This project works with the children of parents that work in the Quito dump. The primary role is the daycare, which looks after and teaches children and babies too young to go to school. In the afternoons, many of the children that were in school in the mornings return as well, to work on their homework and wait for their parents to finish. There is also a very small clinic, with one nurse, to help with minor health issues that arise from those working in the dump. Usually twice a week a doctor will come and see some of the more serious cases.
This organization provides family counseling, hygiene classes, education assistance, a weekly kids club and moms club, weekly feeding for night workers and much more. The end goal is to provide vaccination and pre-K education programs that will ensure the next generation has a chance to go to school and escapes the cycle of poverty. There are over 50 children, ages’ newborns through 5 years, and the staff needs your help!
Project available year-round with summer camps during June-August. 2 weeks to 6 months durations available.
2 weeks – $1360
1 month – $1830
2 months – $2770
3 months – $3710
Each extra week – $235
The project location is in Quito. Accomodation in Quito is with a local host family and it includes 2 meals per day: breakfast and dinner
Spanish level: Basic user A1. Must be 18 and over, with valid passport and health insurance
Mondays to Fridays
9:00 to 13:00 Volunteers will assist the three full time teachers at the center.
13:00 to 14:00 Lunch Time
14:00 to 17:00 Continue working in feeding, cleaning, reading in Spanish and playing games with the children.
If you take Spanish classes:
It is necessary to have less working hours so you can study two hours for 3 days a week. This would be from 15:00 to 17:00.
Role of the volunteer
With appropriate support, volunteers will assist the three full time teachers with, feeding, cleaning, reading in Spanish, playing games, and generally tending to the nearly 50 children enrolled at the Day Care center. Volunteers arrive around 8am and usually leave around 3 or so, lunch included at the center.
For the vast majority of the time, the volunteers will be playing with and caring for the children. Additionally, volunteers can teach English or another subject of interest, observe and possibly help out a little in the clinic (only a couple mornings a week) and any other ideas or projects that are of interest or would help out. The staff is flexible and always excited by new volunteers coming in.
Applicants should be open, flexible, patient, caring passionate, creative and come with a spirit of collaboration and solidarity. There is also a health clinic at the transfer station on Tuesday and Friday mornings, so those with a background in public health are most welcome.
Available during the length of the project (Either at the project or local homestay families with 2 meals included)
Transfer from Quito to project
Local cell phone is included with a refundable deposit of $50
Aiport pick-up/ drop-off
Ecua Explora staff ready to transport you
Support 24 hours
On the ground Ecua Explora staff available
First weekend accomodation
In a hostal in Quito with breakfast
(includes city tour and lunch)
Meals not specified
Transportation to/from the homestay to the project each day
Add $70 for day excursion upon arrival.
Add $50 per week for 6h Spanish classes if in Quito.