Ecuador Street Children Care And Education

From £599, 2 weeks, Ecuador Trip code: ECST

  • Adventure 2 out of 5
  • Relaxation 2 out of 5
  • Culture 4 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • See the difference your hard work can make to the lives of some of Ecuador’s poorest children
  • Live in beautiful Quito, the leading destination in Latin America!
  • Gaining confidence with the children and watching their little personalities grow
  • Alleviate some of the poor conditions, helping children and their families build a better future for themselves

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Teach in Ecuador as a volunteer on this programme and work in the poorest areas of Quito, helping to make a difference in the society. We work with a day-care project in the North of Quito, which provides children with education, care and meals.

 

Your placement or the extent to which you will work will depend on availability, the time of the year and the length of your stay. 


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What will I be doing?

  • Day Care Centre (A) (From 2 weeks)

  • Day Care Responsibilities (A) (From 2 weeks)

  • Child education (B) (From 2 weeks)

  • Child education responsibilities (B) (From 2 weeks)

  • Optional Programme (From 8 weeks)

Day Care Centre (A): From 2 weeks

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Destination info

Ecuador is located in the northwest of South America between the Pacific Ocean and the Amazon jungle. Ecuador was named after its position on the Equator and is bordered by Colombia, Peru and the Pacific Ocean.

The capital of Ecuador is Quito. The ancient capital of the northern realm of the Incan Empire, Quito lies at 2,800 metres above sea level in a high valley at the base of Mount Pichincha approximately 15 miles south of the equator. Quito is surrounded by mountains with three snow-capped volcanoes visible on clear days. Quito has plenty to offer culturally; cinemas, theatres, concerts, bookstores, discos, museums, art galleries, craft stores, tourist attractions, restaurants and even western-style bars.

  • Location: Quito

This day care centre was first opened to the children in the April of 2005 after it initially started as a small kids club for the children from the area surrounding the dump site and recycling centre. In 2005 the club was developed into a day-care centre that is now maintained by non-profit organisations and fully funded by generous donations. The centre is there to provide a clean, safe environment for the children whose parents work nearby in the city dump. Before, parents had to leave younger children in boxes by the site as they worked while the older children were left to wander around.

 

Some 35 children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years old now attend the day-care centre on a regular basis, although during June and August, the school holidays, the num,ber lowers to about 20. They receive one balanced meal and two nutritious snacks, as well as clean clothes, baths and basic pre-school education. The centre is closed for the last week of August. 

 

Volunteers will be helping at the day-care centre giving support in educational activities, arts and crafts, games, songs, serving meals, taking care of the younger children and more! Volunteers can choose if they'd prefer to work with the smaller children, older children or in the kitchen, or do a bit of everything! The children need all the help, love and attention they can get. Volunteering on this project could be a life-changing experience!

Day Care Responsibilities (A): From 2 weeks

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Destination info

Ecuador is located in the northwest of South America between the Pacific Ocean and the Amazon jungle. Ecuador was named after its position on the Equator and is bordered by Colombia, Peru and the Pacific Ocean.

The capital of Ecuador is Quito. The ancient capital of the northern realm of the Incan Empire, Quito lies at 2,800 metres above sea level in a high valley at the base of Mount Pichincha approximately 15 miles south of the equator. Quito is surrounded by mountains with three snow-capped volcanoes visible on clear days. Quito has plenty to offer culturally; cinemas, theatres, concerts, bookstores, discos, museums, art galleries, craft stores, tourist attractions, restaurants and even western-style bars.

  • Location: Quito
  • Provide care and support for the children and make sure they stay with the group.
  • Bring educational material, there is the option to teach some English and it is appreciated if volunteers can teach at least one educational activity while at the centre.
  • Ensure the children adhere to the programme rules.
  • Supervise the children and play with them when they arrive in the morning.
  • Aid the teachers with in class activities.
  • Ensure all children wash their hands.
  • Aid the staff during snack and meal times and with the preparation of meals.
  • Organise the children to clean up at the end of the day.
  • Help keep the centre clean; sweeping and cleaning, ensuring toys are put away, etc.
  • Take the children to the park.
  • Help to ensure the children stay clean.

