The school is open Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 12:20. You will have your weekends and afternoons free to spend exploring Ecuador. If you would like to also occupy your afternoons, you can help at the Street Children Outreach Center where many pupils go in the afternoon to receive lunch and help with their homework. The school year runs from September to June. Classes finish for summer holidays in July and the start of the new school year is at the beginning of September. It is important that you are on time and punctual to work.
The school is located in the center of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. You can take a bus or taxi to the school from where you are living. Bus and taxi are not included, and at your own expense.
- It is not necessary or obligatory but if you would like to bring donations of educational or recreational materials to the school this would be more than welcome and appreciated (e.g. pens, paper, paints, paintbrushes etc).
- Be patient and use your initiative. Schools in Ecuador can be very disorganized and chaotic; teachers may not tell you exactly what you have to do as they are busy and so it is up to you to get involved. Use your own initiative and ideas and you will have a rewarding experience.
- You must abide by school rules - you may only work with closed, comfortable shoes - sandals/flip flops are not allowed in the school and neither are facial piercings. Please dress appropriately and sensibly, avoid wearing shorts or provocative clothing.
- As volunteers are role models for the children, it is forbidden to smoke or consume alcoholic drinks in the school or surrounding areas or going to classes with a hangover. Any use of drugs is illegal in Ecuador.
Show initiative that you are willing to work hard, be happy and motivated and you will get the most out of you time as a volunteer!
The project is closed on the following public holidays in 2018:
01 Nov: Independence Day Cuenca
02 Nov: Day of the Dead
25 Dec: Christmas Day
29Dec18-01Jan19: New Year´s Eve
The project is closed on the following public holidays in 2019:
16-24 February: Midterm School Holiday
01-05 March: Carnaval
18-21 April: Easter
03-05 May: Labor Day
23-26 May: Pichincha Battle
08-11 August: Ecuadorian Independence
10-13 October: Independence of Guayaquil
31 October-04 November: All Souls and Independence Cuenca
24-26 December: Christmas
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
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.
Sunday: Start of volunteer work program.
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.
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.