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Volunteer in Ecuador with International Volunteer HQ

Volunteer in Ecuador

Volunteer in Ecuador with International Volunteer HQ on a wide range of volunteer abroad projects including Teaching, Environmental Education, Kindergarten, NGO Support and Music. Volunteer opportunities in Ecuador are based in the capital, Quito, or the coastal city of Santa Elena.

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At a glance…

  • Available year-round
  • 16 meaningful project options
  • Projects based in and around Quito and Santa Elena
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house or homestay
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Program fees from US$270 (approximately £203) for 1 week
  • Affordable Spanish language lessons available
  • Between 15 and 40 volunteers start in Ecuador each month

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.

IVHQ Volunteer - Katherine Barber
Katherine Barber
Nationality: American
Age: 18
Destination: Ecuador - Quito

Volunteer opportunities in Ecuador

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Protects animals

6-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from £305

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

Assist a veterinarian in a local animal treatment centre, 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 £203

  • 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 £275

  • 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 £305

  • 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 £203

  • 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 £275

  • 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 £203

  • 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 £203

  • 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 £203

  • 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 £203

  • 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 £275

  • 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 £203

  • 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 centres to provide additional attention and supplementary lesson activities outside school hours.

Improves health & wellbeing

6-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from £203

  • 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 £275

  • 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 £275

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

Assist in a local sports centre 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 £203

  • 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 £203

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in schools and centres 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 £275

  • 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.

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  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organisation in Ecuador to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Ecuador will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organisations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travellers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Ecuador with your new-found friends.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the Registration Fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!