The number of volunteers at the centre varies throughout the year depending on the number of participants in the programme.

 

The hours are very flexible, the centre is open from 8am until 5:45pm. You can stay all day or, if preferred, go for the morning or the afternoon. More help is usually needed in the morning. Volunteers can have lunch at the centre if they wish.

 

Are there any requirements to volunteer?

A basic level of Spanish is recommended to be able to communicate with the children and the people who work at the centre, who speak Spanish, or a willingness to learn the language.

 

Volunteers are expected to be flexible with their responsibilities and provide support in whichever area it is required most.

 

Other than that, all that is required is that volunteers enjoy working with children and have a sense of fun!

Child education (B): From 2 weeks

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Destination info

Ecuador is located in the northwest of South America between the Pacific Ocean and the Amazon jungle. Ecuador was named after its position on the Equator and is bordered by Colombia, Peru and the Pacific Ocean.

The capital of Ecuador is Quito. The ancient capital of the northern realm of the Incan Empire, Quito lies at 2,800 metres above sea level in a high valley at the base of Mount Pichincha approximately 15 miles south of the equator. Quito is surrounded by mountains with three snow-capped volcanoes visible on clear days. Quito has plenty to offer culturally; cinemas, theatres, concerts, bookstores, discos, museums, art galleries, craft stores, tourist attractions, restaurants and even western-style bars.

  • Location: Quito

This programme was founded in 2003 by a Dutch woman who travelled to South America and worked in Ecuador as a volunteer. It offers education services to under-privileged children and works in accordance with the department of Social Welfare. Classes, homework supervision sessions, educational activities and more are offered to children of marginalised areas. The children at the centre are happy, playful and enjoy working with the volunteers. You may help plan activities in areas such as Art, Painting, Music, English Reading and Writing and will be playing an active role in these activities.

A normal day may start at 8am and finish at 4:30pm, however, there is an option for volunteers to do a half day, with the afternoon off. The programme price will remain the same with this option. The children have three meals a day with an afternoon nap after lunch. There are five groups within the school and one volunteer is assigned to each group where there is an accredited and educated teacher already placed.

The programme has been created to provide children with strong educational support, which many families cannot provide themselves and is also proud to provide a programme for mothers who make crafts that are then sold in the Netherlands, the profit of which goes back into the project.

A lot of the families are not even aware of the importance of education. Many live in poverty and face problems, such as illiteracy, unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse, violence and migration and are therefore incapable of providing adequate care for their children.


You will help to give these children a chance to enjoy learning and to keep up in school. This will also show the parents that there are positive results from their children receiving a good education.

Volunteers are expected to be flexible with their responsibilities and provide support in which ever area it is required most.

Child education responsibilities (B): From 2 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Ecuador is located in the northwest of South America between the Pacific Ocean and the Amazon jungle. Ecuador was named after its position on the Equator and is bordered by Colombia, Peru and the Pacific Ocean.

The capital of Ecuador is Quito. The ancient capital of the northern realm of the Incan Empire, Quito lies at 2,800 metres above sea level in a high valley at the base of Mount Pichincha approximately 15 miles south of the equator. Quito is surrounded by mountains with three snow-capped volcanoes visible on clear days. Quito has plenty to offer culturally; cinemas, theatres, concerts, bookstores, discos, museums, art galleries, craft stores, tourist attractions, restaurants and even western-style bars.

