by deepening your intercultural competency while honing your skills in your field of study.

Up to fifteen thousand students enroll annually at the co-educational Universidad de Cuenca. Study abroad at the U Cuenca and earn credits towards your degree, while being immersed in the warm-hearted Ecuadorian culture and learning Spanish.

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Ecuador

Youth Sports Coaching Volunteer in Ecuador

Join our sports-focused volunteers in Ecuador and make a positive change in the lives of young athletes.

Youth Sports Coaching Volunteer in Ecuador

Join our sports-focused volunteers in Ecuador and make a positive change in the lives of young athletes.

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Ecuador

Environmental Volunteer Program in Galapagos, Ecuador

As the population of the Galapagos Islands increases, the variety of products being imported to the islands to sustain the inhabitants has brought with it invasive insects and plants that threaten the local flora and fauna of this delicate natural environment.

Environmental Volunteer Program in Galapagos, Ecuador

Galapagos Environmental Program

As the population of the Galapagos Islands increases, the variety of products being imported to the islands to sustain the inhabitants has brought with it invasive insects and plants that threaten the local flora and fauna of this delicate natural environment. Join local and international participants working to eradicate aggressive introduced plants – like Mora, Guayaba and Superroza – help with reforestation of native and endemic plants, and support the La Soledad community in recovering the natural habitat of San Cristobal Island. Other tasks may include working in the nursery sowing endemic, native plants, fruits and vegetables, working on community suppor

Volunteer Abroad
Ecuador

Teaching Volunteer in Ecuador

In Ecuador, volunteers are instrumental in English classes, fostering children's language development for their future success.

Teaching Volunteer in Ecuador

In Ecuador, volunteers are instrumental in English classes, fostering children’s language development for their future success. Moreover, volunteers lend a helping hand to teachers by assisting in the classroom and coordinating extra-curricular activities.

Every World Endeavors Program Includes

Our international programs are intentionally curated to be comprehensive, and include all that you need to succeed and stay safe abroad.

YOUR PROGRAM

  • Customized to match your interests and goals
  • Year-round program availability and start dates
  • Flexible durations

ACCOMMODATION

  • Variety of options depending on program type – host family, shared apartment/house, student residence
  • Vetted and hand-selected with quality and safety in mind

TEAM OF EXPERTS

  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator

PEACE OF MIND

  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance

PREPARATION AND SUPPORT

  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support

RE-ENTRY AND CAREER INTEGRATION

  • Re-entry handbook and support
  • Assistance with resume updates
  • World Endeavors Alumni Network

HEALTH & SAFETY

When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.

WHAT TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME IN ECUADOR

In Ecuador, there are plenty of exciting activities to enjoy during your spare time. Here are some suggestions:

  • Explore the Amazon Rainforest: Nature enthusiasts can embark on guided jungle tours, spot diverse wildlife, and experience the rich biodiversity of the region.
  • Hike the Andes Mountains: Explore the stunning landscapes of the Andes on popular treks, such as the Quilotoa Loop.
  • Visit Historical Cities: Wander through Ecuador’s historic cities like Quito and Cuenca, where you can admire colonial architecture, visit museums, and soak in the local culture.
  • Enjoy Local Cuisine: Delight your taste buds with Ecuadorian cuisine, including ceviche, empanadas, llapingachos (potato patties), and delicious tropical fruits.
  • Experience Indigenous Markets: Visit indigenous markets like Otavalo Market, where you can buy unique handicrafts, textiles, and traditional souvenirs.

Recent Ecuador Testimonials

Laura NInternship in Ecuador

They are quick in responding and extremely helpful every step of the way! I highly recommend this organization for anyone who is looking to intern/volunteer/study abroad.

Marcella FIntern in Ecuador

World Endeavors is incredible! They are professional, efficient, supportive and timely in their communications. If you get the opportunity to work with them on your international travel I would recommend jumping at the opportunity.

Abby WIntern in Ecuador

This organization truly cares about the experiences of the people they send to various countries. They communicate extremely well and ensure that you have all the necessary information before going abroad. I went to Ecuador without being involved with a school or university, and World Endeavors made the process unbelievably simple and clear!

Courtney HIntern in Ecuaudor

Oh my goodness, it was incredible! It was so cool! I got to travel and see and do much more than I was anticipating! My Spanish improved so much while I was there. I definitely got a lot of experience in OT, and was able to clock all of my shadowing hours for OT school.

Ecuador FAQs

Are the Galapagos Islands part of Ecuador?

The Galapagos Islands are part of Ecuador, located approximately 1,000 kilometers off the Ecuadorian coast. The archipelago is considered an Ecuadorian province and part of the country’s national park system.

Is Ecuador a Developing Country?

Ecuador is considered a developing country because of its lower Human Development Index value than many others, meaning that Ecuador has a lower GDP, higher poverty levels, and fewer public services than other countries.

Is Ecuador a Safe Place to Travel?

Generally, Ecuador is a safe country for travelers. However, it’s essential to take precautions to ensure your safety. Keep valuables secure and be aware of your surroundings at all times, use caution when traveling in certain areas at night, and avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

What is the population of Ecuador?

According to the World Bank, Ecuador has an estimated population of 18 million people.

What language does Ecuador speak?

The primary language spoken in Ecuador is Spanish.

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How to apply

You’ve decided to go abroad – amazing! Applying for your World Endeavors program is easy and stress-free. We can’t wait to get you on your way!

STEP 1
EXPLORE & ASK

Research and compare. If you can’t decide on a program, we can guide you toward the best fit.

STEP 2
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Fill out our online application form to share all your relevant details with our team.

STEP 3
ENROLL & PREPARE

Receive your official acceptance and enroll. We’ll give you all the info you need to get ready!

STEP 4
START YOUR ADVENTURE!

You’ve researched, planned and saved. Now you’re ready. It’s time to PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE!