Ecuador’s stunning diversity of landscapes and cultures belies its relatively small size. From dense jungles to Andean highlands to the renowned biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador contains tremendous natural resources, and its culture reflects a combination of indigenous, African, and European influences.
Despite these assets, many Ecuadorians still live in poverty, and the country struggles to protect its natural resources. World Endeavors volunteers in Ecuador support efforts by nonprofit and government organizations to strengthen education, social programs, and environmental efforts.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in Ecuadorian culture.
Quito is the capital of Ecuador and the country’s second largest city. Nestled amongst the snowy peaks of the Andes and situated between Pichincha Volcano and the Machángara River Canyon, the city flaunts beautiful panoramas and breathtaking views in every direction. Ecuadorian history comes alive in Quito; the city is a wonderful mix of colonial and modern architecture, and its historical center has been distinguished as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Culture is another aspect Quito isn’t lacking. The city hosts a variety of museums, festivals, art galleries, shops, restaurants, and cafés for its lively and engaged population. Visitors to Quito are fortunate to have a variety of outdoor opportunities at their fingertips—from hiking in the Andes surrounding the city, to paragliding from a volcanic peak, to going on archeological and birdwatching tours, the area has something for everyone, ranging from the cautious to the most adventuresome explorer.
"Every time I travel and see another area of this magnificent world that we live in, I carry with me an even greater sense of connectedness. We are all one people. We have different customs, beliefs and opinions but together that is what makes us great. We are not all separate lives, living in separate countries…we are all contributing and living in harmony with one another. We must all learn to work with each other and begin to see the beauty in all of us."
- Gaye, Volunteer in Ecuador
World Endeavors volunteers in Ecuador live and work in the capital city of Quito, within or nearby the communities they assist.
World Endeavors volunteers in Ecuador can contribute to the following projects:
Volunteers work with children who have lost their parents or whose parents are unable to care for them, as well as at-risk and homeless children and teens. Minimum duration of 4 weeks
World Endeavors Community Development volunteers in Ecuador work to strengthen their host community by addressing some of its most pressing needs and sharing their skills and compassion with the people they meet.
*Please note there is an additional fee for Community Development placements. Contact World Endeavors for details.
Volunteers may help teachers prepare and present lessons, tutor students to supplement class work, and provide one-on-one homework assistance.
World Endeavors Eldercare volunteers help in care facilities and other locations including senior centers, spending time with residents and assisting staff.
Volunteers work with nonprofit organizations on a variety of initiatives that focus on conservation and sustainable development.
*Please note there is an additional fee for Environmental Conservation projects. Contact World Endeavors for details.
World Endeavors volunteers in health education help to increase public knowledge about diseases and their prevention.
World Endeavors Healthcare volunteers in Ecuador help at health clinics serving the local community. Opportunities to gain experience in Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy are also available.
Volunteers help teachers in the classroom and work with students one-on-one, doing individual tutoring and helping students with class assignments.
World Endeavors Sustainable Agriculture volunteers in Ecuador work with local farmers, cooperatives, and communities who practice environmentally-friendly farming methods.
Volunteers often assist with English classes, helping Ecuadorian children learn language skills that will be a valuable asset later on in their lives.
World Endeavors Wildlife Conservation program in Ecuador pairs volunteers with local wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centers.
*Please note there is an additional fee for Wildlife Conservation projects. Contact World Endeavors for details.
Volunteers stay with host families, where they share space, build relationships, practice language, and learn about traditional culture, food, home rituals, and customs. Host families are welcoming and friendly, usually middle class, and are hand-picked by the World Endeavors team to ensure that placements provide a safe and positive environment for the volunteer. Housing accommodations are modest, safe, and clean, but may differ from Western norms in terms of space or amenities.
The World Endeavors Volunteer in Ecuador program is flexible in duration and can be tailored to last between 2 to 12 weeks. If you have the time, we recommend a stay of at least 4 weeks. Admissions are rolling, and World Endeavors volunteers can choose when they would like to start their program. Due to holidays, traditional vacation schedules, and seasonal work availability, there might be better times than others to volunteer at a specific location or in a specific project.
When you are ready to start planning your volunteer trip to Ecuador, contact us. Our experienced advisors will help you sort through any timing considerations unique to your destination or your volunteer project.
Please wait until after you are accepted into the program and you have received the confirmed arrival and departure dates before you book your flight.
*Please note there is an additional fee for Environmental and Wildlife Conservation projects. Contact World Endeavors for details.
|Program Name||First Week||Each Additional Week|
|Volunteer In Ecuador||$1,390||$430|
- Program Advisor: dedicated, experienced, and accessible for one-on-one guidance
- Volunteer program placement: individualized for your goals and experience
- Flexible durations from 2 to 12 weeks with year-round start dates
- Academic credit facilitation
- Local Onsite Coordinator with 24/7 availability; pre and post arrival orientation
- Personalized Program Success Plan with ongoing support
- Re-entry Handbook: to help you reflect on and integrate your experience abroad into your daily life and future career, deal with reverse culture shock, stay connected to the culture of your host country, and get involved in future service and travel opportunities
- Spanish language instruction: 20 hours included
- Airport reception, pick-up, and drop-off
- Home stay accommodations with 2 meals per day included
- Comprehensive travel medical insurance
- Travel visa guidance and support
- Advice on how to get a local phone number
- 24/7 Emergency Travel Assistance
- Travel protection
- Discounts: to stores, restaurants, and entertainment located near your home and/or university!
OTHER BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS
- Round-trip airfare to Ecuador
- Additional meals
- Visa expenses
- Optional trips and excursions
- Daily transportation
- Personal expenses
Congratulations on your decision to embark on a life-changing experience abroad! We look forward to working with you to make your trip a memorable, meaningful one.
For most applicants, the first step is to contact a World Endeavors advisor. Our advisors are available to answer questions and offer guidance along the way. With our help, you may be surprised at how easily your dream of going abroad can become a reality.
Enrollment in the World Endeavors program begins formally with an application. We can accommodate applications received 12 weeks prior to the intended start date up to a year in advance. Due to visa requirements and other processes involved in coordinating international programs, participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible. If your intended start date is less than 12 weeks away, contact World Endeavors for more information.