Volunteer in Ecuador with Street Children!
Do you love kids and have a passion for helping those in need? Would you like to travel to the exciting South American destination of Ecuador and make a real meaningful difference?
Join Global Crossroads in Ecuador, a small country that packs a big punch when it comes to international travel.
From the Galapagos islands to traditional villages to colonial cities to the Andes mountains, Ecuador has a wide variety of experiences you won’t soon forget.
Sadly, there are thousands of street children and orphan children in Ecuador. Many more live in dysfunctional families and take to the streets to try and escape the abuse and neglect they suffer from.
At Global Crossroad’s street children volunteer program in Ecuador, we pair up international volunteers with a variety of organizations who are trying to serve the needs of these poor, abandoned children by providing a safe home, adequate nutrition, and much-needed care and attention.
Contact Global Crossroad today to help keep Ecuador’s youth off the streets!
Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts
The poor abandoned street children of Ecuador need your help! Support them in a “buddy role”, spending time with them and encouraging them in fun activities that will inspire them to a bright future and to avoid the pitfalls of life on the streets.
While volunteering with children in Ecuador, you may also help teach English and other subjects, engage the kids in art, music and other creative endeavors, help them with homework, and help prepare and serve their meals.
When you join this project, you will help save the life of the kids who are living a vulnerable life at streets. You will share your love, passion and skills and help them grow as a humble citizen. Not only this, you will gain a fulfilling experience by being the change of impoverished children.
Skills and Qualifications
There are no specific requirements to join this program, and we invite volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and interests from around the world. The primary requirement is having a love for kids, patience, and a willingness to help youth who come from difficult backgrounds.
Beginner to intermediate knowledge of Spanish is preferred for volunteer opportunity with children in Ecuador. If you cannot speak Spanish, we recommend enrolling in our Spanish Language Studies program. You can do this as a week immersion before your project start date or take classes during the day while you are volunteering.
>Volunteering abroad is not a one size fits all prospect, but you can be sure to be doing exciting things in an amazing place! You’ll receive more info about your actual hours worked when you receive your final placement, and you should keep an open mind and expect changes to come up and to participate in a variety of activities.
You can expect to be working for about 5 hours a day, Monday-Friday at your Ecuador street children volunteer project. To give you a rough idea, we’ve prepared a sample schedule here:
- First Day: On your first day of your Ecuador volunteering opportunity with street children, our in-country coordinator will take you to your project placement and introduce you to the hard-working and inspiring local project staff. You’ll meet the amazing kids you have traveled so far to help!
- Orientation: We’ll go over your service work, daily schedule, safety, and the customs and culture of Ecuador.
- Weekdays: A typical volunteer day might look something like this:
- 7.00 to 7.30 AM: Start your day with a nice breakfast and prepare for a day of volunteering.
- 7.45 AM: Head out to your placement, and spend the day volunteering with street children in Ecuador. Make a difference in these young lives and have an amazing time you’ll never forget!
- 12.00 PM: Break for lunch and take the time to chat with your fellow volunteers and local project staff. Make exciting new friends from around the world!
- 3.00 PM: After about 5 hours of service work, you’ll have the rest of the day free to explore Quito and get to know the city!
- 6.45 PM: Head back to your host family and share a traditional Ecuadorian meal around the table. Practice your Spanish and learn more about your new friends!
Volunteer in Ecuador with Street Children: Dates and Fees
Dates: Volunteer in Ecuador
All volunteer programs in Ecuador start every Monday of each month. However, if there is travel constrains, you can start any project on any day.
Fees: Volunteer in Ecuador
Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality Ecuador volunteer trips. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.
Global Crossroad's volunteer opportunity in Ecuador application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).
In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to your host family and project. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.
Program fees cover:
- Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
- Food (local food 3 times a day)
- Program Orientation
- In-country support
- Personalized project
- Pre-departure information
- Certificate of completion
- Fundraising ideas and letters
- Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
- Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
- Daily transportation
- Airport return transfer
The volunteering programs in Ecuador fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel.
Accommodation and Meal
During your street children volunteer program in Ecuador, you will stay with a welcoming host family and have a once-in-a-lifetime culturally immersive experience. Have a true home away from home, practice your Spanish, and see daily Ecuadorian life from the inside out.
You’ll have safe, clean, and comfortable accommodations in a good area, and you should expect to share a room with volunteers of the same gender. You’ll share three healthy local meals a day around the table with your new Ecuadorian family. You can pack a lunch to-go to take your project site.
Free Time and Weekend Exploration
You’ll have plenty of time afternoons, evenings, and weekends to really make the most of your Ecuador volunteer trip! Quito is a capital city in the clouds, situated at nearly 10,000 feet and with buildings in Old Town dating back to the 1500’s.
Quito is perfectly situated for weekend trips, and the Andes mountains are less than a two-hour drive away. You can tube down a river in a cloud forest, trek up an icy volcano, or hop a plane to the Galapagos Islands!
Safety and In Country Support
Your safety is our number one priority during your Ecuador volunteer opportunity. We carefully plan every aspect of your trip with your safety and satisfaction in mind. From pre-trip guidance to comprehensive insurance, to our in-country team on the ground in Ecuador, Global Crossroad has you covered while traveling abroad.
Volunteer in Ecuador with Street Children: FAQs
You probably have a few questions before you’re ready to pack your bags. Most volunteers do, so we’ve compiled some helpful information here to provide you with some answers:
Arrival and departure
To join our street children volunteer program in Ecuador, you should fly into Quito International Airport one day before the start of the project. Just give our in-country coordinator your flight details, and we’ll set up your airport pick-up for you.
If your flight gets delayed or your plans change, let us know and we’ll rearrange your pickup time. When you land, our local representative will be waiting for you and will then take you safely to your accommodations.
When you’re done with your service work, you’ll need to book a taxi to the airport so budget accordingly.
You’ll need a tourist visa to volunteering with street children in Ecuador. If you’re from the US, you can obtain your visa upon arrival at the airport. Be sure to research the requirements for your home country.
You can apply for a 30-90 day single-entry tourist visa at your local Ecuadorian embassy, or save yourself a trip and apply online:
If you’d like to extend your time in Ecuador, you’ll need to visit the Immigration Office in Quito and apply for an extra 90 days.
Before volunteering in Ecuador with children, you need to get vaccinated to protect yourself, so make an appointment with your doctor at least a few weeks before your travel.
The vaccines recommended for travel to Ecuador are chickenpox, hepatitis A, yellow fever, shingles, rabies, polio, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), hepatitis B, meningitis, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), typhoid, pneumonia, and influenza.
Why volunteer in Ecuador with street children?
Make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth
Drugs, crime, violence, and exploitation are real dangers of life on the street. Help inspire these young kids to have bright, positive futures and give them the care and attention they so desperately need.
Give back while you travel
Anyone can go on vacation, but it takes a noble spirit and a kind heart to give back while you’re traveling abroad. Make a difference in the lives of abandoned and neglected Ecuadorian youth and explore their beautiful country while you’re at it!
Immerse yourself in a new culture
Staying with a host family is the perfect way to jump headfirst into an exciting new culture while volunteering with street children in Ecuador. You’ll get a behind the scenes look into everyday life in Ecuador, practice your Spanish, eat traditional foods, and have a true home away from home while traveling abroad.
Ecuador is an overlooked and exciting international destination. Quito is the hub for a wealth of amazing opportunities and attractions, and the ideal location for your volunteering abroad adventure.
Contact Global Crossroad today to learn more about helping street children in Ecuador!
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