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NGO Support Volunteer in Ecuador - Quito

NGO Support Volunteer in Ecuador - Quito

Curious about NGO Support volunteering in Ecuador - Quito? International Volunteer HQ’s NGO Support project enables volunteers to help local children from low-income communities get better access to the basic necessities of life. Volunteers are needed to assist with the logistics and day-to-day operational aspects of NGOs, as well as enabling them to widen their reach, attract more funding and, in turn, support more people in need. The volunteer experience can vary greatly and can be tailored to the volunteer’s skills and the priorities of the NGO.

Highlights:
  • Programs start on the first and third Monday of each month
  • Affordable fees from AU$582 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, breakfast, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Help with community initiatives to benefit children from low-income families

  • Enjoy Ecuador’s extraordinary nature and wildlife

  • Stay with other volunteers in the World Heritage city of Quito

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Key information

Support the community through NGO initiatives
Based with an NGO in Quito
Homestay or volunteer house accommodation
Volunteers aged 18+ and families
Fully hosted experience from AU$582 for 1 week
Durations from 1 - 12 weeks
Spanish language lessons available
3-5 hours volunteering a day, Tue - Fri

This program is ideal for:

Volunteers who want to make a difference for disadvantaged children and support the non-profit NGOs who help them. Volunteers with marketing, communication or social media experience may be able to put their skills to use, and those studying International Development or Relations may find it interesting. It’s also a good idea to bring your own laptop.
Who is this program suited to?

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

With parents who need to work, many children in Ecuador miss out on any formal education or schooling. Many of the children have to work themselves. NGOs help relieve pressure on these families in a number of ways, including by providing childcare and basic lessons.

As a NGO Support volunteer you will be able to assist with a variety of tasks and activities related to the running and daily operations of the NGO.

NGO volunteer work can vary greatly depending on your skills and experience and what needs to be done at the time. Duties may include:

  • Administrative support
  • Fundraising and applying for grants and sponsorships
  • Marketing and communications
  • Website design
  • Creating or developing sustainable projects
  • Designing promotional materials
  • Social support activities
  • Playing with and teaching children
  • Cleaning and repairing equipment
  • Assisting with other campaigns
Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #10: Reduced Inequalities

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #10: Reduced Inequalities

Covid-19 has deepened existing inequalities, hitting disadvantaged and minority communities the hardest. To reduce inequalities, we must provide better services and support to refugees, migrants, indigenous peoples and people with disabilities.

Why do NGO Support volunteering in Quito with IVHQ?

When you volunteer with a NGO in Ecuador you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Improving quality of life for students from underprivileged communities
  • Supporting an NGO with local initiatives
  • Practicing your Spanish
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Learning about NGOs and the challenges they face
  • Immersing yourself fully in the - Ecuadorian culture
  • Exploring the ancient city of Quito

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in this program
  • Volunteers aged 16-18 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or friend over the age of 18 to participate in this program
  • All volunteers aged 13+ are required to provide a criminal background check to IVHQ prior to departure. Those aged 13-17, if unable to obtain a criminal background check, can provide two character reference letters instead
  • All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance
  • All volunteers must speak fluent English.
  • While being able to speak Spanish is not a requirement to join the Ecuador program, we recommend that volunteers take advantage of the very affordable language lessons offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers by our partner staff in Ecuador. Past volunteers feel that taking these lessons help immensely with day-to-day volunteer work and communicating with local people. Volunteers interested in taking Spanish lessons can arrange these directly with the local staff once in Ecuador.
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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Mariana Paniagua
01 Nov 2023

I had a wonderful and unforgettable experience and I learned so much. Being in this experience allowed me to do so much for a community as well as allow that community to do so much for me. The impact was very mutual. It was definitely very gratifying and I would do it all over again a thousand times.

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Niki Laura Pilitsis
22 Aug 2023

IVHQ and my Program Manager were extremely meticulous with providing any details and support in the lead up to my volunteer program. I gained very useful skills necessary for working in an NGO, and was also happy to be able to contribute my own knowledge and experience to helping my local organization pursue its mission. My advice to someone interested in joining this program is to go with zero expectations and be flexible, its a great experience but like anything in life sometimes you may get stuck along the way!

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Helen Angove
11 Jul 2023

I felt incredibly privileged to get such an in-depth experience of the country. IVHQ and their local partners put a lot of effort into making volunteering an enjoyable and safe experience.

