In the fisherman village of Puerto Lopez, the locally founded soccer club, “Los Canarios”, is always looking for soccer fanatics to volunteer at trainings of the different age groups. This volunteer project can be combined with teaching sports classes in the morning at the local state primary school.
This project is a great local initiative in Puerto Lopez. Due to lack of municipal initiatives and options for local youth, our partner started a soccer club for the youngsters. Through sports, kids are motivated to stay in school and they get additional English classes each afternoon with volunteers. Youngsters can only be part of the soccer team if they enrolled in school and get good grades. Our partner has also arranged an agreement with a school in Canada where every semester, several team players get the opportunity to go to a completely paid exchange to improve their English if they have been member of the soccer club for at least two years and have good grades at school. The soccer and English program runs all year.
Prijs per persoon549 EUR
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Your working week is from Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 18:00. You will have a lunch break of 2.5 hours at midday. It is important that you are on time and punctual to work.
This project is located in the town of Puerto Lopez in the province of Guayas. You will have to travel first to Ecuador’s biggest city, Guayaquil and then on to Puerto Lopez. Travelling in bus from Quito it will take you approximately 12 hours to reach. However, you could always take a flight from Quito to Guayaquil to cut down your travelling time considerably.
The climate in the coast is hot and humid. The weather can change however it is often quite hot and sunny. Rainy season runs from January to April. Items that we recommend you bring are:
- Cotton (fast-drying) trousers
- Short-sleeved shirts
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Rain jacket
- Mosquito repellent
- Small daypack
- Prescription medication (if applicable)
- Work gloves
- Lightweight, long and quick drying work pants
- Rubber boots
The project is closed on the following public holidays in 2018:
08 Oct: Independence Day Guayaquil
01 Nov: Independence Day Cuenca
02 Nov: Day of the Dead
25 Dec: Christmas Day
31 Dec: New Year´s Eve
Mandatory Volunteer Requirements
Minimum age of 18
Police clearance required
All foreigners entering Ecuador are obliged to have a valid health insurance
Basic Spanish is an advantage, but not required
Volunteer Introduction Week in Quito
If you have the time, we recommend starting with an Introduction Week in Quito so you will go well prepared to your project. This first week gives you an idea about life in Ecuador, shows highlights of the city and its surroundings, includes 20 hours of Spanish Group lessons, an in-depth volunteer preparation including language specifics, and other fun elements such as a private salsa lesson, a city tour, and visit to the Equator.
Saturday: Airport transfer and accommodation in Student House in Quito
Sunday: Free day
Monday: 4 hours of Spanish Classes. Afternoon homework time. Welcome cocktail in afternoon.
Tuesday: 4 hours of Spanish Classes. Afternoon homework time. 1 hour of private Salsa classes in afternoon.
Wednesday: 4 hours of Spanish Classes. 2 hours of practical volunteer introduction with Spanish terminology according to project chosen.
Thursday: 4 hours of Spanish Classes (eg. Market visit, museum visit, etc.) to use the Spanish language in a practical situation. Afternoon homework time.
Friday: 4 hours of Spanish Classes. 2 hours city tour through the Old Town of Quito with a Spanish teacher.
Saturday: All-day tour to Cotopaxi is included.
Sunday: Start of volunteer work program.
What Makes a Good Volunteer?
Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.
Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.
How Long Should I Volunteer?
Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.
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Accommodation in Quito
The first night's (arrival day Saturday) accommodation in Quito is in a shared dorm at the volunteer house, which is located in the lively neighbourhood La Mariscal surrounded by restaurants and bars. The house has a spacious living room with a TV, DVD and a comfy sofa, a big table to eat with all your housemates and a great kitchen that is fully equipped for you to cook your meals. You will also be staying at the volunteer house if you choose to participate in the Intro Week in Quito.
Accommodation in Puerto Lopez
The volunteer cabins with dorm-style beds are located on the family grounds of the organizer of the soccer project. You will not actually be living with the family, but will be on the same premises. The wooden cabins are basic, with a private bathroom in each cabin. There is a social area in a bigger cabin, where meals are also served. Accommodation is basic and it is your duty to keep your living area clean.
You can choose this project with or without an arrival transfer. This project is available with or without an arrival transfer from Quito Airport to your accommodation. Arrival transfer is included with the Intro Week, if you choose that option.
How to Get to the Project:
A transfer from your accommodation in Quito to the bus station is provided, from there you take a direct bus at 8:00 to Puerto Lopez which arrivea around 18:00. The ticket will be bought for you in advance, you just need to pay the cost back to the volunteer coordinator in Quito, it costs between USD 8-10. When you arrival to Puerto Lopez, you should take a moto taxi and say at driver “Quiero ir a la escuela de español de Freddy Soto”. The cost for take a taxi is $2.
3 meals a day while at the project are included on weekdays, and on Saturdays only breakfast is included. All meals served are in coastal Ecuadorian style so lots of rice, beans and fish.