  • Location: Quito
  • Take a daily attendance
  • Improve hygiene by ensuring all children wash their hands and brush their teeth
  • Ensure the children adhere to the programme rules
  • Help children with assignments and homework
  • Choose and create activities for children to do once homework is complete
  • Supervise children during break time and ensure they do not distract other children who are still working
  • Organise the children to clean up at the end of the day
  • Communicate with parents about the progress of their children

Optional Programme: From 8 weeks

Destination info

Ecuador is located in the northwest of South America between the Pacific Ocean and the Amazon jungle. Ecuador was named after its position on the Equator and is bordered by Colombia, Peru and the Pacific Ocean.

The capital of Ecuador is Quito. The ancient capital of the northern realm of the Incan Empire, Quito lies at 2,800 metres above sea level in a high valley at the base of Mount Pichincha approximately 15 miles south of the equator. Quito is surrounded by mountains with three snow-capped volcanoes visible on clear days. Quito has plenty to offer culturally; cinemas, theatres, concerts, bookstores, discos, museums, art galleries, craft stores, tourist attractions, restaurants and even western-style bars.

  • Location: Quito

If you choose to do 8 weeks or more on option B you will also have the opportunity to take part in following project as well.

Street Children Outreach Programme

The outreach programme is an important project, which assists children and their families, who live or work in the streets and who are socially disadvantaged. Most of the parents’ time needs to be spent selling products in the street markets of Quito, as a consequence the children become neglected and get little attention, you will help to provide the children with the chance to play and develop to their full potential. Volunteers are essential to the success of this project, as they have the ability to give the children the care and attention that they really need.

 

As a volunteer you will be placed at one of the four different markets that we are involved in. Each market may take three to five volunteers at any one time and is focused on community service, education, psychology and the local clinic. Through activities, such as teaching moral values, painting, playing games, and providing medical support and education, you will provide the children with the chance to play and develop to their full both at elementary and high school levels. This excellent programme may also give you the opportunity to work in the local clinic and dental surgery and work in a programme for kids with behavioural problems. Some of your time will also be spent communicating with the children’s parents and informing them of their children’s rights and the obligations that they themselves have as parents. The aim is that eventually the children and parents will have a better relationship.

*Please note that during the summer months the children tend to be between 3-12yrs and during the academic year they may be younger.

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What's included?

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • A detailed orientation on arrival
  • 24 hour Emergency help
  • Full support prior to departure from your personal travel adviser
  • Detailed information pack prior to departure
  • Arrival airport transfer

What's not included?

  • International flights
  • Return airport transfer (budget approx $35 USD)
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Additional activities over and above the planned itinerary inclusions
  • Visa extensions

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 17 years with parental consent, maximum decided on health of potential participant.

 

Accommodation

During your time at the project you will be staying in a house owned by a local host family and in a safe and conveniant area. There may be other volunteers living in the same house. You will have a shared room and bathroom facilities, single rooms are available for an extra cost and subject to availability.

 

Meals

Two meals a day, breakfast and dinner, will be provided, as you will usually be out at the project during the day. You will be able to pick up lunch from some of the many stores/restaurants near to the project location.

 

Orientation

You will be given an orientation upon arrival, which will include detailed information about Ecuador and the surrounding area. The orientation will also cover all the relevant information about your project, including safety issues, to ensure that you feel safe and secure.

 

Throughout your stay in Ecuador you will have the full support and guidance of the project staff. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions, or advice, you may need during your stay.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our staff at any time should you need to.

 

 

DBS

You have booked a programme which requires an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check to be completed. We can carry this out for you and your travel advisor will explain the charges at the time of booking.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

There were many highlights. Especially travelling around the country and seeing different things. But also going to work every and see the tiny happy faces of the kids who are waiting to play with you. I must say getting up in the morning was always rather hard but once I got to work I knew it was worth it.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Galapagos Islands for vacation (if the budget allows it) - it was definitely nice to go to Galapagos and see things. Cuenca - even though the busride is quiet long, Cuenca makes up for it. It's not that expensive and there is tons of stuff to see and visit. Other than that, it depends on the people travelling. It's always good to travel in a group or with a friend. Makes things a lot easier.

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