Volunteer in Ecuador

Are you looking for a unique way to travel and volunteer? Global Crossroad has exciting and budget-friendly volunteer opportunities in Ecuador for all different interests.

  • Explore and volunteer in a culturally rich country in Latin America for as low as $316
  • Day and night in country support from our in country coordinator
  • Safety is our number one priority
  • Have a meaningful experience volunteering overseas in Ecuador

From the highlands of the majestic Andes, Ecuador is calling you! Come change your life and the lives of the less fortunate in this unique country of striking architectural and ecological contrasts by joining a volunteer program in Ecuador today.

As part of a Global Crossroad's volunteer abroad in Ecuador program, you might be lending a hand in an orphanage in the morning and touring an astounding rainforest in the afternoon. You can mix travel to the widespread islands of Ecuador, including the famed Galapagos Islands, with the immensely fulfilling joy of introducing street kids to the English language.

Our volunteer opportunities in Ecuador allow you to help the underprivileged of this transcendent country in several different settings. Whether you're dispensing HIV/AIDS information, promoting conservation initiatives, trekking through stunning volcanic landscapes or wandering through sections of beautiful colonial architecture, you will fall in love forever with Ecuador, and its people!

Contact us today. Set in motion the chance of a lifetime to explore an enchanting country while bringing joy, love and learning to its needy.

Dates and Prices

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.

Prices: 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.

Weeks Quito Galapagos
  1 Week   $316   $535
  2 Weeks   $477   $833
  3 Weeks   $638   $1,131
  4 Weeks   $799   $1,429
  5 Weeks   $960   $1,727
  6 Weeks   $1,121   $2,025
  7 Weeks   $1,282   $2,323
  8 Weeks   $1,443   $2,621
  9 Weeks   $,1604   $2,919
  10 Weeks   $1,765   $3,217
  11 Weeks   $1,926   $3,515
  12 Weeks   $2,087   $3,813

How your fee is allocated?

Program fees cover:
  • Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer
  • Food (if you are volunteering on the Galapagos Islands); Please allot $60-$70 a week to cover the cost of your meals

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.

Accommodations and Meals: Volunteer in Ecuador

While volunteering overseas in Ecuador, Global Crossroad's weekly fees include management of your meal plans and accommodations throughout projects and travel options. Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided and will consist of local ingredients and feature traditional cuisine choices for Ecuador. Our meal program can accommodate vegetarian needs; however, we are not able to provide for other dietary restrictions. Food and drinks outside of mealtimes are your responsibility. In most cases, there are restaurants and markets nearby the homes in which our volunteers stay.

Note: If you are volunteering in the Galapagos, you are responsible for your own meals.

During your volunteer program in Ecuador, we normally place our volunteers with a host family. You will usually have a single bedroom, but may occasionally share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Our host families are chosen carefully and are esteemed community members, who have experience in the realm of hosting international travelers. Host family residences are in comfortable, clean and safe neighborhoods and rooms are simply furnished and tidy. Staying with a host family can offer the support system a volunteer will crave during their program and it is a great way to learn about a host country's culture and customs. Most volunteers who have stayed with a host family note that their stay truly enriched their entire volunteer experience in Ecuador.

Specific details regarding accommodations, food and contact details for our local coordinator will be provided in personalized volunteer placement documentation prior to arrival for your volunteer opportunity in Ecuador.

Free Time Options: Volunteer in Ecuador

Global Crossroad’s volunteer programs in Ecuador are located in both rural and urban areas throughout this amazing country. Projects can be found in the capital city of Quito, as well as Puerto Lopez, Santa Elena, the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon Region and other interesting locations.

Ecuador is a country brimming with wildlife and varied natural environments. The varied Ecuador volunteer trips locations provide varying free time activity options as volunteers have weekends and most evenings to themselves to explore all that Ecuador has to offer.

For example, Quito was capital of the Inca Empire and has a rich pre-Colombian history. The capital was founded on the ruins of the Inca city and is the least-altered historic center in Latin America and a UNESCO World Heritage Center. You can amuse themselves with cultural and architectural splendor while in and around Quito.

However, volunteers in the Galapagos Islands will partake in more natural than urban adventures while in the islands. Diving and boating opportunities are at every turn, as are chances for wildlife viewing. You can take excursions to Isla de La Plata, which offers world famous whale-watching opportunities, the Amazon Jungle and its lush tropical abundance and numerous tours to pristine and dream-like beaches. No matter the volunteering in Ecuador project location, you will find amazingly unique experiences in Ecuador.

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Safety and Field Support

Our number #1 priority is the safety of our volunteers. Global Crossroad is a leading volunteer organization serving thousands of volunteers. We pride ourselves on providing the safest, highest quality, and most professional programs to our volunteers since 2003. Our dedicated team works closely from start to finish with each volunteer (and parents/guardians) to ensure a successful, satisfactory, and safe volunteering experience.

Below is a list of our safety and field support features that will demonstrate the level of support and safety each of you will receive while volunteering abroad.

1. Country Coordinator and Field Staff :

In each country, where we operate, we have a very strong and dedicated team of country coordinators and local staff members to support and take care of you. All of our country coordinators and field staff are highly experienced and responsible individuals. They have been running volunteer abroad program for many years. They have served thousands of volunteers, so they understand your needs and know how to run safe, rewarding, and meaningful volunteer abroad program for you.

