Ecuador on the northwest coast of South America provides a wealth of diverse experiences for the adventurous volunteers. Ecuador is a stunning country highlighted by friendly people and breath taking landscapes. The capital city of Quito was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 and boasts great architecture and museums. Volunteers can find much to do in the countryside such as hiking, rock climbing, rafting and bathing in the hot springs. The area south of Quito is called Volcano Alley and is home to a number of the world's most active volcanoes. Chimborazo is the country's highest peak at an elevation of 20,560 feet, the most famous is Cotopaxi which has erupted an average of 20 times per century. Both volcanoes are topped with glaciers, which is an unusual trait for volcanoes near the equator. However this country is best known for the Galapagos Islands. Ecuador offers unique cultural experiences for all volunteers.
Internship programs are organized based on individual needs. Research or Dissertation Internships are usually conducted during the last year of study in support of graduation or dissertation requirements.
Volunteers help provide daily care and emotional support for those less fortunate children without parents through hands-on activities such as education, counseling, nutrition, hygiene, recreation, sports and entertainment.
Teaching and Literacy Program
Volunteers are introduced to a community to teach kindergarten, primary and secondary school children English language and other school subjects with an emphasis on literacy and cross-curriculum learning.
The summer provides many opportunities to give your time and energy to volunteer and serve those less fortunate. There are many opportunities to help others, build lasting friendships and create rewarding memories of your time in Ecuador.
Volunteers involved in the implementation of waste management and sanitation techniques, improvements to agriculture and farming, and village community building projects.
Volunteers provide primary health care services at health centers or outposts. Medical, dental and nursing care are examples of needed services. Volunteers conduct orientation in hygiene, sanitation, and other health topics in schools and communities.