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ECUADOR
Volunteering work in Ecuador with Children and in Conservation
 
 

Ecuador is small and big - small in size and big in bio-diversity. It has a huge selection of the world's living species.

The Amazon and the Andes draw millions of visitors and the fascinating Galápagos islands which lie some 600 miles off the coast are a must-see!

We have projects located in Quito, the vibrant capital city, and the fabulous Galápagos islands.

Conservation
Care for Children
Sports
Teaching
Spanish Courses
More About Ecuador

CONSERVATION

Galapagos Islands Conservation, Reforestation and Community Project in Ecuador
Work to preserve the native and endemic forests of San Cristobal. This is the only project in the Galapagos Islands that combines environmental, community and social initiatives to improve the sustainability of the islands. Plus, it’s loads of fun!

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CONSERVATION, REFORESTATION & COMMUNITY PROJECT IN ECUADOR

Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release in the Ecuadorian Rainforest in Puyo, Ecuador
Help this Quechua family-run Center to rescue, rehabilitate and, where possible, release wild animals in the fight again trafficking, abuse and hunting of wild species. Some of the most satisfying work you can do will be to provide some enclosure enrichment and mental stimulation. You can use your creativity to provide useful “toys” and games for the animals.

Conservation, Wildlife Rescue in the Rainforest in Ecuador
CARE FOR CHILDREN

Care for Children in a Children's Hospital in Quito in Ecuador
Brighten up the lives of severely disabled or sick children. You'll help to cheer them up with games and other activities, as well as providing educational support to those who've been in hospital a long time. With their lack of facilities, even a minimal amount of effort on your part brings a great deal of happiness into the lives of the children you'll be working with.  Help to put a smile back on their faces! 

Volunteer to Care for Children in a Children's Hospital in Quito in Ecuador

The Street Kids Project in Quito in Ecuador
Work with a recently formed NGO that was founded by two psychologists who want to help children, youth and adults living on the streets of Quito. The main objective of this project is to help people in desperate situations, by giving them a safe environment to eat, shower, relax, meet peers, make friends and learn new skills in.

VOLUNTARY WORK WITH STREET KIDS IN QUITO IN ECUADOR
TEACHING

Teach Underprivileged Children and Adults in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador
Teach in one of the most awesome places on the planet! A truly amazing experience. Help teach English to children, teenagers and adults of all varying skill levels in a Community Center on the beautiful island of San Cristobal. Alongside English, you can also assist with teaching conservation education and/or art, or help out at a local nursery.

Volunteer to teachchildren in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, with Travellers Worldwide

Teach Underprivileged Children in Schools in Quito in Ecuador
Work with disadvantaged children from 5 to 14 years old. You'll be able to teach English and a wide range of other subjects - IT, Sports, Music, Art, Drama, anything you have a reasonable knowledge in.

The government school we work with has about 200 pupils aged from 5 to 14 years old. The children come from many different economic backgrounds and family situations.

Teach Children in Quito in Ecuador
SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES

Spanish Language Courses in Quito in Ecuador
Cómo se dice en Español??? The best way to learn a language is to live, eat, breathe and speak it in a Spanish community. All levels of courses are available, from Beginner to Advanced - and you can even combine your language course with a volunteer project that runs along side the classes, or after you've completed the Spanish course.

CAN'T CHOOSE? Call our Ghana Project Consultant, Stephanie Mueller-Davis,
for free advice and guidance on which Project would be best for you.
+44 (0)1903 502595

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MORE ABOUT ECUADOR

Ecuador is small and big - small in size and big in bio-diversity. It has a huge selection of the world's living species. This puts Ecuador amongst just 16 other countries blessed with such a title.

Such diversity of life is found through Ecuador's tropical rainforest (the Amazon basin), up to the peaks of the Andes, across the pacific coastline and out to sea, on the volcanic islands of the Galápagos, an ecological wonder of the world. As diverse in geography as it is in nature, this is a country for enthusiasts of wildlife, scenery and adventure.

