The community service is the best way to spend your time with those in need. Our program allows you to get in touch with disadvantaged children, seniors and people with special needs. The role of volunteers is to feed the interest of these vulnerable groups in meeting their daily activities; to provide a new perspective of life and the world, as well as to facilitate the work of the professionals in charge. The work is carried out in different (legally established and recognized by the competent authorities) partner entities, such as foundations, orphanages, hospitals, home for elderly, among others.
The information provided during the selection process, will allow us to bind you in areas related to your academic and professional profile. The activities are diverse and organizations have, in general, a job rotation system that offers the opportunity to explore various environments and live fully your cultural exchange experience, constantly practicing your Spanish.
The centers of community help are located in different parts of the city of Quito, the capital of Ecuador; you can access them using the public transport service available (an inductive talk on this subject will be taught at the beginning of the program).
- Directed tasks for children aged between 6 and 10 years.
- Maintenance of the centers of community help (painting walls and desks, sow plants, etc.)
- Teaching languages (mainly English) and computer science.
- Support artistic and recreational activities.
- Assisting patients at different stages of treatment and/or rehabilitation.
Working hours are from Monday to Friday, 6 hours per day, distributed according to the organization’s and the volunteer’s needs
The participant will receive a certificate for the volunteer hours performed. This document will be signed by the legal representative of UEX Ecuador.
No visa required for volunteers who remain in Ecuador for less than 90 days. However, if the participant wishes to extend their stay, he/she must follow the legal procedure in order to obtain a valid visa (work or volunteer).
Health insurance is a prerequisite for the participation of volunteers, so he/she must submit a copy thereof, for the estimated length of stay, upon his arrival to Ecuador.
Program fee includes:
- Accommodation (host family).
- Food (3 meals per day).
- Certificate of volunteering.
- Airport transfer.
It does not include:
- Health insurance.
- Flight tickets.
- Complementary activities.
Cost of the program:
Application fee – $ 40 (This amount is paid only once, at the time of application) regardless the duration of the program.
In addition, volunteers must pay the program fee according to the duration of the program. This fee represents a contribution to the community and is used to cover the organization’s administrative costs as well. To learn more about it, please contact us.
- Minimum volunteer duration: 1 week.
- Required intermediate level of Spanish.