NGO that works with human rights focused on LGBTI population and their needs mainly in the health, legal and social areas

The project

Ecuadorian nonprofit & non-governmental organization (NGO) that works on coordination with public and private institutions in social and politic incidence to promote rights of gay, lesbian, transsexual, bisexual and inter-sexual populations.

Another important area they work on is the HIV/AIDS prevention.
This NGO wants to promote sexual health, and reduce or eliminate sex orientation, gender identity or HIV/AIDS prejudice and discrimination acts.

Working areas:

Shelter: This project stems from the need of all those LGBTI people who have had the need to leave their country for political, religious or cultural issues and find a warm place where they can stay mentally and physically safe.

Community center: Open to the public in general, organization of workshops, movie´s afternoon, forums, yoga, handcrafts, games, karaoke, etc

HIV/AIDS prevention: Free, voluntary, safe and discreet HIV/AIDS tests. Support in case of a positive diagnosis. Education, sensitization and prevention campaigns.

Medical service: On specific schedules, the foundation offers medical attention free or low cost, free of discrimination.

Legal assistance: For people who have suffered violence and/or discrimination, lawyers of the foundation help them to realize the complaint and the whole legal process.

Psychological area: The psychotherapeutic intervention can occur at the individual, couple or family level. 


Project available year-round. No No minimum length of stay, no maximum.


2 weeks – $1750
1 month – $2300
2 months – $3400
3 months – $4500
Each extra week  – $275

Location/ Accommodation

The project location is in Quito. Accommodation in Quito is with a local host family and it includes 2 meals per day: breakfast and dinner


Spanish level: A1.

Must be 18 and over, with valid passport and health insurance

Background check


Itinerary Sample

 Mondays to Fridays

8:00 – 12:00 Work at the administrative area
12:00 – 13:00 Work at the kitchen
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:00 Work at the shelter (Workshops, training, legal and psychological counselor)
17:00 – 19:00 Work at the community center (playful activities, karaoke, yoga, dancing classes, etc)


Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

17:00 – 19:00 Medical service 



08:00 to 12:00 Psychological assistance


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 participant

Assist at the shelter, create, plan and apply different activities for and with them, like sports, workshops, movies, among others. Learn and assist the professionals of the foundation in the areas they require. Plan and attend as NGO staff to the prevention and education campaigns.


Skills required

Applicants should be open, flexible, patient, caring passionate, creative and come with a spirit of collaboration and solidarity. Capacity of working under pressure. The number one qualification is the willingness to learn and help.

What’s Included?



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

EcuaExplora staff ready to transport you


Support 24 hours

On the ground EcuaExplora staff available


First weekend accomodation

In a hostal in Quito with breakfast



(includes city tour and lunch)


Weekly activities

in Quito


Spanish classes

In Quito, 6 hours per week (2 weeks).

Not Included


Health insurance (REQUIRED)


Meals not specified


Transportation to/from the homestay to the project each day


Optional extras

Add $60 per week for 6 hours Spanish classes if in Quito.

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