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Volunteer in Ecuador

Volunteer in Ecuador

Discover International Volunteer HQ’s popular Ecuador volunteer abroad program. Choose from a wide range of trusted Ecuador volunteer projects, including Teaching, Environmental Education, Kindergarten, NGO Support and Music. Volunteer work in Ecuador is based in the capital, Quito, or the coastal city of Santa Elena. With affordable Program Fees and top rated volunteer projects trusted by over 116,000 travelers, IVHQ is the best volunteer organization in Ecuador.

Highlights:
  • 18 meaningful project options available year-round
  • Program Fees from CA$350 for 1 week
  • Includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house or local homestay

  • Affordable Spanish language lessons available

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Key information

Fully hosted experience from CA$350
Volunteer from 1 - 12 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Based in Quito & Santa Elena
Spanish lessons available
Projects align with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Impact driven projects run by locals
B Corporation certified organization

Volunteer opportunities in Ecuador

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Protects animals

6-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$525

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in a treatment center in Santa Elena
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Assist a veterinarian in a local animal treatment center, based in a small aquarium. Help to treat marine and other animals, building on your experience or studies in a relevant field.

Supports community development

6-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$350

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in and around Quito
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Volunteer on a range of community projects including meal programs in schools, renovation and maintenance work and helping out a community garden. A perfect project for those who like variety.

Supports community development

6-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$473

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based around Santa Elena
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Assist on a range of tasks to improve neighborhoods and communities in Santa Elena. Assist with construction and maintenance or even help host workshops in contemporary social issues.

Conserves the environment

6-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$525

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in and around Santa Elena
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and familie

Help to educate locals about environmental issues and living sustainably, while also contributing to clean ups and initiatives to help conserve the local environment.

Increases access to education

6-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$350

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in private and public schools in Quito
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Assist in local primary schools or kindergartens that often have large classes. Help local teachers in lessons and with playtime, providing better access to care and attention for children.

Increases access to education

6-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$473

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in kindergartens in Santa Elena
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Assist local teachers with early education and lessons in schools for either girls or students from low income families.

Increases access to education

6-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$350

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in schools in Quito
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Lead music lessons in schools for students aged 3-12. Teach music and related skills, including playing instruments, either as lead teacher or with another volunteer.

Supports community development

6-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$350

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based with an NGO in Quito
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help childcare initiatives to benefit low income families by assisting with campaigns, logistics and administration. Perfect for volunteers who want to assist children outside the classroom.

Improves health & wellbeing

6-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$350

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in schools in Quito
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Assist with Physical Education in schools, practicing sports, introducing new games and improving students’ fitness and coordination.

Increases access to education

6-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$350

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Program starts every Monday in July and August
  • Based at school holiday programs in Quito
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Assist on school holiday programs during July and August. Help to run lessons, play games and prepare skits, songs and plays for a final presentation to parents at the end of August.

Increases access to education

6-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$473

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based at school holiday programs in Santa Elena
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Assist on a school holiday program during March-April by giving supplementary lessons and helping students prepare a final presentation for their parents.

Increases access to education

6-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$350

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in and around Quito
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Volunteer as a tutor to help students who need learning support. Assist in schools and centers to provide additional attention and supplementary lesson activities outside school hours.

Improves health & wellbeing

6-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$350

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in shelters in Quito
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Volunteer in shelters for vulnerable people, assisting local staff with day-to-day tasks including meal preparation and serving, laundry and running activities for those who come to the shelter.

Improves health & wellbeing

6-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$473

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in schools in Santa Elena
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Assist local physical education teachers with lessons and sports activities. Help practice popular local sports or introduce your own from home.

Improves health & wellbeing

6-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$473

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in sports centers and schools in Santa Elena
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Assist in a local sports center for athletes, helping with body mass and skin fold measurements, diagnosing and rehabilitating injuries, and delivering health workshops. Suited to volunteers with physical therapy or nutrition experience.

Supports community development

6-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$350

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in a street market in Quito
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Provide care and attention for children so that families can work to provide a sustainable income and a future for their kids.

Increases access to education

6-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$350

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in schools and centers in Quito
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Assist a local English teacher in schools in low income areas. Provide help to both the teacher and students as required and lend your expertise as a fluent English speaker.

Increases access to education

6-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$473

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in Santa Elena
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Assist local teachers or lead classes yourself in teaching English to locals from low-income communities. Students can be either children or adults, but all benefit greatly from accessible language lessons.

”You could tell the children loved coming to the project and their parents expressed their gratitude directly to us. I have grown so much from my experience in Ecuador. My host family were so nice and provided me with a safe environment and would always help me with any questions I had.”

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