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Volunteer in Ecuador

A peaceful, democratic nation of 15 million people, Ecuador is the ideal country in which to experience Latin American culture. It is a multi-ethnic and multicultural nation with over 14 indigenous groups living on the mainland, maintaining their own traditions and ways of life.

In spite of its substantial oil resources and rich agricultural areas, over 38% of the Ecuadorian population lives below the poverty line. Join one of our community service projects in Quito or in rural Ecuador that means something to you. Go beyond your home town, beyond your country, beyond your comfort zone. Place your talent and energy into a special community service project. At the same time, meet new people, learn another language, and immerse yourself into Ecuadorian life and culture. Your experience will be inconceivably rewarding.

What one volunteer from Germany stated about his time in Ecuador:

"My stay in Ecuador made me completely rethink the way I see the world, think about other countries, and the global responsibilities of the global north. The voluntary service, the intercultural exchange through living in a host family, and long dscussions with fellow volunteers also allowed me to understand more clearly what I want to do in my life. This actively influenced my choice to study economics and based on my time in Ecuador, I have changed my career aspirations"-Lukas, from Germany (2012-2013)

Volunteer Abroad Program Overview — Ecuador

Following language training and orientation you'll join your host project to begin your volunteer service which can last from 2 – 10 months, depending on your schedule. In areas outside of Quito, accommodations will probably be with a host family that is arranged by our Local Coordinator but in rural areas such as a reserve in the cloud forest, you will stay and have meals at the volunteer quarters of the host project or at any other adequate arrangements made by the host project with costs covered by EIL Ecuador. Our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you and your host project periodically during your community service and you can call her at any time to report and talk about any concerns.

Some typical host projects include:



Upon arrival of your flight in Quito, you should take a taxi that will drive you to your new home, where your host family will welcome you. If arriving on a Saturday or Sunday, you will spend a day meeting family members and having a taste of Ecuadorian life. On the following Monday your family will take you to the EIL Ecuador office where you will be greeted by the Director of our Spanish Center who will also interview you to determine your Spanish level, needs and interests, introduce you to your Spanish teacher, and help you begin your first classes.

Where you'll be staying

During your Spanish program you will live with an Ecuadorian host family- an excellent way to learn about Ecuadorian life and to practice the language. EIL Ecuador's host families have a reputation for being warm and fun-loving, making it easy for you to feel right at home. Our Homestay Coordinator in Quito carefully selects our host families and is in touch with both you and the family during your stay. Your family will welcome you upon arrival and treat you as a family member.

We will keep in touch with you throughout your stay to assure that you and your host family have a rewarding homestay experience. If your volunteer service is in Quito, you will continue to live with the same family.


After classes this first day, you will meet the EIL Ecuador Volunteer Coordinator for 2 hours of cross-cultural orientation. Together you will discuss your first impressions of the homestay to process this initial immersion experience and how best to enjoy living in Ecuador with a family. Practicalities such as health and security measures, transportation system, staff to contact in case of emergencies, procedures regarding classes, volunteer work, and the homestay will be covered too. You will also receive an orientation packet covering the points discussed and other useful information.

Later on during the first month you will have a more extensive orientation to volunteer work in Ecuador and have opportunities to visit some host projects in Quito to help you decide where you would most like to be placed and where your skills and experience can have the most impact.

Program fees 2016*

Length of Program Cost
*Note: Published prices remain subject to change in case of major currency fluctuations. Contact your sending office.
8 weeks US$ 2,694
12 weeks US$ 3,146
24 weeks US$ 4,502
36 weeks US$ 5,858
44 weeks US$ 6,762
8 week Ecological Program US$ 2,550 - Does not include language courses

What the program includes:

*Your Spanish course takes place during the first month of the program for a total of 80 lessons of individual one-to-one classes to enable you to gain a working knowledge of the language as quickly as possible. Classes are Monday through Friday, 4 lessons per day, with a 30 minute coffee break and snack. You will find that our encouraging and experienced teachers know how to adapt to your learning style (not everyone learns a language in the same way!) and to develop your confidence and skills in using the language.During your course you and your teacher will visit places of interest in Quito where you can practice your Spanish in spontaneous situations. Some of these places may be museums, markets, and Quito's spectacular colonial churches inlayed with Incan gold. Before the excursion you will prepare for this activity in class. An all day excursion is programmed during your course to Saquisili indigenous market.

*Talks on different aspects of Ecuadorian life and culture, special activities such as celebrating traditional holidays and preparing typical Ecuadorian food are offered.

Extras (at additional cost):

What the program doesn't include:

Payment Schedule

A deposit of 20% of the total program fee is required with your application. It is non-refundable upon notification of acceptance and is applied to the total program fee. The balance of the program fee is required 30 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation after acceptance and prior to placement confirmation – the deposit is forfeited

Cancellation after confirmation of placement – 50% of the program fee is forfeited

No Show or Early Departure from Program – 100% of the program fee is forfeited

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