There are many interesting projects available in the categories listed below. The projects given here are an example of the projects in each category. Our goal is to match the skills and expectations of the participants with the needs of the local projects. Our volunteer coordinator in the field will suggest a project for you once they have your application. They are well placed to match your skills and interests to the right placements.
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Organisations which cater for the most disadvantaged in society are always in need of volunteer assistants. Placements are available in projects such as day-care centres for poor children, shelters for children, and respite centres for the disabled. Volunteers must be patient, caring and able to cope with difficult or distressing situations.
SINSOLUKA is an organisation focused on street children and youth of the city of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Their aim is to take them off the street by helping them to develop resources to be able to participate actively in the life of the city and the country.
Ecuador is one of the region's most environmentally diverse countries, but many natural habitats are being destroyed by deforestation and desertification. Conservation projects have been set up to protect native wildlife and habitats such as rainforests and cloud-forests. Volunteers who are physically fit and enjoy the outdoors are needed to assist in many of these conservation projects.
Santa Lucia Reserve is a community-based conservation organisation in the cloud-forests of north-western Ecuador. Their aim is to conserve and protect the forest while developing sustainable income sources for the local families through ecotourism and volunteer work. Work involves reforestation, organic agriculture, and conservation education.
Many charitable institutions in Ecuador work towards providing an education for the poorest in society who would not otherwise go to school. Knowledge of English provides a major advantage in terms of future opportunities, and this is an area where volunteers can be of great service. Placements are available in several educational institutions in and around Quito.
La Dolorosa Shelter near Quito is a non-profit organisation which provides education and a home for children whose families are unable to care for them. The shelter caters for children between the ages of 5 and 17. Volunteers teach English to the children, help them with their homework, and organise recreational activities.