Our In-country staff is responsible for a number of things. Below are some of the main services that they will provide:

  • Airport pick-up and transfer to host family or work site
  • Management of room and food in host family/hostel
  • Orientation of local country, culture, host family, safety, and related issues
  • Introduction to your host family and project staff
  • Periodic follow up visits or calls (1-2 week intervals) to ensure everything is going smoothly
  • Advice for solving any issues, problems, or concerns
2. Airport Greeting

We are dedicated to keeping you save and comfortable from your point of your arrival until your point of departure. We will always receive our volunteers at the airport and transfer them safely. Depending upon the country in which you choose to volunteer, our coordinator, local staff, or a professional transfer company employee will greet you at the airport.

3. Orientation and safety discussion

Regardless of where you join the Global Crossroad volunteer program, our program starts with an in depth discussion on safety, history, cultural people, religion, life, and do’s and don’ts. Depending upon the country, these orientation programs range from a few hours to three days. During orientation, we explain the different aspect of safety and general guidelines to help keep yourself safe while volunteering abroad.

4. Safe Host Family and Accommodation

While volunteering abroad, the majority of the time you will reside with a local host family, hostel, or similar accommodation. We always carefully select the host families and other forms of accommodations to make sure that you will be safe and comfortable. In all destinations, we have selected host families who are socially respected and responsible. Most of our host families have hosted international volunteers before, so they completely understand your needs. Your host family will always take care of you and keep you safe.

Similarly, all of our volunteer houses and hostels are located in very safe locations. These hostels are always guarded by security guards or supervised by the local staff very frequently to make sure that you are safe and secure. Also you will be staying with other volunteers from all over the world. You will never be alone.

5. Comprehensive Insurance and Evacuation Plan

While volunteering abroad, you will be covered by international insurance. This protects you in case something unforeseen happens. It is mandatory that all volunteers obtain a travel insurance policy when volunteering abroad. Global Crossroad offers one of the most comprehensive insurance packages from a third party. Our insurance policy provides excellent protection in the event that a health-related issue occurs, an accident, or other unpredictable incidences.

6. Placement with Other Volunteers

Global Crossroad is happy to place you with other volunteers (depending on availability) if this is something that would make you feel safer.

Any international travel requires caution and awareness; volunteering abroad is no exception. We suggest that all volunteers consult their own government advisory office before making the decision to participate in any overseas volunteering opportunities. International travel presents risks, especially with the modern day threat of international terrorism.

The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings and advisories in many countries for American travelers. These travel advisories and warnings frequently change, as situations in each country transform.

These links provide valuable travel information:

It is also wise to consult the Center for Disease Control for health related information and issues that might come up during your time volunteering abroad. Check out www.cdc.gov for possible health risks. One must also keep in mind that the sanitary conditions in developing countries are likely very different from those in your home country. It is also strongly advised that you do not drink the tap water and do not eat food from street vendors.

Most Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteer in Ecuador

APPLICATION - INFORMATION

  • When should I apply for a volunteer in Ecuador program?
  • What happens once I submit my documents and application to volunteer in Ecuador?
  • How long does it take to process my application to volunteer in Ecuador?
  • What documents do I need to submit with my application to volunteer in Ecuador?
  • Are there any necessary requirements to participate in volunteer in Ecuador projects?

VISA INFORMATION

  • What are the visa procedures?

PLACEMENT INFORMATION

  • Who manages the volunteer in Ecuador projects?
  • What are the daily schedules while volunteering in Ecuador?
  • Where are the projects located?
  • What is the language spoken in Ecuador?
  • Where are volunteering opportunities in Ecuador located?
  • How long can I volunteer abroad in Ecuador?

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE INFORMATION

  • Who will arrange my flight to Ecuador?
  • At which airport should I arrive?
  • If my assignment begins on Monday, when should I arrive in Ecuador?
  • Will someone pick me from the airport? If so, how will I know who they are and where they are?
  • What should I do if my flight is delayed?
  • How can I get to my accommodations from the airport, if I did not connect with Global Crossroad's local representative in the airport?
  • What do I need prior to departure from my home country?
  • If I want to arrive earlier than when my assignment begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations?
  • When should I depart from Ecuador?
  • From which airport shall I depart?
  • Who will bring me to the airport for my departure?

LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS INFORMATION

  • Who will arrange my accommodations and what are they?
  • Are single rooms available?
  • If I arrive with my friend, or girlfriend/boyfriend, can we stay together?
  • Will there be other foreign volunteers/interns at my placement?
  • What are the bathroom facilities like?
  • What are the laundry arrangements?
  • Can I use appliances if I bring them from my home country?
  • Who manages my meals?
  • Can you accommodate special diets?
  • Is the running tap water safe for drink?
  • Are there hot and cold-water facilities available?
  • Will bottled water be provided?

HEALTH AND SAFETY

  • How safe is Ecuador?
  • What are the principle health risks in Ecuador?
  • Is the food safe if I buy it from a street vendor?
  • What are the sanitary conditions in Ecuador?

MONEY

  • Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?

COMMUNICATION

  • How do I contact with Global Crossroad's local coordinator?
  • How do I contact my family and friends once I arrive in Ecuador?
  • How can my family members contact me?
  • Can I bring my telephone from my home country?

CULTURE & CUSTOMS

  • Is there a special dress code that I should follow while volunteering in Ecuador?
  • What should I know about religious conduct in Ecuador?
  • How do I respect the people of Ecuador?
  • MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ECUADOR CLIMATE

    NOTE: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is generic information and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly. Participants should consult Global Crossroad or travel advisors to verify this information.

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