“I had so many experiences there that I could NEVER have gotten anywhere else. Ecuador is a beautiful country andIi met so many people from Ecuador and all over the world. A couple of my friends and I went to the Amazon rainforest for a weekend and it was an experience that I can NEVER forget! We went to a lake in the Amazon and we swam around and none of us have ever felt more free and in touch with the nature around us. At the Jamu Lodge we did not have electricity which was cool because we did everything by candle light and that was perfect for when the tour guide would tell us his jungle stories. That was an experience that I thank god everyday that I had the chance to have.” Sarah Murphy, Ecuador care

QUITO:
Ecuador's capital, Quito, lies in the north of the country, some 15 miles from the equator and with the Andean Mountains and valleys as a backdrop. It's 10,000ft altitude keeps it cool, with spring like temperatures year round. It was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in the 1970's for its preserved historic Latin quarter.

The city also contains a thriving 'new town' popular with younger generations for its restaurants, shopping and nightlife. There are lots of restaurants and "Patio de Comidas" where you can pick up an excellent value lunch or dinner. 

"Quito is full of markets brimming with all the produce from Ecuador‘s fertile hills and valleys. The capital enjoys the best of all worlds: fish and seafood from the coastal regions; the fruit and vegetables from the lowlands; Amazonian products; and the cornucopia of vegetables and fruit from the country‘s highlands. You can find it all in Quito.

Visiting one of the "popular" markets of the capital is a great way to find out more about how Ecuadorians live, and the way to their hearts: through their bellies. In the markets you‘ll also come across small restaurants run by feisty señoras selling lunches for the stall-holders and shoppers, so you can also try some local dishes on a visit."

Art and Culture is everywhere. Artists, painters, writers, playwrights, musicians and poets have all made the Ecuadorian capital their home, and Quito one of the most vibrant capitals of the continent. Things to see include the Middle of the World Monument on the Equatorial Line and, of course, haciendas rich in history and tradition!

THE AMAZON:
The Amazon is the worlds largest remaining tropical rainforest, occupying about one third of Ecuador. To get some idea of its scale, first you need to know that Ecuador's share of the Amazon represents just 2% of the whole rainforest; most of it belonging to Brazil (60%) followed by Peru (13%). Important nevertheless as the Amazon in Ecuador remains relatively untouched, has good infrastructure to make for easy visitation and is home to numerous indigenous settlements which welcome outsiders. As writer Cherise Miller describes;

"One Amazonian tree can host more ant species than all of the British Isles put together, one hectare of forest boasts about as many frog species as all of North America, and the great expanse of the jungle contains more than twenty percent of the earth's vascular plant species. Here you can find a monkey small enough to sit on your fingertip, an eight pound toad, a spider that eats birds, and the world's largest snake, the 30-foot anaconda."

THE ANDES:
One of the greatest mountain ranges in the world, they split Ecuador in two running from the north of the country down. Indigenous communities have cultivated the land in the Andean Highlands for thousands of years, selling their produce in bustling market towns. Catch a glimpse of the abundantly colourful markets, showcasing traditions of ancient civilizations and Inca descendants.

Mountaineers will love the peaks of the 'Avenue of Volcanoes' an area in the central highlands with a number of active volcanoes. Whilst each climb is different and most are incredibly challenging, the rewards along the way are numerous. Dense forest, waterfalls and spectacular views across the valleys below await the intrepid few. Other hot pursuits in this region include walking, rafting, biking or camping.

PACIFIC COASTLINE:
This 2000km coast is fringed with pristine sand beaches, sweeping bays, mangrove forests, crashing waves and tranquil fishing villages. The ports and fishing villages are an important part of Ecuador's economy, delivering fresh sea food and imported goods. At certain times of the year you can see Humpback whales arriving from Antarctic waters to mate; splashing their fins and exhaling gushes of water. Marine birds are also in abundance along the pacific coastline, with sightings of the albatross, one of natures largest birds, being common.

GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS:
The Galápagos islands lie some 600 miles from the coastline of Ecuador. Formed by volcanic eruptions into the sea, they contain species found nowhere else on the planet and are one of the most significant sites in the world; most notably because this is where Charles Darwin's theories of evolution were inspired and shaped. This rocky and at first glance inhospitable terrain is home to giant tortoise, swimming iguanas and fearless blue footed boobies.

The marine reserve here is equally impressive, boasting encounters for divers and snorkellers with penguins, marine turtles, manta rays and sea lions, amongst others. Around 90% of the islands are protected areas, with visitor numbers restricted and some sites off limits altogether to ensure conservation.  

   

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