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Mengjiao Liu
24 Jan 2023

My favourite part of volunteering was engaging with the street children through art and playing games. The program is definitely worth joining!

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Trudy Sietske De Groot
11 Dec 2022

At first I was really nervous about traveling to Ecuador on my own. It was an adventure for sure, but I didn't know what to expect and spoke very little Spanish. However, as soon as I arrived it became obvious that I worried about nothing. The staff in the office is very patient and approaches the language barrier with an open mind. Moreover, as someone who studied international relations it gave me a wonderful opportunity to grow in skills and as a person. I was warmly welcomed by Monica, the woman in charge of the foundation. The other volunteers were very inclusive, fun and spontaneous. We visited many places together and supported each other when necessary. All in all it was a wonderful experience.

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Aydin Mira Plüss
29 Jan 2021

I believe IVHQ provides excellent programmes that give an incredible opportunity for volunteers to learn a different culture and have a unique travel experience while contributing to the local community. I really enjoyed my project, which I'd like to describe with the following experience I made at one of the markets. When we gathered the children at the markets, some of them were very shy. But soon they opened, jumped in our arms and smiled. I was very happy to see that these children who generally spent their time hanging around the stands and helping their parents, were finally able to build lego towers and paint crowns of paper. The work that took place there, gave me the motivation to improve the NGO's administration to assure the continuity of the Street Children Project. I am glad that the NGO Support Project allows the combination of the two projects.

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Volunteer Abroad in Quito, Ecuador with IVHQ

Location

The IVHQ Ecuador volunteer program is based in the capital city of Quito and its surrounding urban and rural areas. Nestled high in the Andes, Quito is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in South America. Despite this aesthetic beauty, Ecuador is still a developing country and there is a great need for volunteers to assist with the growth of this city and its disadvantaged communities.

Arrival and orientation

The program orientation begins every Monday and volunteers need to arrive in Quito on the day before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito. Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee and airport drop off is also available as an affordable add-on which you can book through IVHQ. We recommend that volunteers under the age of 18 travel internationally with a notarized letter from their parents to support their documentation.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Quito. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are travelling in Ecuador prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Quito the day before your program orientation, or you can make your own way to the volunteer office.

Orientation is hosted by our local team at their volunteer offices in Quito. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Quito - an introduction to Ecuador, Ecuadorian customs, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Ecuador and an introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socialising.

Volunteer schedule example

Please note that volunteering on the Ecuador - Quito Program is held Tuesday through Friday and you can expect to participate for 3 - 5 hours per day. Weekends on the program are Saturday through Monday, however, there are some placements (e.g. NGO Support, Street Children Work) that can offer work on Monday upon request. If you would like to work on Monday, simply let the local team know at orientation and they can make these arrangements for you.

Weekdays

An example of a typical day is as follows:

8:00 AM Breakfast at the volunteer house or homestay.
8:30 AM Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements. Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at.
12:30 - 1:00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel back to their accommodation, prepare for the next day, or do some shopping and sightseeing. If volunteers are taking Spanish language lessons, these will usually take place in the afternoons and last 2-3 hours.
6:30 PM Dinner at the volunteer house or homestay.

Volunteers on the Ecuador program can also join casual social activities arranged by the local staff. The social activities usually take place 1 - 2 days per week and give volunteers the opportunity to engage in fun events with the local team, as well as learn about the Ecuadorian customs. Club activities include Ecuadorian movie nights, make your own pizza nights, salsa lessons and more! All of the club activities are held in the afternoon or evening, after volunteers have finished at their placement, and range in cost from AU$4 to AU$16 per person. These activities are not mandatory, but are a great way to get involved and meet other volunteers.

Weekends

Spanning Saturday to Monday, weekends are extra long for volunteers in Quito so there is plenty of time to relax or explore other parts of the city and Ecuador. If you are interested in art, culture and history, you can check out Quito’s historical center, where you can learn about Quito’s history, legends and Pre-Columbian cultures. From there, you can take the El Teleferico cable car for beautiful views of the city and surrounding volcanoes. Horseback riding and hiking is available to the Guagua Pichincha volcano summit. You can visit the coastal region of Salango for snorkelling, Silver Island, and the beautiful beaches of Los Frailes. Jungle excursions can also be arranged to experience nature and unique wildlife such as toucans, parrots, and monkeys.

Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield to explore the amazing national parks of Ecuador or the Galapagos Islands.

Looking for more ideas of things to do in Ecuador? Check out our Ecuador Travel & Tours page!

Accommodation and WiFi

You’ll stay in a volunteer house or homestay. Bedrooms have single beds or bunk beds and you can expect to share a room with one to four other volunteers of the same gender. Living is comfortable and the volunteer house and homestays have electricity, running water and western bathrooms.

Living is comfortable and all volunteer accommodation has electricity, filtered water and western-style bathrooms. While bedding is provided, you will need to bring your own towels and toiletries.

Please note, homes in Quito are not heated, so in the colder months extra blankets are available upon request.

WiFi is available at the volunteer house and in some homestays, though it can be unreliable at times. You can also purchase a local SIM card with data for an unlocked mobile phone when you arrive in Ecuador or after orientation.

Meals

Volunteers are provided with breakfast every day on the Ecuador - Quito program. Breakfast is usually tea or coffee, milk, oatmeal, local breads, butter, jam and fruit.

Please note, portion sizes in Ecuador are traditionally smaller than what most western countries offer.

Lunch and dinner can be purchased locally for approximately AU$4 - AU$24, depending on the type of meal you’re looking for.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you. However, you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home and need to be flexible.

Pricing

  • USD
Duration
Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
  • USD
1 week AU$582 Equivalent to AU$83/day
2 weeks AU$833 Equivalent to AU$60/day
3 weeks AU$1084 Equivalent to AU$52/day
4 weeks AU$1334 Equivalent to AU$48/day
5 weeks AU$1585 Equivalent to AU$45/day
6 weeks AU$1836 Equivalent to AU$44/day
8 weeks AU$2337 Equivalent to AU$42/day
10 weeks AU$2839 Equivalent to AU$41/day
12 weeks AU$3340 Equivalent to AU$40/day
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Airport pick-up
  • Personalised preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Discounts on language lessons
  • Certificate of International Volunteer Service

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately AU$532) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in AUD.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, lunches, public transportation to and from your placement each day and return to the airport when your program finishes.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Quito generally find US$50 - US$100 per week to be sufficient for expenses, such as lunches, water bottles and local tours and activities. Please note that if you wish to make any payment to the local team whilst on the program, this will need to be done via cash or bank transfer.

Free-time experiences & tours in Ecuador

Take your volunteer experience to the next level with IVHQ's affordable activity and tour add-ons in Ecuador! Explore your options below and learn how to book them once you've been accepted onto the IVHQ Ecuador program.

Spanish Language Lessons
Spanish Language Lessons

Spanish Classes Exclusively for IVHQ Volunteers

From AU$241
Spanish Language Lessons
Spanish Language Lessons

Spanish Classes Exclusively for IVHQ Volunteers

From AU$241

Spanish language lessons

Spanish language lessons are available for all volunteers regardless of their ability. IVHQ strongly recommends these for all volunteers unless they are fluent in Spanish. Volunteers with a basic level of Spanish should strongly consider these lessons to allow them to work and communicate more effectively during their program. These language lessons can be added via your MyIVHQ profile as an add-on, once you’ve registered for your program. The language lessons are tailored to each volunteer’s current level of Spanish and must be paid for in Ecuador to our local staff. The cost is very affordable and offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers.

  • 12 hours/6 days = AU$241 (or 3 days intensive)
  • 20 hours/10 days = AU$370 (or 5 days intensive)
  • 30 hours/15 days = AU$532 (or 8 days intensive)
  • 40 hours/10 days intensive = AU$694
  • 60 hours/15 days intensive = AU$1001
  • 80 hours/20 days intensive = AU$1308

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Safety and support with IVHQ

Safety and support

IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.

  • All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
  • All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
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Essential country information

Capital Quito
Population 17.37 million
Languages Spanish
Currency US Dollar (USD)
Time zone UTC-05:00

Weather and climate: The climate of Ecuador is composed of a number of microclimates that separate into four distinct zones. La Costa (Coastal Lowlands) is tropical, La Sierra (Andean Mountains) is temperate; and El Oriente (Amazon Region) shares the jungle climate of the upper Amazon rain forest.

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