Volunteer with health related issues either at a local health centre or with one of the various municipal health projects. Also an option for this project is to work with various street projects, where you essentially act as a support and security to children living on the street. Tasks vary according to the project, covering everything from home visits, to regular check-ups to comply with vaccination schemes.
Project fee from EUR 2,040
Your Role as a Volunteer
These projects are known to be particularly unique due to their level of flexibility. If you are interested in working with a particular project or a specific thing, it can almost always be arranged. In majority of cases we are able to “customize” each volunteer’s trip that it suited to your particular skills and experience.
Activities you may be involved in with this project include:
- Work within the programs of the Catholic Church’s relief work.
- Work with the elderly, street children or young people with drug problems.
The Project’s Mission
Our local partner’s goal is to facilitate volunteers to projects where they can make a difference for people who are worst off in the community.
Our Ecuador project is run in cooperation with a local NGO. Thanks to this cooperation, Volunteer Travels can offer you a well-organized and safe experience as a volunteer.
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected]. When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
Upon arrival in Quito you will be met at the airport by someone from our local partner. Following this you will receive a 2 day orientation to prepare you for your placement. Additionally, they will provide information about your location, what is expected of you, about your host family, more about the culture, as well as personal safety and other issues you might have to deal with. Other practical issues will also be covered and your Spanish language studies outlined. If you would like to start early, Spanish lessons can be arranged in these 2 initial orientation days.
Accommodation and Food
All volunteer are accommodated with local Ecuadorian host families. These families are from the middle class of the community, which is probably not the same standard that you are used to. Most houses do not have central heating which sometimes makes it very cold. Breakfast and dinner will be eaten with the family, while lunch is your own responsibility.
When you are not working you are free to explore the surroundings on your own or simply just relax and enjoy life.
Exactly 30 hours of Spanish studies are included in the tour price. Lessons will be tailored to you specifically depending on your previous knowledge of Spanish. You will be able to practice your Spanish at “home” with your host family of course, which will help you to learn very quickly. If at the end of your 30 hours, you decide to continue please note that this will be at your own expense.
Ecuador is a microcosm of America – everything on the continent is also available in this small country. Here, you see colours, scents and an abundance of wildlife and proud people. Did you know that the country is named after the equator, and the greater part of the country lies south of this line? The landscape is marked by the Andes mountain range, the Pacific and the Amazon. The contrasts are great but the distances are short. In large parts of the country, man lives in harmony with nature, but the pulse of the city is making itself felt in Quito and Guayaquil. The equator gem has something for everyone!
Flight tickets are not included in the tour price. You can book your tickets from any local travel agency of your choice. Your ticket must be booked so that you arrive in Quito on the day the project starts. Your last day is on Friday, after the number of weeks you have chosen to work as a volunteer. If you want to go home right after the end of the project, you should book a trip home for the next day, i.e., Saturday, or Sunday. Be sure to check the arrival and departure dates on your ticket.
Note When leaving Ecuador, you must pay an airport tax currently at $ 40, not included in the tour price.
It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.
It is your responsibility to make sure that your insurance covers illness, injury and theft whilst you are volunteering. Most travel agency’s sell a travel insurance that is valid for volunteer work, so be sure to enquire about it when booking your flight tickets. Volunteer Travels does however, supply liability insurance and is included in the price. Liability insurance applies to instances when compensation for damages is demanded of you, as a private person, for unintentionally hurting someone or for unintentionally damaging someone else’s property.
You should contact your nearest vaccination centre for any questions regarding vaccinations. They will advise you on which vaccinations are necessary when travelling to Ecuador.