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Music Education Volunteer Project in Ecuador - Quito

Music Education Volunteer Project in Ecuador - Quito

Ready to strike the right note as a Music Education volunteer in Ecuador - Quito? International Volunteer HQ’s Music Education project allows volunteers to focus on helping local students to express themselves through music. Volunteers will gain teaching experience and be able to use their musical skills to lead classroom lessons and encourage young students to explore new sounds, instruments and skills.

  • Programs start on the first and third Monday of each month
  • Affordable fees from $360 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, breakfast, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Inspire, mentor and teach students about music

  • Discover Ecuador’s incredible biodiversity

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

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Key information

Bring communities together through creative arts
Based in schools in Quito
Homestay or volunteer house accommodation
Volunteers aged 18+ and families
Fully hosted experience from $360 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 with a musical background who want to teach children. You are not required to have experience in teaching music to participate on this project, though it would be useful as you’ll be leading classes on your own or with another volunteer.
Who is this program suited to?

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

Music is a common source of inspiration all over the world, and this unique project allows volunteers to help students learn the basics of music and explore new sounds, instruments and skills. Students are generally aged between 3 - 12 years old and have an early interest in learning music. Lessons can also help with casual English understanding.

As a Music Education volunteer you will help teach music lessons in schools and you’ll be able to use your musical background to help students enjoy it. Music lessons in Ecuador often revolve around playing the guitar, melodica and recorder, but if you’re able to bring other instruments then you’re welcome to introduce new ones.

Music Education volunteer tasks vary but can include:

  • Teaching music classes
  • Starting and assisting bands for more advanced learners
  • Assisting local teachers
Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education

More than half of all children and teens do not meet minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics. Quality education provides an opportunity to learn and grow in a safe environment and is key to preventing poverty, securing long-term employment and improving quality of life.

Why do Music volunteering in Quito with IVHQ?

When you volunteer to teach music in Ecuador - Quito, you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Improving access to music education
  • Inspiring students to enjoy music
  • Sharing your language and culture with students
  • Practicing your Spanish
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining music teaching experience
  • 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

Charles Chiparo
09 Apr 2024

I felt this was a valuable experience helping local children, experiencing immersion in real, local culture and neighborhoods in Quito.

Liesl Nelson
09 Apr 2024

The local team was great - always helpful and encouraging me to practice my Spanish! There was always plenty of food and the team was also able to accommodate my dietary requirements.

Aundy Morton
22 Feb 2024

Meeting new people, experiencing other cultures while helping people is more of a reward than the act of giving. It opens one’s eyes to a world outside of one’s own and serves as a stepping stone to more adventures.

Jessika Gort
24 Jan 2023

The biggest impact for me was understanding the value of music education. The kids in the schools often do not have music unless volunteers are present, so seeing how having 1-2 classes made them light up and see how it would work their brains was amazing. It also goes back to the idea that even though we speak 2 different languages, music is universal. Although taught differently, it always makes connections.

Dori Olson
10 Aug 2022

The checklist provided by IVHQ helped calm me down and prepare for the trip in a super organized way, it was really helpful! The local team were all super friendly and always willing to help! The accommodation ended up being great! I brought the program's guitar to the markets a few times, and it was so incredible to see the kids' faces light up when they recognized the instrument and were able to produce music from it all on their own! Talking to all of the kids in the program, hearing their stories, and learning about their experiences were memorable moments. They were all so young but had seen so much and knew so much about the world! It was so interesting to try and see the world through their eyes and understand their perspectives. On my trip I felt just as safe as I do at home. I received so much support and care from the program and the other volunteers, and the experience was definitely worth stepping outside of my comfort zone!

Emily Jacobs
29 Jan 2021

My time at the school in Quito was one of the best experiences that I have had because the children and teachers are so welcoming that you immediately become part of the family. The school itself is an amazing project within the community, providing a safe space for children who do not have the most stable domestic situations. The teachers are completely dedicated to the kids and it is an honour to be able to play even a small part in giving the kids a good start in life.


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Volunteer Abroad in Quito, Ecuador with IVHQ


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 traveling 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 socializing.

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.


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 $3 to $10 per person. These activities are not mandatory, but are a great way to get involved and meet other volunteers.


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.


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 $3 - $15, 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.


  • USD
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 $360 Equivalent to $51/day
2 weeks $515 Equivalent to $37/day
3 weeks $670 Equivalent to $32/day
4 weeks $825 Equivalent to $29/day
5 weeks $980 Equivalent to $28/day
6 weeks $1,135 Equivalent to $27/day
8 weeks $1,445 Equivalent to $26/day
10 weeks $1,755 Equivalent to $25/day
12 weeks $2,065 Equivalent to $25/day
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately $329) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Quito generally find US$100 per week to be sufficient for expenses, such as meals, personal spending and local tours and activities.
  • Breakfast
  • Airport pick-up
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Discounts on language lessons
  • Certificate of International Volunteer Service

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  • Lunch and dinner
  • Transport to and from your placement each day
  • Return to the airport when your program finishes
  • Flights
  • Visa (if required), travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
  • Personal spending money for snacks, laundry, public transportation, drinks and leisure activities during your free time.

Free-time experiences & tours in Quito

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Spanish Language Lessons
Spanish Language Lessons

Spanish Classes Exclusively for IVHQ Volunteers

From $149

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 = $149 (or 3 days intensive)
  • 20 hours/10 days = $229 (or 5 days intensive)
  • 30 hours/15 days = $329 (or 8 days intensive)
  • 40 hours/10 days intensive = $429
  • 60 hours/15 days intensive = $619
  • 80 hours/20 days intensive = $809

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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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